New River Beach Provincial Park is on the Bay of Fundy shore, less than an hour from Saint John, New Brunswick. In a quest to escape the soaring temperatures, I put out a request to my Twitter peeps for beach recommendations, and Mark Burnett pointed us to New River Beach.
Being on a schedule, we took the “new highway” instead of the “old highway” (“Old highway” is what we call the secondary, more interesting, highways in Nova Scotia, for the very logical reason that said roads were the highway until the newer, controlled access, highways were built. I’m not entirely sure if it’s the same here in New Brunswick.). We arrived at about 9:30am & paid our $8 fee to park near the beach. [Update: In 2016, the entry fee is $10, but if you are a member of the military community and have a CFOne card, admission is free!]
I should point out that despite the name, New River beach is not on a river at all, but directly on the Bay of Fundy.
When we drove in, there was just one other car in the parking lot. It pays to be early!
The water was cold – I’ve yet to experience ocean water in the Maritimes that isn’t, although I hear the waters along the Northumberland Strait are warmer. It may be bracing, but the water’s also beautifully clear.
We arrived a couple of hours before high tide, so got the waves coming in as the tide rose. Our 2-year-old was delighted, announcing the incoming waves with “uh-oh!” and then squealing when they hit her.
By 10:30, the fog had burnt off, and it was a perfect beach day.
Because it’s a provincial park, there’s camping right across the road, a series of trails (which we haven’t explored yet), and some helpful amenities at the beach, including a canteen, change huts, washrooms, and covered picnic areas. There’s also a playground for the kids and beach volleyball courts.
We’ll be back to New River Beach – it’s a lovely spot, close to Saint John, with clear ocean water. What more could we ask for?
But if you have other beach recommendations, I’d love to hear them – leave me a note in the comments below!Google+