Say Bon Jour to New Brunswick at Mactaquac Park

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June 22, 2009

Our Canadian adventure continues this week in New Brunswick, the largest of the Maritime Provinces.

getting-to-nb-videoGeneral Info: Mactaquac Provincial Park spreads out over 525 hectares just 24 km (15 mi.) west of the provincial capital city of Fredericton.

Hours and Fees: The park is open year-round from 8 a.m. to dusk daily. Entrance costs CAN$7 per vehicle per day, or you can get a season pass for CAN$70. For more specific information call the park office at 506-363-4747. Don’t be surprised if they answer the phone in French—NB is the only constitutionally-bilingual province in Canada (in contrast to Quebec, whose sole official language is French).

Activities: There’s an 18-hole golf course and driving range at the park (and mini-golf for the light-hearted). The Mactaquac Lodge has a licensed bar and dining room for relaxing evenings without having to go to town.

mactaquac-nb-area-map1Mactaquac Lake and the St. John River invite swimmers, boaters and anglers to enjoy the waters. There are two beaches and a supervised swimming area, as well as a boat ramp, dock and marina. The park also allows windsurfing and canoeing. Enjoy a lovely picnic after hiking/walking along the many nature trails (one of which is wheelchair accessible). There’s a playground for the kids and a recreation field for soccer and other sports. See the park activities page for more things to do during your visit.

Pets: Your pets are welcome to camp with you at Mactaquac Park, and you’ll find the entire province of New Brunswick quite hospitable to your four-legged travel companions. Again, call the park office for details at 506-363-4747.

tpat_rvr_mactaquac1Camping Info: The park campground has 303 open and wooded gravel sites with handicap access. There are 75 pull-thrus (both back-ins and pull-thrus measure 30×50’) and 235 sites have electrical hookups (30 amp). There are restrooms with showers and wheelchair accessible flush toilets. A dump station is available for RVs, and the park store sells firewood, LP bottles, groceries and snacks. The park also features a public phone and onsite laundry facilities for your convenience. The campground is open from mid-May to mid-October. Nightly rates are $22 (no hookups) and $24 (electrical only). Download the campground map PDF

If you’re from New Brunswick or have visited Mactaquac Provincial Park in the past, please chime in with your stories and travel tips!

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  1. It’s been a long while since I fished in Mactaquac and I didn’t even realize there was a campgrounds. We just fished and then after dark headed back to Moncton.

    I will have to give the campground a try next year. Thanks