Mount Carleton Provincial Park
Mount Carleton Park is a remote park in the most mountainous region of the province. The park is more than 17,000 ha of forest in the northern part of the province, and is a 30 minute drive to St-Quentin, the nearest civilization. Mount Carleton is the highest peak in the Maritime provinces at 820 meters (2690 feet). The mountains tower above serveral large lakes. The main lakes are Nictau Lake and Bathurst Lake.
On the shores of Nictau Lake are a lodge, several campgrounds, and cabins. There is also an island that is shaped like a heart that is best viewed by hiking the Mount Sagamook Trail. Bathurst Lake is deeper in the the park and more remote. It extends to the east into Camp Lake and Teneriffe Lake, before turning into the Nepisiguit River.
The Portage Trail takes you between the two lakes. This trail replicates the ancient portage trails that were used in this area for thousands of years. This lake system is the headwaters to three major river systems in the province. That made this area a hub for travel throughout the province before there were roads. The Nepisiguit River flows to Bathurst in east, the Upsalquitch flows north to Campbellton and the Tobique flows into the St. John River to the southwest.
From Plaster Rock take Route 385 north for 76 km. You will find the entrance to the park on your right.
From St-Quentin take Route 180 east for 31 km then turn right onto Route 385. Travel for 9 km and you will see the park entrance on the left. Note that a section of route 385 is gravel.
From Bathurst take Route 180 west for 108 km then turn left onto Route 385. Travel for 9 km and you will see the park entrance on the left. Note that a section of route 385 is gravel.
Routes in the Park
- Nictau Camps to Portage Trail
- Nictau Lake
- Bathurst Lake
- Camp Lake to Teneriffe Lake