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Fundy National Park Canada

Whether it might be quiet holiday or a family adventure you are looking for, Fundy National Park offers you this and more. The park is one of the most beautiful parks in the Maritime Provinces with along a beautiful coastal area with panoramic views, thundering waterfalls (There are 25 waterfalls in the park.), a solitary, misty beach with only the gulls and the waves for company.

The Park is located at Acadian coastal forests. It has something for everyone from wilderness hiking to self-guided interpretive trails. Within the park there are a number of trails open to mountain biking and the opportunity to take a guided sea kayaking tour in the bay. There is also great opportunity for bird watching, and wildlife viewing and beach walking. At low tide, park visitors can explore with a guide the ocean bottom of the bay which was about fourteen feet (nine meters) or more below the water’s surface at high tide.

Yet the most interesting phenomenon seen from the park is the unusual tides: Fundy National Park is located on the Bay of Fundy which has the world’s highest tides on record. They tides height increases as you move up the bay towards the park. (Some sources believe the name “Fundy” is a corruption of the French word “Fendu”, meaning “split”, while others believe it comes from the Portuguese fondo, meaning “funnel”)

At low tide, the St. John River drops about fourteen feet, transverse a gorge, and empties into the Bay of Fundy. At high tide, the water surges above fourteen feet above the level of the river, causing the river current to flow backward and over the waterfall known as the ‘Reversing Falls of St. John’.

The tides in Canada’s Bay of Fundy are the most extreme in the world. Twice everyday the bay fills and empties of its 100 billion tons of water, creating these exceptional tides patterns. These tides are the periodic rise and fall of the sea caused by the gravitational pull of the moon and sun on the earth’s oceans. The effect of the world’s highest tides on the Bay’s shores has created dramatic cliffs and awesome sea stacks. The red sandstone and volcanic rock have been worn away to reveal fossils from over 300 million years ago. http://www.bayoffundy.com/highesttides.aspx

Take a dip in the heated saltwater pool or in natural pools carved from the rocks by the rushing waters of the Broad River; explore over 120 km (75 mi.) of walking and hiking trails. Hike mountains, valleys, past sparkling waterfalls and crystal-clear streams. There are many beaches on the Bay that offer swimming as well as some great fossil hunting and rock hounding. And above all discover the richness of the Acadian forest and learn the secrets of the Bay of Fundy’s giant tides. Also there are a few golf courses, biking trails, fishing amenities, even a children’s playground – and lots more. Fundy National Park is a pretty part of wilderness that is popular with folks from far and near – great for the entire family!

Note: “Fundy National Park includes four family campgrounds and 13 backcountry campsites. The park uses the National Parks Canada Campground Reservation Service and campground reservations can be made online or by calling 1-877-737-3783. Campsites are also available on a first-come, first-served basis.” http://www.pccamping.ca/parkscanada/en/popup.cgi?action=1

Note: In the winter months one can enjoy our cross-country ski trails with miles of cross-country ski trails and snowshoe trails, ice skating over frozen lakes, as well as a sledding hill for the kids.

For addition information;

Fundy National Park, New Brunswick

P.O. Box 1001 Alma, NB E4H 1B4 Canada

seefundy@fundyweb.com – http://www.fundyweb.com