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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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Papga’sit: Down the Coast Guided Tour by First Nations Storytellers
June 10 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Meaning: Goes down the coast
The Mi’kmaq people of the Atlantic provinces of New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland flourished in the land Mi’kma’ki. From their winter hunting grounds inland to the summer shores and even into the ocean, they built a Nation by living in balance with nature. Explore how this balance may have looked and why it is a desirable goal to achieve today.
Prior to the landing of European settlers in what is now called New Brunswick, thriving cultures existed for thousands of years which lived in harmony with the land and the life that resided on it. Survival on this land depended on ingenuity and knowledge wrought from a sometimes harsh and unforgiving environment.
Passed down through the generations were the spoken teachings that served as lessons to the younger generations to ensure their survival into the future. Despite today’s world of modern conveniences and industrialization, respect and protection of the land is a way of life still followed today in every aboriginal community across Canada.
Discover the local history of the Wolastoqi and Mi’kmaq peoples from a unique indigenous point of view while meandering along the tides of the Bay of Fundy. Get back to the Earth and its many gifts while enjoying the spectacular views of the Fundy Trail Parkway.
You will meet your First Nations Storytellers guide in P4.
Please book in advance to guarantee your reservation. This event will occur rain or shine unless your safety is a concern (ex: thunder). In the event we need to cancel for safety reasons, a full refund will be issued, and pre-booked guests will be notified by email. Cost is $35 per person.
You will meet First Nations Storytellers guide at P4 to start (and end) the program.