It is impossible to describe all the beauties and opportunities for experiences offered by the Border Quad Trail using only a few lines. It is QuadNB’s longest themed trail with its nearly 850 km of trail # 10 which connects the nine clubs of two regions, without forgetting to add several hundred more kilometers of locally managed trails. If you wish to extend your stay, more than 7,500 km of trails on Crown land are accessible and will also lead you to the heart of the Acadian Forest or to the woods of Rivière-Verte.
The entire northern crown of New Brunswick opens up to you on this trail with several gateways to Quebec and Maine. A multitude of attractions will be offered to you in the North-Western part, namely the boundary of the three borders: the Michaud Mountain, the Canadian municipalities of the Saint-John River for several dozens of kilometers, the Peak of Green River, or better yet, the Grand Falls gorge (access soon allowed). The section of the former railway bed connecting Grand Falls to Perth-Andover will soon be added to this route.
For the Northeastern part, you also benefit from breathtaking attractions. Visit Squaw Cap (local trail that branches off Trail # 10) or cross Dalhousie to go to the Chaleur region where the Jacquet River gorge awaits you, the Jacquet River salmon barrier, the Parc-Atlas in Pointe-Verte for fishing arctic char and the protected natural area of the Jacquet River. How about a game of mackerel fishing in Petit-Rocher?
These two ends are connected by a trail of more than 300 km, in this case the old INR railbed between Campbellton and Kedgwick, which historically was marked by a head on collision between two trains in 1943, resulting in the death of five men. The footprints around this transport route are still whispering even after all these years. The St-Leonard-Campbellton trail takes one day, but many prefer to linger or extend their stay to participate in local activities including the Western Festival of St-Quentin or the Kedgwick Fall Festival.
Each of the nine clubs on this circuit is very active and its members will want you to stay so they can take you on a tour of their local trails and get a taste of local hospitality. Taste the “ploys” of the Madawaska region. Savor a lobster from the Bay of Chaleur. Admire the hard work of the forest industry in the St-Léonard region. On the other hand, the silence and tranquility of the forest and wilderness will be music to your ears as well.
To enhance your stay, several accommodations are accessible directly from the trail: Edmundston, St-Quentin, Kedgwick, Dalhousie, Bathurst and soon Grand Falls. In addition, there are the outfitters: Moose Valley Lodge, Chalets Restigouche and Island Lake Lodges (all accessible by secondary or forest roads from a managed trail.
Note that all of these managed trails are four-season trails with the exception of the trails on the territory of the Restigouche club between Campbellton and Kedgwick, between Dalhousie and Nicholas-Denys and from Grand Falls to Perth-Andover. QuadNB suggests that you use its interactive trail map, as the signage may be incomplete in some places.
Go to Regions 1 and 2 to find out all the points of services for the Border Quad Trail and for a virtual tour of certain attractions.