Mount Carleton Provincial Park

Canoeing at Mount Carleton Provincial Park, New Brunswick Canada
Mount Carleton Provincial Park Dark Sky Preserve, New Brunswick Canada
Mount Carleton Provincial Park Hiking Trails, New Brunswick Canada
Mount Carleton Provincial Park Hiking Trail, New Brunswick Canada
Winter at Mount Carleton Provincial Park

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.

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. On a clear day, from the top of the Maritimes’ highest mountain, you can see 10 million trees.

  • Mount Carleton, 820 m (2,690 ft) the highest peak in the Maritimes
  • Mount Head, 792 m (2,589ft) off the beaten track, but worth it!
  • Mount Sagamook, 777 m (2,549 ft) our most challenging hike
  • Mount Bailey, 564m (1,850 ft) an easier climb and great view.

Download Mount Carleton Provincial Park’s Trail Map 

Designated Dark Sky Preserve by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Mount Carleton Provincial Park is committed to protect and preserve the night sky by reducing light pollution and energy consumption to maintain dark skies and promote star and planet gazing on clear nights.

Meet the Friends of Mount Carleton

Please note that all park events are weather-dependant. Should you have any questions, please call the park prior to your arrival.

Driving Directions
From the north or west:  Route 17, exit onto Route 180 to Route 385 to Mount Carleton
From the east:  Route 180, to Route 385 to Mount Carleton
From the south:  from the Trans-Canada Highway (Route 2), take Route 109 to Route 108. Turn onto Route 385, to Mount Carleton

Cash Only
Due to the remote location and uniqueness of Mount Carleton Provincial Park, the park accepts cash only for payment. Please ensure you have the appropriate cash when you arrive to check in at the park. 

Late arrivals
Mount Carleton does not have consistent cellular service. The park gates are closed at 8 p.m. If you plan on arriving past 8 p.m., please notify (by landline if within 45 km) before 8 p.m. to advise park staff of your estimated time of arrival. The park will do their best to have staff meet you at the gate and accommodate access to the park between 8 and 11 p.m.

For a listing of park entrance and camping fees, please click here.



Mount Carleton Provincial Park

Telephone (Toll-free)
1-800-561-0123
7612 Route 385
Saint-Quentin (Eldon)
New Brunswick, Canada
E8A 1N4
Telephone (Office)
506-235-0793
Rates:
$10 - $90
Dates:
2017-05-14 - 2017-10-09
Heritage Cabin, Mount Carleton Provincial Park, Saint-Quentin, New Brunswick Canada

Heritage Cabins

If tenting isn’t really your style, Mount Carleton’s Heritage Cabins are a great way to experience the outdoors overnight. When staying at a Heritage Cabin...

If tenting isn’t really your style, Mount Carleton’s Heritage Cabins are a great way to experience the outdoors overnight. When staying at a Heritage Cabin it is recommended you bring an air mattress, sleeping bag, pillow, drinking water, food, dishes, utensils, dish soap, towels and dishcloths, insect repellent and a cooler. Some cabins have fridges. All cabin sites have firepits.

Bathurst Lake: 5 log cabins that are partly solar, powered with propane and generator back up. These cabins sleep 4 to 11 people and feature a wood stove and wooden bunk beds. Guests have access to a separate building with washrooms and showers and a separate kitchen area with propane stoves and electric refrigerators.

Nictau Lake: Six cabins with different configurations that can sleep from 2 to 8 people. Five of the cabins have kitchen, bathroom and cook stove facilities. Guests have access to a separate building with washrooms and showers, as well as a common meal and activity building.

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Telephone (Toll-free)
1-800-561-0123
7612 Route 385
Saint-Quentin
New Brunswick, Canada
E8A 1N4
Telephone (Office)
506-235-0793
Rates:
$60 - $150
Dates:
2017-06-16 - 2017-10-09
Camping at Mount Carleton Provincial Park Campground

Campgrounds

Mount Carleton Provincial Park is home to 4 different campgrounds for campers at every experience level, plus 2 heritage cabin sites.

Mount Carleton Provincial Park is home to 4 different campgrounds for campers at every experience level, plus 2 heritage cabin sites.

Armstrong Campground: Mount Carleton’s largest campground with 88 sites for trailers and tents. This campground boasts spectacular views of Nictau Lake and Mount Sagamook as well as a pristine beach, washrooms, showers, dry toilets, a kitchen shelter and a dumping station for trailers. A canteen is open during camping season for all your camping needs.

Download the Armstrong Campground Map

Williams and Franklin Campgrounds: 17 large, secluded tenting sites on both sides of Nictau Lake. Dry toilets, garbage bins and recycling bins are included.

Group Camping: This site can accommodate up to 75 campers and includes a kitchen shelter, garbage and recycling bins and water (hand pump).

Headwaters Campground: For a more extreme camping experience, hike partway up Mount Carleton Trail. There are 4 sites with only pit toilets and tree food storage as on-site amenities.

