News Release Article from  Parks Canada

Kouchibouguac National Park Launches Very First Fat Biking Week

New activity makes the park a year-round biking destination

March 4, 2016                  Kouchibouguac National Park, New Brunswick                          Parks Canada Agency

Kouchibouguac National Park is introducing fun fat bike activities during this year’s March Break (March 5th  to 13th) in New Brunswick. The park will have 15 brand new fat bikes available to rent and will be offering Learn-to-Fat Bike workshops during the weekends of March 5-6 and March 12-13 with the International Mountain Bike Association and local retailers.

Fat bikes are a special type of bike that accommodate a much wider tire, often ranging from 3.5 to 5 inches in width. The wider tires allow bikers to ride on all sorts of terrain such as snow and sand, making it a sport that can be practiced year-round. To offer visitors a great and adventurous experience, 16 kilometres of dedicated fat bike winding trails will be groomed throughout the park’s Acadian forest between the Pijeboogwek Waxing Hut and the La Source Shelter. The specialized fat bike trails and the numerous shorter snowshoe trails throughout the park will allow visitors of all skill levels to try out the sport.

Canada’s national parks, national historic sites and marine conservation areas are gateways to nature, adventure and discovery. Kouchibouguac National Park aims to become a must-experience year-round biking destination for visitors with the addition of fat bikes. By encouraging Canadians to visit their national parks and historical places, and providing them with the information and means to enjoy them, Parks Canada allows more Canadians to experience the outdoors and learn about our history.

For more information visit Kouchibouguac National Park’s website.

 

Quick Facts

  • Visitors will be able to try out a fat bike for a free 15 minute trial from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. throughout the week, after which they will be available to rent by the hour, half-day or full-day.
  • The addition of fat bikes will complement the park’s well-known and popular 60 km network of bike trails available the rest of the year.
  • No equipment? Not a problem! A cross-country ski, snowshoe and fat bike rental service, located at Pijeboogwek, is available. Contact us ahead of time for rental hours of operation at 506-876-2443 or kouch.info@pc.gc.ca (weekdays).

 

Quote

“Kouchibouguac National Park is very excited to now offer fat bikes to its visitors and invites all Canadians to experience and learn more about our environment and our heritage. Fat bike fans and those new to the sport will get to experience and enjoy the beauty of the national park year-round in new and exciting ways.” 

Jérôme Lussier, Visitor Experience Manager

 

Associated Links

Kouchibouguac National Park

Parks Canada Reservation System

Kouchibouguac National Park Facebook Page

Kouchibouguac National Park on Twitter

Contacts
Julie Bastarache
External Relations Manager
Kouchibouguac National Park, Parks Canada
Office: 506-876-1288; Cel: 506-521-4739
Julie.Bastarache@pc.gc.ca

 

Media Relations
Parks Canada Agency
855-862-1812
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