Kouchibouguac National Park, New Brunswick

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Kouchibouguac National Park
Boy isn't that a mouthful? It is an Indian name and is pronounced Koo-she-boo-gwack.

The park is located on the shores of the Bay of Kouchibouguac which connects with the Gulf of Saint Lawrence. It is a flat area, which is a relief from the hilly parks which we have been driving through.

There are miles of well maintained bicycle trails which wind through the park's interior and along the river and bay. The National Park is split by the Kouchibouguac River. The river is home to a good size Lobster fishing fleet.

This is the largest site we have had to date.
The bike path is right behind the row of trees behind the site.
On the other side of the bike path is the river.
On the other side of the river are the docks and the Lobster fishing fleet.
They would leave every morning at 5 AM. They woke up Mom, I sleep too soundly and missed all the fun!

This picnic table was located at the park's information center.
It has an Mi'kmaq Indian woman and child looking at a map with an Acadian farmer and an Acadian fisherman.

Another bit of information:
The Acadians incorporated Mi'kmaq and English into their French.

On the bike trail.
There were many picnic areas along the way to stop and rest at.
They also contained signs which explained history and nature information.

Getting my feet wet in the Bay of Kouchibouguac.

We are on a sand island which is reached from the bike trail by a boardwalk about 200 yards long.
At the end of the island is the canal which the lobster boats use to get to the harbor. That's one coming back from a long days work at sea.

They have picnic tables located at various points along the way.
Notice the wooden deck which is flush with the grass. They do not have to move the table while cutting the grass. Also, note the metal plate, on the table top over hang, to keep the heat from grill from burning the wood.

We drove around to see the Lobster boats come in and off load their catch.
The container is full of Lobsters. They would not allow us to take a picture of the Lobsters. They also off loaded containers of crabs.

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