Discovering Canada’s Maritimes
Discovering Fundy National Park
Where : New Brunswick, Fundy Park
Timeline : 1/2 day discovery (1.5 - 3.5 hours or more)
After spending the morning discovering the Hopewell Rocks, we ate a quick sandwich in our car and headed to discover the Fundy National Park. It's roughly a 35 minutes drive from Hopewell Rocks National park.
The Fundy National Park is located on the Bay of Fundy with the entrance near the village of Alma. The weather was gorgeous so we decided to discover as much Fundy park as we could. Since the sun sets around 9pm during the summertime, we had enough time to explore parts of the park in addition to the Hopewell Rocks.
According to Wikipedia, the Fundy National park was officially opened on 29 July 1950. The Park showcases a rugged coastline which rises up to the Canadian Highlands. It presents the highest tides in the world and more than 25 waterfalls. The Park covers an area of 207 km square or 80 square miles along Goose Bay, the northwestern branch of the Bay of Fundy. When you look across the Bay, you might catch the northern Nova Scotia coast.
There's a small entrance fee to pay to drive through and visit the park. We paid the total of $15.60 CAD, valid for 24 hours or noon next day. We took advantage of the grace period for back to back day visits. The park is quite vast, so we recommend you pay for a 2 day pass if possible.
An important note !
* We highly recommend you use the Alma entrance to access the park! Since we lost precious time accessing it from the other extremity.
The first place we visited in the park was Dickson Falls. This was a relatively easy hiking trail and we totally recommend. It gives off an “Enchanting Forest” feeling from magic and legendary fairy tales. The trail a 1.5km loop with estimated 30 minutes walk time. Of course, you can take more time to appreciate the nature's breathtaking demonstrations. There's a beautiful brook along the way with beautiful displays of vibrant colours. The trail is not really stroller friendly since there are many steps to climb at times. However, we think children will also enjoy the experience and view of the falls.
More hiking !
After discovering the beautiful Dickson Falls, we drove to the “Point Wolfe”. There is a parking space beside the woody Point Wolfe, which is a covered bridge that was built in 1992. From there, we got a beautiful trail to the shore where with low tide we could walk through the many rocks all the way to explore the Point Wolfe River. We felt this was a unique hiking experience for us.
According local information, the Point Wolfe River was once the centre of a blooming lumber industry in New Brunswick. To the point where mills sprung up on most rivers along to the Bay of Fundy. The Point Wolfe mill was opened in 1826 and continued – off and on – for almost 100 years.
Note: You can also check further information about the Point Wolfe Campground and many other places while Discovering Fundy National park - check out the following website.
And after a long hiking and discovering day, we got to Alma Village for a Fish & Chips take out then back to our apartment in Moncton.