The Irving Eco-Centre: La dune de Bouctouche has been developed, protected and restored as one of the last great dunes on the northeastern coast of North America.
La dune de Bouctouche offers visitors the opportunity to learn about the dune and its ecosystem.
The fine sand dune extends 12 km into Bouctouche Bay and was created by the constant movement of sand due to the wind, tides, and ocean currents since the last ice age. Estimated to be 2,000-years old, the dune changes shape with every major storm.
It serves as a habitat for a wide variety of aquatic plants and animals, and shore and migratory birds, making this a major ecological site. The dune also serves to protect the bay's calm waters and salt marshes and a sandy beach, bathed by the warm bay waters, stretches alongside.
The boardwalk is open year round (unless a winter storm damages part of it).
Irving Eco-Centre’s bilingual interpreters are available from May to
October to explain why it is important to preserve the dune.
Directions: Take Exit 32A (for Bouctouche) off HWY 11 onto route
475. Follow route 475 through Bouctouche and out along the coast
north. You will see the dunes before you come to the Irving Eco Centre.
Geomorphology (the study of the forms and the evolution of the earth's crust's relief features on the Bouctouche spit) and ecodynamic mapping (mapping of the dune's plant environment) of the Bouctouche Dune are being carried out by the Université de Moncton.
The Irving Eco-Centre: La dune de Bouctouche has been developed, protected and restored as one of the last great dunes on the northeastern coast of North America by J. D. Irving Ltd.
When you visit Bouctouche, why not take a look at Pays de la Sagouine?
How To Find: La dune de Bouctouche - Irving Eco-Centre
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