Fundy National Park
The Bay of Fundy lies between the coasts of the provinces of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick in eastern Canada. Covering bizarre sandstone cliffs, coastal forests, waterfalls and unique walking areas, Fundy National Park is located near the fishing village of Alma on the Bay of Fundy and is part of New Brunswick. The Fundy National Park, with a huge tidal range (difference of ebb and flow) from 10 to 15 meters, is one of the most popular Canadian national parks. As the coastal areas and the beaches are particularly popular tourist destinations, those interested in nature adventures should concentrate more on the hinterland of the Fundy National Park. On demanding hiking tours, visitors can watch elk, roe deer and wild cats living in the woods and camp in the wilderness.
Arrival from overseas to the Atlantic provinces with coastal climate
The Fundy National Park enjoys the mild temperatures of the maritime climate. The proximity to the sea does not make the summers too hot, while the mild Gulf Stream brings moderate but snowy winters. Even in the spring, the first beautiful, but still cool days to enjoy. August is the driest month of the year. The best time to travel to this region is, therefore, the end of June to the end of September.
Most overseas visitors travel to Halifax International Airport, Nova Scotia. It is also possible to arrive via the national airport Saint John or the international airport Moncton in New Brunswick. From both airports, you can reach the Fundy National Park within an hour’s drive. The fame of the place Alma have increased the fish dishes and the freshly caught lobster. It is also the summer food and registration point of the national park. In winter, Alma is more of a ghost town.
The Fundy National Park covers a total area of 207 square kilometers and is crisscrossed by a network of hiking trails (120 kilometers) and nature discovery trails. In the 19th century, dense jungles dominated the region. Due to the strong demand for wood in Canada and the world, most of the jungle was cut down. It was only in 1948 that the government recognized the destructive degree of deforestation and successfully counteracted the depletion with the founding of Fundy National Park. Today the park is a unique landscape with forests, twenty waterfalls, and a fascinating rocky coastline.
Fundy National Park offers one-day tours as well as more challenging overnight camping tours in the park. Already on a one-day tour, the tourists can make a picture of the beauty of nature at charming picnic spots and viewpoints on the coast. No sunset is like its predecessor. Sometimes mystical fogs form over the Bay of Fundy, sometimes the sun is submerged in a sea of color in the Bay of Fundy.
The world’s largest tidal range
As Tidenhub one understands the difference of the water depth between low tide and high tide. The attraction of the sun and the moon cause the rise and fall of the sea level and are therefore responsible for the tides. This tidal difference happens tirelessly every 12.5 hours. In the Minas Basin, a few miles north of the National Park and at the eastern end of the Bay of Fundy, this tidal difference is an incredible 10 to 15 meters. The otherwise flooded seabed and its small inhabitants can be discovered during low tide during a walk. Visitors should, however, on time before the mighty tide on secure ground. A wood path leads in the Fundy National Park into the coastal forest and the swamp area, in which one sometimes expects a moose.
On a hike through the wilderness – with wading through the crystal-clear rivers
The varied hiking area includes tours of different levels of difficulty. Sporty hikers like the Fundy Circuit. In the three days and the 48 kilometers, the nature lovers also pass the Salmon River, where salmon can be fished. One of the most challenging multi-day hiking tours with backpacks is the Goose River Trail through the wilds of Fundy National Park. Lighter, but still a bit scary, are the three-hour night walks (Fundy Night Life Hikes) accompanied by a ranger, where you should not suspect a wildcat behind every cracking branch. Lovely is the camping in the wilderness. Beautiful spots are located on the Forster Brook Trail and on the Marven Lake and Goose River, which are also suitable for camping in winter.
Did you know that …
- the Fundy National Park includes some of the last remaining wildernesses in southern New Brunswick?
- in the “Bay of Fundy” the biggest fluctuations between high tide and high tide in the world happen?
- the Fundy National Park represents the maritime Acadian Highlands?
- the “sea-coast system” of rocky shorelines, mudflats, salt marshes, and coastal shores with fossils of over 300 million ancient plants?
- the Fundy National Park is in the transitional area between the generally cone-bearing boreal forest in the north and the mainly deciduous forest in the south?
- Over 260 species of birds have been identified in the park or on the adjacent coast, of which an estimated 95 species nest in the park?
- the peregrine falcon, considered extinct in 1948, was successfully resettled after the foundation of the Fundy National Park?
- Of the 38 mammal species in the Fundy National Park, the most frequently seen are the snow here, the chipmunk, the red squirrel, the bulldog bat, the eastern coyote, the whitetail deer, and the moose?
- Moose are the largest animals in the park and can weigh them up to 1000 kg?