Top 5 Hikes In Fundy National Park

Fundy National Park is one of my favourite places. I've spent a lot of time here very summer since I was young. There are A LOT of trails though, and it can be overwhelming looking at a map. I thought I'd put together a list of my top 5 favourite moderate hikes in Fundy. Full disclosure: I haven't done many of the longer ones, so I can't comment on those! Here we go!

 

1. Moosehorn-Laverty Loop (7.3 km loop)

This is one of my top 3 favourite places in all of NB. It is the perfect amount of work and payoff, in my opinion. 

I recommend going in Moosehorn. You come down the steep section to this amazing view: 

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Which is where I prefer to swim. I love that you can see the bottom in most places. Fresh water swimming is just the best. It feels so clean and refreshing. 

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It's always a little nerve-wracking not knowing where it's safe to jump from at a new place, so here's a tip - this is a good jumping spot:

1-2-3 JUMP!

Wahoo!!

Once you're feeling refreshed and get changed, you'll hike another 30 mins or so and come to this beautiful waterfall:

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Which is Laverty Falls, and another swimming hole! 

Then you have about a 1/3 left to hike out. I's gradually uphill and I always feel like it's going to be shorter than it is. :)

Check out my more in-depth blog about it here

 

2. Third Vault Falls (7.4 KM return trip)

Third Vault is another waterfall hike! It's really a beautiful waterfall and the hike is nice too. I remember when I was a kid this hike seemed so hard, but it's really nothing major. It's about 40 minutes downhill to get here: 

Beautiful! You can swim here, too. It’s very cold, but I’ve done it! I usually end up swimming alone and my friends just watch me - it's not for the faint of heart. :)

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In total, it's only about a 2 hour hike (plus your lunch break at the falls/swimming), but since you had it easy coming in, it's all uphill on the way out! :)

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Definitely worth it though!

The full blog about it is here

 

3. Matthews Head (4.5km loop)

Let’s switch things up a bit!

Matthews Head is a coastal trail, and it’s a loop, which is always a bonus.

I like doing this one in the spring or summer. When it’s too cold to swim at Laverty or Third Vault, coastal views are a great alternative.

The first part (maybe a 1/3 of the way in) will bring you the first lookout:

So nice!

You’ll also pass some history, a foundation of a 19th century homestead, if you keep your eyes peeled.

About 2/3 in, you get a great look at Squaw’s Cap:

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And you go through a lot of different kinds of forest:

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The first half is mostly downhill, and the second half is mostly uphill! It’s about 1 ½-2 hours in total.

We are so lucky to live so close to be surrounded by such a beautiful coastline! Matthews Head is one I'll bring a visitor to to show off its rugged beauty. 

I also wrote a blog about this one too, which you can find here

 

4. Dickson Falls (1.5 km loop)

Dickson Falls is a very short hike, but it’s really nice. It was a classic family hike growing up! It was short enough that my mom wouldn't just wait in the car for us to do it. :)

One neat thing about this trail is that you get to experience the temperature difference that comes as you start in the dry coniferous forest:

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 And journey down to the colder, wet valley habitat:

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A lot of it is on a boardwalk and goes along this brook:

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And . . . another waterfall!

This is one of the most popular trails in Fundy since it’s so short and the payoff is good. Maybe check it out at the beginning or end of the day!

It’s only about 30-45 mins depending on which route you take.

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5. Herring Cove Beach (1km return)

Rounding out the list, we have another easy trail. It’s actually more like a walk through the woods to a beach! But it’s the beautiful Herring Cove Beach:

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It’s not a swimming beach, because as you may know, the Bay of Fundy is super cold all year round! I did polar dip in the Bay of Fundy in February and the temperature would only be a few degrees higher in the summer, so you can basically do a polar dip in any season, if that’s your cup of tea! ;)

Even if you can’t swim, the beach is beautiful and shows the immensity of the tides. The Bay of Fundy has the highest tides in the world! As the tide goes from high to low (twice a day), the bay fills and empties a billion tonnes of water. That's actually more than the flow of the freshwater rivers of the whole world combined! Whoa! 

