Weather, Temperatures and Tides
When planning a visit, remember that you are coming to the coast. Temperatures will be cooler than inland and weather can change quickly. Bring warm clothes and rain gear. Environment Canada's website provides weather forecasts for the region.
If you are interested in exploring the shoreline - low tide provides the best opportunities. Try to plan your visit so you will be at the Centre 1 hour either end of the low tide. Tide tables for nearby Cape Tormentine.
Gear to bring
Our trails are well surfaced but during winter and spring may be wet or icy. We recommend hiking boots at any time of the year and rubber boots during the spring or during wet spells. Our trails are not wheelchair accessible at this time. In summer, Poison Ivy grows along sections of the trails. We recommend long pants.
Binoculars, bird guides and perhaps a spotting scope will help you enjoy our rich bird diversity at the site. You may also wish to bring a wildflower guide to help you identify some of our beautiful native species. The Salicorna Boutique offers a variety of field guides for use in this area. Please remember, you are in a protected area and we ask all visitors to stay on the trails and keep all domestic animals on a leash. Please pack out all your garbage and respect wildlife by giving them space and not attempting to feed them.
From June through the middle of August, come prepared for mosquitoes. Our saltmarshes produce a healthy crop of these bothersome bugs. Fortunately, areas next to the shore almost always have a breeze to keep them away. If you plan to head into the woods, then long pants and shirts combined with a repellent or bug jacket are your best defence. Though precautions to avoid bites are still recommended, there has never been a case of a person getting West Nile Virus in New Brunswick and recent studies have not found the virus in the province's bird populations. Visit the province's West Nile Site for more details. Ticks and Lyme disease are not an issue in southeastern New Brunswick.
If you forgot to come prepared, the Salicornia Boutique offers a variety of repellents and "bug jackets" as well as binoculars, field guides and some clothing items to help you enjoy your time in the area.