Irving Nature Park is an ideal family outing and you can tailor your visit to your activity level or interest. It has something for everyone!
Our annual visit w/the Granddaughters from Ontario includes a visit to St Andrew’s to visit the “Touchy Feely Tank” at the Huntsman Marine Science Centre. As the Aquarium has been closed this summer for renovations, we needed to find an alternative activity that the girls would enjoy. So we decided to visit the Irving Nature Park and then the sandy beach at New River Beach. Since we got to the Bay of Fundy at noon and high tide was after lunch, we decided to go the Irving Park first. We have visited before and we knew where on the 6.5 kilometer roadway we wanted to be.
Our favourite spot is a long steep staircase that leads to a small cove where the pebbled beach is only 75 meters wide. The girls enjoy scrambling on the rocks looking for treasures; clam shells, gull feathers and other sea-tossed trinkets. Then it’s down to the beach to find small hermit crabs and other live sea urchins! I love to hear the girls squeal with laughter as they try to catch crabs with their bare hands!!
And the next contest is to see who can find the ideal rock. The beach is littered with smooth pebbles that can be painted to look like lady bugs. Or other shapes such as a heart! We even found one that was almost a perfect cube!! There is always lots of driftwood to choose a neat pattern or shape. Potential driftwood Santas were popping up like kernels of corn in the microwave.
After the fun of playing and exploring on the beach (and the occasional soaker because somebody has to fall in), it’s time for the group photo on the staircase. Although there are plenty of secluded spots for a picnic lunch, my crew decided it was time to head to Nude River Beach (every family has a comedian!) for spider dogs & a cold beverage! A great spot for Family Fun!
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