ABOUT THE FUNDY FOOTPATH
Completed in the fall of 1994, the Fundy Footpath has quickly garnered attention as a world-class wilderness hiking experience. It is a rugged, 49.3 km trail with steep changes in elevation that runs from the Fundy Trail Parkway in Big Salmon River to Fundy National Park in New Brunswick, Canada. In 2012 over 500 people hiked the trail end to end. In 2015, Explore Magazine named the Fundy Footpath as one of the 50 best hiking trails on the planet!
Building and Improving The Footpath
The Maritime Acadian Highlands are part of the foothills of the Appalachian Mountain Range. The splitting and continental drift of the former continent of Pangea separated the mountain range to its present positions in North America, Europe and Africa: the Appalachian Mountains in the USA and Canada, Scotland, Galicia in Spain, and the Atlas Mountains in Morroco.
The rugged geology and natural beauty found in the Bay of Fundy wilderness is what inspired us to build this footpath. This unique ecosystem can only be appreciated on foot, surrounded by the ambience of the Bay of Fundy microclimate. The frequent fog and mist lend an other-worldly appearance to the rugged geological faults of the coast, outcrops and the deep V-shaped river valleys. Century old trees, thick and dark forests, are contrasted with spectacular vistas from the uplands when fog and mist are cleared by the warmth of the mid morning sun. The Acadian Forest has been developing for 10,000 years; the predominant tree species are: red spruce, balsam fir, maple, and yellow birch. The footpath crosses sections of the remaining old growth forest.
The primary use of this forest in the past two centuries has been its tall conifers for ships masts, and lumber for the emerging cities of the eastern seaboard. The rivers were used to drive the logs to mills and shipping docks; sluiceways can be observed at Little Salmon and Goose Creek. Today the forests are a primary source of lumber and wood fibre for pulp production, and a wonderland for outdoor enthusiasts.