 So - make sure you plan to go at low tide, so you can walk the beach. If you come at high tide, you won't get very far!

After you walk the beach, if you jump on a part of the “Coastal” trail on your return, you also get to cross a small waterfall in the woods.

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There is also a nice picnic area and cookhouse at the trailhead – a great place to have your lunch!

 

 

Well, there you have it – my top 5 favourite (moderate) hikes in Fundy! I hope you like them as much as I do!

There’s certainly lots to explore in Fundy National Park – this will hopefully get you started on the right track! And help you decide, if you’re on a tight timeline.

Happy adventuring!

 

PS - I also wanted to give an honourable mention to Coppermine and Kinnie Brook. They also opened a new biking trail this summer (and provide bike rentals), but I haven’t had the chance to try it out yet!

(Find a full list of all of the park's trails and a park map here.)

Miramichi Treehouse Resort

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*This is a sponsored post, but all opinions are my own! :) 

 

What a great way to kick off the summer! 

I was so excited to check out these unique accommodations and they did not disappoint. My sister and I headed up to the 'chi on Friday and were so happy to see a bear run across the road on the way! It was so cute! Jenn kindly greeted us when we arrived, gave us a rundown and we were on our way! 

We unpacked our car (which is always so full - I always overpack), claimed our bunks and planned to relax on the deck.

I was pleasantly surprised to have a mini suspension bridge that joined our little treehouse and the deck. 

And a tree coming up in the middle of it - so neat! 

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This trip ended being quite entertaining. This best ones always are, right? :) We were warmly greeted by New Brunswick's provincial bird, the mosquito! (FYI: our provincial bird is actually the black-capped chickadee :) ). Our desire to stay on the deck would have to wait! We hopped in the car and headed to town for mosquito repellant! Once we got our citronella candle, we enjoyed some time on the deck before it got dark. This was that night that the temperature dropped about 20 degrees from night to morning. We were sweating to death when we got there and then it was cold in the morning! That's Canada for you. 

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We headed inside for device time, uh, I mean, movie time! 

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It was so nice to wake up to this view! I loved sleeping with the birds in the trees! 

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And one of my favourite parts about camping/glamping is coffee and breakfast!! Yum. 

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I can't wait to go back again! 

 

The details? Book your treehouse here

There are different options for amenities, so pay close attention when booking yours to get what you want/need. We stayed in the "Carriage" treehouse, which had an outlet, mini fridge, and 2 piece bathroom. It was a nice balance of camping and glamour. :) 

The campground also has a fun park for the kiddos and a really nice pool: 

Here are a couple more "bare bones" shots of our place and a couple other treehouses that look super cool! 

Hope you can make it here this summer! They book up quickly, so make your plans! 

Chance Harbour Nature Spa

I had my eye on this place for quite a while before finally experiencing it myself a few weekends ago now. We know New Brunswick has a lot to offer, but a lot of our hidden gems are "summer only" spots, so I was excited to check out a place that's sweet no matter what season it is! Besides, is it really a polar bear dip if it's not in the winter? :) 

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Two of my "couple friends" had been there about a year ago and spoke highly of it so they let me tag along this time! We now have two new members of the polar dip club!

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So, the whole spa operates to provide thermal therapy. As they say on their website, this therapy is not very well-known in western society, but it boasts many health benefits and is just fun! 

They recommend a certain pattern for your therapy going from hot to cold to hot, and so on. You can do the recommended pattern or just build your own adventure. We really like the sauna and the hot pool and the bucket of ice cold water! But more on that later. You can find out more about the health benefits and pattern here

We went on a brisk -7 winter day, but there wasn't much snow as we've had such a weird winter (for the third winter in a row)! We brought our own bath robes, but you can also rent some there if you don't have your own. It is recommended to wear shoes that can get wet as you're in and out of water all day. I wore flip flops and I didn't get too cold going from place to place. Rubber boots were a little more cumbersome, so I'd recommend the sandals.

