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7 Things To Do In Fundy National Park, New Brunswick

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 kilometres of hiking trails wait for the clomp of your boots. In winter snow related activities abound.

Here are 7 great things to do in Fundy National Park.

Fundy National Park in New Brunswick

1. Visit the beaches.

There are sandy beaches along the Coastal Trail in the park. 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 in Fundy National Park"

Beach at Herring Cove in Fundy National Park

"Not all beaches are accessible"

Not all beaches are accessible

 2. Choose from over 100 kilometres of hiking trails.

Some hiking trails like the Caribou Plain Boardwalk are super short – just an easy half kilometre while others are exceptionally strenuous. The 48 kilometre 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 kilometre Coastal Trail delivers that as you can see in the photo below.

Squaw's Cap Lookoff - a Fundy Biosphere Amazing Place

Squaw’s Cap Lookoff – a Fundy Biosphere Amazing Place

"Beautiful forest hiking"

Beautiful forest hiking

Hiking near Matthew's head in Fundy National Park

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"

Black throated green warbler, one of the warbler species sighted in the park – Photo credit: Bryan Jones on Flick

4. Go kayaking with Fresh Air Adventure based in Alma

Fresh Air Adventure 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"

The beach at low tide in Fundy National Park

5. Check out the waterfalls 

There are more than 25 waterfalls in Fundy National Park. Many of the falls can be seen from the hiking trails. The most photographed set of falls, the Dickson Falls, are accessed via a 1.5 kilometre loop trail.

"Laverty Falls"

Laverty Falls – Photo credit: mrbanjo1138 on Flickr

6. Go camping

There are lots of camping 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 s’mores.

"Camping on the Goose River"

Camping on the Goose River – Photo credit: Jeremy Caissie on Flickr

"Smores - two graham wafers, a roasted marshmallow & melted chocolate"

Smores – two graham wafers, a roasted marshmallow & melted chocolate – Photo credit: gLangille on Flickr

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.

More posts related to a trip to New Brunswick you might enjoy include:

7 Things To Do in Fundy National Park, New Brunswick

Leigh McAdam is a Calgary based writer, author, photographer and social media enthusiast with over 57,000 followers. Her blog: HikeBikeTravel is frequently cited as one of the top travel and outdoor adventure blogs in Canada.

Author of Discover Canada: 100 Inspiring Outdoor Adventures
Co-author of 125 Nature Hot Spots in Alberta

This Post Has 9 Comments
  1. I have associated Fundy with the tides so it’s great to know there’s so much more to do here no matter what season. That is a lot of waterfalls for one park and I’d be content waterfall hunting. I love that it’s free and offers so much. If I lived closer, I can spend a lot of time here. Great post, Leigh.

  2. Oh wow, this makes me want to pack up and go camping this weekend with my Golden Retriever, Phoenix. I absolutely love the campfire picture, Leigh! I wouldn’t mind a box of those smores 🙂

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