Mount Carleton Provincial Park

Mount Carleton Provincial Park, Tourism New Brunswick Canada
Ice Fishing, Mount Carleton Provincial Park, Tourism New Brunswick Canada
Winter at 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

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.

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 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.

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)
Telephone (Office)
506-235-0793
Rates:
$10 - $90
Dates:
2018-06-01 - 2018-10-08
Winter at Mount Carleton Provincial Park

Winter

Park gates are open during daylight hours from December 27 through the end of March. If you’re a cross-country skier, snowshoe enthusiast or want to try fat biking, Mount Carleton’s groomed trails are for you.

Park gates are open during daylight hours from December 27 through the end of March. If you’re a cross-country skier, snowshoe enthusiast or want to try fat biking, Mount Carleton’s groomed trails are for you. Bikes are available for rent at the park, and skies and snowshoes are provided by the Friends of Mount Carleton free of charge for day use. You can also ice fish for perch, trout and landlocked salmon on Big Nictau Lake (bring your angling license and your equipment). Mount Carleton’s serviced roads provide access to many groomed trails within the park during the winter months.

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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
Telephone (Office)
506-235-0793
Rates:
$60 - $150
Dates:
2018-06-15 - 2018-10-08
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.

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Telephone (Toll-free)
1-800-561-0123
7612 Route 385
Saint-Quentin
Telephone (Office)
506-235-0793
Rates:
$28 - $150
Dates:
2018-06-01 - 2018-10-08
Capacity
123 Sites
Features
Bath/Shower
Beach Nearby
Dumping Station for Trailers
Pet Friendly
Playground
Pull Through Sites
Unserviced Sites
Mount Carleton Provincial Park

Trails

Feel on top of the world when you hike to the peak of the Maritimes’ highest mountain in Mount Carleton Provincial Park.

Feel on top of the world when you hike to the peak of the Maritimes’ highest mountain in Mount Carleton Provincial Park. This is the most mountainous region in the province with trails that wind along lakesides, by waterfalls, through mixed forests, and even over a restored ancient portage route that was use by the Maliseet and Mi’kmaq for centuries.

Trail Map

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Trail
Length
Estimated Time
Difficulty
Features

Bald Mountain Brook

Travel through the Bald Mountain Brook valley between the Mount Carleton Plateau and Mount Bailey. Pass by beautiful, large waterfalls and a boardwalk over beaver dams on Bald Mountain Brook.
Length : 4.7 km/2.9 mi. (linear)
Estimated Time : 1 h 30 min (one way)
Difficulty : Strenuous
Features :
Hiking
Dogs allowed (on leash)
Waterfall

Big Brook

Embark on a long journey with this trail, beginning at Bathurst Lake and following the shore. You will discover an old fireplace and other remnants of a log cabin built by Buckley, an early Mount Carleton outfitter. The trail then turns inland and follows old logging roads through impressive forests with pristine streams. It joins Mount Carleton Trail just below the ranger cabin.
Length : 11.7 km/6.8 mi. (linear)
Estimated Time : 5 h (one way)
Difficulty : Moderate
Features :
Hiking
Dogs allowed (on leash)

Caribou Brook

This moderately flat trail travels across a hardwood ridge. The trail drops down towards Caribou Brook (named after the caribou which roamed the mountain until the early 1900s) where you should see plenty of signs of moose before coming out near Bathurst Lake.
Length : 5.2 km/3.2 mi. (linear)
Estimated Time : 1 h 45 min (one way)
Difficulty : Moderate
Features :
Hiking
Family-friendly
Dogs allowed (on leash)

Dry Brook

This trail begins at Bathurst Lake and heads west through stands of pine, birch, poplar, maple and spruce. The path follows the brook up the steep-sided valley, passing a number of waterfalls (one of which is 10 metres (32 feet) high). The stream, which headwaters are on the Mount Carleton Plateau, disappears underground in places, earning it the name ‘Dry Brook.'
Length : 6.3 km/3.9 mi. (linear)
Estimated Time : 4 h (one way)
Difficulty : Moderate
Features :
Hiking
Dogs allowed (on leash)
Waterfall

Mount Bailey

Travel through mixed forests on your way to the rocky cliffs with views of Mount Sagamook and Mount Carleton. Keep going to the peak for views of Bald Mountain Brook below.
Length : 6.9 km/4.3 mi. (mixed)
Estimated Time : 3 h
Difficulty : Strenuous
Features :
Hiking
Snowshoeing
Family-friendly
Dogs allowed (on leash)
Lookout

Mount Carleton

The west trail follows a lush, mossy stream up the mountain. Cross a long, rocky ridge to the peak where you will find a tower that marks the highest point in the Maritime provinces. The tower was once used to look for forest fires. The east trail descends along an old access road that passes a fireman's cabin.
Length : 9.3 km/5.8 mi. (loop)
Estimated Time : 3 h 30 min
Difficulty : Difficult
Features :
Hiking
Snowshoeing
Family-friendly
Dogs allowed (on leash)
Lookout

Mount Head

Mount Head is halfway across the plateau between Mount Sagamook and Mount Carleton. The peak provides the best views of Mount Carleton, Bathurst Lake and Pine Point.
Length : 4.7 km/2.9 mi. (linear)
Estimated Time : 2 h (one way)
Difficulty : Moderate
Features :
Hiking
Dogs allowed (on leash)
Lookout

Mount Sagamook

Follow the old logging route established by Admiral Spruance, an American sportsman who frequented the park. Rocky outcrops provide iconic views of Nictau Lake and are widely considered the best views of the park. Don’t forget to check out the lookout and ridge on the eastern section for views of Bathurst Lake and surrounding forest.
Length : 6.1 km/3.8 mi. (loop)
Estimated Time : 5 h
Difficulty : Difficult
Features :
Hiking
Dogs allowed (on leash)
Lookout

Pine Point

A fire burned through this point of land in 1933 and it regenerated to mostly red pine. Follow along the edge of Bathurst Lake through these red pines before looping back.
Length : 2.5 km/1.6 mi. (loop)
Estimated Time : 1 h
Difficulty : Easy
Features :
Walking
Family-friendly
Dogs allowed (on leash)

Portage

This restored ancient portage trail between the Nictau and Bathurst lakes connected the Saint John River and Nepisiguit River watersheds. It had been used by the Maliseet and Mi’kmaq for centuries and by early explorers and missionaries in the 1700s and early 1900s. The forest trail follows the flattest route between the two lakes, making it one of the easiest in the park.
Length : 4.1 km/2.5 mi. (linear)
Estimated Time : 1 h 30 min (one way)
Difficulty : Easy
Features :
Walking
Canoeing
Family-friendly
Dogs allowed (on leash)

Williams Falls

Stand on the bridge over the top of the falls or the lookout platform below to see the falls from every angle. A short walk to an amazing place.
Length : 0.3 km/0.2 mi. (linear)
Estimated Time : 10 min (one way)
Difficulty : Easy
Features :
Walking
Wheelchair accessible
Family-friendly
Dogs allowed (on leash)
Waterfall
Lookout
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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