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Fundy National Park, founded in 1948 as the first National Park in New Brunswick, occupies land along the rocky shores of Chignecto Bay on the Bay of Fundy and the highlands that rise high over the waters and the village of Alma. The park comprises more than 80 square miles (207 sq km), and much of the land was settled in the mid-nineteenth century, heavily logged and then abandoned by the early twentieth century. Huge lumber milling plants once stood at places like Wolfe Point, but little more than water-worn bricks now mark their presence. The shoreline of the park has been shaped by glaciers and most particularly by the nearly 40-foot ...

Fundy National Park, founded in 1948 as the first National Park in New Brunswick, occupies land along the rocky shores of Chignecto Bay on the Bay of Fundy and the highlands that rise high over the waters and the village of Alma. The park comprises more than 80 square miles (207 sq km), and much of the land was settled in the mid-nineteenth century, heavily logged and then abandoned by the early twentieth century. Huge lumber milling plants once stood at places like Wolfe Point, but little more than water-worn bricks now mark their presence. The shoreline of the park has been shaped by glaciers and most particularly by the nearly 40-foot tides that race in and out of the Bay of Fundy twice daily. Here solid rock headlands fall into the sea, waves break on water-eroded granite, and saltwater marshes provide a nursery for fish and sea birds alike. The highland areas of the park provide a stark contrast. These are lands of deciduous and coniferous trees that form the border between the forest of the north and south. More than 60 miles (100 km) of hiking trails wind and climb through and around both the highland and seafront sections of the park. More than 255 species of birds are found here, of which 95 are identified as breeding locally. Paddling, fresh- and saltwater swimming (including a heated salt water pool), mountain biking, golf, tennis and lawn bowling provide other recreational opportunities.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Fundy National Park is located on the Bay of Fundy, near the village of Alma, New Brunswick. The Park showcases a rugged coastline which rises up to the Acadian Highlands, the highest tides in the world, and more than 25 waterfalls.
  • Language: English, French
  • Currency: Canadian Dollar
  • Research: Moncton | New Brunswick | Wikipedia | Bay of Fundy
  • Weather: Rainfall | Daylight
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  • Best Time to Visit:

    The best time to enjoy the park is May through September.