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“Don't miss the parkway (not the park)”

Fundy Trail Parkway
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Private Full-Day Tour to Hopewell Rocks from Saint John
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Owner description: The ultimate Bay of Fundy eco-adventure. Drive the paved parkway that hugs the coastal cliffs. Lace up your hiking boots and hop on your mountain bike and explore the trails. These connect to paths and stairways which lead to pristine beaches and tumbling waterfalls, Precambrian rocks, 250m cliffs that tower at the water's edge. If that doesn't take your breath away, just check out the view - the spectacular, stunning Bay of Fundy. The trail has been carved out of the Fundy Escarpment, one of the last remaining coastal wilderness areas between Florida and Labrador. Most of the elements of the Fundy ecosystem exist within this area including the dramatic Fundy tides. At the Interpretive Centre you'll find original artifacts and old photos from a bygone era, when logging, fishing and shipbuilding were an economic mainstay of this region. Guided tours to Hearst Lodge and Great Day Experiences for the family or groups are available. The Interpretive Centre also provides a snack bar, restroom facilities and a small retail outlet. Above the Centre, there is a suspension bridge across the sparkling waters of the Big Salmon River and the beginning of the wilderness Fundy Footpath.
Reviewed July 27, 2011

So to clarify the title, Fundy National Park is beside Alma. It is definitely worth seeing. But the Parkway is near St Martin's and it is really spectacular - probably not as well known, as it is newer.

If you have been on the Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia you have had a taste of what this is like. Cabot however is a roadway meant to be travelled by everyone, this parkway is not. It twists and turns over the Bay of Fundy, sometimes you have to slow to 30 km/hour. There are a huge number of lookouts and lots of trails plus beaches. They have an excellent flower pot too. The Parkway climbs and climbs from entry to where it ends 16 km later. The last few kilometres are quite new and really high and it is a bit scary to go around some of those curves, but definitely worth it. The views are spectacular. There is an interpretive centre at the 9 km mark, worth visiting too, plus a suspension bridge. Just after the centre there is a place where they have cut thru the rock, unbelievable to see. This is one of Canada's most spectacular tourist attractions, it is too bad it is not better known and a bit more accessible. (The roads to St Martin's could give you car sickness they are so uneven - and slow!)

8  Thank scoope29
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Reviewed June 16, 2011

If you are stopping in Saint John for a day and need to have a wonderful tour of the place give Saeed a call. We stumbled on his name and phone number in one of the reviews and arranged a tour with him. He is very knowledgeable of the place and makes the tour very interesting. Make sure you get the full package including Fundy Trail as it is very beautiful and scenic. The price he gives is fixed so there is no point in not seeing everything he has to offer. I promised to recommend him as he did an excellent job. His number is (506) 639-8665 or check his website www.fundytour.com

6  Thank TraceyJones11
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Reviewed August 26, 2010

Visiting the Fundy Trail was a last minute decision for our last morning of vacation. We were very surprised on the work that went into it. All of the decking, stairs, rope stairs, and well-kept trails were amazing. Much better coastal views than Fundy National Park. There was even water dispensers in regular intervals in the park (think: like the kind in an office but with a little wooden 'house' around it). The staff at the visitors center was very kind. It was very interesting to see all of the photos and artifacts from the old logging settlement that is now long gone. I suggest going in the morning. There's also the option to stay at a cabin (the package includes dinner and breakfast for $99 per person). We will be back to go on some longer hikes in the future! I'm excited to see what it is like when they expand it (construction has already begun).

9  Thank onesnap
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Reviewed April 11, 2010

We visited New Brunswick and the Bay of Fundy in August 2009. The Fundy Trail is not well advertised. We drove to St. Martins after reading about the sea caves there. At low tide you can walk into a couple of caves scoured into the beach cliffs. The cliffs are reddish and there were some shallow tidal pools with starfish in one area near the shore.

The Fundy Trail starts in St. Martins and is about eight miles long. There are many lookouts. It is well worth getting out of the car and taking a walk along the marked trails at one or more stops to look over the flower pot sea stacks or down to one of the beaches. We hiked down a steep trail at one stop to a cobble beach where we were only one of two families there. The tide comes in so fast. If you look at a landmark large rock, then look back in 10-15 minutes it can be submerged by the ocean. It's not dangerous, just fascinating.

The Fundy Trail will connect up with Fundy National Park in a few years. When it does it will be much more traveled and it will be a real tourist attraction for New Brunswick. For now, it was still my favorite scenic part of the bay of Fundy, along with St. Martins. If I had it to do over again, I would stay in St. Martins as it was a pretty village by the sea. The Cave View restaurant on the beach at St. Martins has lobster, steamers and chowder with a deck looking at the caves and bay. You need to book a room in advance in St. Martin or anywhere on the coast of New Brunswick in summer as there are not a lot of hotels or rooms in the area we found out. We ended up staying in Moncton, NB at a Hampton Inn chain hotel we reserved before traveling. Good thing, because it was sold out the nights we were there.

With the CAT ferry between Maine and Nova Scotia now stopped because the Canadian government is no longer subsidizing the ferry, more people will probably travel to the New Brunswick side of the Bay of Fundy. It is beautiful but there need to be more hotels and restaurants to support tourists in the area. Here are two links about the Fundy Trail and the village of St. Martins:
http://www.fundytrailparkway.com/en/
http://www.stmartinscanada.com/

13  Thank famvacations
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Reviewed September 29, 2009

This is a beautiful drive along with ocean with numerous stops to get out of your car and take photos or a short walk. You can also ride bikes or hike the off road trail if you have time. There is also a shuttle bus back to your car if you want to hike part of the trail. Don't bother going if the visibility is poor, as you won't be able to see much or take any good photos. Be sure and stop at the Sea Caves right outside the village of St. Martins. The drive to the parkway is hilly and curvy, so will take you longer than you think to get there.

5  Thank greecer
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