Fundy National Park

#5 in Best Things To Do in Saint John, New Brunswick
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Courtesy of Tourism New Brunswick

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Route 114

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Hiking, Parks and Gardens Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
4.3scorecard
  • 4.5Value
  • 3.0Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

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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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 Canada. But before you become too engrossed in the many mouthwatering offerings at the vendors' tables, make sure to cast your glance upward. The ceiling of this massive 19th-century building (the original market was held outside) resembles the upturned hull of a ship -- a tribute to the city's shipping industry.

Once you've finished feasting your eyes, indulge your appetite with some fresh eats -- you'll find everything from salads and sandwiches to fish and chips, not to mention handmade arts and crafts. As one Yelp.com user puts it, "Whether you're in the mood for fresh squeezed orange juice, fresh brewed coffee, bakery items, Korean food … lobster, or ice cream, there's something to satisfy everyone's taste."

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