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Point Wolfe Beach Trail

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Quick Facts

Difficulty easy
Trail Type linear
Distance 400 metres
Estimated Time 15 mins
Surface Type crushed rock, boardwalk
Elevation Change 40 metres
Features beach, point
Trail Markers signs
Scenery Rating must see
Maintenance Rating well maintained
Cell Reception not checked
Dog Friendly on a leash
Fees yes

Description

Point Wolfe Beach is one of our favorite places to explore in the park. I have walked out into the bay and been chased back by the quickly rising tides, I have layered on the rocks with Vicki and watched the eagles glide over the cliffs above, and have watched people trying to get a shot of the covered bridge through the narrow, sandstone valley at its mouth. We have explored the gravel bar and the red mud exposed by the receding tides, all while trying not to step on the thousands of snails. It is the place in the park that shows the extremeness of the tides and their impact on the rugged landscape.

Jumping a channel of Point Wolfe River at Point Wolfe Beach in Fundy Nationl Park

The trail down to the beach from the Shiphaven Trail is a wide, gravel path (old road) that travels along the bay for a short distance before dropping down to the beach. There is a picnic table along the flat section along the bay. The trail down to the beach from the lookout platform is steeper but still moderate.

When you come out onto the beach you come out on a long sandbar that runs along this side of the long narrow bay. At low tide the bay empties out and only the narrow river remains on the far side of the bay. This opens up a large area to explore but always be aware of the Fundy tides. I had to jog to keep ahead of their return on one of my visits.

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From the Sign

Red Spruce

Virgin red spruce forest, home to caribou and wolves, lured loggers to this coastline in the 1800s. Most of it fell to the lumberman's axe. This is now a "second-growth" forest.

Red spruce thrive in the foggy climate of the Fundy coast, reaching a height of over 25 metres and an age of more than 300 years. They succeed on these shallow soils and rocky hillsides where few other trees can survive.

Red Spruce sign at Point Wolfe at Fundy National Park

Young red spruce grow very slowly in the shade of their parents. Deprived of sunlight, trees no more than 1 1/2 metres tall may be 50 years of age. On the other hand, on a moist open site, a tree of the same age may be 15 metres or more tall.

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Fundy's Forest Under Threat

Fog along the Fundy coast now carries harmful acids as well as life-giving moisture. Rain is at least 3 times more acidic now than before industrialization and the fog that creeps through this forest can be ten times as acidic as the rain. Automobile and industrial smokestack emissions are the most likely cause of this acidity.

Fundy's red spruce have not yet shown the severe die-offs reported in some nearby Appalachian forests. However, the leaves of our coastal white birch often turn brown in mid-summer and fall prematurely.

Fundy's Forest Under Threat sign at Point Wolfe at Fundy National Park

Fundy National Park is not isolated from the changes taking place around it. Monitoring studies on acid fog and vegetation - both in the park and beyond its boundaries - help us understand and better manage the greater Fundy Ecosystem as a whole.

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A View to the World

Fundy National Park is connected to the world

This lookout is a window to the world. The Point Wolfe River empties into the Bay of Fundy, which connects it to the Atlantic Ocean and the rest of the world.

A View to the World sign at Point Wolfe at Fundy National Park

There are no fences around the park - it is connected to the world by air, land, water and species that move across boundaries. It's also connected to you! We hope you will remember our time at Fundy National Park and that you'll tell someone else whatyou experienced here.

Directions

For directions to the park go to the Fundy National Park page.

From the visitor centre near Alma, take the Point Wolfe Road. Drive for 7.5 kilometres and you will come to the famous red covered bridge. Continue for another 500 metres and turn left into the Point Wolfe parking lot. At the far end of the parking lot on the right you will find a short trail out to the lookout platform. From the lookout platform you can take a steep trail down to the beach.

For a more gentle slope down to the beach take the Shiphaven Trail on the left of the parking lot. After a short distance turn right on an old road. This old road will take you down to the beach.

Trail Last Hiked: July 15, 2011.

Page Last Updated: January 3, 2023.