A challenging mix of Acadian woods and mountain peaks, Mount Carleton has more than 17,000 ha (42,000 acres) of pristine wilderness waiting for today’s explorer. Our habitat is home to more wild animal species than any other part of the province. At least 100 different types of birds and 30 species of mammals live here. A botanist’s eye will also discover a number of rare plants, including Alpine blueberry and Bigelow’s sedge on the slopes of Mount Carleton itself.
Dark Sky Preserve!
Mount Carleton Provincial Park is committing to protect and preserve the night sky by applying strict lighting guidelines to reduce light pollution. The guidelines are tailored to protect ecosystems, reduce energy consumption, maintain dark skies and promote star and planet gazing on clear nights. The project was a joint effort by Parks Canada and the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.
Two of these mammals - the Gaspé shrew and the Yellow-nosed Rock vole - are relatively rare. Caribou roamed here until 1930, when they were crowded out by White-tailed deer. Mount Carleton includes approximately a half-dozen known deeryards. Moose are common in the Nepisiguit Lakes region. Other common mammals include lynx, fisher, marten, porcupine, squirrels and rabbits.
Common bird sightings include goshawks, grouse, owls, woodpeckers, ravens, thrushes (Bicknell's Thrush), warblers and grosbeaks.
Hiking is a must-do at this provincial park. From a wheelchair-accessible trail at Williams Falls, to challenging mountain hikes, our 11 trails are waiting to be explored. Discover a ridge of North America’s oldest mountains; 62 km (38.5 mi.). Bring your mountain bike and observe wildlife while exploring Mount Carleton’s roads and old logging routes. On a clear day, from the top of the Maritimes’ highest mountain, you can see 10-million trees.
Mount Carleton, 820m (2,690 ft) the highest peak in the Maritimes
Mount Head, 792m (2,589ft) off the beaten track, but worth it!
Mount Sagamook, 777m (2,549 ft) our most challenging hike
Mount Bailey, 564m (1,850 ft) an easier climb, great view.
Trail Map (PDF, 509KB)
Canoeing and row boating are encouraged on a variety of wilderness lakes and rivers. Bring your paddle within reach of the province’s most primitive and pristine wild land.
(Fishing is not allowed in Mount Carleton's streams since these contain valuable fish-spawning areas.
Nictau Lake: Picnic area, fire ring, barbecue, shelter, play area and unsupervised freshwater beach.
Armstrong Brook: Campground with 88 wilderness sites, unsupervised freshwater beach and nature trail. Canoe docks are close by.
Pine Point: At the tip of Bathurst Lake, a short nature trail and boat launch.
Inlet Brook: On the shores of Bathurst Lake, a picnic spot, boardwalk, bridged brook and walking trail.
Park gates are open during the daytime from January 1 to the end of March. Most roads remain unplowed and form part of the snowmobile trail system. For those who enjoy cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, the park offers a 7.5 km (4.6 mi.) un-groomed scenic trail. Unserviced wilderness camping is also available, as well as ice fishing for perch, trout and landlock salmon on Big Nictau Lake (bring your angling license and your equipment).
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*For additional information or to reserve a campsite, call the toll-free number or send an email request.