Irishtown Nature Park
This park is unique in that it offers a wide variety of habitats to explore from Acadian forests to wetlands, aquatic/terrestrial environments and much more. This picturesque nature park consists of 2,200 acres of forest and 250 acres of water.
The Irishtown Nature Park features a wonderful setting for outdoor environmental experiences with many kilometers of forested trails. Several trail systems provide an opportunity for hands on personal experiences with nature. The nothern footpath (1.1 km) starts at the Tankville School (a historic museum displaying an original one room school house in the top section of the building and the basement serves as a community center for meetings and various outdoor activities) and ends at a new parking lot on the northwesterly boundary of the park. There is a loop trail used by school groups that is 680m long that leaves and returns to the parking lot. This trail is a natural trail with a chipped surface due to wet areas. It is used by walkers, hikers and snowshoers in winter.
This school was fully restored by the Elmwood North Community Association and many volunteers from the community. The Tankville School is also used for outdoor education programs with the Anglophone East School District run by the City of Moncton. For rental information, contact Sue Sherwood at 858-0738.
Seasonal programs are designed through the Parks & Leisure Services specifically to grade level and are meant to compliment what is learned inside the classroom and reinforced in the real world – outdoors.
The park history (city's first water supply in the 1800’s) is valuable information that is portrayed to visitors entering the park through interpretive signage at the spillway.
The surfaced trails (4.7km) - Gerhardt (250m), Dragonfly (1400m), Bouctouche Line (1975m), Forêt Acadienne (600m), Caledonia (600m), Canoë (225m), Spillway (1100m) and Ogilvie Brook (550m) These trails are surfaced which makes it accessible for all to walk, groomed in the winter as well for walking. These multiuse trails are used by walkers, runners, wheel chairs, bikers and hikers.
The footpaths (5.8km) - Bunny Hop (250m), Scout (875m), John Howard (2325m), Anguille 1125m) and Hawk (650m) These trails are more natural trails made for the adventurer and some section runs along the lake and where it is wet, they have been chipped for easier access. These trails are used by hikers, walkers and snowshoers in the winter.
The Northern footpath (1.1km) - Malcom's Way (1075m) and Vince's Walk (650m) are nature trails that begins in a maturing hemlock forest and runs through various other forest stands that are typically found in the Acadian Forest. These trails are used for outdoor science-based education/interpretation as there is so much to explore on this trail. You can access the trails either at parking #5 or at the Tankville School museum.
1411 Nature Park Policy
1411.01 Policy Statement
The City of Moncton’s green space infrastructure comprises of parks, trails systems and green spaces, of which one is identified as nature parks. The City defines a nature park within its municipal boundaries as an area of land and/or water permanently set-aside for the conservation of biological diversity. These nature parks are dedicated to an enjoyable user experience but also to the protection of the habitat and the diversity of life within their boundaries. It is important to remember that the natural environment is home to a wide array of wildlife and plants that rely on natural areas for nutrients, protection and shelter. The protection of these areas is a priority for the City.
In response to the blue-green algae bloom in the Irishtown Nature Park reservoir between 2007-2012, the City of Moncton has taken a scientific and educational approach to solving the problem by partnering with Dr. Alyre Chiasson of the Biology Department of the Université de Moncton and the Petitcodiac Watershed Alliance.
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