Sunday, October 6, 2019

Alma to Chignecto Campground, Fundy National Park

Yesterday we walked up from the charming seaside village of Alma to Headquarters Campground at Fundy National Park. When we arrived at the beautiful Visitor's Center, we not only registered for our campsite and paid our day use fee for the park, we also registered for the Fundy Footpath. There is no fee to hike the trail, but Parks Canada requires you to register, and if you don't make it to your end goal at the appointed time they will come and search for you.

In the afternoon, as we were exploring the pond below the Visitor's Center we were delighted to relocate the same group of 2-3 beavers we saw yesterday busily working on their lodge.  They were taking turns scouting for branches around the edge of the Pond, then swimming back to add the new pieces to their home.  Two beavers would work together to tow the larger branches back.  Occasionally one would pause for snack, holding a fresh branch in its pass like a cob of corn, and noisily nibbling on the bark.


Today we did a presentation at the Chignecto Recreation Pavilion, which is a gorgeous new facility at the heart of a network of biking and multi-use trails opposite the Chignecto Campground in the park. We would like to thank Daniel, Fundy National Park, and Parks Canada for organizing, advertising, and setting up the talk, as well as everyone who attended.
It was amazing to meet a long-time follower of our trek, and to receive a generous and unexpected donation from her!

Tomorrow we will head to the Point Wolfe Campground along the next section of the Great Trail. It is supposed to rain quite heavily, so we plan to spend the night there to dry out, and then we will head out to brave the Fundy Footpath!

The Fundy Footpath is a 41-ish km long trail that runs from Goose River on the western edge Fundy National Park to the Big Salmon River Interpretive Center about 20 km outside of St. Martin's, NB. The trail runs through the longest continuous section of coastal wilderness south of Quebec. It has been rated as one of Canada's top 50 hikes, and it is a serious undertaking. Although it is only around 41 km long, most people take four days to complete it due to the ruggedness of the terrain. With repeated ascents and descents of between 300 to 700 m (984 to 2296 ft), it has a total elevation gain of 3048 m (10,000 ft).

Sometimes when you break things down by the numbers they become less intimidating.  Sometimes they don't.  Sometimes you just have to be brave.  Tomorrow we continue westward....

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