In addition to these comments we also strongly highlighted the wonderful job done by volunteers and trail staff (post Hurricane Dorian and in the new rerouted sections) as well as the welcoming and encouraging comments we received from the Fundy Parkway staff and online hiker’s community.
However, despite our attempt to present our opinion of our experiences and detail some things which we felt other hikers might wish to know about the Fundy Footpath we have received an enormous and rather hateful backlash from previous hikers on the trail and many on the trail staff. These comments have included:
I hope this clarifies the ongoing debate and slows the flood of hateful emails and messages we have received since the publication of this article. The Fundy Foot Path, as with the Dobson Trail and Fundy National park are natural treasures that should certainly be enjoyed and experienced by as many people as possible. Our time in New Brunswick along The Great Trail, has continued to be rewarding and exciting and we would encourage everyone to come and visit this region (especially in the fall).
Sadly this is hardly the first time we have received such messages about our hike, and I doubt it will be the last time. We seem to live in an age where it is easier to attack and criticize than to take risks and explore. I worry when any endeavour or risk taken by people is met with vitriol and hope that the youth of this nation do not encounter such commentary when they are striving to attempt something new, learn about the world, and figure out their own life goals and about themselves. I also worry however, that these types of comments are very much part of the daily lives of youth today and am continually amazed by their strength, resilience, and courage in continuing forward. I hope that anyone who endures online commentary and digital threats knows that they are certainly not alone in this experience. As my favourite TV show used to say "Remember, I'm pulling for you. We're all in this together."
Hope to see you on the trail as we continue westward….