We started off admiring the Bay of Fundy in the beautiful sauna.

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And then once we started sweating, we cooled off with the bucket of freezing fresh water! 

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We then rushed to the hot pool to get warm again, which was also nice and relaxing. I liked that it was nestled up in the trees. :) 

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The "cold option" closest to the hot pool was the waterfall. We did meander over, but access is a little more difficult in the winter. I sat in the waterfall for a second before rushing back to the hot pool. 

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It was nice to be able to see another New Brunswick waterfall while I was there! 

From there, we finished off our first "round" in the steam room. This area is quite small and only fits about 5 or so people. It was a little too steamy for me, but it was my friend's favourite spot! 

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We spent most of the day trying to decide if we were going to brave the Bay of Fundy for the Polar Dip! Mark and I worked up the courage, and Lindsay was our photographer. :) 

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This is clearly BEFORE I froze my butt off! 

It was SOOO cold!! We RAN to the sauna to warm up again. 

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Like a beacon in the night. 

Humans do weird things.

They also have their Polar Bear Cafe where they offer drinks and healthy snacks.

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Or, you can bring your own lunch and enjoy it by the fire. 

We had a really fun day at the spa and it was a really nice winter adventure! I'll definitely be back. 

I'll leave you with my favourite capture of the day! 

Parlee Brook Ampitheatre

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Last winter was my third trip to this amazing place. Every year it has gotten busier and busier! I remember the first time we went, we were basically blazing a trail through 4 feet of snow and had to do like 15 brook crossings, risking a “soaker” each time (or it felt like that!). The second time it was super icy and we ended up climbing up pretty high in the gorge, hanging onto trees for dear life. People told us we wouldn’t make it, which is probably why we did. :) We also had a hard time finding the left turn the first two times - always an adventure! 

The last time I went (March 2017), the trail was super easy to follow as so many people had been there before us! And they made the brook crossing a breeze. Although there is something nice about untouched areas, it was awesome to see that people have been getting out to Explore NB. :) 

The trail head starts on Parlee Brook Road. The road out there is super interesting with strange houses and  the you park right near was is called “The Abbey”, or as I like to call it, the gingerbread house.  

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I would say the trail is moderate overall. The first half is up a fairly steep ATV trail. You go through two "4-ways" and get pretty high by the end. You then descend to this little lake: 

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And pass this cute cabin on your left: 

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After another mmmm . . . 10 minutes, the trail takes a left into the woods at a funky looking tree. Last year there were orange markers and like I said, the trail was obvious from previous tracks. 

This is where you have to maneuver around a brook, and depending on the year and how early you go, you may need to carve your own path or hopefully follow someone else’s. 

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After about a half hour down this section you’ll arrive!! 

Isn’t that amazing? It seems so random! 

We were able to get up into a little cave spot in the ice wall. It may not have been the safest choice, but what a great view!

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Well, that's it! Grab your hot chocolate and snacks, grab some pics . . .

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And grab your garbage on the way out. 

Parlee Brook - a super fun winter ADVENTURE - you never know what you’re gonna get! 

 

For more specific directions, I'd like to direct you to Hiking NB, as usual! 

Update: Please park past the bridge and "The Abbey" and obey the no parking signs. As Michel has shared below, access to this place is fragile. 

A Fall Walk On The Dobson Trail

This time of year usually gets me back into running and my favourite place to go is the Dobson. The trees light up like they’re putting on a show! 

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On Saturday, I went out for a Thanksgiving walk with some friends. It was a BEAUTIFUL day - I wish I’d worn shorts! One thing to remember out East is that September doesn’t mean the end of summer; we still have so many nice days before we have to brace for winter!

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If you’re in the Moncton area, make sure you take the time to get out to see the colours before it’s too late! AKA - in the next three days, pretty much. 

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And I’ll leave you with these . . . 

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