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Drive about an hour and a half drive east from Saint John, and you'll find yourself in Fundy National Park, one of the last remaining wilderness areas in southern New Brunswick. The park's 129 square miles sprawl out along the Bay of Fundy's shore, providing spectacular views of the water. During low tide, the parks massive red boulders and muddy crimson beaches are exposed, offering colorful photo ops. Even when the tide is high, Fundy National Park's wooden platform trails lead through verdant, mossy forest and past tumbling waterfalls to spectacular cliff-top Bay of Fundy vistas.

According to The New York Times, Fundy National Park is "one of Canada's best-kept secrets:" It's likely that, even during the summer high season, you won't encounter anyone else along the trails. "We hiked 11 trails and saw a grand total of 4 people," one TripAdvisor user says. However, you will likely come across some of the park's full-time residents, including loons, beaver and even moose.

Fundy National Park is open all day, every day, and the visitor's center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. between June and September. During the winter, the visitors center is open from8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. on weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. Admission to the park is roughly $8 CAD ($8 USD) for adults and $4 CAD for children. To learn more about Fundy National Park, visit its page on the Parks Canada website.

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#1 Saint John City Market Sitting at Market Square in downtown Saint John, the Saint John City Market has been in operation since the late 1700s, making it the oldest continuing farmer's market in ... Read more » wolfsavard / Flickr

#2 Reversing Falls According to previous Saint John visitors, this natural phenomenon is sure to wow you. Sitting just west of downtown Saint John, the Reversing Falls is a rocky gorge overlooking gurgling ... Read more » Courtesy of Tourism New Brunswick

#3 Irving Nature Park If you don't feel like trekking all the way to Fundy National Park, you'll find excellent views of the bay just a short drive from downtown at Irving ... Read more » Courtesy of Discover Saint John

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#8 Loyalist House If you're interested in history, set aside some time to visit the Loyalist House. This Georgian structure was built in 1817 and originally belonged to British Loyalist Thomas Merritt ... Read more » Cusack5239 / Wikimedia Commons

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Recent travelers strongly recommend a jet boat tour of the Reversing Falls to experience the unique tidal currents. Courtesy of Tourism New Brunswick

You can enjoy Irving Nature Park's diverse ecosystems from one of the many look-out points scattered throughout the park. Courtesy of Discover Saint John

For excellent views of the Bay of Fundy, spend some time along the Fundy Trail Parkway. The trail can be traversed of foot, by bike or by car. Courtesy of Tourism New Brunswick

Fundy National Park is often described as Canada's best-kept secret. There's a good chance that you'll be able to explore the park's beauty without ever running into other visitors. Courtesy of Tourism New Brunswick

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The Carleton Martello Tower is one of nine remainning fortresses of its kind in Canada. Courtesy of Tourism New Brunswick

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