May 15th Hike update: bring water shoes

From Paul:

“In my never ending quest to confuse people I need to change Saturday’s hike again for reasons beyond my/our control. We will be doing the Foster Brook Trail in Fundy National Park. The big difference is that you will almost surely need water shoes for a river crossing, also one very steep climb. The meet times, distances, degree of difficulty etc are roughly the same as the Green Snake hike. This is a really pretty hike. Saturday the 15th Petro-Can at 10:00 or Fundy Park Info Centre at 11:15. Can someone please go to the Petro-Can for me and if you can please let me know, Thanks Paul 588-3034.”

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New River Beach Camping and Hiking Event Update

Event Date: Wednesday, June 30th to Sunday, July 4th, 2021

Camping Location: New River Beach Provincial Park

This is a reminder that the New River Beach Camping trip is only 8 weeks away. To date I have 20 people signed up and I have had other verbals so it should be a good group. If you intend to take part please email me so I can add you to the list to ensure you receive any updates. Please provide your email address, cell number, where you are staying and what days you will be participating. If you have previously emailed me please check if you have provided this information.

The scheduled events are:

Thursday, July 1st – Turtle Mountain. 22km out and back to see the panoramic views from the top of the mountain. An alternate event will be available that day.

Friday, July 2nd – Ministers Island. Kevin Dunphy will lead a tour of Ministers Island near Saint Andrews including historic buildings and trails around the island. Afterwards we will do the 2.7km return hike up Chamcook Mountain for panoramic views of the Saint Andrews area.

Saturday, July 3rd – Split Rock, Troys Trail and Black Beach Trails. This total route is 12.7km but individuals can shorten it to 8.4 by dropping the Black Beach Loop.

Sunday, July 4th – 5 Fathom Hole Trail. We will pack up int he morning and hike this 10.6km return trail on the way home.

All of these trails are included on the Hiking NB website as well as Alltrails app. The schedule may be changed due to weather or other issues.

Hike Leaders: I am looking for volunteers, who know the trails, to lead the three main hikes. Please contact me if you are interested.

If you have any questions please contact me.

Phil Hardy


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Changes to May 16th Hike

The Crowley Farm Road hike on May 16th has been cancelled due to wet conditions.

It will be replaced by:

Hike in Hillsborough on the dikes, visit the largest eagle’s nest in the area, then work our way back to our cars, 8-9 km. Meet on Steeves St, (down Main St on the left) at 10:00 am. Call Marilyn 386-6579.

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Nova Scotia hike for May 15th update

The Nova Scotia hike to Hike Spicer’s Cove has been cancelled due to restrictions of movement. You will find these hikes even spicier:

May 15th Saturday – The Green Snake Trail with a twist. We will start from the water treatment plant in Alma go up a trail built by a friend and will join with the Green Snake Trail, which we will do clockwise and come out at the top of School street in Alma. We will then re-enter the Green Snake and do the short portion that we missed, then back to the new trail down the hill to our cars Whew!!This hike will be rated as moderate for some and strenuous for others and about 12 Kms. The weather in Alma is predicted to be sunny and 15 degrees with light winds next Saturday. Meet at Petro-Canada at 10:00am or Fundy park Info centre at 11:15am. Contact Paul at 588-3034.

May 16th Sunday – Hike the Crowley Farm Rd. Trail. 8-9km Moderate. Meet on the Crowley Farm Rd. at 1pm. Contact Marilyn at 386-6579.

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Mapleton 8 Gift Basket Winners

Congratulations to the gift basket winners Marilyn Leblanc, Isabelle Melancon, and Leslie Gogan.  Alison Fownes Caissie won a free membership for a year.

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May 8th Saturday – Hike is cancelled

May 8th SaturdayHike is cancelled due to inclement weather.

May 9th, Sunday – Walk the Riverfront Trail from St. Anselme Church to Dover Rd. and return. Easy – moderate, 12 km. Meet in parking lot across from the church in St Anselme at 10:00 am. Contact Elizabeth at 383-1853.

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Mapleton 8 Summary

Congratulations to all the finishers of the Mapleton 8. There were 18 participants and 9 finishers. Most completed the distance of 40km for the first time, and in adverse Weather conditions.

The finishers were Marilyn Leblanc, Alison Fownes Caissie, Darlene MacMillan, Isabelle Melancon, M’hamed Belkhodja, Greg Doucet, Solange Richard-Trethewey, Leslie Grogan, Julian Screawn.

Darlene MacMillan finished in first with her performance enhancing dog Sadie in a time of 6hours and 30minutes. There were some great performances, especially those who struggled with blisters and body parts breaking down.

Thanks to Ralph Leblanc, Kevin Dunphy, and Karen Reynolds for volunteering.

Alison Fownes Caissie summed it up best, “It will be awhile before I step into this park again”

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Information for May 1st Mapleton 8 participants

Suffering from overconfidence ? Try the Mapleton 8 this Saturday, May 1st. Eight grueling laps around Mapleton Park. Details:

  • All participants must be members of the club
  • Start time is 8:30 A.M. Finish time is 6:30 P.M.
  • Starting point is Parking Lot 2 on Gorge Road. See map above.
  • You must sign in with the volunteer at the start of your walk. Additionally you must check-in with the volunteer after completing each lap.
  • Follow the main path, see yellow arrows above.
  • All finishers of the 8 laps will be eligible to participate in a draw for 3 gift baskets.
  • Gift baskets include a free MOE membership for a year, selected coupons, and other treats, see sponsors for more details.


  • Lianna Redpath of Sport Chek donated three $25.00 gift cards.
  • Troy MacMillan of Cleve’s Source for Sports donated a tote bag containing a platypus soft water bottle, a Buff hat, hiking socks, a really nice tin cup and a few other things.
  • James McNutt of Bent Spokes Bicycle Shop donated 2 gift certificates entitling the bearer to a free bike tune-up (value $40.00). 
  • Kevin Stewart and Jim Goguen of My Bike Shop on Halifax Street donated two t-shirts and a small backpack. That is the backpack that is being used as one of the gift baskets.
  • Outdoor Enthusiasts is contributing 3 bottles of wine, 3 bricks of maple cream, 3 containers of maple butter (these items are New Brunswick based and most of them local) and 3 large bags of nut mixtures, as well as 3 total free memberships. 

A big thanks to Karen Reynolds and her friend Lana for putting together these gift baskets.

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Scheduled April 24th event changed to Shediac Walk

Tired of being over civilized, try these two hikes:

April 24th, Saturday – Walk from Shediac to Parlee Beach, the Pointe du Chene wharf and back. You will be able to sink your toes in the sand, enjoy the sounds of the surf, see a 10 million dollar mansion, have lunch on a deck overlooking the beach, see the activity on a functioning wharf and marina and then scoot back on the trail to your vehicles. Rated easy to moderate (due to length), 98% flat. Meet at Irving in Dieppe at 10:00 or the Federal building in downtown Shediac at 10:20-10:30. Contact Phil at 902-432-0050.

April 25th Sunday – Hike on the Dobson Trail from the Sand Hill Side Trail to Tower Rd and return. Moderate 10 km. Meet at the trailhead, 2nd parking lot on Pine Glen Rd at 10:00 am. For info call Marilyn 386-6579.

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Interesting Goverment Website on Conservation Areas in NB…

The NB government is looking for input (closes today March 31st) on areas they are considering for conservation.

If you have any information you would like to share today or look at what areas of the province are being considered or are already conservation areas have a look at the website: link

You can also find the link on the NB Twitter feed for today March 31st.

Have a great week… Dave

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