Fundy National Park

Length of stay: 2 days
Visited: September 2022

Fundy National Park is located on the Bay of Fundy in New Brunswick, which is famous for having the highest tidal range in the world. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy the water at high tide and explore the mudflats at low tide. The park also contains camping and a number of hiking trails along the coastline and through the dense forest.

Day 1: Bogs and Beaches

We spent the first two nights of our Atlantic Canada road trip at Kouchibouguac National Park. We woke up bright and early to pack up and headed out just after 8:30a.m. We drove back through Moncton to restock on supplies before heading to Fundy where we planned to spend the next two nights.

On the way to the Chignecto Campground, we stopped to hike the Caribou Plain Trail (2.1km loop, rated easy). The trail was named after the herds of woodland caribou that once lived here until 1907. It contains two loops, the first one is shorter and follows along a boardwalk, while the second is longer and includes the boardwalk, as well as a section through the forest. Naturally we opted for the longer route.

The trail starts out along the boardwalk, meanders through an evergreen forest of spruce and fir to the edge of a raised peat bog. There are two overlooks along the way that provide a better view of the bog. There are also a series of storyboards that provide some fun facts about the history of the forest, including about the forest cycles, the importance of shade for the soil, and about how the acidic peat from the bog has stunted the spruce and larch trees. There was also a particularly sad storyboard about the dangers of the bog, including about how two moose were found trapped in flarks (which are spots where the peat has decomposed and been turned into a slurry, kind of like quicksand). Both were found and pulled out, but only one survived.

Once we wrapped up our hike, we drove to the campground. Our oTENTik was not quite ready though. We saw a sign for a picnic area across the road from the campground and decided to check it out and eat a late lunch. The picnic area was pretty awesome. It was inside a building and had picnic tables, electricity, a sink and fireplace. Everything was super clean and we were the only ones here.

An hour later, we returned to the kiosk to check-in and pick up the keys to our oTENTik, which is a blend between a tent and rustic cabin that can sleep up to six people. It came equipped with beds and a table with chairs. There was no electricity or a BBQ outside though.

After dumping off our stuff, we hit the road again to go for a hike. We settled on Matthews Head Trail (4.5km loop, rated moderate), which is reputed to provide nice views of the rugged shoreline. The trailhead is located off Herring Cove Road. The path winds through open fields and the forest, and follows the coastline of the Bay of Fundy. The trail also passes two sets of the Parks Canada Red Chairs. The path was easy to navigate, but it involved a few steep sections and a heck of a lot of roots and rocks.

We then drove to Herring Cove Beach. There’s a short trail (about a kilometre round trip) from the picnic area, which consists of a series of steps that lead down to the beach. We visited during low tide and were able to walk out on the sandy shore.

The sun was starting to set, so we headed back to our campsite to make dinner.

Day 2: Moss and Seaweed

We spent the morning at Hopewell Rocks Provincial Park. After eating a late lunch, we hit up a few more trails in the park, starting with Dickson Falls. The trail consists of two loops, a shorter one (1km, rated moderate) and a slightly longer one (1.5km, rated moderate). This time we didn’t have a choice as the longer loop was closed for construction. So the shorter loop it was. The trail contains a series of boardwalks that lead through a forest along Dickson Brook and feature several small cascades and waterfalls.

We then drove to Point Wolfe, the southern edge of the park. We stopped at an overlook of the covered bridge and took a break at the Red Chairs.

We then drove to the Shiphaven Trail (1km round trip, rated easy), which is located just after the Point Wolfe covered bridge. From the parking lot, we crossed the road to reach the trail. We first went to the viewing platform that provides another viewpoint of the covered bridge.

The trail contains a series of boardwalks and provides a nice view of the Point Wolfe River and rugged shoreline.

At the end of the trail, there’s a junction where the path splits off towards the campground and to Wolfe Beach. We followed the path to the beach (0.4km one-way), which was mostly downhill. From the pebbly shoreline we could already see a drastic difference in how much the water had receded from when we started the Shiphaven Trail.

