Cape Jourimain National Wildlife Area


Cape Jourimain National Wildlife Area is open to the public for day-use only. While most trails are open, some trails and visitor facilities may remain closed until such time that they can be safely re-opened. 

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Cape Jourimain National Wildlife Area (NWA) borders the Northumberland Strait at the southeastern extremity of New Brunswick, 2 kilometres northwest of the village of Cape Tormentine. Established in 1980, this NWA encompasses an extraordinary variety of ecosystems that include salt marshes, brackish marshes, fresh water wetlands, barrier beach, sand dune and upland. The area functions as a refuge for about 170 species of native and migratory birds.

The cape itself is comprised of two islands (inner "Trenholm" and outer "Jourimain"), and the salt and brackish marshes that connect them to the adjoining upland. Until about 1896, Jourimain Island was the mainland terminal for ice boats that operated between New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. A lighthouse established in 1870 still remains to this day. A prominent road was built in the 1960's linking the islands to the main land. This road was upgraded and expanded as the main access road to the Confederation Bridge that now connects New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

Cape Jourimain has significant and unusual wildlife and habitat values. It is frequented by large numbers of spring and fall migrant waterfowl and provides nesting and rearing habitat for several types of waterfowl. It attracts a large and diversified group of shorebirds, including Piping Plover, and in that regard is one of the most exceptional areas in the Atlantic region. Its value to wildlife includes provision of nesting, rearing and migration habitat for several bird species in addition to waterfowl and shorebirds like the Osprey, which uses the area's nesting platforms.

More information on Cape Jourimain NWA is provided in the summary table below.

Planning your visit

The Cape Jourimain Nature Centre is a not-for-profit organization that offers educational programs as well as tours. It also includes a full-service restaurant, interpretation centre and day camp programming for children. A network of well-marked and accessible trails start from the nature centre and walking them is a wonderful way to observe wildlife and reconnect with nature.

Public Facilities: interpretation centre, restaurant, parking lot and public washrooms.

Access to Cape Jourimain NWA is permitted in accordance with the conservation objectives identified in the NWA management plan. Public notices listing the authorized activities in the NWA are posted at access points and include: wildlife observation, canoeing, hiking and the picking of wild berries and greens. Fishing, hunting, and trapping are permitted subject to Provincial and/or Federal regulations in addition to specified conditions (see public notices on site for closed hunting zones).

For more information on what is permitted in NWAs, consult the NWA Management and Activities page.

Image of Cap Jourimain Nature centre
Cape Jourimain Nature Centre


Located in New Brunswick at the foot on the Confederation Bridge, this NWA is one of the most easily accessible wildlife areas in the country.

From New Brunswick:
the parking lot and visitor centre are located on the south side of Highway 16 immediately before the access ramp to the Confederation Bridge.

From Prince Edward Island:
the parking lot and visitor centre are located on the south side of Highway 16 immediately after leaving the Confederation Bridge.

GPS: 46.161045, -63.816429

More information on access and permitting for Cape Jourimain NWA can be obtained by contacting the Environment and Climate Change Canada regional office.

Map of the area

Map of Cap Jourimain NWA
  • Long description

    Map showing the area around Cap Jourimain, on the eastern side of New Brunswick. The boundaries of the Cape Jourimain NWA are indicated. This NWA covers Cape Marsh and much of the surrounding lands including Jourimain Island and Cape Jourimain. The land covered extends approximately 4 km inland from the Northumberland Strait in a southwesterly direction. Highway 16 divides the NWA in half along a Southwest to Northeast axis. The wildlife area is located to the northwest of Bayfield and Cape Tourmentine. The scale on the map is in kilometers. Permanent water, intertidal water, roads and highways are all indicated on the map. A small, inset national map situates the NWA in Canada.

This map is for illustrative purposes only and should not be used to define legal boundaries. Cape Jourimain NWA can also be viewed using Google Maps. Please note that the Google map is a complementary source of information and does not represent the official map or site name.

Summary table

This table provides summary information for the Cape Jourimain NWA
Category Information
Protected Area designation NWA
Province/territory New Brunswick
Latitude/longitude 46°09' North / 63°49' West
Size 662 ha
Reason for creation of protected area To provide secure protection of the habitats of this coastal site and to afford an opportunity to enhance its values to wildlife through habitat and resource management.
Date created (Gazetted) 1980 - Legal Description
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Management Category IV - Habitat / Species Management Area
Additional designations None
Keystone or flagship species Great-blue Heron, Osprey, Willet, American Black Duck.
Main habitat type Wetland (67.1%), Forest (13.9%), Abandoned Farmland (16.3%), Farmland (2.7%)
Listed Species under the Species at Risk Act (SARA) Piping Plover have been observed infrequently and Peregrine Falcon is a common spring and fall transient.
Invasive species Canada Thistle and Purple Loosestrife
Main threats and challenges None recorded
Management Agency Environment and Climate Change Canada (Canadian Wildlife Service)
Public access and usage Wildlife observation, canoeing, hiking and the picking of wild berries and greens are permitted on the whole wildlife area. Fishing, waterfowl hunting, and trapping are permitted subject to Provincial and/or Federal regulations (see public notices posted on site for closed hunting zones).

Note: If there is a discrepancy between the information presented on this web page and any notice posted at the NWA site, the notice prevails as it is the legal instrument authorizing the activity.

Related documents

Contact information

Environment and Climate Change Canada - Atlantic Region
Canadian Wildlife Service
Landscape Conservation Unit
17 Waterfowl Lane
Sackville, New Brunswick E4L 4N1

Toll-free: 1-800-668-6767 (in Canada only)

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