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Fundy Footpath

Post by mikekowalski » Mon Apr 19, 2010 7:45 pm

ENTS,

I hiked the Fundy footpath last October with my brother and a few friends. It's about 60 Km of rugged coastal wilderness trail for hikers only, situated along the north coast of the Bay of Fundy between St. Martens and the western border of Fundy National Park. It took us 4 days (October 1st-4th, 2009) and we had a blast. Some beautiful scenery and some nice old forest in places.
I found the forest to be largely dominated by red spruce and yellow birch, with the occasional American beech, sugar maple, and white birch. I'd say that the largest/oldest trees were red spruce and yellow birch, the largest of which usually ranged between 2 and 3 m CBH.
I'd never hiked along the Fundy coast before so I was pleasantly surprised to see so many crystal clear streams. I was also somewhat surprised to see an apparent lack of eastern white pine, since it's so common in most of the rest of the province. I've since been back to the park several times and have seen very few white pines. I'm not sure if this is due to the particular ecoregion within which most of the park is situated or whether this reflects the legacy of early European colonization of the region.
The photos below are a sample of what we encountered. I'll post another report or two soon on the other trips I did in Fundy last fall.
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Fundy Footpath - Part 2

Post by mikekowalski » Mon Apr 19, 2010 7:50 pm

Here are some more photos...
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Re: Fundy Footpath

Post by James Parton » Mon Apr 19, 2010 7:50 pm

Mike,

Those forest scenes remind me so much of the forests of the high appalachians over 5000 feet. Very beautiful pictures!

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Re: Fundy Footpath

Post by mikekowalski » Mon Apr 19, 2010 7:56 pm

James,
That's interesting. This footpath ranges between sea level and about 300 m (1000 ft) I think. Amazing the difference latitude makes.
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Fundy Footpath - Part 3

Post by mikekowalski » Mon Apr 19, 2010 8:00 pm

And a nice yellow birch...
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Re: Fundy Footpath - Part 2

Post by James Parton » Mon Apr 19, 2010 8:27 pm

Mike,

I would love to visit here. The place is absolutely beautiful. My wife would not go for it but I would rather visit here than go to the beach.

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Re: Fundy Footpath

Post by James Parton » Mon Apr 19, 2010 8:33 pm

Mike.

I have read that the highest peaks of the Southern Appalachians have the climate of Southern Canada. Red Spruce starts at around 4300 feet while Fraser Fir starts higher up, Usually above 5000 feet. The climate is very different at 6000 feet that in the valleys below. Much cooler, often windier and wetter.

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Re: Fundy Footpath - Part 3

Post by James Parton » Mon Apr 19, 2010 8:35 pm

Yes, I saw some of these yesterday. In Cataloochee Valley. GSMNP.

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