This is your complete guide to all about the Fundy National Park, Canada
Fundy National Park, located on the Bay of Fundy, near Alma’s coastal community, is one of the major highlights of New Brunswick, Canada. This national park has the best of what New Brunswick has to offer. It is a completely family-friendly getaway destination.
From coastal landscapes, epic hikes, dense forest & wilderness, beautiful scenery, the world’s highest tides, waterfalls, woods, and covered bridges, Fundy National Park has everything covered within its boundaries.
There is something about this national park that attracts people worldwide for various fun-filled family activities such as hiking trails, watching the high tide, going camping, or kayaking.
Discover Fundy National Park and the Bay of Fundy
The Bay of Fundy is nestled between two provinces of Canada, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. It is more than 300 km long and is home to many wonders to explore, such as natural and provincial parks. But the most visited and favorite spot on the Bay of Fundy is the Fundy National Park.
The park was established in 1948, and it spread across the Bay of Fundy in the North to Chignecto Bay. The park is not just about its coastline, but also the mountains. Most of the area is made of rounded and rolling mountains which make up the Caledonia Highlands.
Natural Environment and Fauna
The park is located in two distinct ecoregions. The Southern section has mild weather and is home to forests of red spruce, red maple, and yellow birch.
And it is also rich in its fauna which includes moose, chipmunks, beavers, and many more.
Although Fundy is the more well-known park of the province, there is another under-rated gem. Let us check that as well before getting into details about Fundy National Park.
Other Provincial Parks/National Parks: Kouchibouguac National Park
Located on the east coast of New Brunswick, the Kouchibouguac National Park is an underrated beauty. The national park is home to the lush-mixed wood forest and warm ocean beaches.
It is an all-season destination, open year-round, but it is a snowbound wonderland in winter. It offers you the experience you are not getting anywhere else in the world.
When To Go?
The peak season for visiting Fundy National Park is from late Spring through Autumn. Visitors are more interested in the Summer months like June, July, and August as they offer great viewing opportunities.
However, for activities like cross country skiing and snowshoeing, the winter months are best.
Many programs and activities are seasonal, too, so be sure to check everything in advance. Also, visitors can experience climate change in different parts of the park. Like take, for instance, the coast; along the coast, you will find frequent fog. It is also thereby known as the fog generating bay.
How To Get There?
As already mentioned, Fundy is located near the Alma village, on provincial highway 114. The park is easily accessible by car from several nearby cities such as Moncton (1-hour drive) and St. John (1.5-hour drive). You can take these cities as the starting point and head from there.
You can also travel by bus or plane; however, no public transportation directly takes you to the park. The nearest bus terminals are in Moncton and Sussex.
Hours of Operation:
The park is open with most of its facilities from mid-May to mid-October. And winter services are available from late December.
Top 7 Things To Do In Fundy National Park
Now, let us check some of the amazing things that you can do and explore upon your visit to Fundy National Park.
I. Go Camping
Fundy National Park during the summertime is the perfect site in the world to go camping. The park is home to four traditional campgrounds, in addition to eight back-country campsites.
However, during September or October, you will find fewer crowds and a better chance of finding a campsite.
The four traditional site offers all the services such as showers and washrooms. And the best part of some of the camping sites is that they offer great views of the Bay of Fundy.
Exploring Fundy National Park with family can not get better than setting up a camp. There are various camping options such as traditional tents, RV sites, cabins, yurts, and TENTiks (cabin-tent hybrid).
Of all the campgrounds in Fundy National Park, the most preferred one by visitors is the Point Wolfe Campground, as it is the most secluded and rustic. However, it is located the farthest. So, campers have to drive a long way.
The campground has access to several trails, so you ou can easily walk or march up to there. Some of the hiking trails lead to Point Wolfe Beach, where visitors can get great views of sunsets, low and high tides.
The campsites are always crowded, so make sure to reserve your spot in advance.
$26,06 per night.
II. Star Gazing
For visitors planning an overnight stay at the park, one of the best things to do is lift your eyes upward and explore the new trail: the milky way.
The park was recently designated as a Dark-Sky Preserve, which means it is one of the best places in New Brunswick to experience the night sky. In simple terms, a Dark-Sky Preserve is like an astronomy park where the night sky glimmers with millions of stars.
During the peak season, you also have the chance to take a guided tour and look through a giant telescope. The tour is managed by a member of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.
III. Experience the Best of Geocaching
Fundy National Park has plenty of hiking trails, outdoor attractions, and biking routes to explore. You can do this either the traditional way, that is, one track at a time, or they can go for geocaching.
Geocaching is one of the best ways to experience the park’s entire area. If you have little time on your hands, geocaching is your best option to experience the whole of the park’s adventures.
Geocaching is a combination of hiking and treasure-seeking. Participants have to find caches (hidden containers) using their GPS coordinates. It is a lot of fun for hikers, as there’s always something new to discover.
Fifteen official geocaches within the park keep the explorers very busy and entertained.
IV. Visit Fundy Coastal Villages & Learn Their Culture
When visiting national parks like this, it is also best to check out the nearby areas, the community, and villages. One such authentic village is St. Martins.
It is on the other side of Fundy National Park, in St. John County. From wildlife viewing in the forests to hike and walk adventures, St. Martins has a lot to offer.
You can go on a sea kayak adventure or discover sea caves during the low tide. During the low tide, the Bay of Fundy empties, and visitors can take walking tours to the sea caves.
And when done with the adventures, you can go shopping in a few local stores that sell locally made crafts and accessories. You also get a chance to learn about their culture, history and spend time with the local people.
V. Experience the Ocean Floor
The Bay of Fundy has the world’s highest tides, and it indeed is a scenic experience. But do you know that at low tide, you can walk on the ocean floor? This is one of those life experiences you cannot miss.
When the massive tides move farther off, they leave behind a big muddy ground waiting to be enjoyed.
Visitors can enjoy the muddy floors while they get to see a variety of creatures such as rock crabs, dog whelk, and limpets. And if lucky enough, you can also catch a glimpse of various species stopping by to snack on the tiny creatures.
Visitors can explore all by themselves or take on a free beach walk led by one of the park staff.
VI. Go Golfing
You may have played golf a lot in your life, but not in the same as you can at Fundy National Park.
If you want a hands-on experience at the best golf bargain in Canada, hands down, Fundy’s course is at the top of the list.
The park features a 9-hole, 70 par course designed by one of the finest architects of Canada, Stanley Thompson. The lush green course is pretty challenging and has great views of the site.
The charges range from $19,01 to $28,00, depending on the holes.
VII. Enjoy Snorkeling With the Salmon
If your trip by any chance is planned for early September, you might be in for a great expedition at the site.
Every year, Parks Canada biologists and Indigenous elders go on a snorkeling expedition with 12 lucky people. You can get a chance to snorkel with the salmon if lucky.
The Bay of Fundy Atlantic salmon is one of North America’s most endangered animals, and if you get picked, you get to snorkel alongside them and learn about their struggles.
This is one of the unique experiences you will have in life. However, to be one of the 12, you have to fill out the application in advance, that is, by the first of July.
Regardless of what you choose to do upon your visit, we advise going for a hike because the park is a hikers paradise. And as mentioned already, the park is for all seasons; that is, it is open year-round. You can visit anytime you want, and there will be lots of adventures awaiting.
There are waterfalls, rivers to swim in, lakes for boating, amazing trails to hike, there are also cycling trails. If not much in the mood for adventures, you can visit the Molly Kool Centre located in Alma for a Maritime kitchen treat.
There is just so much to see around the park, so it is best if we leave you with some surprise to discover yourself.
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