Once we returned to the parking lot, we drove back to our campsite to make dinner and prepare our breakfast for the next morning. We planned to wake up bright and early as we would be packing up and moving onto Prince Edward Island to continue our Atlantic Canada road trip.

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70 thoughts on “Fundy National Park

    • WanderingCanadians says:

      Thanks for your kind words. There’s just something so peaceful about being by the water and surrounded by nature. It’s always fun to try to find all the red chairs that are scattered across the various national parks in Canada. They are usually placed at a nice viewpoint or overlook, so it’s the perfect spot to take a break and soak in the views.

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  1. kagould17 says:

    Beautiful maritime scenery Linda. Hiking next to the ocean is always a treat and this area looks gorgeous. We have hiked at New River Beach and stayed up near the end of Fundy at Pocologan. It is amazing to watch the tides come and go there. Happy Tuesday. Allan

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    • WanderingCanadians says:

      For sure. It was fun to explore the shore at low tide, even if our shoes did get a bit mucky afterwards. It’s also incredible to see how high the water typically comes up at high tide along the sandstone cliffs. It’s pretty wild. Thanks for reading. Linda

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  2. grandmisadventures says:

    wow, that coastline is incredible! I love the layers of color of the water and the rocky shore. And anywhere with a covered bridge is a plus in my book. I may keep your pictures up on my screen all day and pretend I’m there instead of at work 🙂

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    • WanderingCanadians says:

      Thanks for your lovely comment. The coastline around the Bay of Fundy is gorgeous with all those sandstone cliffs and red rock pillars. It’s also incredible to see just how much the water changes with the tide. I’m such a fan of covered bridges and they always remind me of New England.

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    • WanderingCanadians says:

      We had a wonderful time camping at Fundy National Park and exploring the trails and terrain. It was neat to see how different the shoreline looked at high versus low tide. Thanks for reading and leaving a comment. Linda

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  3. wetanddustyroads says:

    No BBQ … oh my! But I’m sure you worked your way around that 😉. I love your coastal views on the Matthews Head Trail and the boardwalk along the cascades on your second day makes for a lovely picture. And as always, the views from the red chairs are stunning … I like this road trip!

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    • WanderingCanadians says:

      It was a bit of a bummer that there was no BBQ at this oTENTik, but thankfully we brought our camping stove just in case. The coastline around the Bay of Fundy is spectacular. I’m glad we had such fabulous weather to enjoy the views along Matthews Head Trail. It was a really fun road trip and it was nice to explore more of Canada.

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  4. Little Miss Traveller says:

    Beautiful scenery once again Linda, this time in Fundy National Park. The caves and sea views are gorgeous and your cabin looked cute from the outside. Without electricity did you use torches to find your way around in the dark? I adore all those red chairs which surprisingly always seem to be unoccupied on your photos but of course you wouldn’t be likely to take photos of them with other people on. Great post!

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    • WanderingCanadians says:

      Thanks so much for your lovely comment. The scenery along the Bay of Fundy is stunning with all those sandstone cliffs. It was also wild to see how much the water levels change during the tides. We thankfully brought a couple of lanterns with us, which we used inside the oTENTik once it got dark outside since there was no electricity inside this one. We found that the Red Chairs were quite popular in Eastern Canada and there were a few instances where I wasn’t able to take pictures of them because they were occupied. The ones along the trail were typically unoccupied though.

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    • WanderingCanadians says:

      Oh I know. I can’t believe I’ve lived in Canada my whole life and that this was the first time I’ve visited New Brunswick. I was pleasantly surprised at the scenery and how wonderful the hiking was at the two national parks that we visited. We definitely need to return to explore more of the province.

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    • WanderingCanadians says:

      The hiking in Fundy National Park was fantastic. There’s a nice variety of trails in length and difficulty. It’s too bad we didn’t have enough time to hike them all though! I guess we’ll just have to return.

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  5. Ab says:

    I have to say you discovered more of New Brunswick than I have in the annual visits I’ve made since 2003. 😂 The parks, trails and beaches look wonderful. Love the OTentik that you two stayed at. You really know how to experience new things.

