Backpacking the Fundy Footpath

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MULTI-DAY ADVENTURE

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GROUP SIZE:

6–12

DURATION:

5 Days

DIFFICULTY:

Level 4 - Challenging

ACTIVITIES:

Backpacking, wildlife & natural history, wilderness camping

COST:

$1625+Tax per person

DATE:

Aug. 16 - 20, 2020

The Great Trek

OVERVIEW:

Hike the longest stretch of coastal wilderness on the Eastern Seaboard and experience the world’s highest tides. This tour combines the freedom of backpacking with the comforts of a full support team. You can travel light knowing that the team will have the tents set up for you each night when you arrive at camp. Relax after a full day on the trail and let your friendly and experienced guides prepare nutritious and local meals over the campfire. Catch a few stories under the stars, or drift off to the lap of the waves.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Discover the entire Fundy Footpath with Qualified and Experienced Guides

  • Enjoy Fresh and Local Meals Prepared Over a Campfire

  • Stargaze in the UNESCO Fundy Biosphere Reserve

  • Wilderness camping

  • Carry a Lighter Backpack with only your Clothing, Sleeping Bag, and Mat

  • Visit the Fundy Trail Parkway

  • Learn About the Rich Natural and Cultural History of the Bay of  Fundy

  • Explore the Coastal Village of St. Martins and visit the Sea Caves

 
 
 

Itinerary

DAY 1

Arrive in the Village of St. Martins. Make a quick stop at the Shipyard Cafe before hitting the trailhead at Big Salmon River. Your guides will prepare a trailside lunch on your way to your camp at Seely Beach. Our recommendation, take in some stars this night because you’re in the UNESCO Fundy Biosphere Reserve that is part of the longest stretch of undeveloped wilderness coastline in North America, there’s practically no light pollution!


DAY 2

This morning, your guides will prepare breakfast and coffee or tea before heading back on the trail. Discover the land’s natural and cultural history through your guide’s interpretation and stories. Camp at Little Salmon River, where your support team has once again set up camp and brought in fresh food. 

 

DAY 3

Wake up again amongst the trees and continue on the trail. The Fundy Footpath’s elevation and terrain can be challenging. Your guides will make sure you are taken care of and will have lots of tips on how to conquer the trail. Today’s lunch will be at Wolf Brook and your dinner and camp are located at the extremely picturesque Martin Head.

DAY 4

Today is your second last full day of hiking. Depart from Martin Head towards your final camp at Rose Brook. There’s still lots to discover in the rich ecosystems of the Fundy Coastline. Looking out across the Bay of Fundy, you will also be able to see the province of Nova Scotia. Take in the natural history on the formation of the Bay and how it get its highest tides. 


DAY 5

Congratulations! Today you finish the Fundy Footpath. Your last breakfast at camp leads into some hiking, lunch at Goose River, and arrive at your final destination at Point Wolfe. Shuttle back to St. Martins. Celebrate your achievment 


 

Our guides, were extremely friendly, supportive, knowledgeable about the area and its history, prepared fantastic backcountry meals, and really became part of our little ‘group’.

– Liza, Grand Canyon, AZ

 

Inclusions & Exclusions

INCLUSIONS

  • Experienced guides

  • Meals (except two lunches)

  • Airport shuttles on travel days

  • Park fees

EXCLUSIONS

  • Airfare and airfare taxes

  • Guide and support gratuities

  • Travel insurance

  • Personal expenses

Inclusions + Exclusions

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Fundy Footpath

THE FUNDY LOOK OUT

The rugged geology and natural beauty of the Bay of Fundy wilderness was the inspiration for the creation of the 41-km (25-mi.) Fundy Footpath, whose unique ecosystem can only be appreciated on foot, in the ambience of the Bay of Fundy microclimate.

 
 

Frequently Asked Questions

General FAQs

What is the cancellation policy for multi-day trips?


Guests have the ability to cancel a tour reservation they have made. 90 days from departure: No Charge
60 to 89 days from departure: 25% of trip cost 45 to 59 days from departure: 50% of trip cost 44 days or less from departure: 100% of trip cost




Can you accommodate dietary restrictions?


Yes, Red Rock Adventure can create a specific meal plan for individuals with any dietary restrictions. Just be sure to let us know well before your arrival.




What's the weather like?


Coastal New Brunswick enjoys a mild climate in the summers, with an average daily high in the mid-60s. In August, the highs can reach the upper 70s, while the lows at night are in the mid-50s. As with any coastal region, wind and rain are always a possibility, along with Atlantic fog. Be sure to bring layers for both warmth and protection against rain.




