We explore Mt. Carleton Provincial Park’s waterfalls, lakes, and trails, in Northern New Brunswick, Canada
We made the best of yesterday’s rain and chilly temperatures by doing some work and then enjoying a delicious dinner. We roasted duck thighs and potatoes with herbes de Provence and served them with cabbage and red wine vinegar slaw. It all turned out wonderfully if I do say so myself.
When we first got up this morning, the weather looked like more of the same, but as we were drinking our coffee blue sky started to emerge from behind the grey clouds. By the time we were finished our bacon and eggs, we had bright blue skies and fluffy white clouds, so we decided to make the best of the sunshine.
We took a drive deeper into the park. Mt. Carleton is unlike any of the other provincial parks we’ve visited in NB so far. It’s much wilder and less developed and frankly all the better for it. We drove past pristine lakes banked by rolling mountains. We spotted plenty of evidence of wildlife, but the only critters we saw were partridges.
Our first stop was at the Williams Falls Trail. We had read in my Waterfalls of New Brunswick guide this little waterfall was worth a visit, especially as the hike is only 0.3kms. The book was correct, and the falls were lovely, especially this early in the spring when the water is gushing. The water in the surrounding ponds looks crystal clear, and we took our time enjoying and photographing the falls.
From Williams Falls, we continued skirting the edge of Big and Little Nictau Lakes and on to Pine Point. This area serves as the trailhead for three hiking trails: Dry Brook, Caribou Brook, and Pine Point. We opted for the shortest of the three, needing to reawaken our long dormant hiking muscles, and set out on the two kilometre Pine Point Trail.
As the name suggests, the Pine Point Trail circles a point of land that juts into the Bathurst Lake. The red pine forest on the point grew here after a fire in 1933. We saw evidence of beavers and what was most likely moose, but no actual wildlife other than birds. The scenery, however, was lovely, particularly at the end of the point. From there we overlooked the lake and Teneriffe Mountain in the distance.
As we were wrapping up our hike, the wind began to pick up, and our blue skies started shifting quickly to grey. We had a few spits of rain on the way back to our campsite. We had enough time for a quick email check at Headquarters and to park Yeti before the heavens opened. The campers around us scattered for their trailers as the rain pelted down. Then, just as quickly as it came on, the rain stopped.
We had a snack of cheese and pâté, and I began prepping for supper. Soon, we’ll be grilling shrimp I’ve marinated in lime, chilli, and olive oil served with a pearl couscous, mango, pepper, and green onion salad.
We’ll see what tomorrow holds weather-wise before we make any further plans. As it’s our last full day in the park, I hope we can get out and explore a bit more. Mt. Carleton is certainly the perfect place to get back in touch with the wild vastness of Canada’s nature, and we’re enjoying every minute of it.
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