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FUNDY TRAIL INTERPRETIVE TALKS
BIG SALMON RIVER INTERPRETIVE CENTRE
FREE (with admission)
1 pm DAILY
There are many ways to experience the Fundy Trail. In addition to the park’s Sunday concerts at 2 pm in July and August, these talks take place daily at the Big Salmon River Interpretive Centre at 1 pm and are free with your admission. You can choose to explore the park on your own or you can come meet one of our friendly and knowledgeable staff members to perhaps learn something new.
SUNDAYS Fundy Trail’s Flora & Fauna
Discover the rich flora and fauna found within the Fundy Trail. Part of the Fundy Biosphere Region, which is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the park has an abundance of plants and wildlife. Learn about the animals that make this park their home and the common plants that are found here. You might be surprised to come across some of them during your visit while you explore this special area along the world-famous Bay of Fundy Coast.
MONDAYS Moose Call
In New Brunswick’s forests, the moose is King. The largest member of the deer family sometimes grows to 1500 lbs (580 kg) when fully grown and has an excellent sense of hearing and smell. These majestic beasts react to the irresistible calls of an eager female. Throughout the ensuing dialogues, the plaintive love calls of the female moose are produced by guides. Come learn about moose and how to call them in a fun and entertaining way.
TUESDAYS The Making of the Fundy Trail
The basic concept of the Fundy Trail was not only to create a connection between St. Martins and Alma but also to craft an alignment to maximize the scenic vistas that would provide a linear coastal progression of spectacular panoramic visual experiences with direct access to strategic locations along the world-famous Bay of Fundy, such as the beaches, rivers/brooks, gorges/falls with conveniently accessible lookouts, observation facilities and access footpaths and trails. Come learn more.
WEDNESDAYS Beautiful Butterflies
What do elephants, mosquitoes and butterflies have in common? Which plants attract butterflies? Did you know that butterflies are the only insect group that has scales covering their wings? Each of the 17,500 species of butterflies in the world have their own combination of colours, patterns and wing shapes. The brush-footed butterfly family, which includes monarchs and painted ladies, is the most diverse family. Come learn a few facts and share what you know about butterflies.
THURSDAYS Life in Big Salmon River
Get a glimpse into past life here. What did the community look like in the late 1800’s? Enjoy comparing the enlarged historic pictures of Big Salmon River to the views you see today. Check out some of the kitchenware used for baking. Recycling was key then, too. Lard, the main shortening in baking came in pails, and when the men had to pack their lunches to take into the woods, they packed it in those same pails.
FRIDAYS Majestic Moths
Did you realize how incredible certain species of moths can be? Come join a wonderful learning experience all about moths. Our interpreters will gladly share their knowledge of these mysterious creatures that flutter about during the night sky. This experience is enjoyable for everyone young and old and in between so come join us for a conversation, optional craft, see some incredible photos and hopefully encounter some of these majestic creatures firsthand.
SATURDAYS Big Salmon River History
The original community of Big Salmon River existed from early 1845 to 1933 and unofficially 20 years longer. This lumbering community was home to 24 families with a cookhouse, bunkhouse, post office, schoolhouse, and many company houses. The sawmill was a central focus of the community. Who were the families that lived here? Why did the community disappear? Come find out more and let us know what you know about the former community of Big Salmon River.
Available in English only at this time.
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A Taste of History Tour
September 11, 2021 @ 11:30 am - 3:30 pm$55.00
Join us for A Taste of History on Saturday, September 11, 2021 from 11:30 am – 3:30 pm.
During this Taste of History Tour, you will not only experience stunning vistas of the
famous Bay of Fundy, but also have the opportunity to learn what life was like during the 1800’s when St. Martins and Big Salmon River supported a world-renowned ship building business and a flourishing lumber industry.
As you tour through Big Salmon River your guide will introduce you to the history told through stories and songs from a lumber jack, a shipbuilder’s daughter, sailors and other personalities from the past who once made this breathtaking land their home.
Before departing you will indulge in an authentic lumberjack’s meal, featuring Maritime delicacies, in a replica heritage cookhouse. Finally you’ll be treated to a classic Saturday evening entertainment of sea-shanties, fiddling, square dancing and toe-tapping melodies that will elevate your mood for your journey back home.
The tour meeting place is Parking Lot #1, where you will board the coach and begin your journey.