Kelly’s Beach in Kouchibouguac National Park New Brunswick Canada



Kouchibouguac National Park New Brunswick is located about 45 minutes north of Moncton International Airport along the Northumberland Strait.

The park includes barrier islands, sand dunes, lagoons, salt marshes and forests. Seabirds, like the endangered piping plover, and the second largest tern colony in North America are found in this park.

Kelly’s BeachKelly's Beach in Kouchibouguac National Park

Kelly’s Beach is the main beach in this very large National Park on Canada’s east coast.

This beach has some of Canada’s warmest saltwater!!  With 25 km (15.5 mi.) of golden sand dunes and a ½ km (.3 mi.) long boardwalk, this supervised beach is the perfect spot to relax, swim and build a sandcastle.

It is listed as one of Canada’s nude beaches but, because the beach is so long, you would have to walk for more than 30 minutes to the far end of the beach to spot any naked bodies!!

There are change rooms, washrooms, showers and a food concession for your convenience close by. It’s a great spot for families, with plenty of picnic areas and bike trails.

Sea Life and Sand Dunes

Stroll the boardwalk above the salt marsh grass toward the lagoons and sand strip.

On certain afternoons during the summer months, there are interpretive guides to help you find dozens of marine species living in such a biodiverse seawater habitat.

Learn about hermit crabs, mussels, oysters, sand shrimp, moon snails and sticklebacks.

Moon snail were eaten by Native Americans, but as they feed on clams, they may accumulate the poisons that cause paralytic shellfish poisoning.  They aren’t recommended for consumption but they are very “cool” creatures of the sea.

moon snail

Searching for fascinating creatures like this snail, is popular with adults as well as kids.

Don’t forget to ask about the evolution of the sand dunes too. You will learn about the marram grass and its role in protecting our environment.

marram grass

The canteen is open from Mid may to early September.  Lifeguards are ready to help from late June to late August.  Respect the piping plover nesting sites

piping plover

Bicycles are not permitted on the boardwalk.  Dogs are not permitted on the boardwalk or on the barrier islands of Kellys Beach.  Call 506-876-2443 for more information

Get first hand information from BeachBabyBob who returns to this park every summer …

About the author: Robert is a former teacher and travel buff, and has spent the last 30 years travelling to different parts of the world including all over North America, South America, Africa, and Europe.  He loves trying new cultural cuisine, zip-lining through the Amazon jungle, and his cat, Twyla-Mae.