Two Days, 2 Hikes
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On top of Sugarloaf Mountain looking over to the province of Quebec
I recently took a trip up to northern New Brunswick, with my son Nick, to celebrate my grandmother’s 90th birthday, visit with family, and of course, enjoy nature, explore, and eat some good food.
In this post, I’ll chat about our two amazing hikes, but be sure to checkout my Eating in Northern New Brunswick post after you’re done with this one and my review of the local Farmer’s Market too (I’ll post links as soon as my posts are complete).
If you’re an outdoor and nature enthusiast and looking for a place to just “be” and relax, I’d highly recommend visiting this beautiful area. If you can go in the fall, especially late September or early October, you’ll get an extra treat of enjoying the colourful fall foliage. You can check out the province’s fall foliage report before visiting (link at end of article).
Morrissey Rock, New Brunswick, Canada
Hiking Sugarloaf Mountain
Sugarloaf Mountain View from the Top
First of all, let’s clarify that this is Sugarloaf Mountain located in New Brunswick Canada and not Sugarloaf USA.
I grew up in this part of the world and hiked this mountain many times. Every time I climb, I notice something new.
When I was up this time, I chatted with a woman in her 60s that climbs the mountain at least 5 times a week, year round. Keep in mind that northern NB gets tons of snow in the winter. This woman was fit!
Sugarloaf Mountain Specs
The Terry Fox Trail that Leads to Sugarloaf Mountain Trailhead
A Bit of History: Sugarloaf mountain is an ancient volcano (no longer active) and is part of the Appalachian Mountain range.
Location: access from Sugarloaf Provincial Park, Atholville, New Brunswick, Canada. The actual mountain is located in Campbellton, the town bordering Atholville.
Distance: 380 meters from parking lot to trailhead. Almost 1 kilometer to climb.
Height: 305 meters (1000 feet)
Time: It takes us about 30 minutes up and 20-30 minutes down. This isn’t counting the distance from the parking lot to the trailhead. At one point in time you could hop onto the trail from the highway to cut down on time, but clearly marked no parking signs now line the highway’s edge.
Difficulty: intermediate to difficult. If this difficulty level is not for you, Sugarloaf provincial park has many other hiking trails that are sure to fit your needs.
Description: On this hike, expect to continuously be going up. There are no plateaus. The trail is very well maintained and is mostly gravel type surface with some rocky sections. There are two sections that are more difficult as far as climbing. Both sections are found towards the end of the hike. One of them is equipped with a metal ladder with rungs and handrails, making the climb much easier. The other is just prior to reaching the peak and might require you to use your hands to get up. You’ll see what I mean with the pictures below.
On the way up there are a few lookout points. One of them looks out over Campbellton and over to the province of Quebec with a great view of the mountains, town, and bridge. The other looks into the provincial park and you get a great view of the forest and lakes.
Once on top, there is a viewing platform that you can stand on to get the best views. Looking to the left, you will see the Restigouche river, Atholville, Tide Head, and beyond. Straight ahead, a view of the river, Campbellton, the bridge connecting to the province of Quebec, and mountains. To the right, a view of communities that eventually end up in Dalhousie and Charlo, with a view of the Bay of Chaleur.
Tips: Consider wearing proper hiking shoes or boots for grip and ankle support. I’ve always just climbed it with a good pair of running shoes, however, the last 2 times, I’ve experienced foot and knee pain that wouldn’t exist with the proper footwear. Hiking poles could be an asset for some.
Photos of our Sugarloaf Mountain Hike
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Dalhousie Mountain Trail
Dalhousie Mountain Trail
On our 2nd day in northern NB, we wanted to explore some more, take in the local farmer’s market and eat some more delicious food. (blog post links for the market and restaurant review coming soon).
For our hike, we opted for a shorter one since we had a big 90th birthday party celebration to attend in the afternoon and evening.
The Dalhousie Mountain Trail is short, but don’t let that keep you from going. The sights are breathtaking and the workout is just enough to get your blood pumping for the day ahead.
Dalhousie Mountain Trail Specs
Location: Dalhousie, New Brunswick, just behind the École Aux Quatre Vents school.
Distance: Approximately 3 kilometers return trip
Elevation Change: 77 meters
Time: Including taking time to rest, sightsee, and take photos, this probably took us about 1.5 hours at most.
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Description: You will notice some incline on this hike, but it is very gradual and barely noticeable. To access the trail, park at the École Aux Quatre Vents school and the trailhead is easily visible from the parking lot.
The trail is well maintained and dog-friendly (on leash). The terrain is mostly dirt or gravel with barely any debris or branches to get in the way. The walking path is quite wide. There are no trail markers, but it’s very obvious where you must navigate.
As you’ll see in the pictures below, there are 2-3 main viewing points and also seating available part way and at the end of the trail.
Tips: Bring water. Good running shoes or hiking boots are suitable.
Photos of Dalhousie Mountain Trail
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Links of Interest
- Hiking NB
- Sugarloaf Provincial Park
- Restigouche County Tourism (Destination Restigouche)
- Tourism New Brunswick
- New Brunswick Fall Colours Report
Check out the full length video of my weekend adventure HERE.
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