Day Tripping - Fundy Trail Parkway
The Fundy Trail Parkway is the perfect spot for families with any age children. There are hiking, biking and auto routes, making this ideal for anyone to enjoy.
We went and explored a few trails, down to waterfalls, across the suspension bridge and also drove the length of the trail. We also visited the interpretive center at Great Salmon River. My history loving hubby and older son have to read all about everything! We will be headed back this summer to check out the beaches and the extension to the route since we last visited.
The Fundy Trail Parkway is located along the Fundy coast, about 10 km east of St. Martin's, NB. It is a great day trip that can be accessed via Sussex or Saint John. You can can choose to drive on the paved parkway hugging the coastal cliffs or perhaps you prefer to hike or bike the trails. The hiking trails connect to paths and stairways down to pristine beaches with waterfalls and towering cliffs at water's edge. We are definitely taking a whole day this summer to explore and enjoy the beaches. Many of the lookouts and observation areas are wheelchair and stroller accessible.
In Great Salmon River there is an Interpretive Centre housed in a re-creation of the bunkhouse which once housed the men who worked and lived there. In the late 1800s, into the mid-1950s, Big Salmon River was a flourishing logging, fishing and shipbuilding community. There are very few signs of this on site now. The foundation of a schoolhouse and some structures near the river where the logs passed is all you will see.
It is worth checking out the artifacts and photos in the Interpretive Centre, so you can get a sense of the past flourishing community. If you have a dog with you, you can even bring them into the center for a treat!
☆☆Update: Part of the trail that opened up in 2016 includes Long Beach. Check it out HERE.
Rates are available for Daily, 5 day and seasonal passes. Family day passes are $23 and if you have small children, it's $7.50/adult, $5 per youth (5-18yrs), & children under 5 are free.