Last Day at FUNdy

2018 ROAD TRIP TO MAINE & CANADA
Day 12: Sunday, 7/22

Fundy National Park, New Brunswick, Canada

Downtime was in order.

Our last full day camping at Fundy National Park was spent packing up our stuff. Kai had fun playing inside our Airstream with all of his toys. We even bought him a toy box and filled it with some toys he got from his 2nd birthday party.


Relax + Pool Time

That afternoon, we went to the saltwater swimming pool at Fundy National Park one last time. Kai had fun while we got to have some family fun.

These are photos of the view from the parking lot of the saltwater swimming pool at Fundy National Park.

Seafood Dinner

That evening we ordered some fried seafood from Fundy Take-out. We were pleasantly surprised that it included a steamed piece of lobster tail! Their fried clams were so delicious! I especially loved the cocktail sauce they served with the platter. Read, my post about my search for the sauce, to find out what brand of sauce they use.

The Gift Shop

I really wanted to check out the gift shop there. It was right inside the Fundy Visitors Center, near Headquarters Campground. We also noticed there was another one further down towards the Sussex direction on our way out.

It was quite small, but I ended up finding a really cute moose t-shirt for Kai! For some reason, I think the toddler sizes in Canada might be smaller than the sizes in the U.S. Kai is usually a 3T in the U.S., but the t-shirt I picked up was a 4T. It fits him perfectly.

We had a great time at Fundy National Park!

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Waterside Beach

2018 ROAD TRIP TO MAINE & CANADA
Day 11 Afternoon: Saturday, July 21st

RI is currently experiencing a heat wave. Perfect day to hit up the beach:) How appropriate is this post!

Waterside Beach, New Brunswick, Canada

We decided to go to Waterside Beach after our hike at Dickson Falls Trail.

How did we find out about this beach? Well, we noticed some cars parked on the side of the road on our way back from our day trip to Hopewell Rocks. It seems like this was one of the beaches that locals like to go to.

One of the things that attracted me to this particular beach was the soft sand.

The beaches we had been to in the area were all very rocky. This beach was very muddy, but perfect for Kai to dig in and find different creatures!

And it wasn’t crowded when we went. It also might have been due to the fact that it was cloudy when we went in the afternoon.

Waterside Beach was a wonderful place for our two-year old son to play! We had an amazing time there and were happy to have brought our chairs instead of sitting on a blanket.

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Interested in reading more?  Here are our posts about our stay at Headquarters Campground at Fundy National Park; our day trip to Hopewell Rocks; and our ocean floor exploration at Herring Cove Beach.

Dickson Falls Trail

2018 ROAD TRIP TO MAINE & CANADA
Day 11 Morning: Saturday, July 21st

Dickson Falls Trail, Fundy National Park, Canada

In the morning we ate a hearty breakfast and drove our truck to the parking area of the¬†Dickson Fall Trail, a moderate one. The parking lot was already full! I guess it’s a pretty popular trail.

It was a whole family affair: hubby, me, our two-year old son, Kai and our 3-year old Cairn terrier, Stanley, got there around 10:30am. Leashed dogs are allowed on the trail, which we appreciated.

The Dickson Falls trail is definitely worth checking out! So beautiful.

We didn’t have to put in a lot of effort to see such natural beauty!

We all had a wonderful time, and I was happy to have brought my Tamron zoom lens! The image stabilization is amazing.

I enjoyed snapping away while hiking. Kai had a blast picking up sticks and rocks and giving them all to us:) Stanley loves hiking in general and always does so well too!

Would we recommend the Dickson Falls Trail? Yes, most definitely!

Dinner in Alma and Communal Campfire

Interested in reading more?  Here are our posts about our road trip across all fifty U.S. States; our thoughts on camping at Headquarters Campground at Fundy National Park; our day trip to Hopewell Rocks and story time at Fundy National Park.

Dinner in Alma and Communal Campfire

2018 ROAD TRIP TO MAINE & CANADA
Day 9: Thursday, July 19th

Our family went on an unforgettable journey with our Airstream from our home state of Rhode Island to New Brunswick, Canada. This post is a small portion of our family vacation, and it is about our dinner out in Alma, New Brunswick and our campfire at our campground.

Dinner in Alma + Camp Fire

After our eventful day at Herring Cove Beach, we decided to do dinner in town (Alma, NB)! We went to Tipsy Tails = best seafood stew! It was pricey, but mostly tasty.  We enjoyed the corn, the stew, and the lobster mac and cheese. The lobster poutine, however, was very bland and not worth it.

