PHOTO: Bay of Fundy is known for high tides and incredible sights. (photo courtesy of Thinkstock)
Isolation, incredible coastal views and old-growth forests are what might drive adventure-seekers to the Bay of Fundy’s north shore for a hike that is only known to the most tuned-in travelers to New Brunswick, says the Guardian.
The Fundy Footpath recently received an upgrade, extending the trail to 50 kilometers, which could thrust the destination more into the spotlight.
“Launched in 1998, the 41km Fundy Footpath already follows the longest stretch of wild Atlantic coastline between Florida and Labrador. From next year, a new section will extend the trail to 50km, after a C$500,000 (£300,000) trail upgrade last year,” writes James Stewart.
The Bay of Fundy is one of the characteristics of the hike that gives it some personality.
“Because of a funnel shape that amplifies the tidal range, the bay between New Brunswick and Nova Scotia is rinsed by the world’s largest tides. Imagine the combined volume of all the freshwater rivers in the world. Now swirl it into and out of the Bay of Fundy every six hours,” Stewart explains.
When you hike here, you need to be prepared for adventure.
“Walkers on the Fundy Footpath have to ford streams that turn into rivers. The Goose river crossing can be attempted only at low tide; the recommended trail kit list includes tide tables,” says Stewart.
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And while its West Coast Train in Nova Scotia is so popular that visitors need to book months in advance, this trail doesn’t see anywhere near the volume, lending to its “secret” status.
“It’s a little underused,” Red Rock Adventure co-owner Mike Carpenter says dryly. “We’re this UNESCO reserve no one knows. “It only gets busy on summer weekends. You might see three people,” Mike tells the Guardian.
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