This forested preserve protects 53-hectares (130.9 acres) and is located in the hills east of Perth-Andover on the eastern side of the Wolastoq (Saint John) River.


The Armstrong Woods Nature Preserve is located within traditional Wolastoqiyik territory, and was donated by Murray and Jane Watters in 2018, long time members of the Nature Trust. Most of the property was Jane (nee Armstrong)’s family farm and woodlot, where she grew up.

She remembers when she was 10 years old, joining the men in her family, and their work horses Pat and Jean, and going out to cut logs and haul them out in the winter. The Watters were thrilled to be able to honour the Armstrong family in this way, with a donation of this land to be protected in perpetuity.



Deep valleys of old hardwoods and red spruce along Larlee Creek support abundant wildlife habitat for numerous forest birds, including the barred owl (Strix varia). Over time, natural forest succession will be allowed to take place here and Armstrong Woods will once again become old-growth Acadian hardwood forest.

Spring ephemerals are abundant in these woods, including Dutchman’s breeches (Dicentra cucullaria), red trillium (Trillium erectum), spring beauty (Claytonia virginica), painted trillium (Trillium undulatum), as are other common hardwood forest forbs and ferns. An uncommon shrub-like plant called American spikenard (Aralia racemosa) also grows in scattered areas of the preserve

Access and Activities

There is no public access to the preserve. We ask that you contact the Nature Trust office at (506) 457-2398 or ntnbpreserves@ntnb.org for more information about visitation or stewardship.

*The property is undeveloped and there are a variety of hazards and risks associated with accessing this preserve. Any visitor must assume responsibility for their own actions and safety and are to use the land at their own risk.