Fundy National Park is perhaps one of the most well known and well-visited national parks in all of Canada, and is definitely an east coast favourite! Whether you enjoy a walk along the coastline, or a walk in the woods, Fundy National Park’s hiking trails provide you with the opportunity to do both!Below are a list of ten of the best hikes in Fundy National Park, in no particular order.
Dickson Falls Trail
Distance: 1.38km with 79m of elevation gain.
Dickson Falls is the most popular trail in Fundy National Park. The trail partly consists of wooden boardwalk and staircases, as you gain elevation, there are also gravel and rock trail sections as you near the end of the trail, with Dickson Falls waterfall signalling the end of the trail. It’s a perfect place for a dip after a great afternoon hike!
Kinnie Brook Trail
Distance: 1.44km (one-way) with 86m of elevation gain.
The Kinnie Brook Trail allows you to get in touch with nature as you venture into the forest. The first section of the trail is comprised of wooden boardwalk which takes you through a small valley with rock slides and growing Rhodohedron in-season. From there, the trail continues to rise and fall leading to the valley which holds the Kinnie Brook, much deeper than its predecessor. One can either explore the brook, or simply turn around and go back along the trail. Kinnie Brook is one of the most underrated, but definitely one of the most beautiful trails in Fundy National Park. Trail Map
The Fundy Footpath
Distance: 41km with 300m of elevation gain.
The Fundy Footpath is the ultimate challenge for any hiker! Following the shores of the Bay of Fundy, the Fundy Footpath is a whopping 41 kilometres in length, and will take you several days (3-4) to complete. Thankfully, your company is the gorgeous seaside of the Bay of Fundy, with plenty of climbing to boot and stunning woodland scenery as well. Camping overnight can be done at any of the backcountry campsites located intermittently along the trail. If you’re looking for a challenge and a resounding sense of accomplishment in 4 days’ time, the Fundy Footpath is the place to hike. Trail Map
Distance: 9.2km (out and back) with 276m of elevation gain.
The Moosehorn Trail is one of Fundy’s longest trails, it also happens to be one of it’s most beautiful. Meander through thick undergrowth forest along tamped dirt trails, past numerous smaller waterfalls before you arrive at the beautiful Moosehorn Falls — a perfect place for a swim! Whether you’re hiking to go swim at Moosehorn Falls, or just there to enjoy the stroll — this all-day hike will leave you more appreciative of the hidden gems of Fundy National Park. Trail Map
Distance: 4.4km loop with 122m of elevation gain.
Take a walk back in time on the Coppermine Trail! Long before there was a Fundy National Park, early explorers were mining for gold and other precious metals, their search for gold would be fruitless, but they did find plenty of copper. The Coppermine Trail takes you to that mine, which was open from 1891-1910 along an enjoyable and beautiful trail in thick Acadian forest. You’ll cross many small streams. The loop section of the trail will bring you along the coast to Point Wolfe, where gorgeous views of the Bay of Fundy await. Trail Map
Laverty Falls Trail
Distance: 2.54km with 149m of elevation gain.Among the most popular of Fundy’s trails is Laverty Falls. Laverty Falls happens to be one of the park’s most awesome waterfalls — with a towering 40 feet of churning water constantly flowing, making for a fantastic swimming spot. The trail to get to Laverty Falls meanders through a hardwood forest, which switches to birch and then spruce near the end of the trail, which loops down around to the bottom of Laverty Falls, there you’ll find the swimming hole! Bring your hiking boots and swimming trunks ad enjoy one of the best hikes in Fundy. Trail Map
Third Vault Falls Trail
Distance: 3.7km (one-way)
Third Vault Falls is one of Fundy’s more difficult hikes. Despite being only 3.7 kilometres in length, it makes up for it in how tough it is to hike. Unfortunately, there is some difficulty with signage for this trail at certain points, but the ground signs of a trail are there. Meandering through a mix of hard and softwood forestry — sometimes home to a variety of Warbler birds — bring a zoom-lens on your camera for some lovely wildlife photography opportunities. At the end of the trail, you’ll come to a narrow set of stairs leading down, continue a short distance after stepping off the staircase and you’ll soon hear the roar of the park’s largest waterfall. Be careful not to slip off some of the rocks that surrounding the falls, and bring your camera to capture the beauty of falls, rounding off a strenuous, but rewarding afternoon hike.
Maple Grove Trail
Distance: 3.9km (one-way) with 199m of elevation change.
Caribou Plain Trail
Distance: 2.61km with 27m of elevation gain.
The Caribou Plain Trail is well suited for a family hike. A relatively flat and short looped trail, filled with interpretive signage, crossing beaver dams, streams, bog and a mixed forest of hard and softwood. The majority of the trail is a boardwalk, providing easy walking underfoot and while short-lived, the hiking experience of the Caribou Plain is educational as well as enjoyable, as you’ll get to see the various animalia that cohabitate within Fundy National Park. Details
Coastal Trail to Matthew’s Head
Distance: 4.65km with 154m of elevation gain.This gorgeous 4.65 kilometre trail takes you into and out of the woods at many points, beginning with sprawling fields and continuing on into gorgeous forestry, before turning into an old wagon road sloping down until you come upon the remains of a 19th century homestead of Tom and Ellen Matthews. A short jaunt out to the coast is in order for a beautiful view of the Bay of Fundy before backtracking and joining the Coastal Trail to complete the loop. A fantastic, leisurely and relatively easy hike for an afternoon. Trail Map
Fundy National Park is New Brunswick’s premier outdoor paradise. Whether you’re there to swim in the swimming holes, or hike the coast, or even taking on the Fundy Footpath, you’re sure to have a fantastic time with cherishable memories of hiking in Fundy National Park.