J.D. Irving, Limited is pleased to offer four free nature parks for the enjoyment of the public. Each of the parks have unique features and are home to diverse wildlife and habitat. Nature parks are crucial and valuable to New Brunswick and Canada as a whole: for wildlife habitat and ecosystem protection, offering havens for people to exercise or relax, as well as a chance to learn about the surrounding environment.
In 2021, JDI launched a free program enabling visitors to the Irving Nature Park and La Dune de Bouctouche to learn more about the woods and our conservation program with the help of their smart phone. By scanning various QR codes throughout the park, visitors connect to a website with more information and photos related to our conservation program sites.
We invite you to visit www.jdirvingconservation.com to learn more about our program and visit some of our most unique natural wonders to discover the gift of nature.
IRVING NATURE PARK – A 600-acre site located in Saint John, NB has been a hub for tourism and learning since it was open to the public in 1992. This unique park is a place where everyone can experience the various ecosystems of the Bay of Fundy coastline. It is open year-round to encourage visitors to discover the gift of nature with geological treasures and many other stunning features. At the Park, you can stroll or swim along Saint’s Rest Beach, enjoy
LA DUNE DE BOUCTOUCHE – IRVING ECO-CENTRE: La Dune de Bouctouche was developed and opened to the public in 1997 with the intention of preserving and restoring one of the few remaining great sand dunes on the northeastern coastline of North America. Stretching 12 kilometres (7.5 miles) across Bouctouche Bay, the dune features a rich variety of marine and aquatic plants and animals, including shorebirds and other migratory birds that make the dune their habitat.
WOLASTOQ PARK – Built in 2004, Wolastoq Park overlooks the Reversing Falls Rapids. Wolastoq means “the beautiful river” in the language of the Wolastoqiyik people who originally lived on the shores. Visitors can learn about how the lands provided the Wolastoqiyik people with food, materials, and medicines, along with transportation routes for hunting and trade. A collection of wooden statues of historical Saint John figures are placed throughout the park.
IRVING ARBORETUM – Located in Bouctouche, this park is the perfect place to observe local flora and fauna. The walking and biking trails around the park are connected to the trail system that leads to the local village and to La Dune de Bouctouche.