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Fundy National Park
Camping in scenic New Brunswick

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Tucked into the corner of the province of New Brunswick is a little piece of paradise. Fundy National Park is truly a holiday haven with something for everyone, from easy access, serviced trailer sites, to backwoods campsites and everything in between.

The Bay of Fundy has spectacular scenery and the amazing tides are truly one of the wonders of nature. The terrain changes in different areas of the park, allowing an amazing variety of day hiking trails. With boardwalks over some of the delicate wetlands and groomed paths through other areas, they are able to be enjoyed by a vast majority of campers. Some of the trails have interesting educational plaques which point out some of the unique plant species and land formations of the area.

For the younger children there are playgrounds at some of the car camping campgrounds. For young and old alike and those who like the amenities, there are showers, flush toilets and sinks available for dishwashing. There are also backwoods campsites for those who want to hike in and have their privacy in the wilderness. The Chinecto campsite also has an overflow campground, which was one of my favourite. Rugged and without the hot water and flush toilet facilities, it is well treed.

Recreational activities are abundant. There is an incredibly scenic 9 hole golf course and while the play was a bit slow, due to the number of golfers, the scenery and difficulty of some of the holes, made the game well worth playing more than one round. My suggestion would be to book an early tee off time.

Birdwatching is also great here as there are over 250 documented species of birds. A pair of Peregrine falcons was introduced recently so you might be lucky to catch a glimpse of them. Boating is restricted to non-power craft only and can be rented at one of the lakes. Wolfe Lake is a boating restricted area because of a nesting pair of loons.

Of the day hiking trails, Devil's Half Acre, was short but spectacular. With steps to help you up and down the vigorous trail, you are able to enjoy the rocky terrain, the deep chasms and the abundant small wildlife, without worrying about safety. Still, I'd keep a hold of young one's hands here. There is lots of climbing both up and down!

A longer and completely different trail was Caribou Plains. Traversing both forest and wetlands it was a unique experience. There is a long boardwalk over the wetlands for environmental protection. From this raised vantage point, we were able to see many animal tracks including the ever present raccoons and many, many moose tracks.

Fundy National Park is a wonderful holiday destination. There are many activites around the area to allow for interesting day trips. The town of Alma has several restaurants specializing in fresh seafood. A trip to the docks at the right time of day and you can see the fishermen unloading their lobsters. This is definitely a place to experience.

For more information please visit the Fundy National Park of Canada website.

Written by Nina Bates
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