Apr 20
Boats in a harbor with seagulls flying over them

5 Adventures That Will Make New Brunswick Your Next Great Destination

The Bay of Fundy and the Fundy Trail are perched on the eastern Atlantic edge of the marine province of New Brunswick Canada. This heavily forested and relatively unexplored region of Canada is new to tourism. It offers the truly unique experience of hiking a trail that still holds a great deal of mystery. The Bay of Fundy is known for its magnificent nature and welcoming locals. It represents a great new destination for those who are looking for a truly quiet and peaceful adventure along Canada’s dramatic and isolated Atlantic coast.

  1. Stay in Charming Maritime Villages

The lodging along the Fundy Trail is truly charming. Many local inns and pubs provide a sense of home away from home. The Fundy Trail connects these inns with rugged fishing villages and lighthouses. The first settlements in New Brunswick were established in the 18th century.

From the coastal settlement of Grand Manan to the lonely archipelago of Martin Head, these warm and friendly inns provide a comfortable shelter from the northern nature. They have a unique sense of peace and isolation that can only be found in the forgotten corners of the world, such as New Brunswick’s Bay of Fundy.

 

  1. Hike the Last Remaining Old Growth Acadian Forests

New Brunswick is truly a wild place. 80% of the province is forested. Much of that forest is truly untouched wilderness. Most of the Acadian Forests in the United States and Canada were cleared for agriculture during the early development years of the nations. The forest along the Fundy Trail remains untouched. The biodiversity rivaled only by the world’s equatorial rainforests.

Large oak and beech trees build a stunning canopy. The trails underneath are rich with ferns and magical moss growth. It looks like something out of a fairtale. The Acadian forest is also an bird watcher’s dream. This is where the bird watcher James Audubon completed much of his work. He documented the stunning biodiversity of bird life that flourishes in this rare old growth forest.

 

  1. Kayak Along the Bay of Fundy Archipelago

The Bay of Fundy trails follows routes in and out of the rock outcroppings along the coast. These trails follow the hem of the coast so closely. Many sections are often inaccessible due to the impressive tides. What do you do when exploring the tidal Fundy Archipelago? Break out the kayaks of course! Sea kayaking is the perfect way to fully explore the mysterious coves and islands along the coast. Paddle between impressive rock spires and join the friendly Fundy marine life such as seals and porpoises.

 

  1. Explore Secret Beaches

The beaches and coves of the Fundy Bay are the region’s hidden treasure.  They are often only accessible by dramatic trails or boat rides. You can find them nestled beneath the dramatic red rock slopes of the collection of islands. Hidden from the public eye, they are home to the amazingly biodiverse Fundy marine life. For this reason, exploring them is both the perfect escape from society and ultimate adventure.

Areas include the quizzically named Flock of Sheep. The Flock of Sheep was named by fishermen. The fishermen mistook the large granite boulders teetering above the coast for herds of lost sheep. They represent some of the world’s few remaining secret destinations.

 

  1. Eat Lobster!

Eating is reason enough to visit New Brunswick. The Bay of Fundy has unprecedented access to fresh seafood. Fishing remains a major cultural and economic pursuit in New Brunswick. As a result, fresh seafood is always readily available. Everything from buttery Atlantic Lobster to fresh Salmon grace your plates on the Fundy Coast. Meals are prepared in a home-style and unparalleled in abundance. It’s perfect for the trail-weary seafood fanatic.

Check out our New Brunswick trip here.

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About the author: Branford Walker
Since the age of three, Branford has either participated in the development of, or been on almost every trip Ryder-Walker has to offer. He has worked as a guide for the last four years. Branford currently lives in New York.
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