Rising Tides

Camping fun at New Brunswick's Fundy National Park

Photo by Tourism New Brunswick

Photo by Tourism New Brunswick

In my early 20s, I landed a summer job writing trail guides for the Province of New Brunswick. I crisscrossed the province for one blessed summer, visiting provincial and national parks and hiking through New Brunswick's portion of the International Appalachian Trail. 

From this experience, I saw firsthand that the hiking in New Brunswick is some of the best in the country. But for all the province has to offer, Fundy National Park will forever hold a special place in the heart of this hiking enthusiast. 

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Nestled in the heart of New Brunswick, Fundy National Park is located on the Bay of Fundy, which is home to the world's highest tides and some of the most captivating landscapes in the province and, arguably, the country.

This natural gem is renowned for its rugged beauty and extensive network of trails through the Acadian forests. It is a park I have visited since my teens, and it continues to be an annual destination for its hiking, camping and unparalleled views.

Photo by Nick Hawkins

Photo by Nick Hawkins

The park has several well-equipped campgrounds that accommodate both tent and trailer camping. 

Visitors can also rent a-frame tent cabins called oTENTiks, Ôasis cabins, which are teardrop-shaped domes, yurts and rustic cabins.  

Photo by Erin Hatfield

Photo by Erin Hatfield

My favourite is the Point Wolfe campground, accessed by crossing Fundy's famous red-covered bridge, because of its proximity to spectacular coastal wilderness, and the ever-present hum of the Bay of Fundy and towering evergreens.

Just a short hike from the campsite, on a wide gravel path, is Wolfe Point Beach, where you can walk on the ocean floor and take in the impact of the tides through the hardy landscape. 

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The park boasts an extensive network of trails, ranging from easy to difficult,  that wind through lush forests and unveils breathtaking panoramas. The Dickson Falls Trail is a great starting point and a relatively easy trail that leads you through moss-covered rocks and babbling brooks to a cascading waterfall. 

Coastal Trail runs along the Bay of Fundy shoreline, where you can often see seals at play in the tidal pools. This is a more difficult trail that crosses ridges and has some steady descents and steep climbs to navigate.

Apart from the camping and hiking, one of the things we love most about Fundy is its proximity to the Village of Alma. Be sure to carve out an afternoon to visit this adorable community that welcomes tourists from around the world.

Here you can choose from several fantastic restaurants, Tipsy Tail Restaurant Bar & Grill being my favourite for its lobster poutine, sample craft beer at the Holy Whale Brewing Corp and browse several gift shops.

I also highly recommend a visit to Kelly's Bakery for their famous sticky buns.

A word of caution: be sure to safely store said sticky buns back at the campsite because the chipmunks will absolutely steal them. 

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