Communal Fire Pit

Even though Headquarters Campground at Fundy National Park does not have individual fire pits at each camp site, they do have communal ones.

This was Kai’s very first campfire! Unfortunately, I did not snap any photos that evening to capture the moment.

After dinner in alma, we joined an older couple who had started a campfire. They were on a 3-week road trip to a wedding in Price Edward Island. They had purchased an older camper, and were really enjoying themselves. The husband brought his ukulele and was playing and singing around the campfire.

I love meeting, chatting with people, and hearing stories when traveling!

We brought marshmallows to share, along with our retractable campfire sticks. The telescoping sticks have definitely come in handy, but I do have to warn that the ends are very sharp. When we first purchased our camper at CampingWorld, our salesperson included those in our “gift bag”.

Wal-Mart.com USA, LLC It was nice to chat with some people around a campfire and listen to some good music. Very intimate and kumbaya.

After about 20 minutes, Kai saw some kids riding bikes and chased them down. So much for our time around the fire ūüôā

What a wonderful end to a great day! It’s safe to say we all slept like babies that night.

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Day Trip: Hopewell Rocks

2018 ROAD TRIP TO MAINE & CANADA
Day 10: Friday, July 20th

Hopewell Rocks, Hopewell Cape, NB, Canada

Hopewell Rocks was a must-see! We took a day trip there while our family went on a road trip to visit Fundy National Park. We even got to bring our dog, our Cairn Terrier named Stanley!

It was about a 45 minute drive from Fundy National Park. And, it was $12/person for entrance. It did allow for a two-day consecutive visit. But, we only went for one day. When we got tickets, the ticket attendants did make us sign a waiver for our dog. We had to keep him on leash, etc. This was for liability issues.

All of us hiked down to the water when it was low tide. They have schedule for when visitors are allowed to visit listed on their website. If you click the PDF file for the month you plan to visit, you can see a chart. Whatever is highlighted in yellow is the time frame they allow Ocean Floor access. It’s pretty much 3.5 hours before and 3.5 after low tide.

We picked a great week to visit the Bay of Fundy because low tide was right in the middle of the day, so we were able to see the exposed ocean floor and explore a little.

The hike down to the Flower Pots was downhill. There were some stairs and ramps too! Kai walked the whole way down.

At the bottom, where the ocean floor was exposed, there was as ranger who was there balancing rocks. Some kids joined in on the fun and tried to make some neat creations. It was fairly rocky and there were sections towards the water that was extremely muddy and dirty.

Of course, Kai loves to play in the mud.  His legs were covered by the time we left. We were very prepared and brought his water shoes and swim shorts. He wore those down to the ocean floor are. And, then on the way back, there was a water station. It was pretty much a little spray section to allow visitors to clean mud off before hiking back up to the parking lot.

Lunch Time

We opted not to buy lunch at the cafe there.

Instead, we brought packed lunches and left them in our Yeti Cooler in the truck. Michael was absolutely obsessed with wanting to get this one below for our road trip. But, we found the zipper to be very tight to pull, especially around the corners. It was very tough for me when I tried it in stores at Bass Pro Shops.

So, we ended up getting this Yeti Cooler for our road trip instead. We appreciate the shoulder strap, and we like the fact that we only need to pull the zipper across the cooler and not around the corners.

Anyways, we store Kai’s milk in it and our sandwiches, fruits, and other snacks that need to remain cool/cold. And, we use our reusuable¬†Yeti Ice pack in there too!

On our way back to Fundy National Park, we ate our packed lunches. And Kai took a long nap.

Pool Time

That afternoon, after Kai’s nap, we decided to cool down at the park’s saltwater swimming pool! It’s free with a park pass! Kai had so much fun.

One thing we didn’t realize was in Canada, at least the areas we went to, they don’t allow regular arm floaties in the pool. They only allow puddle jumpers (the ones when the attached chest piece). A lifeguard told me after I took the pictures.

 

It was nice to cool off in the saltwater pool at the national park. Kai had such a wonderful time playing in the water! We loved the shallow end where there were some water squirters. The pool also carried infant and children life vests to borrow along with some pool noodles:)

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Herring Cove Beach at Fundy

2018 ROAD TRIP TO MAINE & CANADA
Day 9: Thursday, 7/19

Herring Cove Beach Exploration at Fundy National Park

The first full day we were at Fundy National Park, we joined in on another ranger-led program at Herring Cove Beach.  The program began at 10:30am. We got there just after 11am and spotted the group down at the beach.

They were all looking for creatures and wildlife under rocks and shells. Thank goodness we brought Kai’s bathing suit bottoms and water shoes.

