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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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