The fun doesn’t stop once summer is over at Mactaquac Provincial Park. The park is open admission-free in the winter so you can enjoy several outdoor activities, relax in the warm, welcoming lodge and have a bite to eat at MOCO Kitchen.
Grab your toboggan and zip down one of the 2 groomed sledding hills (Top 10 in Canada). Skate around a .4 hectare (1-acre) pond, cross-country ski on 7 km of groomed trails (classic and skate ski) or snowshoe at various locations in the park. Fat bikes are available for rent at the park, and complimentary cross-country skis and snowshoes are available courtesy of the Friends of Mactaquac (first come, first served). Winter walkers can follow a well-maintained trail that begins at the park's main gate and continues through Campground 1. Leashed dogs are welcome. You can even take a horse-drawn sleigh ride for a magical winter treat (reservations required, 506-328-5919). Enjoy the park camping experience all year round, even in winter, by spending the night in your tent or in a rustic shelter (reservations required). Snowmobile enthusiasts can ride to and in the park on safe, groomed trails.
The park is open daily from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. (4 p.m. Monday-Tuesday) throughout the winter. The sliding hills and skating pond are lit nightly until closing. Call ahead for weather conditions prior to cross-country skiing, ice skating, tobogganing or winter camping.
Mactaquac Provincial Park is a broad woodland and recreation complex along the scenic Saint John River in New Brunswick. You’ll find a variety of outdoor activities throughout the year in this riverside playground. Discover the beauty of this 525-ha (1,300-acre) masterpiece along one of the many walking trails (one of which is wheelchair accessible), and enjoy interpretive walks through our pristine beaver pond nature reserve. Or take the fun to new heights with TreeGO Mactaquac Aerial Adventure.
Stay awhile at the Mactaquac Provincial Park campground with over 300 campsites to choose from. While you’re there, take a dip in the Park’s freshwater beaches or tee-up at the Mactaquac Golf Course. Bringing the whole family? Mactaquac’s recreation centre provides entertainment that’ll keep the kids busy. There’s always something to celebrate in the Park, so keep your eye out for upcoming family-friendly events below. The Clubhouse is also home to MOCO Kitchen. With beautiful views and casual fine dining featuring local ingredients, the restaurant is great for a quick bite out with friends, a nice meal with the family, or the perfect date night.
Mactaquac is also home to two marina’s, the Mactaquac Power Boat Marina and the York Centennial Sailboat Marina.
Mactaquac Provincial Park’s campground provides more than 300 campsites in both open and wooded areas (2 of which are wheelchair accessible) and features laundry facilities, hot showers and kitchen shelters. The recreation centre provides children’s entertainment and activities. The campers’ store is convenient to stock up on groceries, propane, firewood and snacks.
Rock piles along this trail are an indication you are traveling through past farmland. The trail is a long narrow loop through the forest between a wetland and Alex Creek.
Alex Creek tumbles towards the Saint John River through a small valley. Climb to the edge of the campground before dropping back down to the stream and the Murch Field Trail.
Find out how beaver dams are built and the habitats they form on this trail that circles a pond. Interpretive signs and a boardwalk crossing the pond give insight to the waterfowl, frogs, and ever-changing marsh vegetation that call the pond home. You will find signs of beaver activity and may even see a beaver.
This trail is shared with the beaver lodge and you can expect to see the busy beavers in action. Follow along a beaver pond with a large, old beaver hut. The pond was once a forest and you can look for duck nesting boxes in the dead trees that were flooded by the pond.
After passing through a softwood forest the trail follows Little Mactaquac Stream before returning through a more mixed forest. Cross the stream and stop at the lean-to style shelter as you pass.
Interpretive signs describe the many, large hardwood trees you pass along the trail. This hardwood ridge is representative of the hardwood forest that lines the Saint John River Valley.
Take this trail to a beautiful view of the Mactaquac head pond, an old farmer field, streams and a striking waterfall. Pass under the TreeGO Mactaquac aerial adventure course and through several small fields. One field overlooks the sailboats in the Mactaquac Marina.
A quick walk through a mixed forest with massive large-tooth aspen trees (a favourite of the beavers) takes you to the end of a large beaver pond. Look for ducks swimming between the dead trees sticking out of the pond.
This short loop trail takes you from Mactaquac Stream to Scotch Lake Road along the back of the park. Mature spruce, cedar, and maple can be found along the mossy trail as it climbs gently up from the cedar stands through a magnificent forest of hemlock. Watch for the resident pileated woodpeckers.
This old road starts at Mactaquac Beach and travels along the head pond created by the Mactaquac Dam. At several spots along the trail you can look across at the dam.
Pitch your tent, bring your RV, or enjoy the ease of one of our roofed accommodations.