Summer is all about adventure. It’s also about taking the scenic route and exploring new destinations. Which is exactly what we did this past weekend when we visited the relatively new, Fundy Trail Parkway.
While the initial plan was to go to St. Martins to explore the sea caves, as per my 2016 Summer Bucket List, we made a day trip out of it and it turned into the very best coastal adventure.
Let me just go on the record by saying: if you have the means to do so (translation: if you live on the East Coast of Canada or the United States) you have simply got to visit the Fundy Trail in your lifetime. Many are calling it New Brunswick’s Cabot Trail and I couldn’t agree more.
It’s completely accessible. Every single view you’re about to see in my photos was taken from a lookout accessible by car and about a 5-10 foot walk away from where you park. Don’t let the name confuse you – while you can hike the entire length of the parkway, there’s really no hiking required if that’s not your thing or you’re unable to do so.
What I loved most was that we saw people of ALL ages (I’m talking grannies in their stockings) enjoying the beaches and the views. It’s also completely dog friendly. Win!
Lastly it’s only $7.50 a day for adults.
Here’s a look at our day on the trail AND a bonus video at the end!
Brace yourself – your wanderlust is about to go wild.
Black Point Lookout, above, is one of many, but it was definitely one of my favorites. The minute we pulled up and I saw the stunning coastal views and cliffs, I was speechless. This lookout is a MUST if you visit.
At the very end of the parkway, 19kms in to be exact, you’ll end up at Long Beach. Over the next few years, the trail will expand far beyond Long Beach, but for now, this end of the line destination could not be prettier. Crashing waves, beautiful pebbles, and stunning driftwood – we had a great time exploring this beach.
After Long Beach, we back tracked to Big Salmon River to enjoy a picnic lunch and check out the Suspension Bridge. This spot is highly recommended for a picnic spot. The river is lined with picnic tables and it’s sheltered from the coastal winds you may catch up on the lookouts.
After lunch, we headed towards the Pangburn Beach lookout to check out what were totally my favorite views of the day. Seriously. The photos don’t do this view justice. It was unreal.
If you’re looking to sink your toes into the sand at Pangburn Beach, you’ll need to access it from Melvin Beach and you will only be able to do so at low tide. Just make sure you’re back on Melvin before the tide comes back in!
And lastly, if you’d like to see even more Fundy Trail views – check out our video from the day!
Fundy Trail from Crystal on Vimeo.
(If you’re reading this over email – you’ll have to head over to EastCoastMermaid.com on your mobile browser to view!)
I truly can’t say enough about how in love I am with the Fundy Trail Parkway. Do yourself a HUGE favor this summer and add this destination to your Summer Bucket List. You won’t regret it.
And if you do – make sure to let me know! I can’t wait to hear all about your adventure.
Curious how our adventure at the Sea Caves went? Stay tuned. It’ll be on East Coast Mermaid in the coming week! Subscribe to the blog today to get it first!
Angélique BinetJuly 6, 2016 at 11:32 am
Your photos are amazing! Love the music on the video.
crystalrichardJuly 6, 2016 at 12:07 pm
Thank you so much! We had an awesome time taking all of them and putting the video together!
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