Celebrate its 40th anniversary by visiting Mount Carleton Provincial ParkThis year marks the 75th anniversary of New Brunswick's provincial park system, and also the 40th anniversary of the creation of Mount Carleton Provincial Park. By far the largest of New Brunswick's nine parks at 17,000 hectares, Mount Carleton is at its best in the fall. They say a visitor to any of the park's peaks, which are a northern extension of the Appalachian Range, can see 10 million trees, and by late September, the majority are in full autumn bloom-a sea of oranges, reds and yellows.
While 2,690-foot Mount Carleton is the highest point in the park-and the Maritimes—the best place to take in the fall show is from the top of 2,549-foot Mount Sagamook. It's a tough hike to the summit-about 1,600 feet of elevation gain spread over five kilometres-but the views of Nictau Lake and the multicoloured forest make the grunt worth it. And there's an annual mountaintop fiddle jam on the last Sunday in September.
For more info: Friendsofmountcarleton.ca, tourismnewbrunswick.ca.