Earlier this week we visited the breathtaking Fundy Trail which is located in southern New Brunswick, Canada and is part of the Trans Canada Trail system.
This photo was taken at St. Martins beach on the way to the Fundy Trail. We stopped here for a quick visit. The tide is on its way out, but at low tide, you can reach all four huge caves which are located in the background of this photo.
It was not our first time visiting the Fundy Trail. My siblings and our families try to get together and visit the area at least every other summer. We make it a big family outing, taking a few cars and as many family members that we can corral.
If you are unfamiliar, the Fundy Trail is a 6,323-acre park featuring a 19km driving parkway that travels through 251-million-year-old rock. While there, you have the opportunity to visit pristine beaches, waterfalls, Precambrian rocks, and cliffs which tower over the world-famous Bay of Fundy, home to the world’s highest tides.
The Fundy Trail is part of two UNESCO-designated sites:
- Stonehammer Global Geopark
- Fundy Biosphere Reserve
There are over twenty lookouts and observation areas, many of which are wheelchair accessible and strategically situated at scenic areas.
There are ten hiking paths to explore, with varying degrees of difficulty. They range from 0.33km to 49km in length. Three easy, four moderate and three challenging. Whether you want an easy stroll on the beach or a challenging wilderness hike along the extreme Fundy Coast, there is definitely something for everyone.
Each time we visit, we try to explore a couple new areas, as well as revisit a few favourites. This visit we went to:
- Fox Rock Observation Deck – The first lookout on the trail. We usually stop here to make our plan for the day. From here we can see the cliffs on the west side of the park all the way to Quaco Head Lighthouse.
This was taken from Fox Rock.
- Fuller Falls – This is one of our favourite stops on the parkway. You can view the beautiful, cascading waterfall from an observation deck at the top or walk down the cable ladder to a lower observation deck for a closer look at the falls.
Part of the cable ladder leading to the lower observation deck which is close to Fuller Falls. (I counted the steps on the way up and there were 62!)
- Suspension Bridge – Another favourite of ours, one that we usually stop at during every visit, is the suspension footbridge over the Big Salmon River. It is such fun to walk across the bouncy, wobbly bridge!
The suspension footbridge
- Big Salmon River – Located beneath the suspension footbridge and the Mitchell Franklin Bridge is the crystal clear waters of the Big Salmon River. While walking the shore or dipping your toes into the cool river water you will see the suspension bridge, the remnants of the old wharfs, and the sluices on the hills by the river. Sport fishing used to be important here, with salmon plentiful, but with the decline of the East Coast fishery, the salmon are gone here too.
Big Salmon River and the suspension foot bridge.
- Long Beach – This is a newly opened section of the Fundy Trail. Previously, you were only able to view this beautiful beach from the Long Beach Lookout or hike to it. Now you can drive down to a parking lot next to the beach, park your car and at low tide, explore the ocean floor on this 2.5 km beach that extends out .5km.
Above and below are a couple of shots of Long Beach.
- Davidson Lookout – Each year, after exploring the park, we always end the day with a family picnic at Davidson Lookout. From here you get great views of Ilse Haute and the coast of Nova Scotia.
Some of the gang, relaxing at Davidson Lookout.
If you are ever in the Maritime Provinces, I strongly urge you to visit this spectacular place. I guarantee you will not be disappointed!
TOP 10 REASONS TO VISIT the FUNDY TRAIL PARKWAY
1. Visit the Interpretive Centre and nearby Heritage Sawmill
2. Learn about the birthplace of the Atlantic Ocean
3. Walk, hike or bike the 10 kilometres (six miles) of coastal multi-use trail
4. Be inspired by nearly 20 scenic lookouts offering unparalleled views
5. Experience the highest tides in the world
6. Explore four secluded beaches
7. Participate in guided walks
8. Traverse the 84-metre (275-foot) suspension bridge
9. Climb down a cable ladder to the base of Fuller Falls
10. Kayak alongside the Fundy Trail
If you would like more information, I have included links to the Fundy Trail social media accounts.
If you are ever in New Brunswick, be sure to also check out these other great places to visit:
- Kings Landing Historical Settlement, New Brunswick, Canada
- New River Beach Provincial Park in New Brunswick, Canada
- A Visit to Beautiful St. Andrews By-The-Sea, New Brunswick, Canada
- Our Visit to Minister’s Island, St. Andrews, New Brunswick
- A Girls Trip to Fundy National Park
- The Twisted Sisters Visit Hopewell Rocks, New Brunswick
- The Twisted Sisters Visit Cape Enrage, New Brunswick
Have you ever visited New Brunswick, in Eastern Canada?
If so, did you visit any of the places I have listed here?