After the hike down wooden stairs, we came to a very muddy and rocky area. It was low tide, so we were standing on the ocean floor.

Herring Cove Beach was pretty magnificent!

Exploring the ocean floor was very fun. You do have to be aware and watch your step because the rocks are pretty sharp.

The rangers did a wonderful job. They asked everyone to find creatures. Afterwards, they collected all the specimens and explained what it was everyone found:)

It was a fun morning of exploration at Herring Cove Beach with the Fundy National Park rangers.

Our second day at Fundy National Park was very eventful! It was nice to participate in another ranger-led program. The story time our first evening there was aimed at kids, and this particular program was appropriate and appealed to people of all ages!

Alma Town Exploration

After our Herring Cove Beach exploration, we decided to eat lunch back at our campsite. Then, it was almost nap time for our two-year old son, Kai.

We decided to head into town (Alma) and walk around a little. We bought some groceries at the little market at the gas station, called the Fundy General Store. They carried produce and bottled water = essentials.

When Kai napped, we did some light souvenir shopping. I was in search for a mug for the camper. There were plenty of mugs but none I liked. Unfortunately, no luck!

London, England

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The Road. The Drive. The Accident.

2018 ROAD TRIP TO MAINE & CANADA
Day 8: Wednesday, 7/18

Fundy National Park, New Brunswick, Canada

I was a bit nervous the night before heading to Fundy National Park. In the back of my mind, I was worried there just wouldn’t be enough to do to keep Kai occupied. This, of course, was also due to the fact we were just at Yogi Bear’s campground:)

The Road. The Drive. The Accident.

There’s really nothing but farm on the way to Fundy National Park. We hit Sussex, NB and there was a Walmart we were able to pull into. We made it there just five minutes too late. Kai really needed to pee and told us. Unfortunately, we were unable to pull over with the the truck and the Airstream. There just wasn’t enough room on the side of the road, and we didn’t want to pull into someone’s driveway.

Throughout his whole trip he was been so good! No accidents. Until now.  I felt so bad he had to sit in his own pee until we parked.

Check-In

Upon arrival, we checked into the Headquarters campground, where we booked a total of five nights. We got to our pull through site and set up while Kai was still napping.

Observation: lots of mosquitos! There were so many, and we got bit a lot. Thank goodness we all brought bug spray with us.

We were almost finished setting up when Kai woke up.

That evening we decided to stay in and cook dinner.

Story Time at the Amphitheater

There was story time at the amphitheater at 7pm. It was awfully foggy that evening, and it took us little while to find the location. We thought we were going to be late, but the Fundy ranger started the stories about 10 minutes after 7pm.

There were many small kids with blankets and stuffed animals.

Kai was overtired.

Randomly, he asked us to take his shoes and socks off. Then, as he was playing above a sewer-type thing, he started peeing! Yes, in front of everyone. All the adults definitely got a kick out of our little character. One adult said, “I guess that’s why he asked for us to remove his shoes. He knew something was coming.”

Oh, this kid.

We didn’t yell at him. When we got back to our camper, we simply reminded him to let us know before he needs to pee.

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Headquarters Campground at FUNdy National Park

2018 ROAD TRIP TO MAINE & CANADA
Days 8 – 13 : Wednesday, 7/18 – Monday, 7/23

Headquarters Campground at Fundy National Park

We booked a full hookup campsite at the Headquarters Campground for a week in the summer.

At the Headquarters Campground at Fundy National Park, there were no individual fire pits. They had community fire pits spread throughout the campground.

Kai absolutely loved the playground. It was very unique! Downside: the playground and pool were pretty far. We definitely needed to drive or ride our bikes.

Dogs

Canadian National Parks are so amazing with their rules about allowing dogs on their hiking trails. That was one of main reasons we were looking forward to bringing Stanley, our Cairn terrier.

Stanley had such an amazing time on our hikes and getting some fresh air!

Bike Riding

We enjoyed riding our bikes to the playground, but the saltwater pool was too far and far too hilly for us to ride. Since Kai cannot ride a bike of his own just yet, we love our bike trailer. Michael pulls him with it, and it’s perfect!

Dark Sky Preserve

One major shocker at the campground: they advertise there’s a dark sky preserve at the park, which I totally believe. However, at our campground, they had these large and bright street lights. It was safe because we could see clearly at night, but it was not helpful to see the stars at night.

Water

The water here had a rusty taste to it. Of course, I didn’t use it for drinking. I just got a bad taste when I used it to brush my teeth and when I was bathing. The rust (to me) was very overwhelming. Michael said he didn’t notice it.

