• Aerial view of Seely beach and newly constructed portion of Fundy Parkway looking West

    An aerial view of Seely beach and a newly constructed portion of the Fundy Parkway, looking west. The Fundy Footpath, which follows the rugged coastline of the Bay, is the ultimate way to experience the beauty of this Atlantic Canadian landmark on foot. (Photo: Nick Hawkins/Canadian Geographic)

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“People are hungry to go to untouched places ... and we live in a province where there’s more wilderness than people.” 

So says Nick Brennan, owner and operator of St. Martins, N.B.-based Red Rock Adventure, which offers guided hiking and sea kayaking tours of the rugged Bay of Fundy coastline. The New Brunswick side of the legendary tidal basin is a wilderness-seeker's paradise, and for those who don't mind a challenge, the Fundy Footpath — a narrow, rock-strewn, volunteer-built backcountry track that links Fundy National Park with the car-and-cycle-friendly Fundy Trail Parkway — offers plenty of opportunity for adventure. 

Guided by Brennan, writer Karen Pinchin spent two days on the footpath, researching the feature story on the trail's creators that appears in our January/February 2018 issue. The story is accompanied by stunning photography by Nick Hawkins that shows why the footpath should be on any serious hiker's bucket list. Here are just a few of Hawkins' inspiring images. 

Red Rock Adventure outfitting, owned and operated by Nick Brennan in St. Martins, N.B., is a good place to start when planning a sojourn on the Fundy Footpath. 

Nick Brennan and Margot Malenfant from Red Rock Adventures during a sunrise hike along the Fundy Footpath. 

Facilities at Long Beach along the Fundy Footpath and Parkway, near St. Martins, New Brunswick. 

A coastal view of the Bay of Fundy along the Fundy Footpath. 

Waves rolling over rocks at Seely Beach, one of the many amazing places to see along the Fundy Footpath. 

The St. Martins Sea Caves shrouded in fog — a regular occurrence in the Bay. 

View of Fuller Falls along the Fundy Footpath. 

Coastal forest along the Fundy Footpath.

St. Martins sea caves

Hikers explore the St. Martins sea caves at low tide.