Great Canadian Parks / New Brunswick

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The Parks / New Brunswick / Fundy National Park



 

During the early days of continental collision, the Maritimes were fused to the landmasses that today we call Greenland, Scotland and Norway. That's one reason why people often remark that the Fundy coast resembles the Scottish Highlands. The landscape originated in undersea volcanic activity, which accounts for its mineral rich soils and good drainage. There are very few wetlands along the Caledonia Highlands plateau because the rivers have cut such steep, direct paths to the ocean. These rivers were excellent spawning grounds before humans altered their nature. The area has an extensive history of human use, dating back to the early 1800's. Most of the park was logged, and the rivers were scoured by the wood harvest making its way to the mills. The land surrounding the park continues to be logged, making the protected space very much an 'island of wilderness'. The Greater Fundy Ecosystem Research Group is engaged in studies to determine the sustainability of the surrounding forestry industry with the long- term viability of native wildlife.

 

 


 

Fundy is one of the few national parks to offer both a backcountry wilderness experience and an extensive development of recreational activities. In addition to wilderness campgrounds and over 120 km of hiking trails, there are housekeeping chalets, motel units, tennis courts and lawn bowling greens, as well as a nine-hole golf course, all within the park.

 

The heated salt-water swimming pool overlooks the bay, but is shielded from the ocean breezes by a wall of glass. The visitor centre near the park's east entrance features educational displays and schedules for the many family oriented activities provided by the park staff, which include the famous 'beach crawl' at low tide, guided walks through the forest, nature programmes for children and evening programmes in the park's outdoor theatre.

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