Published April 2018
Want to visit the Bay of Fundy but aren’t sure if it’s the right place for a family vacation? Go ahead and bring the kids along… they’re gonna love it.
From sandcastle competitions and whale-watching to tidal pools and ziplining, even the most preoccupied teen will put down the phone in favour of Fundy’s adventures. The best part? You’ll never hear “Are we there yet?” because the entire journey is the destination.
Read on for the top 10 stops for families travelling in New Brunswick’s Bay of Fundy region. ➡️
Click on the red map dots to see what’s in store.
Just 30 minutes from The Hopewell Rocks, Moncton is a great home-base for your Fundy vacation. A visit to Magnetic Hill Zoo is a must - it’s the largest in the Canadian Maritimes - and you don’t want to miss Resurgo Place discovery museum or kid-favourite Magic Mountain Water Park, either.
If you’ve got the time in your schedule, make a side trip to this coastal town about 30 minutes from Moncton. It’s outside of the Fundy region (located on the Acadian Coast), but the famous saltwater beach, educational boat cruises, a lobster interpretive eco-centre and the World’s Largest Lobster make it a great stop for a family vacation.
While you’re there, splash into fun at Parlee Beach Provincial Park.
You’ve heard all about them, now it’s time to experience the famous flowerpot rocks. This is where you’ll see the world’s highest tides rise a whopping 4 storeys high!
Check out the interpretive centre and giant whale tail or the outdoor playground before being whisked down to the ocean floor on a tram ride. If you’re travelling with older kids, don’t forget to return at high tide to kayak around The Hopewell Rocks!
Visiting at meal time? Dine at High Tide Café or pack a lunch to take advantage of the site’s picnic areas.
Rappel, zip, climb, explore... or simply sit back, relax, and watch the kids entertain themselves. Not only is Cape Enrage a great spot to get out a little energy, it’s hand’s-down one of the most spectacular settings on the Atlantic seaboard.
Don’t forget to keep an eye out for fossils on the beach when you’re exploring... they’re about 320-million-years old!
And you definitely don’t want to leave without trying something tasty at the Cape House Restaurant, located in a converted lighthouse keeper’s house...
The great outdoors somehow seems even greater at Fundy National Park. From trails and beaches to golf and camping, this park is a gem and an absolute must-stop during your Fundy vacation.
There are plenty of no-tent-required camping options, too, for a no-hassle camping experience.
Park experiences like Incredible Edible & Medicinal Forest are a great way to sneak in a little learning with the fun!
Scavenger hunts? Check. Super-cool suspension bridge? Check. A reaaaally long beach that’s perfect for tag? You guessed it... check.
With 2,500 hectares of unspoiled coastal wilderness to hike, bike, or drive, plus lots of great programs and activities, The Fundy Trail is an awesome place to experience nature’s magnificence.
Be sure to explore the St. Martins Sea Caves, too, just a few kilometres from the park entrance.
This historic port city is full of entertaining adventure. From the Great Hall of Whales at the New Brunswick Museum to a billion years of stories at Stonehammer Geopark, curious little explorers will have the time of their lives.
If you’re in the city in mid-July, get a look at fire-breathers, acrobats and sword-swallowing contortionists during Buskers on the Bay Festival.
This is where you’ll find summer at its finest. Pitch a tent, roast some marshmallows, and bask in the beauty of this seaside provincial park. With trails, family-friendly programs and even bug-eating plants, it’s never been more fun to get outside and play.
(Don’t forget to go in search of sea creatures in the park’s tidal pools. You never know what might pop up and say hello...)
Join in the fun at the park’s annual Sand Sculpture competition, one of the season’s hottest events with participants from near and far. Think you can go for gold?
Saint Andrews is Canada’s resort town, and for good reason: There’s as much to do here for the kids as there is for mom and dad.
Calling all chocolate lovers! This is Canada’s Chocolate Town, where you can discover the wonder of chocolate with all of your senses. St. Stephen is home to Ganong Bros., Canada’s oldest candy company.