We started our journey on the Fundy Trail Parkway from Sussex to St. Martins(about a half hour drive) that took us through the country side and the Appalachian Mountain Range. Then on to the parkway where we took our time to stop at all the points on our map.(yes you want the map) We then drove on to explore Alma NB(half hour drive);of course . It was quite a full day of adventures! This route put us on the ride side of the road for the best scenery and oh it was all so breathtaking.
The Fundy Trail Parkway is an adventure you absolutely must put on your list of things to do and experience this summer. This spectacular wilderness hugs the southern coast of New Brunswick; through the Appalachian Mountain range, that extends to the Bay of Fundy. It provides something for everyone! You can view the scenery from the numerous observation decks(easy access) to view the rugged coast lines, the beaches and the vastness of our Bay.
There are various hiking trails(of all levels of expertise) along the way that lead you through both open and winding wooded trails to beaches and points of interest. We hiked the 2km trail(the shortcut) to see Walton’s Gorge/waterfall and that was well worth the visit. You just can’t visit this area and not walk the suspension bridge over the Big Salmon River. Was a first for me and yes it was sturdy and all ok.
St. Martins has a great deal to offer on your adventure; camping, beaches, fine food(lobster),history and culture . The displays at the Quaco Museum tell the story of the earliest settlers, shipbuilding and interesting tidbits about living life there. Ask about the painted murals on the exterior of the building! It’s a whole historical story in itself! Of course; you have to visit the beach and the famous caves but try to get there at low tide, so you can walk out to explore them. We missed the boat on that one; however, we could see the caves in the cliff, walk the shoreline and feel the salty bay air. The beach is a thick layer of small flat rocks(careful as it tends to shift underfoot) and the tides ebb and flow; over these rocks, creates the most unique sound you will ever hear. Don’t forget to stop in to the Sand Piper gift shop and the cafe next door!
It’s always a pleasure to stop in to Alma and wander around. So much to offer in the gift shops, fine food in the restaurants, the wharf, explore the beach, hiking in the park, camping, swimming and so much more. Of course; ya can’t go and not have some fried clams, fish and chips, sticky buns and of course the lobster. YUM!
Take a drive; you will be so glad you did. We had a great day!
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