FAQ

To all Trail users

Below are some of the most popular questions that hikers ask as they prepare to hike the Senter Nepisiguit Mi'gmaq Trail (SNMT). Review the page carefully as it is full of good advice and will sometimes direct you to other informative pages on our web site. Questions not found here can also be directed to our Facebook hiking community or email address at [email protected]

1. Question: Do I have to register to hike the Sentier Nepisiguit Mi’gmaq Trail?

Answer: Yes, if you are planning to spend one or more nights on the the trail. No, if you are planning just a day outing.

2. Question: How do I register for my hike with the Trail Organization?

Answer: You can register for your hike on our website www.migmaqtrail.ca . On the opening page is a green "Register Hike" button. Just click on it to begin the process.

3. Question: Where can I buy a trail map or a guidebook?

Answer: Maps and guidebooks can be purchased at the Nepisiguit River Company in Bathurst. You can find them at most outdoor stores in New Brunswick. If you want to buy a copy online, they are available at www.hikingnb.ca or at www.exploreeverywheremedia.com/collections/maps

4. Question: Can I buy an online version of the trail map for my app?

Answer: Yes, you can buy a digital copy of the map for your applications at Avenza Maps. Follow this link to purchase the downloadable map online https://www.avenzamaps.com/maps/1120517/sentier-nepisiguit-migmaq-trail

5. Question: Are there designated campsites along the trail?

Answer: Yes, we have designated campsites along the trail. You can find more information on our website here https://www.migmaqtrail.ca/camping.php

6. Question: Do I have to reserve a campsite or tenting platform before my hike?

Answer: No, All campsites including shelters and platform are on a first come first serve basis.

7. Question: Is there a shuttle service available?

Answer: Although not associated with the Sentir Nepisiguit Mi'gmaq Trail, there is a taxi service in Bathurst which can shuttle hikers from Bathurst to Mount Carleton Provincial Park. You can call Roland at People’s taxi: 506-543-1050

8. Question: Is there cell service on the trail?

Answer: No, more than 85% of the trail is without cell service. Only as you approach the City of Bathurst will intermittent connectivity be received. We recommend you use a SPOT or InReach GPS locator device.

9. Question: Do you rent SPOT or INREACH GPS devices?

Answer: No.

10. Question: How far is it to access, or how do I get to…

Answer: Please visit our website interactive map to find the distances to each access, campsite locations and all other information.

Follow this link here https://www.migmaqtrail.ca/interactive-map.php

11. Question: Can we bike, use a stroller or horseback on the Sentier Nepisiguit Mi’gmaq Trail?

Answer: No, the Sentier Nepisiguit Mi’gmaq Trail was designed as a single-track backcountry hiking trail. It cannot accommodate bikes, strollers or horses due to the rugged terrain.

12. Question: Can I cross the Power Dam at Access G?

Answer: No, as of 2020, NB Power is no longer permitting hikers to cross the Power Dam bridge at their facility. Hikers will have to get to Access G from the Taylor Brook Road, south of the Nepisiguit River. It is a long and circuitous route, accessible only with a truck and not recommended.

13. Question: I plan to start my hike at Access A, the Trail's eastern trailhead. Can I leave my car in the Daly Point Nature Reserve parking lot?

Answer: Yes, you can leave your car at the Daly Point Nature Reserve parking lot for the duration of your hike. There is no fee but Daly Point asks that you contact them at 506-546-0778 or via Facebook Messenger (https://www.facebook.com/DalyPointNature) and provide your name, licence plate number and hike start/end dates. Daly Point cannot be held responsible for your car nor its contents.

14. Question: I plan to start my hike at Access U, the trail's western trailhead. Can I leave my car at Mount Carleton Provincial Park, preferably close to Bathurst Lakes where Access U is located (ie. 11 km inside the Park from the main entrance)?

Answer: Yes, you can leave your car near Access U for the duration of your hike but there is a fee. For more details contact Mount Carleton Provincial Park or inquire at the Park's Information Centre at the Park entrance upon arrival. Mt. Carleton Park cannot be held responsible for your car nor its contents.

15. Question: When is the Sentier Nepisiguit Mi’gmaq Trail open?

Answer: Typically the Sentier Nepisiguit Mi’gmaq Trail opens each season around June 1st. Openings can be delayed if spring clean-up efforts are hampered by deep snow, unusual numbers of tree blowdowns or flooding. Follow the SNMT Facebook site for updates.

The last date for hiker registrations is October 15th and multi-day and thru hikers must complete their trips by November 1st. Please take note that Mount Carleton Park typically closes around mid-October. Hikers arriving after this date will have an additional 11 km walk to get from the trailhead at Bathurst Lakes (Access U) to the Park’s main gate.

Sections of the Trail closer to Bathurst are open year-round (snowshoeing in winter).

16. Question: Is there a food drop box so I can carry less food in my backpack?

Answer: Yes, there is a bear proof food drop box located next to the Trail approximately 100 metres west from Access L. The box is placed near the mid-way point of the Trail (ie. Km 79). Its coorinates are 47° 22' 28"N, 66° 04' 20"W (or in digital format = 47.374444, -66.072222). Obviously, using these GPS coordinates is the easiest way to find the box but remember, a cell phone GPS will likely not work in this area because of poor coverage. Only a real GPS device (ie. satellite feed) will work.

Please label your food supplies as you will likely be sharing the drop box with other hikers. Do not leave garbage in or near the box.

17. Question: Are fires permitted along the trail and at campsites?

Answer: No. All fires have been banned along the trail including at campsites. We recommend you cook your food with a proper lightweight hiking cooking stove. Please help us protect the Trail's wonderful natural environement!

18. Question: To come

Answer: To come.

19. Question: Should I carry Bear Spray?

Answer: If it gives you an extra sense of security then we recommend you do. It is not necessary however as there have been no dangerous close calls with black bears so far along the trail. We strongly recommend you follow our food storage safety practices to ensure you have a safe hike without unwanted encounters with bears. Follow this link to read more. https://www.migmaqtrail.ca/safety-tips.php

20. Question: How long does it take to hike the entire trail?

Answer: For an average hiker who has trained in the weeks prior to the trip (ie. conditioned their feet and practised carrying a heavy pack), it takes between 6 to 8 days (ie. 20-25 km per day). Please do not under estimate the importance of training beforehand. 150 km is a long hike!

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