Recreation in Charlotte County presents many opportunities:
Pea Point is the latest addition to the Nature Trust of New Brunswick’s Charlotte County holdings. The 43 acre property was generously donated by Connors Brothers. Now, the Pea Point site will be preserved in perpetuity for the Blacks Harbour community to enjoy.
Follow the signs to the Grand Manan ferry and pull off just prior in to the parking lot. A short trail leads from the road to the Letang Harbour channel. At low tide visitors can cross to the Pea Point lighthouse, but be sure not to get trapped by the Bay of Fundy’s rising waters.
Sam Orr’s Pond is another of the Nature Trust’s Charlotte County holdings. This is a 240-hectare (600 acre) preserve stretching along Taggart’s Brook and marsh, surrounding Sam Orr’s Pond, to Birch Cove and Berry Point on Bocabec Bay, part of the Bay of Fundy. It is 12 km north-east of St. Andrews on Hwy 127.
Simpson Hill is strategically located overlooking the “cross” in the St. Croix River, the place that gave rise to the name given to the River by Champlain in the early 1600′s. Reaching almost 600 feet, it is the highest and most readily accessible lookout on the Canadian side of the River. The partial panorama photo above looks directly across to the Ganong Nature Park at Todd’s Point. On the left is the main River which goes on to St. Stephen. To the right are Oak Bay and the Waweig River. To the extreme left is the lower estuary which goes offshore to Passamaquoddy Bay and the Bay of Fundy.
The Ganong Nature Park is located in Charlotte County – about 6 miles from St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Canada. This beautiful 350 acre property is open year round for visitors. It overlooks the “cross” of the St. Croix River and St. Croix Island and has woods, fields and 180 acres of intertidal area for you to enjoy. The park is a charitable, not-for-profit community organization. Admission is free, but donations are greatly appreciated.
Grand Manan is a spectacular setting for hiking and cycling. Trails ring the island, providing flexibility in terms of the length and difficulty of the hike, and ensuring an unforgettable oceanic soundtrack, and breathtaking marine vistas.
The ferry to Grand Manan leaves from Blacks Harbour. More information about crossings can be found here .
The Fundy coastline is a paddler’s paradise. In Eastern Charlotte County the St. Croix River, Digdeguash River, Magaguadavic River, and Passamaquoddy Bay all provide excellent paddling. Further up the road, just outside of Charlotte County is the Musquash Estuary, one of Canada’s eight Marine Protected Areas.
Interested paddlers should contact one of the qualified local professionals for advice on tides and conditions.