The Canadian Appalachian Experience
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-dependent. Should you have any questions, please call the park prior to your arrival.
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
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.
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 staff will do their best to accommodate late arrivals with reservations only between 8 and 11 p.m., if you call to let them know in advance. The park cannot receive payments after 8 p.m.