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Hiking at the Fundy Trail Parkway

Waterfall in the Fog on Fundy Trail © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
Waterfall in the Fog on Fundy Trail © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline

Hiking at the Fundy Trail Parkway

The Bay of Fundy is one of the spectacular natural highlights in Canada's Atlantic provinces. No wonder at a tidal difference, in which the entire bay almost completely empties. Twice a day, the whole bay runs between New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, and the red seabed is open until the tide brings back the waters. To really observe this, one needs time or drives to places where nature has left impressive witnesses of the power of the water as on the Hopewell Rocks.

We spend a whole week traveling from the western end of the bay at St. Andrews-by-the-Sea to the east of the bay, heading south to Nova Scotia, and taking the time to visit the Fundy Trail Parkway, which is east from St. Martins to the western boundary of Fundy National Park. Along this route we can either travel by car and stop at new, spectacular views. If you have more time than we can hike all the way or part of it or - in the summer - take a shuttle bus.

Treppauf - Treppab at Fundy Bay © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
Treppauf - Treppab at Fundy Bay © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline

We do not have much luck with the weather and can imagine the views of the bay more than we can see, as dense fog obscures the view. Nevertheless, we stop at some vantage points to get an impression. When planting the track, special care has been taken to change nature as little as possible, and so we descend on wooden steps that have been laid on the ground. The view of the rippling waterfall that plunges over the cliffs here is impressive even in fog. How nice does that have to look like in sunshine?

In such places the tree trunks were collected © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
In such places the tree trunks were collected © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline

However, the weather god does not like us well on this day, and so we prefer to look at the exhibits on the history of woodcutting along the route. Once the trees in the surrounding woods were felled by men who often lived and worked in simple camps along the coast for months. Because this region has only been accessible for a short time. They led a secluded and dangerous life. In an accident - and they were not uncommon - they were on their own. Quick help from the outside was not possible. In the fall, the trees were cut and transported during the winter months into the streams and rivers of the region, not an easy task, but they had to be pulled through dense forest and bush to the water. Then, when in the spring the meltwater swelled the rivers, the most dangerous part of the work began: then the logs were transported in the watercourses to the coast, where they were picked up by boats and further shipped for their processing. In part, the logs were also sawed into boards on site.

Waterfall at the Bay of Fundy © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
Waterfall at Fundy Trail Parkway

In the visitor center we watch a film about the time in which it is vividly shown what life looked like in the lumberjack camps. And we decide to come back in hopefully better weather to get to know the landscape and the views of the Bay of Fundy.

Further information:

The Fundy Trail
3 Fundy Trail Parkway
Salmon River NB E5R 1W4
Canada


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Getting there:

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Source: own site research kindly supported by Tourism New Brunswick

Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
Photos: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline

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