7 Things To Do in Fundy National Park, New Brunswick
New Brunswick’s Fundy National Park is located on the Bay of Fundy, home to the world’s highest tides. Easy access is via the pretty town of Alma, literally just minutes from the park gates. There’s plenty to do, both in summer when beaches beckon and over 100 kilometers of hiking trails wait for the clomp of your boots, and in winter when snow related activities abound.
1. Let’s start with the beaches. There are sandy beaches along the Coastal Trail. The one at Herring Cove is a great place for a picnic . It can be accessed by car if you’re not into hiking. You can also head to Bennett Lake or Wolfe Lake for freshwater swimming and more sandy beaches.
Beach at Herring Cove in Fundy National Park
Not all beaches are accessible
2. Choose from over 100 kilometers of hiking trails. Some like the Caribou Plain Boardwalk are a super short and easy half kilometer while others are exceptionally strenuous. The 48 kilometer Fundy Circuit links seven hiking trails together and takes three to five days to hike. I always prefer a trail with a view and the 13.8 kilometer Coastal Trail delivers that as you can see in the photo below.
Squaw’s Cap Lookoff – a Fundy Biosphere Amazing Place
Beautiful forest hiking
Some of the trails like this one near Matthew’s Head are very easy
3. Birdwatching is excellent. According to Kirby Adams of National Parks Traveler, warblers are drawn by the Old Man’s Beard, lichen found in spruce forests. Twenty six warbler species have been sighted in Fundy National Park. In the boreal forest you can expect to find Boreal Chickadees and Spruce Grouse. And along the shoreline you will be rewarded with gulls, terns, sandpipers, plovers and even Common Eider ducks.
Black throated green warbler, one of the warbler species sighted in the park – Photo credit
4. Head out for a day of kayaking with Fresh Air Adventure based in Alma. Their tours offer a great way to experience the inaccessible park shoreline and to see the tides of the Bay of Fundy in action. With a little luck you might be able to see Bald Eagles or Peregrine Falcons. Canoes, rowboats and kayaks are also available for rent on Bennett Lake.
The beach at low tide in Fundy National Park
5. Check out the waterfalls. There are more than 25 of them in the park and many are accessible via the hiking trails. The most photographed set of falls are the Dickson Falls accessed via a 1.5 kilometer loop trail.
6. Go camping. There are lots of options. If the photo below looks like nothing but misery then you probably aren’t a candidate for the backcountry camping experience. Other options include yurts, the Parks Canada oTENTik - a combo tent and rustic cabin equipped with beds, or the more traditional front-country camping which includes tents and RV’s. Don’t forget the smores.
Smores – two graham wafers, a roasted marshmallow & melted chocolate – Photo credit
7. In winter choose from cross country skiing, snowshoeing, winter walks or tobogganing. The park is open from sunrise to sunset and best of all it’s all FREE. The Chignecto Ski Club looks after the ski trails and snow reports are available on their website.
What is your favourite thing to do in Fundy National Park?
***A big thank you to Tourism New Brunswick for underwriting much of my stay – including my trip to Fundy National Park.***
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