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The Parks of Canada on a Budget – Fundy National Park

by K Gordon Schultz

Fundy National Park, New Brunswick Quick Tips

The tides are so massive at Fundy National Park that they actually push rivers back up-stream. Not since Superman was at his peak has this happened. It really is hard to imagine that you can go for a paddle by the coastal cliffs and return later to see raging waters where your knees once bathed. Quite phenomenal!

Where is it: Fundy National Park is located on the Bay of Fundy near the village of Alma, New Brunswick. It includes both seashore and Acadian coastal forests. The park covers an area of 207 km².

When to go: Late June to mid-September for the best weather and views.

Photo op: Without a doubt, Dickson Falls, where waters cascade down moss-covered boulders. There are also some great hikes and viewing points where you can set your camera.

Free Highlight: During the Bay of Fundy’s extreme low tide–which draws 200 billion tons of water (and they say there is a drought!) those lovely park interpreters give guided walks of the ocean floor where you can see a part of the world less explored than space.

Wildlife: Deer, moose, and black bear all live here, and even when driving on the highways, you will be able to see beaver lodges. For bird fanciers, there are more than 100 species of birds that nest in the park including the stunning, recently reintroduced, endangered peregrine falcon.

Where to stay: Chalets and Motels are available from as little as $50. Have a look at Jasper Accommodations for more options.

Fact to tell your friends: The Bay of Fundy’s tide draws 200 billion tons of water. This is the same daily output of all the earth’s rivers combined.

Warning: Fundy has some of the most changeable weather in the world. Also, there is a two climate zone. You can be warm as a muffin on an inland trail and freezing by the wet coastal air a few minutes later.

Squeeze Your Dollar: In July and August, every child’s park admission includes a one-hour “Junior Naturalist Program” excursion, such as a visit to a beaver pond. Great way to let the kids be educated, while you relax and don’t pay. Can you kill three birds with one stone?!

More Information: Jasper National Park

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