The beautiful greens, pond, and amphitheatre at the park's headquarters entrance from Alma.
Fundy National Park is one of our province's many gems that draws people from all over the country and the world. It was opened by the federal government in 1948 and is located near the small fishing town of Alma on the Bay of Fundy coast between Saint John and Moncton. One can get to Fundy National Park via the Sussex area at Penobsquis or by travelling from Moncton through some very pretty small villages and historic sites along the Petitcodiac River and the basin of the Bay of Fundy. There is lots to see and do along this route and one almost needs to spend a couple or 4 days in the area to take it all in.
I went with a couple of friends just over a week ago to do some hiking on a few of the many trails. It was another scorching hot day inland so the coast would be cooler. It was beautiful there although a fog hung just off the coast and eventually drifted in later in the afternoon. My friends and I hiked 4 trails, all easy. In fact the last one on our way out of the park was a flat boardwalk to a small lake that took us just 10 minutes....a nice way to end the day.
The first trail we took was the Dickson Falls Trail which has a lot of stairs to climb down and then up, of course, as it was in a ravine. It was so beautiful and cool and green once we got down the stairs.
I love finding trees growing on rocks.
The next trail we went to was the Herring Cove Trail. Before the park was developed Herring Cove was a small fishing community on the Bay of Fundy. The whole area was settled by Irish, Scottish and English in the early 1800's. We walked down many stairs to the beach cove below.
The tide was coming in very quickly and you can see the fog bank hanging over the bay. It was beautiful in the cove though and several people were enjoying the sun. The waters are usually very cold and I didn't take my shoes off to find out. ;)
One of the sets of stairs from the beach. You sure do get a good workout!
Our next stop was at Point Wolfe. This was a bustling community in the 1800's with a sawmill. The covered bridge has been rebuilt but there has been one here since I was a little girl. Our family would drive down and have a picnic at one of the many picnic areas in the park.
It was such a hot and hazy day that I had to edit this photo a bit due to the bright light. We had a picnic lunch right here.
All through the park in 14 specific areas one can find these beautiful red Adirondack chairs set up to enjoy the view. The ones below were occupied but I took a photo with their permission. ;)
We took a trail from the covered bridge along a ridge that overlooked the inlet and out to the bay. Here we found another set of Red Chairs. Spectacular! Just don't step off the trail!!
Back at the headquarters entrance to the park there are some gorgeous flower beds along the parking area and the view of the bay is spectacular. Do you see what I see?
Another set of Red Chairs!
The view of Owls Head with the fog bank hanging over it. The village of Alma is in the cove. We drove down there too and I have some photos that I will share next time.
This was our last trail - Caribou Plain - that was so easy and also wheel chair accessible. It went through a pretty sun-dappled woods with a solid wooden boardwalk over a wetland area. Apparently caribou roamed this area even in the 1800's.
This is Bennett Lake which is near the Penobsquis entrance to the park. It was beautiful and a lot of folk were enjoying the nice sandy beach. There are hiking trails all around this lake too.
And look what we found! More Red Chairs.
Some day I'd like to visit again and find all 14 sets of Red Chairs in the park.
Well, that was our day of hiking at Fundy National Park. There are many beautiful trails to hike from easy to difficult but please go prepared for any type of terrain and weather. We had a perfect day for it and had a lot of fun. I hope you enjoyed it and maybe one day, if you haven't already, you will be able to visit and spend some time there. There are motels in the village, chalets and a motel in the park and lots of campsites for tents or trailers. I'll be back soon with some photos from Alma.
We just took a weekend trip to Moncton and area and the Hopewell Rocks so I'll be posting about that soon. Oh, and I went to Kings Landing with another blogger and her husband who were visiting our fair province from British Columbia!! That will be another post too. We had a wonderful time. It seems I've been busy running the roads most of August and I have so much to share with you. We've enjoyed the best summer weather most of the month and I've been feeling very well and energetic. I hope it continues!!
Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Soon the 'fall' season will be upon us and schedules will return.....including blogging a bit more.
Have a blessed day.