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Backpack to Goose River Beach

Alma, New Brunswick



9.8 miles

Elevation Gain

550 ft

Route Type



Added by Do Gaudet

Goose River is an 8 km trail part of the Fundy footpath. You can set up camp on the beach between two mountains and the bay of Fundy while looking at the tide coming in and out.

The Goose River trail is part if the Fundy Footpath and starts in the Fundy National Park. You can reach the Park from both Alma or Saint-Martins, New Brunswick. In the park, follow Point Wolf road for 8km until you reach the parking lot where you can leave you car for the night. Don't forget to buy your park pass at the entrance and to reserve your camping spot at the head office (or online). The trailhead parking is at 45.549304, -65.019016.

The entrance of the trail is well marked. You will cross Marven Lake trail about 1 km into the trail. Just continue straight to Goose River. It is an intermediate linear trail and is mostly an old cart road that you follow up to Goose River. From Point Wolfe, you hike your way through the forest until you reach a window of the Bay of Fundy where the view is absolutely stunning. 

The conditions of the trail are fairly good, but you have to be careful of some pretty big pot holes as you go up or downhill, especially if you're hiking in spring. The last part of the trail, from the campsites on the cliff to the ones on beach is strenuous as you go down some 150m in a few hundred meters. 

At the end of Goose River trail, you have the option to reach the Fundy Footpath, a 41 km trail on the coast of New Brunswick or to come back the way you came to finish the out-and-back trail. 

Uphill, there is usually some firewood set up by the park, an outhouse and a couple backcountry camping spots with a stunning view. 

When you get to Goose River beach, there is a couple more camping spot. You need to reserve yours with the Park prior to hitting the trail. You can set up camp on the beach and enjoy the moon rise on the Bay of Fundy but keep your camp in the designated areas as the tide comes very high on the beach. 

If you are not afraid of cold water, go in as you wish, but do not underestimate the tides that come in and out. They are the biggest tides swings in the world. 

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