Today we'll continue our visit to St. Martins and the Fundy Trail. If you missed yesterday's post please just scroll down to read it.
There are many lookouts that one can stop at along the Parkway to enjoy the views of the Bay of Fundy or the shores and beaches.
There are also trails that go the whole distance through the Parkway as well as short trails to certain areas. One can walk, hike or bicycle on these trails or drive the Parkway and stop when you wish.
We chose to drive straight to Big Salmon River first. There is a beautiful Interpretive Centre there where you can learn about the history of the Big Salmon River.
The back porch of the Interpretive Centre overlooks the Big Salmon River which flows into the Bay of Fundy. The tide is coming in and filling up the mouth of the river.
This is the new Parkway bridge which crosses the river and continues on up the coast. As I mentioned in my last post, the Parkway is not finished but will eventually end at Fundy National Park. Can you see the small suspension bridge under the bridge?
It's up the river a bit.
The swinging suspension bridge.
Someone likes to make the bridge bounce!
We did a short hike on the other side of the river then came back and walked out to the mouth of the river.
We then got in the car and drove across the bridge and along the Parkway. This is one of the massive rock cuts made for the road. I can't imagine the amount of rock they removed from here.
We stopped at a few lookouts. This one looks down at the Interpretive Centre and the mouth of the river.
Another lookout that looks down on a lookout on one of the trails.
Murray, me, Jenn and Mark
Such beautiful views from different vantage points. We were really hungry at this point so turned back and made one more stop to view Melvin Beach. This beach is accessible on one of the trails but we didn't have time to do it this day. Murray and I have done it before. There are a lot of stairs to go down then up.
When we got back to the caves beach the tide was in and this is what it looked like below.
Here is a before and after photo of the beach.
You can see how high the water gets when the tide is in. Look at the end of the point where the trees are.
We had our lunch at 3:00 at The Caves Restaurant. They are known for their "world famous" clam chowder and fish and chips. I enjoyed fried clams and chips. Yum!
After we filled our bellies we drove down the road to the covered bridges and the lighthouse. There are several gift shops along the small wharf and on the other side of the little park. It's so pretty there. I guess I'll have to make it a 3 part series on our visit so come back again for the last 'episode'. :)
Thanks so much for visiting and leaving your kind comments.
I hope these posts on the beauty of our province (and the recent ones of our trip to British Columbia and Alberta) might inspire you to visit one day.