What is the cancellation policy for day trips?


Guests have the ability to cancel a tour reservation they have made. It is required by Red Rock Adventure that a guest cancel their booking a minimum of four (4) hours before the departure time, and will cancel the evening before if the trip starts between 8:00am and 12:00pm the next day. Guests will be given a full refund of their deposit(s) if a tour is cancelled by your lead guide due to weather.




What do the difficulty levels of your tours mean?


You will see that different tours or courses have been rated for difficulty. Below are the levels and their descriptions:
Level 1 - Easy: These experiences require little to no physical fitness and are suitable for anyone. Weather can be a factor, but generally doesn't make the tour any more difficult. No previous experience is necessary. You may experience uneven or slippery terrain. Level 2 - Easy+
These experiences require very minimal physical fitness and can even be completed by people with mobility issues. Little to no previous experience is necessary. Some aspects of the tour may feel challenging, but in general individuals of all ages are able to complete the experience. Weather can make these tours slightly more challenging. Terrain is variable and can be a small challenge for some. Level 3 - Moderate
These experiences begin to challenge individuals. Previous experience is encouraged, but not required. Duration of the trips can change depending on the the fitness levels of the participants. Weather can be a factor in making these tours more challenging. Elevation gains and losses are common. Terrain can be challenging with rocks and roots.

Level 4 - Challenging
These experiences are challenging. Previous experience is strongly encouraged and in some aspects of journeys, it is required. Good physical fitness is required. Weather can definitley play a role in the difficulty of the tour. Elevation gains and losses are common. Terrain can be challenging with rocks and roots. Participant (may) sleep in tents. Participants could be carrying backpacks weighing up to 20-25lbs. Level 5 - Extreme
These tours are challenging, even for experienced outdoors people. Participants could be carrying backpacks weighing 25+lbs. Participants will be sleeping in tents.





Water FAQs

Is it wavy/dangerous/scary when kayaking?


We always use double kayaks that are more stable than single kayaks. While the Bay of Fundy can provide some extreme conditions, we ensure our guest's safety by keeping them informed on the weather. If our Lead Guide(s) say it is too wavy or windy, we work to tell everyone with lots of time in advance, so alternative plans can be made.




I have my own PFD, can I just wear that?


We prefer you use our equipment, so we can be assured it is maintained to Paddle Canada standards. Our PFDs are also specifically made for kayaking, so we're sure you'll be comfortable.




For the Scenic Coastline Boat Tours, what is a float suit?


A float suit is a full-body, one-piece insulated garment. It protects the wearer from cold weather and water. It is also designed to offer flotation to anyone who finds theselves in the water. On warmer days, float suits aren't necessary and we will provide guests with appropriate PFDs.




What does Red Rock Adventure provide for the kayak tours?


- Paddle Canada certified guide(s) - All necessary kayaking equipment - Kayaking specific flotation device - Safety briefing - How to Paddle 101 - Dry bags (if needed) - Smoked salmon snack




What should guests bring?


- Clothes appropriate for activity in the day's weather - Water bottles - Footwear you wouldn't mind getting wet - Camera





Trail FAQs

Do you have gear I can rent or use?


Red Rock Adventure has some gear that hikers can rent. Including sleeping bags, mats, and trekking poles.




What does red Rock Adventure provide on multi-day hiking tours?


- Friendly and experienced guide(s) - Breakfast, lunch, and dinners while on trail - Support team (transports group gear, food and tents) - Group Gear (trekking poles, tents, sleeping bags, etc.) - Footpath interpretation - First aid and rescue gear




What should guests bring along?


- Appropriate hiking clothing and hiking boots - Sleeping bag and mat - Backpack - Water bottle - Medication (if needed)




What is the trip Level 2 mean?


This trip is Level 2, Easy to Moderate. Participants will be picked up at the Saint John Airport the day before the trip begins, greeted by their local guide, and transported to their overnight accommodations at the Saint John Hilton. (Transfer and hotel costs are included in the trip price.)

This is an active trip with easy hikes and walks of 2-4 hours on four of the seven full days and shorter walks on two days. Our sea-kayaking adventure is a gentle one that emphasizes safety and is led by a professional guide; no previous kayaking experience is necessary. On Day 5 we go whale-watching for two and a half hours; participants should bring appropriate medication if motion sickness might be an issue.





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