Five trails to hike this summer in the Charlotte Coastal Region

goat wearing a bandana perched on the rocks beside the sea

From coastal treks on the mainland to scenic trails on the Fundy Isles, Southwest New Brunswick has some of best hiking in North America for amateurs and experienced adventurers alike. From more challenging routes through provincial parks to leisurely walking paths, there’s something for every level of outdoor explorer. Whether you choose inland trails through the lush forests and winding rivers or explore the rugged coastline, you’re sure to catch a glimpse of unique natural wonders and marine life in the protected paradise of the Bay of Fundy.

Here are some of our favourites – but there are many more too!

Barnaby Head Trail, New River Beach

Explore the rugged shoreline of Bay of Fundy by hiking 2.66 km of coastal cliffs with access to beaches along the way.

Simpson Hill Trail, Bayside near St. Andrews

hikers standing on a lookout

The nearly 1 km trek up Simpson Hill is well worth the view of the St. Croix River and Chamcook Lake when you get to the top.

Ganong Nature Park Trails

daisies in a field at GNP

The network of trails through this small but scenic park lead through field and forest to secluded beaches with stunning views of  the St. Croix River estuary.

Ministers Island Trail, Ministers Island

Walk the entire 7 km perimeter of the island for unsurpassed ocean scenery, or keep going – there are 20 km of trails in total- while seemingly travelling back in time to visit the glory days of Van Horne’s summer estate.

Pea Point Nature Preserve Trail, Black’s Harbour

goat wearing a bandana perched on the rocks beside the sea

Wind your way along the rocky coast to scenic Pea Point Lighthouse, accessible only at low tide. Top tip:the beaches in this area are excellent places to hunt for sea glass! Bonus points if your pet goat goes along with you on the hike. 

Swallowtail Light to Long Eddy Lighthouse Trail, Grand Manan Island

Trek the 7.8 km it takes to travel between Swallowtail and Long Eddy Lighthouse on the northern tip of the island.