FAQ

To all trail users

Please educate yourselves using the tools provided via our website information, maps, guidebooks and talking to fellow hikers who have already hiked the Sentier Nepisiguit Mi’gmaq Trail. It is important to know that you are hiking the Sentier Nepisiguit Mi’gmaq Trail at your own risk, so educate yourself and properly plan your hikes.

Don’t forget to register so we know who is on the trail and when we expect you out.

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

Answer: Yes, if you are planning to hike the trail overnight. If you are only going out on a section for the day and returning home in the evening you do not have to register.

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 it is on the very first page. You can click on the Register button to begin the process.

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

Answer: Maps and guidebooks can be purchased locally at the Nepisiguit River Company or at ProNature 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 and warming shelters along sections of the trail that you can stay at for free if they are not occupied. If they are occupied, you may respectfully ask the hikers who were there first if they would mind if you join them. 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: Yes, but only the teepees and tenting platforms that are listed on the Parks NB website. You can visit the Parks NB website below and click on the backcountry tab to see campsite and platform availability. https://parcsnbparks.ca/

7. Question: Is there a shuttle service available?

Answer: Yes, there is a taxi service in Bathurst who is equipped for shuttling hikers from Bathurst to Mount Carleton. You can call Roland from People’s taxi at 506-543-1050

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

Answer: No, with the exception of intermittent connectivity closer to the city of Bathurst, more than 85% of the trail is without cell service. 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: Do you sell merchandise?

Answer: Currently no but we are looking into this prospect for the near future.

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.

13. 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 its rugged and unpredictable terrain.

14. Question: Can I leave my car at Bathurst Lakes (Access U Trail Head)?

Answer: Yes, however, there is a fee to leave your car overnight at Bathurst Lakes. You can get more details from the Mount Carleton Provincial Park Information centre upon arrival. If the gate is closed, you can park your vehicle there. If you hike from the information centre to the Trail Head, expect to add an additional 11 km to your hike.

15. Question: When does the Sentier Nepisiguit Mi’gmaq Trail officially open each season?

Answer: The Sentier Nepisiguit Mi’gmaq trail is officially open from June 1st to October 31st each year. Sections of the trail closer to Bathurst are open year-round for snowshoeing. All trail users are entering the trail at their own risk.

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 approximately 30 metres west from Access L. (West is if you are walking from Bathurst toward Mount Carleton.)

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

Answer: No. as of June 1st 2021, all fires have been banned in and along the trail including at campsites. We recommend you cook your food with a proper lightweight hiking cooking stove.

18. Question: If I hike solo, is it safe?

Answer: There are no guarantees to safety on a 150km backcountry hiking trail with little to no cell service. If you are physically and mentally fit and prepared for you hike, you will have a better successful rate than someone who has not understood the scope of this trail. The Sentier Nepisiguit Mi’gmaq Trail Inc. Advises all hikers who plan to register for a multi-day or thru-hike should read through all our information on our website and in our guidebook to ensure you know what you are planning for. Hike at your own risk.

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, it takes between 6 to 8 days. Most hikers can hike between 20-25 km per day taking elevation gains, water crossings and other potential obstacles that may slow down hiking times.

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