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The Fundy Trail Parkway is a National Park and coastal drive in New Brunswick. Located in one of Canada’s smallest provinces on the Atlantic coast, this is a destination worth seeing. With cliffs separating the forest landscape to the pristine untouched beaches, this park has everything.
The Fundy trail covers 6323 acres and has a 19-mile road through the middle to allow visitors a chance to admire the beauty of New Brunswick. This is a very accessible park due to allowing cars, hikers, cyclists and more.
During the busy season, you’ll see hundreds of tourists make their way from one end of the trail to the other. If you head towards the East entrance you’ll have the option to turn towards the Fundy Footpath which is listed in the top 50 of worldwide hiking trails.
You’ll also be interested to know that the Fundy trail is part of two protected UNESCO sites: The Fundy Biosphere Reserve and Stonehammer Global Geopark.
The parkway is run by a non-profit charity that takes care of and keeps the park protected. The money for tickets goes straight back into the care of the Fundy trail parkway so everyone can enjoy the coastal drive and trails here.
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If you are planning on doing the coastal road trip through New Brunswick to drive the Fundy Trail and you’re not a local, it is very easy to rent a car in the local area. I rented a car from Saint John for 4 days and it was a straightforward process!
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Typically you would need to drive to get around so you may need to rent a car.
If you do decide to rent one, remember that most cars in Canada are automatic, and they drive on the opposite side of the road to the UK.
The Fundy Trail Parkway is located on the southeast coast of New Brunswick in Canada. It is a 19-mile (30km) long parkway and has been a national park since 1948.
The park has two entrances, one on the east side and one on the west. Depending on where you start your trip will determine which of the two entrances you head to.
- From downtown Saint John’s it takes 1 hour by car to reach the WEST entrance.
- From St Martins, it is only a 15-minute drive by car to the WEST Entrance
If you are spending some time in the area, check out the St Martins sea caves before you go.
- From Moncton, it will take 1 hour 45 minutes by car to reach the EAST entrance.
If you’re spending time in Moncton you should definitely head out to Hopewell Rocks National Park to check out the world’s highest tides and the flower pot rocks the waves have created.
Planning on staying in the province a bit longer and moving around? Why not combine all three destinations to create a fun road trip? This coastal drive around fundy should not be missed.
To stay connected throughout your trip consider getting an eSIM so you can navigate and find your way without having to rely on WIFI points.
Ticket & entrance prices
As well as regular day passes that you can purchase at the East and West gates, you can also purchase a season ticket that allows you repeat access to the park if you are spending a bit longer in New Brunswick.
If you are hoping to purchase a season ticket you have the opportunity to purchase either an early bird or pre-early bird ticket. These are a lower price than the regular season ticket depending on when you buy them.
Opening times of the Fundy Trail Parkway
Every year, the Fundy Trail Parkway is closed over the winter months and reopens in the Spring which means you cannot enjoy the coastal drive for half of the year. The park is generally open from mid-May until mid-October so you have the entire summer season to enjoy this stunning park.
Make sure to arrive at least 1 hour before closing so you have enough time to drive from one end to the other before the gate closes.
|May 20th – June 24th
|June 25th – Aug 21st
|Aug 22nd – Sept 5th
|Sept 6th – Oct 15th
|Oct 16th – May 19th (following year)
The Lookouts & Viewpoints
The Fundy Trail Parkway is a tourist trail you can drive that covers 19 miles of coastal landscapes. The main attraction point of the national park is the stunning environment and viewpoints that allow you to admire the region. This gives you a glimpse into the beauty of the Bay of Fundy.
What’s great about the Fundy Trail Parkway is how easy it is to see all of the sites along the way. Almost every lookout has space to park your car as well as sit down and take in the sites.
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The Four Waterfalls
As well as multiple unique lookouts, the Fundy coastal drive also takes you near four waterfalls in the park. Unfortunately for me, all 4 were inaccessible at the time I went to visit due to renovations around the park. Each of the waterfalls is unique in nature and has completely different sizes and heights.
Above is a picture of Fuller Falls. Normally there is a staircase and a wooden observation deck that gets you close to the falls, however, the observation deck is what was being repaired and the staircase was inaccessible on this occasion.
- Fuller Falls – Just off of the parkway on the west side of the park
- Long Beach Brook Falls – 1km trail starting towards the east side of the park
- McLeod Brook Falls – 3.8km trail on the east side of the park
- Walton Glen Gorge Falls – 2.3km each way on each side of the park
Fuller Falls is the easiest waterfall to access as it is only a short walk from the parking area. If you are in less of a rush and have some more time to kill, then you can access the other three waterfalls at other parts of the parkway via windy forest trails. Some of these trails are long and strenuous so make sure you come prepared!
Pro tip: Plan your day out in advance if you plan on seeing all three waterfalls. The earlier you arrive in the day, the longer you’ll have to complete the trails without rushing.
Fundy Trail Suspension Bridge
The large 84m (275ft) suspension bridge is about halfway along the Fundy Trail Parkway, not far from the Interpretive Centre.
The closest car park to the bridge is P8 at the top of the hill. You will need to head down the hill and turn left towards the suspension bridge trail along Big Salmon River bank. You’ll need to go under the Mitchell Franklin Bridge and walk another minute or two before you reach the suspension bridge.
If you’re not pressed for time you could easily spend a lot of time in this area alone as many hiking trails take place in this part of the park. Not only do you have the river nearby, but also some tourist attractions such as the gift shop and snack shop at the top of the hill.
If you are planning on making lots of stops during your coastal drive through the Fundy Trail Parkway rather than just driving straight through then you’ll be pleased to know that there are plenty of amenities for you to use.
- Toilets: There are 12 toilets spread along the Fundy Trail Parkway route so you’ll have lots of chances to use the facilities.
- Picnic Benches: There are between 1 and 3 picnic benches next to every viewpoint along the trail. This allows you to take in the views while enjoying a rest break. Most of these are uncovered but there are some with a wooden roof to protect you from rain.
- Charging station: If you arrive using an electric vehicle then you’re in luck. The park has an electric charging station for visitor use located near the Interpretive Centre.
- Food & Drinks: If you are hoping to buy food or a drink you can do so in the Cookhouse near the Interpretive Centre.
- Accessible observation decks: If you or your party are less abled, you’ll be pleased to know that the majority of the viewpoints are just off of the side of the road and easily accessible by wheelchairs.
The Fundy Parkway coastal trail is a relaxing drive along the stunning Bay of Fundy coastline. It’s definitely a key tourist attraction everyone should experience when visiting this small Canadian province.
Just grab the car keys and head on down. You won’t get tired of the views and landscape. I guarantee it.