Public Access Points

Photo collage taken in and around the Musquash Estuary of seaweed, loons and an island were provided by Dave Thompson.

All Musquash Estuary access points can be reached from the Trans Canada Highway 1. Coming from Saint John, New Brunswick, follow the Trans Canada Highway 1 West. Coming from St. Stephen or St. Andrews, New Brunswick, follow the Trans Canada Highway 1 East. See this map for the location of areas described below.

Note: Fisheries and Oceans Canada does not maintain these public access points. Some of these routes may not be drivable. Use them at your own risk.

Map showing routes and aerial photos of the seven access points of the the Musquash Estuary
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1. Black Beach

Getting There

  1. Take exit 112 (Coleson Cove) from Trans Canada Hwy 1
  2. Travel south on King William Road.
  3. Continue past the Coleson Cove Generating Station (on left) to the end.
  4. There's a steep hill to the beach.

Activities

  • Launch a canoe/kayak (no trailer boat launch)
  • Access Musquash Head Lighthouse hiking trail

2. Five Fathom Hole Wharf

Getting There

  • Take exit 103 (Prince of Wales) from Trans Canada Hwy 1.
  • Travel south to stop sign.
  • Turn left and follow road south past sharp bend.
  • The wharf is just ahead down the hill.

Activities

  • Boating (using trailer boat launch) or canoe/kayak
  • Access Butler's Creek hiking trail

3. White Rocks

Getting There

  • Take exit 96 (Chance Harbour/Musquash) from Trans Canada Hwy 1.
  • Travel south on Musquash Road, stay right to old church.
  • Turn right on Gooseberry Cove Road and continue to end.

Activities

  • Activities: Launch a canoe/kayak (no trailer boat launch)

4. Menzies Point

Getting There

  • Take exit 96 (Chance Harbour/Musquash) from Trans Canada Hwy 1.
  • Travel south on Musquash Road, staying right to old church.
  • Beyond the church, the road is impassable by vehicle.
  • Veer left when road divides.
  • Hiking access only

Activities

  • Following a portage, may be able to launch canoe/kayak (no trailer boat launch)

5. Shoreline Opposite Five Fathom Hole Wharf

Getting There

  • Take exit 96 (Chance Harbour/Musquash) from Trans Canada Hwy 1.
  • Travel south on Musquash Road, staying right to old church.
  • Beyond the church, the road is impassable by vehicle.
  • Continue straight when road divides.
  • Hiking access only

Activities

  • Following a portage, may be able to launch canoe/kayak (no trailer boat launch)

6. Opposite Musquash Fire Hall

Getting There

  • Getting there: Take exit 96 (Chance Harbour/Musquash) from Trans Canada Hwy 1.
  • Travel south on Musquash Road. At stop sign, turn left on Malcolm Meehan Road.
  • Walk from the fire hall (on left) to access point.
  • Hiking access only

Activities

  • Following a portage, may be able to launch canoe/kayak (no boat launch)

7. At Bridge North of Hwy 1

Getting There

  • Getting there: Take exit 96 (Chance Harbour/Musquash) from Trans Canada Hwy 1.
  • Travel north on Musquash Road.
  • Turn left at power station, then right onto Shipyard Road.
  • Continue to end.

Activities

  • At high tide, can launch canoe/kayak (no boat launch)

Contact Us

Musquash Estuary Marine Protected Area
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Tel: (902) 426-9919
Fax: (902) 426-2331
Email: Musquash@dfo-mpo.gc.ca