While the first part of our 2-week road trip in New Brunswick took us to Acadia, notably the Miscou and Lamèque Islands, Kouchibouguac National Park and Moncton, a change of scenery. Here we are for 4 days in the Bay of Fundy. Let’s go for the discovery of the Bay of Fundy in New Brunswick including Hopewell Rocks, Cap Enragé, Fundy National Park and the Fundy Trail.
First of all, what is the Bay of Fundy?
The Bay of Fundy is an arm of the sea located on the Atlantic coast of Canada, at the northern end of the Gulf of Maine, between the provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. 270 km long, the Bay of Fundy is world famous for its high tides. Tides that can rise 4 meters per hour and reach up to 16 meters high. These tides have shaped the shores of the bay for over a billion years. Several natural wonders are the result, such as Hopewell Rocks and the reversible rapids of Saint John.
Discovery of the Bay of Fundy in New Brunswick: our travel diary
1st stop: Hopewell Rocks Provincial Park
Located 40 km from Moncton, the Hopewell Rocks Provincial Park ($ 14 per person, ticket valid for 2 days) is one of New Brunswick’s gems. Living with the tides of the Bay of Fundy, Hopewell Rocks is a collection of boulders and cliffs sculpted by erosion, tides, snow, ice and wind over thousands of years. These phenomena “shaped” the reddish cliffs and iconic flowerpots of Hopewell Rocks.
Depending on the tides, the visit to the park changes. Indeed, at low tide a path of about 1 km allows you to go down to the beach and walk on the seabed. 3 hours before and after the peak of the low tide, it is therefore possible to go to the foot of the cliffs and the flower pots. While at high tide, lookouts allow you to gain height and observe the landscape change with the tide. It is also at high tide (and at medium tide) that it is possible to discover Hopewell Rocks by kayak with Baymount Outdoor Adventures ($ 70.25). A little less than 2 hours of kayaking with several guides, to admire Hopewell Rocks and to pass between the flower pots and under the arches.
To learn more about Hopewell Rocks Provincial Park:
Cap-Enragé: a lighthouse and beaches at the end of the world
Between Hopewell Rocks Provincial Park and Fundy National Park is Cape Enrage. A lighthouse ($ 5.50) operational since 1840 which overlooks the Bay of Fundy and offers the most spectacular views. Besides the view, several activities are offered at Cap Enragé: zip line ($ 50 for 3 rides) and abseiling on the steep cliffs overlooking the giant tides. The Cap Enragé lighthouse also has a restaurant and a gift shop. It is also possible to go down to the beach of Cap Enragé to observe the cliffs and the fossils. Finally, just before the lighthouse, there is the beautiful and large pebble beach, Marsh Beach.
Fundy National Park
Plunging waterfalls, lush forests, picturesque views of the Bay of Fundy, hiking trails, the fundy national park ($ 7.90 per person) is a must see in New Brunswick’s Bay of Fundy. Mountain biking, golfing, swimming, fishing, kayaking and hiking, there’s plenty to do in Fundy National Park. And 2 days are not too many to discover this park. Due to the bad weather we couldn’t do everything we wanted in the park. But we still did a few hikes including Dickson Falls, Laverty Falls, l’Orignal and Plaine du Caribou.
To learn more about Fundy National Park:
The Fundy Trail Parkway
the Fundy Trail ($ 10 per person) is a scenic and spectacular 30 km drive that runs along the Bay of Fundy. 21 lookouts, 16 observation decks, 4 waterfalls, 19 walking trails, 1 suspended walkway and 7 beaches make up the Fundy Trail also known as the Fundy Trail Parkway. You will have understood that the views of the Bay of Fundy are numerous on the Fundy Trail. 4 hours are needed to make the scenic route and come back.
Where to sleep to discover the Bay of Fundy?
During these 4 days in the Bay of Fundy, we accommodated:
- 1 night in Hillsborough: freecamp intended for RVs in the parking lot of the New Brunswick Railway Museum 10 km from Hopewell Rocks.
- 2 nights in Alma: freecamp near Fundy National Park.
- 1 night in Saint Martins: freecamp close to the Fundy Trail.
Some interesting accommodations:
- Alma Shore Lane Suites & Cottages : a strategic stop at the entrance to Fundy Park with double rooms with private bathroom, air conditioning, wifi, patio and barbecue from $ 178 per night with free cancellation.
- Fundy’s Lighthouse Cottage BnB : a recent address in the region with impeccable double rooms with private bathroom, terrace with view and breakfast starting at $ 145 per night.
- Beach Street Inn : we appreciate the neat decoration of this small hotel in Saint Martins with its King rooms with a view, private bathroom and breakfast starting at $ 212 per night with free cancellation.
In conclusion, my opinion on these 4 days to discover the Bay of Fundy in New Brunswick
Clearly the favorite of our 15-day road trip in New Brunswick. The Bay of Fundy is truly beautiful and the stops are all very different. They all offer an interesting experience and varied views of the bay. Despite the bad weather in Fundy National Park, I loved discovering it. Much like Hopewell Rocks. You will understand that the Bay of Fundy leaves no one indifferent. It remains a must in New Brunswick.
And you, what are your favorites from the Bay of Fundy in New Brunswick?
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