    I enjoyed my time at Hopewell Rock and hope you two did as well.

    The Covered Bridges are quite charming. Did you try the Covered Bridge brand chips? They’re very tasty and from the East Coast.

    Look forward to your PEI post.

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    • WanderingCanadians says:

      Ha! And we were only in New Brunswick for four days, which wasn’t nearly enough time to fully explore the province. We actually stayed in oTENTiks for our entire eastern Canada road trip as we just travelled from one national park to the next. It sure beat having to set up (and take down) our tent every couple of days. It was especially nice towards the end of our trip when it got a bit cold, windy and rainy outside.

      Hopewell Rocks was such a highlight of our time in New Brunswick. We visited at low tide and I really wanted to return again at high tide to see the difference in the water levels, but we didn’t have enough time. I have a feeling we’ll be back though. Besides, we didn’t even try the Covered Bridge brand of chips (I didn’t even know these existed!!).

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    • WanderingCanadians says:

      You’ll just have to use your imagination then! It was incredible to see how much the water levels change between low and high tide along the Bay of Fundy. We had a wonderful time exploring the trails and soaking in the views of the coastline.

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  6. ourcrossings says:

    The scenery looks truly gorgeous and so are the covered bridges, Linda! I love your accommodation for the night, I’ve never heard of OTentik but would love to give it a go. Thanks for sharing and have a good day 🙂 Aiva xx

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    • WanderingCanadians says:

      Thanks for your lovely comment. The Canadian wilderness is pretty spectacular and I love how different the scenery is on the east coast compared to the west (and everything in between). We had an amazing time in New Brunswick. The Bay of Fundy is such an iconic place to watch the changes in the tide.

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    • WanderingCanadians says:

      New Brunswick, and the east coast of Canada in general, is super scenic and very charming. The people are also very friendly. The Bay of Fundy is such a neat spot to watch the extreme tides. There is definitely a risk to being out on the beach in some areas when the tide starts to come in. The beach we visited at Herring Cove was pretty small, so it didn’t pose as big of a danger.

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  7. leightontravels says:

    Such a beautiful and varied place to explore. I have a soft spot for covered bridges having seen some in the US and in China, this one looks equally scenic and charming. I am guessing that having no electricity wasn’t a major issue for you two since you are used to that kind os setup in your own cottage. Looking forward to your articles about Prince Edward Island.

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    • WanderingCanadians says:

      I’m such a fan of covered bridges as well. They look very charming and I love how each one is unique. The oTENTik we stayed in at Fundy National Park didn’t have electricity, but we came prepared with lanterns, so it wasn’t a big deal. It would have been nice if it had a BBQ, but we had a camping stove to boil water and cook our food on.

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  8. Thattamma C.G Menon says:

    Such awesome trip and stunning photography 🌷🙏👍🏻 The places all rich in flora and fauna !!
    Beautiful steps to go up,nice cottage, the lovely waterfall are all gorgeous 👍🏻😊👏
    Incredible places for hiking and glorious sceneries ✌🏼🎉thank for sharing dear friend 🌷🙏♥️🌷

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  9. Diana says:

    This is pretty much the exact same trip my family and I did back on 2013! We stayed at Chignecto and hiked all of the same trails you did. How funny! Thanks for the trip down memory lane 🙂

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    • WanderingCanadians says:

      The oTENTik made camping a very comfortable and luxurious experience. It sure beat travelling with our tent and having to set it up and take it down every couple of days. We stayed in these structures for our entire time out east. It was a real treat.

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  10. Bernie says:

    You didn’t post the typical Rockwell rocks pictures. Did you not go by those huge rocks? Where were you is gorgeous. The colours in that one photo are outstanding. Love the red chairs. Just a great reminder to soak in this fabulous country of ours.

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    • WanderingCanadians says:

      I figured Hopewell Rocks deserved its own dedicated post to capture the beauty of those stunning sea stacks. It’s incredible how there are even plants growing from a few of them. We certainly have a scenic country!

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