Coordinates: Lat 45.482986°N, Long 65.243719°W
Description: The moderate-sized brook mouth here meanders through several partially vegetated gravel bars as it flows out from a lush valley.
Nature Notes: This site has an interesting geological and human history, which are somewhat intertwined. The brook cuts through some richer igneous (volcanic rock) formations upstream, so it carries some semi-precious stones and others containing copper ores and even (very rarely) some gold. As is the story with a few sites along the bay, some attempts were made here long ago to pan for gold. Remnants of three logging water retention and diversion structures can also be observed here.
Image by Marc Leger
Coordinates: Lat 45.587441°N, Long 65.08341°W
Description: A marvellous, scenic access point to the Wolfe River Gorge far upstream of its mouth, found along the Bennett Brook trail.
Nature Notes: This region is located in the heart of the Wolfe River Gorge. While the entire gorge is an amazing place, the confluence is perhaps one of the very best vantage points to “take it all in”. Another impressive sight close by is the Bennett Brook waterfall, located about 50 m upstream from the confluence, along Bennett Brook (the right-hand branch of the river facing north).
Image by Ben Phillips
Coordinates: Lat 45.599523°N, Long 64.947871°W
Description: The mouth of the Upper Salmon River is a well-sheltered estuary with an important intertidal zone with lots of rich salt marsh that harbours a wide diversity of bird life.
Nature Notes: Historically, an important logging mill was situated alongside the river in the estuary. Logging was once one of the main economic drivers of the region; today, remnants of old dam related to logging activities can still be seen up river from the park entrance, at the end of the intertidal zone.
Image by Brian Townsend/Parks Canada
Coordinates: Coordinates: (Waterside Beach) Lat 45.627575°N, Long 64.812131°W; (Waterside Marsh) Lat 45.626611°, Long 64.797279°W, (Dennis Beach) Lat 45.630285°N, Long 64.849762°W, (Red Head) Lat 45.624738°N, Long 64.833150°W
Description: A 6 km long, sandy strand divided into two distinct beach areas by a spectacular red sandstone outcrop (Red Head). The Waterside Beach section is backed by a vegetated dune system and a large salt marsh complex (Waterside Marsh) west of Long Marsh Creek.
Nature Notes: This site has been a nesting area for Piping Plover (an endangered species and one of the FBR’s Amazing Species) on a few occasions over the last couple of decades, but the site is impacted by ATV use and other human disturbances and the birds have had trouble here, likely even more so than in other parts of the Maritimes. Geologically speaking, Red Head is a Triassic rock outcrop which dates back to the beginning of the age of dinosaurs!!! Waterside Marsh and Rocher Bay are very good spots for rare birds, ducks and herons in particular, during both spring and fall migration.
Image of Red Head by Ben Phillips
Coordinates: Lat 45.509058°N, Long 65.178571°W
Description: A small, peaceful waterfall along a brook running through the lichen festooned trees typical of the Fundy Fog Forest along the coast, approximately halfway between the Quiddy River and Goose Creek along the Fundy Footpath, not too far west of Fundy National Park.
Nature Notes: This is a good place to get a feel for the unique “Fundy Fog Forest” type.