Fundy National Park boasts the highest tides in the world, along with 110 km of hiking trails and great camping. It has something for everyone from wilderness hiking to self-guided interpretive trails. For the peddle and spoke set there are a number of trails open to mountain biking. Don't miss the opportunity to take a guide sea kayaking tour in the bay. There is also great opportunity for bird watching, and wildlife viewing and beach walking.  
Entrance to Fundy National Park
 
Season: All year-round

Location: The park is located near the village of Alma on Provincial Highway 114 in the southern region of New Brunswick on the Bay of Fundy. From Moncton take the 114 to Alma or the 2 to the 114. From St. John take the 2 to the 114 into the the park. From Fredericton take the 2 to the 114. The park is approximately 80km from Moncton.


Hiking

The park has 110 km of trails ranging from short hikes to extended 50 kilometre circuits. The parks terrain is gently rolling to mountainous, so you'll find trails for every skill level.

Bennet Brook Trail: Intermediate Expert, 6km. From this trail you will have a fantastic view of Point Wolfe River from the bluff 150 meters up. There are some steep climbs and descents along this route as you travel to the Marven Lake trail. The trail should take about 2 to 3 hours to complete.

Black Hole Trail: Intermediate, 5.5km. The trail starts at the Forty-five Road and takes you down an old forested road to Upper Salmon River. The trail should take about 2 hours to complete.

Caribou Plain Trail: Easy, 3.4km. This is a self-guided interpretive trail that has a boardwalk and great opportunity for bird watching. There is also a shorter wheelchair-accessible section. The trail should take about 1 to 1 1/2 hours to complete.

Coastal Trail: Expert, 3.2km. This is a beautiful trail that takes you along the coast past, ridge-tops and rolling hills, sea cliffs and coastal forest. The trail should take about 1 to 2 1/2 hours to complete.

Coppermine Trail: Intermediate, 4.4km. The trail takes you across a small foot bridge over a brook to a mine site and continues on providing great view of the coast. There is great bird watching along this route. The trail should take about 1 to 1 1/2 hours to complete.

Dickson Falls Trail: Easy-Intermediate, 1.5km. The trail starts beside Point Wolf Road and takes you along a stream with cascading waterfalls. You'll see a verity of mosses and ferns with there are signs providing the interpretive element of this self guided trail.

East Branch Trail: Intermediate, 5.6km. This is a forested interpretive trail with artifacts remaining from its logging past. The trail should take about 2 to 2 1/2 hours to complete.

Foster Brook Trail: Expert, 1.9km. This is a forested trail that starts beside Point Wolf Road and has some steep climbs and a stream to ford, as it takes you to the Marven Lake Trail. There is wilderness camping along this route if you want to spend the night out. The trail should take about 1 1/2 to 2 hours to complete.

Goose River Trail: Expert, 7.9km.The trail starts at the Point Wolfe campground and takes you to the mouth of Goose River, where it flows into the Bay of Fundy. Along the trails length you'll see the rugged cliffs of the coast. You can camp at the river if you want to spend the night out and you've brought your backpacking gear. The trail should take about 2 to 2 1/2 hours to complete.

Herring Cove Beach Trail: Intermediate, 0.5km. This trail starts at the parking lot at Herring Cove and gives you access to the beach and the tidal cave. If you continue to the left and take the Coastal Trail there is a beautiful lookout.

Kinnie Brook Trail: Intermediate, 1.4km. This is a self-guided interpretive trail that will take you along steep-walled valleys, to disappearing streams with lush vegetation. The trail should take about 45 min. to complete.

Laverty Falls: Intermediate, 2.5km. This trail will bring you on an ascent through hardwood forests to the beautiful Laverty waterfalls. It then continues on to climb out to Shepody Road. The trail should take about 1 to 1 1/2 hours to complete.

