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Fundy Trail Parkway

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Fundy Trail Parkway

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St Martins Fundy Trail
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3 Fundy Trail Parkway, St. Martins, New Brunswick E5R 0A2 Canada
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Fundy Coast to Fundy Shore Tour

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Capture Canada’s rugged coastline on camera on this 5-hour Fundy Coast to Fundy Shore photography tour. Explore the fishing village of St John in New Brunswick with your guide. Frame beautiful shots of the lighthouse and twin bridges as the ocean swirls in the background. Visit sandstone sea caves carved out by the powerful waves. Stroll along the rocky beach and gain insight into this small community’s rich heritage. Admire the Reversing Falls Rapids and stop at the market, where the locals have been buying their fresh produce since 1876.
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Robert B wrote a review Nov 2020
Riverview, Canada769 contributions259 helpful votes
We decided to do the new Parkway coming back to Moncton from St Andrews. The older section is a great drive but the new section to Sussex is amazing. Good road, super number of stopping places with parking and access trails. Spectactular views and vistas. Look forward to the last section to Fundy Park and on to Moncton.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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maritimeexplorer wrote a review Oct 2020
Nova Scotia, Canada3,341 contributions1,125 helpful votes
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New Brunswick's Fundy Trail Parkway joins Nova Scotia's Cabot Trail and Newfoundland and Labrador's Viking Trail as one of the great scenic drives, not just in Atlantic Canada, but in all of North America. Here's why you must drive it, bike it or hike it soon. I first visited the parkway in 2013 on an RV trip, but at that time it ended just past Big Salmon River and you had to return to St. Martins the western entrance to the parkway. I knew that the plans were to eventually make the Fundy Trail Parkway a through route from St. Martins to just outside Fundy National Park, but was not aware that in 2020 the parkway had opened an eastern entrance which was connected by an almost entirely new route to the town of Sussex. This is not to be confused with the final completion to Fundy National Park which is slated to open in 2021 and will provide another reason to return to experience this world class drive. It is important to know exactly what a parkway is in contrast to other types of highways. Essentially parkways are routes from which commercial traffic is prohibited, maximum speeds are limited and which are meant to provide an enjoyable experience traversing them by looking at great scenery. Many also include numerous lookoffs, trailheads and interpretation centres. They predate the automobile, but really came into prominence during the Depression when a number of famous parkways such as the Blue Ridge Parkway, Skyline Drive and Natchez Trace were constructed as part of the infrastructure programs of the New Deal. Parkways are expensive to build and have their critics who always think the money could be better spent on more 'practical things' like public housing. It took political courage and foresight for former premier Frank McKenna to press ahead with the Fundy Trail Parkway and now that it is a reality almost everyone agrees it was a great idea. We decided to drive the Fundy Trail Parkway from the eastern end to the western. Starting in Sussex would make for an approximately 110 km. (68 mile) circular loop from where we could then reach Alma just outside Fundy National Park in another half hour or so. From Sussex the signage to the parkway is quite good, taking you past Poley Mountain Ski Resort and the road into Adair's Wilderness Lodge which used to be as far as you could go. Now you'll find brand spanking new blacktop that at this time of year was flanked by fall colours and a prelude of what was to come. There is a kiosk at the eastern entrance where you buy your entry pass - $10.00 for adults, $9.00 for seniors, $32.00 for a family. Considering what this gives you access to, it is a bargain. There are twenty-one lookouts, seven beaches, nine special points of interest, sixteen observation decks, four waterfalls and no less than twenty hiking trails including the rugged multi-day Fundy Footpath which connects Fundy National Park to the Interpretive Centre at Big Salmon River. The newly opened eastern section of the Fundy Trail Parkway starts off well away from the coastline, but offers instead of ocean views, easy to moderate trails overlooking Walton Glen Gorge aka The Grand Canyon of New Brunswick, McLeod Brook Falls and McCumber Brook wetlands. There are observation decks at Walton Glen and McCumber Brook. If you actually want to descend into Walton Glen Gorge rather than just see it from the observation deck, be prepared for a very tough slog on the only trail in the system that is marked as a double black diamond. These trails are all accessed from the parking lot at the small interpretive centre near the eastern gate. From the eastern entrance it is about ten kilometres to the first of the twenty-one lookouts, each seemingly more spectacular than the last. One could easily do a photo essay just using pictures taken from these lookouts, but for now I'll settle on posting just a few with this review. The Bay of Fundy is one of the great natural wonders of the world and it is incredible and praiseworthy that New Brunswick has preserved a huge swath of it from St. Martins to Alma for future generations to enjoy and appreciate.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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NS-Rover wrote a review Sep 2020
Halifax, Canada105 contributions19 helpful votes
This is a coastal parkway. It has a number of scenic outlooks over the Bay of Fundy. It also has several waterfalls but they were a bit difficult to get to. Also there wasn’t much water flowing when we were there. The Walton Glen Gorge is also worth seeing but there is a bit of a hike to get to it. There is a suspension bridge across the Salmon River. Fun to walk across. If you enjoy nature and scenic vistas this is a great way to spend a number of hours. There is a gift shop and an interpretive center where you can view a short video near the Salmon River Bridge.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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DT-PEI wrote a review Aug 2020
438 contributions82 helpful votes
Spectacular views, many pull-off areas with easy parking. Many opportunities to walk/hike/sight see. The only thing missing during our tour was that we didn't see any whales breaching in the Bay, as it was a perfect day with calm, calm waters. The map/information sheet that you pick-up on entering the Parkway describes well the many parking places, look-offs, and trails accessible from the Parkway. So you don't miss anything, I suggest accessing the first parking lot to review the Guide to plan your visit, if you have not already done that.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Janice I wrote a review Aug 2020
Moncton, New Brunswick28 contributions1 helpful vote
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St. Martin's is a small town on the Bay of Fundy at the entrance to the Parkway. It's very picturesque with two campgrounds, a limited number of places to eat (check carefully as some are used due to COVID), and a few small shops. There's also a guided sea kayaking operation. The Parkway is a 30 km roadway and trail system from St Martins to the new entrance at the northeast which is accessed via Sussex Corner. Multiple lookouts, beachs (Long Beach is the only one with easy access...go at low tide), and hiking trails. Wonderful views from the lookouts. Need to know: no fuel or food available once you enter the Parkway except for soft drinks and chocolate bars at the reception centers.Lots of good picnic sites along the route. If you come from Sussex Corner, get fuel and food in Sussex first. Speed limit is 40 km/hr and you'll want to stop at several lookouts along the Parkway. Discuss trails with staff at the reception centre before setting out....they have some work to do to improve trail descriptions.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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