Fundy National Park#3 in Best Things To Do in Saint John, New Brunswick
Drive about 70 miles northeast of 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 50,900 acres sprawl out along the Bay of Fundy's shore and are home to wild animals like black bears, moose and beavers, providing spectacular water vistas and wildlife viewing opportunities. During low tide, the park's 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 waterfront cliffs.
Travelers praise Fundy National Park's breathtaking setting, friendly staff and top-notch trail system. However, a few warn that the lack of trail signage can make the park's paths tricky to navigate, even with a map. To get your bearings before your journey, speak with a ranger at one of the park's two visitor centers. Also be mindful of what you're capable of handling, since many trails here are considered moderate or difficult to trek.
Fundy National Park welcomes visitors all day, every day, though amenities like the park's campgrounds, golf course, pool and boat rentals are only available during select months. The main visitor center is open from early January to late October, while the Wolfe Lake visitor center is open between mid-May and late October. Exact hours for both facilities vary by month (and sometimes by day).
Admission to the park costs CA$7.80 (less than $6) for adults and CA$6.80 (about $5) for seniors. A group pass that's valid for up to seven people arriving in the same vehicle is also available for CA$15.70 (roughly $12). Fees are waived for children 17 and younger. All entrance fees cover on-site parking, but additional charges apply for activities like camping, fishing and golfing. To learn more about Fundy National Park, visit its page on the Parks Canada website.
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#1 Reversing Falls Rapids
Sitting just 2 miles southwest of uptown Saint John, the Reversing Falls Rapids are a must-see destination in New Brunswick. Here's what makes this natural site such an anomaly: Its gurgling whirlpools, impressive rapids and small waterfalls flow one way with the incoming tide and another with the outgoing tide. You can watch the churning water from one of several rooftop viewing areas in Fallsview and Wolastoq parks.
Although some previous travelers lamented the charge attached to viewing the rapids from the Reversing Falls Restaurant's observation deck, others were quick to recommend visiting the other platforms, which are free to access. For an adrenaline rush, consider paying for a zip lining excursion with Saint John Adventures. Zip line rates vary depending on the time of year.
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