Experience UNESCO's Fundy Biosphere Reserve, the World's highest tides, beach camping, and delicious fire-side meals during this incredible 6-day backpacking trip along the rugged Fundy Footpath. Subject of the adventure documentary, "Surviving The Fundy Footpath", and listed by Explore Magazine as one of the World's 50 best hikes, this impressive trail (designated as part of the nation-wide Trans Canada Trail) has been described as one of the very best experiences Canada has to offer. This challenging hike offers a rare and intimate experience with the changing tides, vistas from atop 200m-high sea cliffs, thick mixed wood forests, local story-telling, and impressive camp meals along the shores of one of the last remaining stretches of wilderness on the continent's east coast. Fall asleep each night to the sound of the tides and wake up each day to the challenge of the trail's knee-testing ups and downs, roots and rocks, and plenty of brook crossings. Be sure to bring your trekking poles! Our local and very knowledgeable guides are there to make sure your pack weight is reduced, to safely navigate the tides, keep you on the right track, and provide an unforgettable wilderness camping experience. As bookends to the trek, we visit beautiful Fundy National Park, learn about the local history and culture, and enjoy expansive lookouts from the Fundy Trail Parkway.
Although this is a short trek with no altitude to consider, it is characterized each day by multiple steep ascents and descents, for a total elevation gain/loss of around 4000m! We hike in and out of deep ravines and as such there is a reasonable degree of uphill and downhill climbing and numerous creek/river crossings.As such, it is not recommended for trekkers with knee or other joint injuries. The ground can be rugged at times with plenty of exposed tree roots, switchbacks, loose/wet rocks, and even a few ladders. Physical and mental preparation for your adventure can not be highlighted enough. Come open minded and ready for a wonderful experience whatever the weather, whoever the group, whatever your preconceived ideas.
We pick you up from your Saint John accommodation at approximately 8:00am (exact time to be advised on your final documents). Please be sure you have eaten breakfast, checked out and stored any excess luggage, and are ready with your backpack in the lobby by 8am. We will arrive at Fundy National Park by 9:30am, do a comprehensive gear check and full briefing, then head out on the trail from Point Wolfe. Fundy National Park covers approx. 207 square km from the rugged Bay of Fundy coast to the Acadian Highlands, and is characterized not only by its signature shoreline but by its numerous waterfalls and its mixed hardwood and softwood forests. The first stretch of trail is primarily along an old logging road and therefore relatively easy terrain. A good opportunity to break in your backpack and adjust before hitting the more challenging days ahead. Not to say that it will be an easy day - you will be introduced to the Footpath's famous knee-testing ups-and-downs. The aim is to camp at pretty Azores Beach tonight - Just outside of the park boundary. On the way up and over to the beach, we will stop and take in one of the most spectacular views of the coastline - our home for the next five nights. Alternatively, we will camp at Goose River and cross at low tide the next morning.
Today's departure is timed so that we can make it to Goose Creek for a crossing at low tide - Otherwise impassible when the tide is in. Leaving camp early this morning, we begin with a challenging uphill climb out of Rose Brook. Get used to this morning routine, as campsites are always located by a brook in between two steep hills. Welcome to the Footpath! The walk today is characterized by pretty brooks, birch groves and black spruce forest with plenty of great views. After a big descent and the crossing of Goose Creek, we will aim to take a short side trail to pretty Tweedle-Dee Tweedle Dum Falls before continuing to Brandy Brook, Big Al's Perch, and Green Valley Ridge. Before the descent down to Quiddy River, be sure to stop and look out over the beach ahead - This is where we will be camping tonight! Martin Head Beach is a scenic and popular ATV camping area on the weekend so we camp here mid-week in order to avoid any 'crowds'.
The length and difficulty of today's hike will depend on the tide at Martin Head. If the tide is low this morning, we can take the beach route out of Martin Head - a great shortcut to Telegraph Brook that also means no steep climbs out of camp! If the tide is high, however, we will need to head back up and out of the brook, follow an old wood road, and head inland following the valley through dense maple and birch trees, crossing brooks and wood roads before coming descending into Telegraph Brook. From here, we skirt some cliffs, pass through an 'enchanted forest' and descend into pretty Wolf Brook - A lovely spot for a food break and take in the view. Wolf Brook itself is a bit of an adventure as it involves a small river crossing and a bit of scrambling on wet rocks (hiking poles recommended!) as we leave the mouth of the brook. We follow a marshy plateau followed by a ridge of moss-covered outcrop to Rapidy Brook which should be dry unless there have been recent torrential rains. Some more marshy terrain, a bit more climbing, and then the day's grand finale consisting of a series of steep switch-backs to make your way down into Little Salmon River and the campsite at Dustin Brook. We set up camp, where we will spend the next two glorious nights.
Today we're in for a real treat! Not all who undertake the Fundy Footpath make the time for this side trip, but those who do say that it's a true highlight of the trail. This is where good water shoes, hiking poles, and a sense of adventure come in handy as we spend most of the day walking on slippery river rocks and in shallow water - And, depending on water levels, there may be points where the water comes up to your thighs! We are rewarded with stunning canyon views within Walton Glen Gorge and the 'Eye of the Needle'. If the group is up for a bit more scrambling, we may continue further to the base of Walton Glen Falls. Those who prefer to a more relaxed walk can opt for a shorter hike to Little Salmon River beach, explore the area, or simply relax around the campsite.
Time to pack up and get back on the Footpath today. We should be feeling stronger now for the climb out of Dustin Brook. We start by getting our feet wet (and possible our legs) crossing Little Salmon River to pick up the trail on the west side of the beach. Then it's up and over and along an undulating plateau until we arrive at another steep descent down to the cobblestone, boxed-in beach at Cradle Brook - A great spot for a lunch break before tackling our last big climb. From the the top, we gain views of an exposed terrace overlooking the bay, where we may note a variety of wildflowers more commonly found at high altitudes. Our final camp will be at Seely Beach located just beyond the eastern limits of civilization (a.k.a the Fundy Trail Parkway).
It's a short, easy day today with all of the tough stuff behind us and the finish line a short 6km away. By the time we reach Long Beach, much more well-frequented and accessible to day-trippers, the wider and flatter trail will feel positively luxurious. Coming into Big Salmon River, we cross the iconic suspension foot bridge and make our way to the 'finish line' at the Fundy Parkway Interpretive Centre. With an early arrival, we have time to check out the centre and stop at some of the parkway's lookout platforms which provide long views back over the coast. A time for calm reflection after our big adventure.
We return to Saint John via the village of St. Martins, best known for its charming covered bridges, lighthouses, and sea caves. Settled in 1783 as a major ship-building community, it is now a fishing harbour and the gateway to the Fundy Trail. We anticipate arriving in Saint John by 3pm. *Please do not book departing flights any earlier than 6pm.
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