Fundy National Park is located in southern New Brunswick on the shores of the Bay of Fundy. In addition to being a neat area, the Bay of Fundy is home to the world’s highest tides. The difference between high and low tide is nearly 40 feet (12 meters)! Naturally, this is the main attraction of the park.
We weren’t actually there for long enough to witness the difference, but we were out on the coast during low tide and could clearly see far above our heads the lines marking the edge of the water during high tide.
We set up camp at Chignecto Campground. There are campgrounds on the bay that are often enshrouded in fog, but Chignecto is back from the water a couple miles and supposedly less foggy. That may have been the case, but everything was still covered in dew in the mornings.
After setting up, we headed out to Point Wolfe, a thin strip of land that extends out into the bay. It was extremely foggy and grey when we arrived, but the fog slowly lifted and by midday the sky was blue and the sun was shining down on us.
There’s a covered bridge on the way out to Point Wolfe, and we stopped for a photo op before heading down to the bay. The Shiphaven Trail (0.3 miles/0.5 km) connects the bridge to Point Wolfe Beach, providing us a leisurely stroll out to the water.
Next, we headed out to Herring Cove (0.6 miles/1 km round trip), where we walked the beach while the tide was still relatively low, and then hiked to Matthew’s Head (2.8 miles/4.5 km round trip). This was a steep hike and the views were okay but not stellar; I probably wouldn’t do it again.
The tide was rising throughout the day, covering the beaches, so we headed inland then for an easy 1 mile (1.6 km) loop hike to Dickson Falls.
Finally, on our way out of the park the following day, we followed Highway 114 up onto the Caledonia Highlands, making brief stops at Caribou Plane and Bennett Lake.
Honestly, Fundy National Park was my least favorite destination of this vacation. Not because I didn’t enjoy it (I did), but because it was competing with Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia. Also, we were only there for a day and a half, so I think I probably didn’t give it a fair chance.
I’d like to return to Fundy to explore it further, because there are so many trails we didn’t have time to hike and I’d also love to actually witness the giant change in tides.
If anyone has been to Fundy, I’d love to hear about your experiences!
The Important Stuff:
- Getting there: located along Route 114 in Alma, New Brunswick
- Fees and passes: $7.80 CAD/person/day or $19.60 per car
- Camping: Chignecto Campground (261 sites, $25.50 CAD/night, reservations necessary). Point Wolfe and Headquarters Campgrounds also each have 154 sites available for reservations.
- Hiking: there are 65 miles (100 km) of trails in the park, of a variety of lengths and levels of difficulty
- Other: Keep an eye on the tide so you can see the 40 foot (12 m) changes. Also, so you don’t get stranded on the beach as it comes in