Fundy Trail Parkway Offers New Access to Stunning Views of Bay of Fundy & World's Highest Tides

Along a stunning stretch of New Brunswick's coastline hugging the renowned Bay of Fundy, a new parkway is on schedule to be completed by May 2018 but you can start enjoying it now.

Fundy Trail Parkway New Access to Bay of Fundy & its World's Highest Tides

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Heralded as Canada's best new scenic drive and the province's "crown jewel," the 18.6-mile Fundy Trail Parkway will offer dramatic views from 32 lookouts, seven tide-swept beaches and cliffs plunging 50 stories into the Bay's giant tides -- the highest in the world. Hiking and biking trails will connect to paths and stairways leading to pristine beaches. The Fundy Trail will allow more visitors to explore the existing attractions of the Hopewell Rocks, Cape Enrage and the Fundy National Park's 75 miles of hiking trails and will link communities from Saint John to St. Martins, Alma and Moncton.

In the project's newest phase that opened in May, visitors now have direct access for the first time to Long Beach, a spectacular mile-and-a-half-long tidal beach. At low tide, visitors can walk on the ocean floor as the beach extends into the Bay by some 1,600 feet.

The Fundy Footpath is a challenging 24-mile wilderness trail following along the Bay through one of the last remaining coastal wilderness areas between Florida and Labrador. Beginning at the 275-foot suspension footbridge that straddles the Big Salmon River, the Footpath crosses rugged terrain and a dozen ravines with elevations of up to 984 feet and continues to the boundaries of the Fundy National Park. The trek takes three to four days for experienced backpackers. Hikers who wish to experience what an advanced trail is like, but are not ready to tackle the entire Fundy Footpath can now hike 2.7 miles from the river to Long Beach.

The Fundy Trail Parkway's Interpretive Centre is built in the style of a 1800s logging bunkhouse overlooking the Big Salmon River and highlights the natural and local history when the region was a prosperous lumber and ship building center. During the golden age of sail, St. Martins was one of the richest regions in Canada where more than 500 sailing ships were built.

Representing one of Atlantic Canada's largest tourism infrastructure investments in a decade, the completed Parkway is projected to generate $27 million each year and demand for accommodations is expected to dramatically increase.

Bay of Fundy

The Bay of Fundy boasts the highest tides in the world -- up to 53 feet -- and 100 billion tons of seawater flow in and out of the Bay twice a day. Compared to the Amazon Rainforest for its marine biodiversity, the Bay is biologically linked to the rest of the world by fish, bird and marine mammal migrations. More than 12 species of whales come to feed in the summer and fall, including half of the world's population of endangered North Atlantic right whale. And the Bay has the world's most complete fossil record of the "Coal Age" (300 million years ago). It is home to the world's oldest reptiles and Canada's oldest dinosaurs, and the site of one of the greatest extinctions the world has ever known the Triassic/Jurassic extinction.

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September 17, 2016

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