More info
Telephone (Toll-free)
1-800-561-0123
7612 Route 385
Saint-Quentin
New Brunswick, Canada
E8A 1N4
Telephone (Office)
506-235-0793
Rates:
$28 - $150
Dates:
2017-05-14 - 2017-10-09
Capacity
123 Sites
Features
Bath/Shower
Beach Nearby
Dumping Station for Trailers
Pet Friendly
Playground
Pull Through Sites
Unserviced Sites
Mount Carleton Provincial Park canoeing, New Brunswick Canada

Lakes

Grab a paddle ‘cause Mount Carleton’s wilderness lakes and rivers are yours to explore by canoe or rowboat (small, 9-hp motorboats are also allowed). Armstrong Campground also has an unsupervised beach...

Grab a paddle 'cause Mount Carleton's wilderness lakes and rivers are yours to explore by canoe or rowboat (small, 9-hp motorboats are also allowed).  Armstrong Campground also has an unsupervised beach for you to enjoy. Pine Point, Inlet Brook, Armstrong Brook, Nictau Lake and Nepisiguit Lake are all fantastic options if you're looking to take a dip or a paddle.

Note:  Fishing is permitted in the Mount Carleton Park’s lakes, but not in the streams, since these contain valuable fish-spawning areas. Check here for more information on fishing regulations in New Brunswick.

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Winter at Mount Carleton Provincial Park

Winter

Mount Carleton Provincial Park is unserviced and most roads remain unplowed during the winter months, but the gates are open in the day time from January 1 to the end of March so you can still enjoy the park.

Mount Carleton Provincial Park is unserviced and most roads remain unplowed during the winter months, but the gates are open in the day time from January 1 to the end of March so you can still enjoy the park. If you’re a cross-country skier or snowshoe enthusiast, Mount Carleton’s un-groomed scenic trails are for you. You can ice fish for perch, trout and landlock salmon on Big Nictau Lake (bring your angling license and your equipment).

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Upcoming Events

  • Hiking

    Trail Interpretation Days

    Wednesdays | Hiking is the best way to experience Mount Carleton. Take a guided hike and learn about the habitat, plants and wilderness. Choose your hike – Pine Point, Williams Falls or the Portage, and take it all in, only a million tree view. Call ahead to book:  506-235-0793

  • Nature

    Water and Wildlife Week

    July 17-23 | Learn about sea creatures, mammals, shorebirds and their habitats. The Get Outside! NB Parks Natural Leaders have a full week of activities planned for all ages. 

  • Hiking

    Seek the Highest Peak

    July 22 | Join the Get Outside NB Parks Natural Leaders for the must-do outdoor event of the summer! Hikers climb through Acadian forest, forge mountain streams and traverse the highest peak in the Maritimes together. Learn more

  • Fall

    Creepy Crawlers Week

    July 24-30 | Want to learn about ladybugs, beetles and other creepy crawly insects? The Get Outside! NB Parks Natural Leaders have a full week of activities planned for all ages.

  • Nature

    Species at Risk Week

    July 31-August 6 | Get informed about the species at risk that live in our parks, including the Piping Plover, the Bald Eagle and the Canada Lynx.  The Get Outside! NB Parks Natural Leaders have a full week of activities planned for all ages. 

  • Canoe

    Canoe /Kayak Day

    August 6 | Join the GetOutsideNB gang along with Canoe Kayak NB for a fun and safe day on the water with the large voyageur canoe. Learn more:  506-235-0793

  • Festival

    Calithumpians in NB Parks – Canada 150

    Sunday, August 6 Enjoy a bilingual Canada 150-themed show from The Calithumpians theatre troupe titled NB Canada 150: It All Began Here.Featuring drama, comedy and song, this presentation explores the main themes of Canada 150 - youth engagement, environmentalism, truth & reconciliation, and inclusion - as well as local culture and history, in an entertaining, educational fashion. More info:  506-235-0793

  • Festival

    New Brunswick Day

    August 7 | On the first Monday in August, New Brunswick parks proudly celebrate our provincial holiday. Enjoy free admission and join in the festivities that highlight the natural and cultural diversity that makes this province unique. Learn more

  • Hiking

    Into the Woods Week

    August 7-13 | Immerse yourself in nature and learn about plants, trees and other wildlife. The Get Outside! NB Parks Natural Leaders have a full week of activities planned for all ages.

  • Outdoors

    Star Party

    August 11-13 | Mount Carleton Provincial Park offers some of the darkest skies in northeast North America. We like to keep it that way. Join us along with the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and “touch the universe”. More info: 506-235-0793

  • Festival

    Acadian Day

    August 15 | The Mount Carleton Provincial Park team invites you to celebrate Acadian Day in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains. Learn more:  506-235-0793

  • Fall

    Labour Day

    September 3 | Make the most of summer’s final long weekend with Labour Day celebrations at Mount Carleton Provincial Park. Camping, hiking, festivities, and more. Learn more:  506-235-0793

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