Marvin Lake Trail: Expert, 8km one way. The trail takes you to Marven and Chambers Lakes. These are remote lakes with an abundance of wildlife. Keep your eyes open for beaver or moose. You can backpack along this route if you want to spend the night out. The trail should take about 2 to 2 1/2 hours to complete.

Matthews Head Trail: Intermediate, 4.5km. The trail takes you down an old forested wagon road to grassy meadows and panoramic views of the Bay of Fundy from a cliff top overlook. The trail should take about 1 to 1 1/2 hours to complete.

Moosehorn Trail: Expert, 2.2km. You will follow a stream that eventually plunges into the river. This trail was named after a portage route for loggers and it connects to the Forks Trail. You'll have to ford streams twice on route. The trail should take about 1 to 1 1/2 hours to complete.

Shipaven Trail: Easy, 0.5km. This is a self-guided interpretive trail that follows a boardwalk. The trail affords a spectacular view of the Point Wolfe River estuary.

The Forks Trail: Expert, 3.4km. This trail will take you to the confluence of the Broad River and the Forty-five River. The trail provides beautiful views of the canyon and up river, the Match Factory Gorge. The trail should take about 1 1/2 to 2 hours to complete.

Third Vault Falls Trail: Expert, 3.7km one way. This trail starts at Laverty Auto trail parking lot and brings you to the Third Vault Waterfalls where you can take a dip in the beautiful pool at its base. The trail should take about 1 1/2 to 2 hours to complete.

Tracey Lake Trail: Intermediate, 4.2km. This is a forested trail that links four small lakes and it is a great area of the park for spotting beaver and moose. There is wilderness camping on this route if you want to spend the night out. The trail should take about 1 1/2 hours to complete.

Upper Salmon River Trail: Intermediate, Expert, 8.5 or 10.5km. On this trail you can either hike from Laverty Falls to Black Hole and finish at the Forty-five Road near Brook Lake (8.5 km) or continue on to Headquarters Campground which is another 4.7 km. You will travel from alder-lined floodplains to steep valley walls, and passed the remains of logging dams. You will also encounter three streams which will require fording, along with some rock scrambling along route. Depending on the route you choose, the trail will take either 3 1/2 to 4hrs or 5 to 6 1/2 hrs to complete.

Whitetail Trail: Intermediate-Expert, 10.3km. This trail has 4 starting points and is a perfect area for wildlife viewing. You might get a glimpse of deer or beaver along your route. The trail should take about 4 1/2 to 5 hours to complete.


Front Country Camping

Chignecto Campground: A wooded camping area with serviced and unserviced sites as well as some wheelchair accessible facilities (check with the park for details). The campground has flush toilets, showers and laundry facilities as well as a trailer dump station. The campground is located along the 114 northwest of Alma.

Headquarters Campground: An unserviced campground the area has flush toilets, showers, Laundromat, a trailer dump and some wheelchair accessible facilities (check with the park for details). The campground has the best access to the park facilities and the amenities provided by the nearby town of Alma, which is within walking distance.

Pointe Wolfe Campground: An unserviced open area campground with flush toilets and showers.

Wolfe Lake Campground: An unserviced tent campground about 20km from the town of Alma. The area has vault toilets.

Group Camping

The park provides group camping areas to qualified groups. Reservations are required, contact the park for details.

Roofed Accommodations

There are a number of options within the park, from inns to rustic cabins to a section for trailers. Outside the park you'll find more options in the nearby town of Alma.

Reservations can be made through the parks website via Parks Canada Camping

 
Backpacking

There are wilderness campsites on the Goose River, Marven Lake, Tracey Lake, Foster Brook and Upper Salmon River trails. To register call 506-887-6000. The park has put together a series of interconnected trails in what's know as the Fundy Circuit, providing a 45km loop around the park. The circuit takes 3 to 5 days to hike, contact the park for details.

