Irving Eco-Centre: An eco-world of fun

Learn about the great sand dune, local ecosystems and habitat through Irving Eco-Centre's fun, interactive activities and events.  Admission to all programs and parks is free.  

For information or group reservations please call 1-506-743-2600 or 1-888-640-3300 (reserved guided walks can be offered in English or French)

Meeting Places for all interpretive events will be on the boardwalk near the Information Centre.  General public tours are offered in English and French.

Dogs are not permitted on the dune or boardwalk; however, we are pleased to offer a free kennel service to visitors who are travelling with their pets.

(b)= bilingual (English and French)

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(f)= French


Every Wednesday morning in July and August

8:30am to 9:30am                            

“Yoga at the Beach”- What a better way to start your day by doing an hour of yoga on the beach.  Bring a mat or a towel and join Brigitte, a local Yoga instructor every Wednesdays morning of July and August.


Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday


“Mini-walk”- Spend half an hour with an interpreter on the boardwalk to learn more about the dune and its ecosystem (bilingual)


Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday

1:30pm to 3:00pm      

“Nature Exhibit Program”– Outside near the Information Centre – A different theme every day (bilingual)


Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday

9:30am to 11:30am

“Electric vehicle tour on the boardwalk” (for the physically challenged).  Enjoy a leisurely ride on our electric vehicle while learning about the dune’s ecology, and migratory endangered birds. Call ahead for a reservation (bilingual).


Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday


“Mini-walk”- Spend half an hour with an interpreter on the boardwalk to learn more about the dune and its ecosystem (bilingual)



9:30am to 11:30am

“Découvrons/Discover la Dune” - for children between 7 and 11 years.  Spend the morning in nature discovery mode. Parents must register their child each week for this activity: first come first serve (bilingual)



9:00am to 10:30am   

“Electric vehicle tour on the boardwalk”


1:30pm to 3:00pm 

 “Endangered Piping Plover and their shorebird cousin” - Exhibit outside near the Information Centre (bilingual) Research Team Or “Nature Exhibit Program”



2:00pm to 3:00pm

“Roving Interpreter” An interpreter will be roving all over the site to answer your questions and to point out interesting facts about the Dune ecosystem (bilingual)



1:30pm to 3:00pm   

“ Nature Exhibit Program”



“Explore and create” - spend a fun family afternoon doing nature craft with the Dune staff. Registration is needed as we have a limit of 15 participants. 


July 5th,  July 19th, August 2nd 
6:30 pm

Music on the beach with local artists (bilingual). Enjoy a delightful evening with the whole family!  Come and live an amazing experience with live music by a local artist on the beach around a fire pit.


July 10th
3:00 pm

“Aquaculture in the Bouctouche Bay” - Farmed oysters are a valuable industry in Bouctouche Bay. Come and join us to learn more about the new method fishermen use to accelerate the growth rate of oysters.


Tuesday, July 16th at 3:00pm, Wednesday July 31st at 2:00pm, Wednesday August 14th at 3:00pm

"Shell-fishing is Fun" (bilingual) - This family activity will help young and old discover how people in the Bouctouche area fish for bar clams, soft shell clams and razor clams. How they are harvested, cooked and preserved by locals including ways to served them. 


August 13th

‘’P`tit François des bois vient à la Dune’’ - P’tit François des bois nous rend visite à la Dune le mardi 13 août et se fera un plaisir de prendre un café avec vous.  Rosesmallwood sera-t-elle là?


August 16th at

“Molluscs at the Dune”- During the Bouctouche Molluscs Festival and Acadian Congress 2019 in Bouctouche, the Irving Eco-Centre staff invite you for an evening discovering how Acadians living along with the coast fish and prepare various shellfish of the region. You will also have a chance to taste some of them. Music on the beach will follow with a local artist



‘’Kite Flying Demonstration” - A family fun afternoon to enjoy a stunning display of kites.


Sunday, September 22nd

“Walk the Full Dune”  - The Full Dune Walk is a community outdoor challenge that consists of hiking the full 12km length of the Bouctouche sand spit. Boat pick-up from the tip of the dune is provided. Pre-registration is required as of September 1st.

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