Laundry

it was $3 a load here! Double the price of laundry compared to Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Woodstock, Canada. And, the machines here were very old and not has efficient. I also noticed the washer was all rusty inside. My suspicions = rust in the water = proving my theory.

It caught my off guard, in a good way.

We thoroughly enjoyed our week-long camping trip to Fundy National Park. Prior to our trip, I was very nervous we weren’t going to have enough activities to keep our two-year old occupied. Soon after we arrived, we realized FUNdy is such a family-oriented Canadian national park.

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Hiking the Maliseet Trail

2018 ROAD TRIP TO MAINE & CANADA
Day 7: Tuesday, 7/17

Maliseet Trail

The last full day we were camping at Jellystone New Brunswick, I found a hike for us to do! It was less than a 20-minute drive from our campground called the Maliseet Trail, located in Meductic, New Brunswick. It was an out and back moderate trail to a waterfall.

Stanley did an amazing job on the hike. He loves hiking.

Kai’s first real hike

It was supposed to take 1.5 hours in total. It took us just under 3 hours:) But we were very proud of Kai. He hiked the WHOLE way to the falls! All by himself. And, he only fell twice! No big gashes or anything. Just a few little scrapes.

We were happy to have made the decision to invest in this teal BabySteps carrier prior to our trip! When Kai was an infant we used the Baby Bjorn, but the max weight was about 25lbs. After he began taking his first steps, we just relied on the stroller and his legs/feet ūüôā This carrier was reasonably priced and holds toddlers up to 44lbs.

I carried the carrier without Kai while hiking, and Michael used it by strapping Kai on his back for hiking.

It was raining heavily so we were all covered in mud when we got back to the truck.

Lunch, Nap & Packing

We packed sandwiches for lunch and ate in the car on the way back to our campground. Kai took a long nap! We were able to transfer him from his car seat to the trailer without a problem.

It rained/thundered a lot that afternoon so we weren’t able to go to the water park where we were staying. We were able to just relax inside our Airstream and pack up some stuff so we were ready for our next stop: Fundy National Park!

Interested in reading more about our first RV experience? Here are our posts for our stay at Jellystone Campground in Woodstock, NB; our first ever family RVing experience with our very first travel trailer; our first day of travel;¬†and our first time participating in campground’s family-themed weekend!

Woodstock, eh?

2018 ROAD TRIP TO MAINE & CANADA
Days 4 – 8: Sunday, 7/15 – Wednesday, 7/18

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Campground, Woodstock, New Brunswick, Canada

We crossed the Canadian border for the first time with Kai and Stanley! It was a breeze. No line at all. The officer didn’t even ask to see Stanley’s papers.¬† Woodstock was literally right over the border.

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There was an hour time difference. They are one hour ahead of EST. It worked out perfectly because we were able to check in when we got there, just before 1pm.

After we set up shop, we were famished! I asked a park ranger for a recommendation for food, and she said Murray’s which was inside of Irving Gas Station. It was literally a 2-minute drive to get there.

It was a homestyle diner kinda place. Not bad. Food food was nothing to rave about. LOVED the strawberry shortcake. Biscuit and fresh strawberries made the dessert.

That first afternoon there we took Kai to the water park. We all had a blast!

Jellystone Park New Brunswick

We stayed a total of four nights.

I had been wanting to visit a Jellystone Park. We loved the campsite we were given. Even though it was a bit farther from the main attractions, we enjoyed not hearing the cars passing along the highway. We were right next to the washrooms and laundry facilities = perfect, since there was no sewer hookup in the campground.

None of the sites here have sewer hookups. Only water and electric. They have three sewer stations. During our stay, we ended up showering and washing our dishes in the washroom.

I also did a load of laundry.

Included amenities/attractions: mini golf, bounce houses/obstacle courses, large water slides, basketball court, various playgrounds, hayrides every evening with Yogi bear himself, and a huge water play area with two additional (smaller) slides.

The only thing it did not have was a dog park for Stanley, our Cairn Terrier.

 

Our Routine

Our routine was wonderful while we were there.  In the morning we either went to the inflatable bouncy things, or played mini golf or just did something dry. Then in the afternoon (after his nap) we would go to the water park.

It was nice to have mini golf included because I had been wanting to take Kai and pay, but I wasn’t sure how he would do. He loved picking up all of our golf balls (after our initial swings) and putting them into the hole =p

Overall, Kai and our entire family thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Woodstock, NB at the Jellystone Campground. It had activities to keep all of us entertained.

¬†Interested in reading more about our first RV experience? Here are our posts for our first ever family RVing experience with our very first travel trailer, our first day of travel, and our first time participating in campground’s family-themed weekend!