Date: Sep 29, 2009
Fundy Coastal Drive, as the name implies, takes visitors on a scenic tour of the bay of Fundy along all the coast of New Brunswick. On this day, we took this scenic drive going West from Saint John, with the eventual goal of reaching the Maine border, just over 100 km away.
The goal turned out to be harder than expected. So many treasures were found along the way as to make progress very slow. As this was our first chance to see the Bay of Fundy in a natural environment, we were eager to get our of the car at any possibility. We spent hours at unnamed pull-offs, wandering around the secluded beaches, admiring the tidal pools, negotiating among the giant mounds of sea-weed, and looking for colorful rocks on the shore.
The beaches in that area were mostly rocky, so exploring them required a lot of climbing on things, which, I have to admit, wasn’t entirely unwelcome.
There were other things to see on the scenic drive as well. The travel brochure outlined every little local attraction, including numerous covered bridges and even a small but feisty waterfall (Lepreau Falls).
It was getting late, and we were only halfway to the Maine border. The final obstacle to our plan was a small but irresistible Baybreeze restaurant overlooking the Bay of Fundy. One of those mom and pop shops (and apparently owned by a family from Greece), it served the most amazing food. It was probably the best meal that we had during our whole stay in New Brunswick, so we were happy to stay there until dark and enjoy ourselves. We didn’t make it to the Maine border, but everybody was happy with what we found along the way.