Well, there's nothing like a camping trip with a bunch of friends in one of my favourite places (Fundy National Park) to kick off summer. I have high hopes for this one being one of the best yet! A few months ago I booked an Otentik for some friends and then ended up booking a second, and the experience did not disappoint.
After a great camping experience, a short sleep, and a morning around the campfire, we headed out to hike Matthews Head.
I consider Matthews Head a great pre-summer trail, as you get some pretty incredible views along the coast, it's a loop, and it's a perfect length - not too short and not too long (in my opinion). If it's still too cold to swim, breathing in the ocean air is a great alternative.
The first half is downhill, which takes you to the first look out:
Make sure you don't miss it - you have to go left at a fork.
The trail has a bit of history attached to it as well. It is named after Tom and Ellen Matthews, who settled there in 1865. The first section of the trail is an old wagon road that brings you to what looks like the foundation of a 19th century homestead. If you keep your eyes peeled, you'll find it semi-hidden in the grass on the right a little bit before the first lookout pictured above.
About 2/3 of the way, you get a good look at Squaw's Cap and the rugged Fundy coastline.
The trail also takes you through a few different kinds of forest.
This section is probably my favourite:
And of course, the second half is mostly uphill and gets a little steep at the end, but all in all, it's not too challenging - about 1 1/2-2 hours. And there's nothing wrong with taking a break at some red chairs!
So, next time you're in Fundy, check out Matthews Head!