Unplug yourself from your busy daily routine and reconnect with nature with a backcountry camping trip. New Brunswick is home to many great campsites but if you really want to experience nature’s beauty, head off the beaten path and get ready for awesome backcountry camping. Satisfy your craving for off the grid adventures with these wonderful wilderness camping locations around New Brunswick.
Nepisiguit Mi’gmaq TrailNepisiguit Mi’gmaq Trailis based on an ancient first nation travel route. Starting at the base of Mt. Carleton, this multi-day trail follows the Nepisiguit River edge on its 150 km to Bathurst. The trail has markers along the way to keep you on the path as well as teepees and tent platforms for campers to stay at. You will need to reserve a campsite through the provincial park campsite registration system. Completing the full 150 km of the trail may require 6 to 12 days. Those who doesn’t want to hike the full 150-km can choose smaller multi-day hikes on the Mi’gmaq Trail.
Hiking season: mid-June to early October (check weather conditions)
Fundy National Park
Go off Fundy National Park’s beaten paths and visit natural wonders seen by only a small percentage of visitors. Explore challenging hiking trails and visit waterfalls that only true adventurers get to see. There are 8 backcountry campsites to challenge campers. The sites are located at Goose River, Tracey Lake, Chambers Lake, and Marven Lake.
8642 Route 114, Fundy National Park, Alma
Kouchibouguac National ParkReachable by foot, bicycle and canoe, Kouchibouguac National Park rewards adventurers with three different backcountry camping experiences.
Petit-Large Primitive Camping’s eight sites are open year-round. It is a 3.5km hike from the Pijeboogwek parking lot.
Sipu Canoe Campground can be reached by foot or canoe and is made up of four sites on the Kouchibougac River.
Pointe-a-Maxime Canoe Campground is only accessible by canoe or kayak and is located in the southern part of the Park. You will need to bring your own water because there is no well water at Pointe-a-Maxime.
186 Route 117, Kouchibougac
Mount Carleton Provincial Park
A blend of Acadian woods and mountains, Mount Carleton is home to more wild animal species than any other parts of New Brunswick. Explore the park by hiking the 11 trails or hike to the top of the mountain on a clear day to see 10 million trees. Get away from the crowds, and relax under the stars at the Headwaters Backcounty.
7612 Route 385, Saint-Quentin
Stretching from Riverview to the northern boundary of the Fundy National Park, the Dobson Trail offers an easy hike with some challenging sections. This four-season trail is 58 km long and camping is permitted along the entire length of the trail.
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St. Croix International Waterway Commission
Made up of three provincial parks, and the waterway connecting New Brunswick and Maine, there are many places where you can set up camp. To reach the backcountry camping sites, you will need to canoe down the waterway. It is free to stay at these campsites, but they can be extremely busy on the weekend.
60 River Road, St. Croix