Fundy Trail Parkway

#4 in Best Things To Do in Saint John, New Brunswick
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Fundy Trail Parkway
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229 Main Street


Hiking, Recreation, Sightseeing Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
  • 4.0Value
  • 4.5Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

Saint John's most stunning feature is the Bay of Fundy, and the best way to savor it is to follow the Fundy Trail Parkway. You can walk, bike or drive along this 20-mile, multi-use trail for spectacular views of the bay, while smaller side paths lead to various beaches along the shore. Hikers and bikers will find numerous look-outs and benches along the way, and numerous parking areas allow you to park and explore.

According to one TripAdvisor user, "You can drive it fast, but slow down and take your time." However, if you're planning to cover the Fundy Trail Parkway by bike, another TripAdvisor user advises caution: "Unless you are in great athletic shape and love doing lots of inclines, I would not recommend it as an easy-going bike ride."

The entrance to the Fundy Trail Parkway is roughly 35 miles east of Saint John along New Brunswick Route 111, though there are numerous access points along the route. The trail is open every day from mid-May to mid-October between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. (the visitor's center opens at 8 a.m.), and admission is $4.50 CAD ($4.50 USD) for adults with discounts available for children and seniors. You can also tag along on a guided walk: Guides depart from the visitor's center every Monday through Friday between 1 and 3 p.m. and cost an extra $3.50 CAD ($3.50 USD) per person. You can learn more about the Fundy Trail Parkway by visiting its 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 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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