The famous Dobson Trail starts in Fundy and stretches almost to Moncton at a distance of 60 kilometers. In the other direction you'll find the stunning Fundy Footpath which makes its way along the Fundy Coast. This is one of the east coasts most spectacular and difficult hikes, which along with the International Appalachian Trail and Newfoundland's East Coast Trail is amongst eastern north America's world class backpackers destinations.

 
Crossing the Salmon River on The Upper Salmon River Trail. The crossing is aided by the cable which the park has installed
Mountain Biking

Is permitted on the Goose River, Marven Lake, Black Hole And Bennett Brook Trails.

Bike Packing with Panniers: There are wilderness campsites on the Goose River, Marven Lake, Tracey Lake, Foster Brook and Upper Salmon River trails. To register call 506-887-6000.

 
 
A covered bridge that crosses the Point Wolfe River which flows directly into the Bay of Fundy.
 
Backcountry and Cross Country Skiing

Two major, groomed trail systems make up the 50 km of trails which include the Chignecto South and the Laverty trails. There is also an ungroomed ski trail beginning at the Point Wolfe parking area leading to Goose River and Marven Lake.

Snowshoeing

All trails, other than the groomed ski trails, are open to snowshoeing. The Caribou Plain Trail 3.4 km loop and the East Branch Trail 5.6 km loop have been "flagged" and parking lots are kept clear of snow.

Winter Camping

Winter camping is available at Goose River, Chamber's Lake and Marven Lake. These sites have firewood, fireplaces and pit privies. Reservations are required.

Literature

The park publishes a visitors guide, Salt & Fir, a Winter Guide and a simple map of the park with some visitors information. There is also a detailed hiking, backpacking and mountain biking map with detailed trail descriptions and elevation profiles available for a fee, The map is available in Tyvek, which is waterproof and just about indestructible.

 
Canoeing

Bennet Lake and Wolfe Lake will allow you to do a little lake paddling. Canoes can be rented at Bennet Lake. Note: Wolfe Lake may be closed to canoeing - inquire with the park.

Sea Kayaking

There is sea kayaking off the park in the Bay of Fundy with the best launch point being Alma. The park has a variety of coastline with cliffs, coves, beaches, sea stacks and even sea caves. The tide can rise and fall over 10m, quiicky changing the shoreline as you go. There are a number of streams and rivers which you can explore on route. Unless you well seasoned in sea kayaking it is highly recommended you hire a guide or touring company.

 
Entrance to the Upper Salmon River Trail
 
 

Be aware there are many dangers inherent in kayaking the bay. With tides and currents like few other places on earth, fast moving fog banks, along with waters that hover just above freezing all year round. Weather can turn quickly and landings may be impossible along some streatches of shoreline.

 

 
Fundy National Park is located on the Bay of Fundy which has the worlds highest tides. They tides height increases as you move up the bay towards the park. Tides have been recorded here ranging up to 16 meters (53 ft). This area has a phenomenal number of seabirds and shorebirds and it's as famous for its nature viewing as for its tides.

Area Links


Atlantic Balloon Fiesta
Bay of Fundy
Canada Quest Adventure Race - Bay of Fundy
Festival By the Sea - St. John
Fundy Footpath - Exceptional coastal hiking.
Fundy Model Forest
Fundy Scenes
Fundy Trail Parkway - scenic parkway and 10km multi-use trail.
Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival - Fredericton
The Hopewell Rocks
Mary's Point - Ramsar Site
Mary's Point - David Christie, Personal Page
New Brunswick Golf
New Brunswick Lighthouses
Sentier New Brunswick
Shepody Bay - Ramsar Site


Guides and Outfitters

Coastal Adventures
Cape Enrage Adventures
Fresh Air Adventures


Resources


Map
Weather
Reservations
Albert County
Sussex
Moncton
St. John


Accommodations

Amberbrook B&B
The Captain's Inn
Fundy Park Chalets
Vista Ridge


Official Site: Parks Canada
New Brunswick Tourism


 

Fundy National Park
PO Box 40
Alma, New Brunswick
E0A 1B0

 

 
 
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