"Sea kayaking? You're going to barf over the side and attract all the sharks!"
This was my dad's reassuring response when I told him Andrew and I got invited by Tourism New Brunswick for a sneak peek of the newest section of the Fundy Trail Parkway, which also included a two-hour kayak tour along the famous red-rock caves and cliffs that frame the Atlantic Ocean.
If I'm being honest, I was pretty concerned that his prediction was going to come true.
Last summer I was so nauseous while out whale watching in Grand Manan, and even riding up one floor on an elevator tends to make me dizzy. I am proud to say, though, that even though it took everything in me not to throw up while I watched those seventeen whales play around our boat, I DIDN'T. Many of my fellow shipmates were not so lucky, and now that I'm thinking about it, watching them run up beside me and puke over the railing was probably half the reason I felt so queasy myself.
ANYWAY. All this backstory to say that I was pretty certain there was a good chance I'd be throwing up the entire kayaking trip, but I was willing to risk it because I had a hunch this was going to be pretty dang cool.
If you follow us on Instagram, you already know that the trip was a success and no stomach contents were released into the ocean (can you tell I'm enjoying coming up with new ways to talk about puking?) and those two hours out on the water were so beautiful, and so surprisingly serene that I cannot wait to do it again. If you're in Saint Martins this summer and you're up for trying something new, you really should check out Red Rock Adventure. The tour itself was amazing, but the guys who lead them are one of the best parts about it - super knowledgeable, fun, and comforting for beginners.
After turning in our paddles, we had lunch at the Caves Restaurant. This place is right on the water and has an arguably perfect take-out seafood menu. I highly recommend the toasted lobster roll.
Bellies full, we hopped back in the car and started the scenic coastal drive of the Fundy Trail Parkway, winding up through the forest hills until we got to the end at the newest addition of the Funny trail, Walton Glen Gorge, otherwise known as the Grand Canyon of New Brunswick.
On that note, let's switch you over to the vlog below so you can see for yourself why the village of Saint Martins and the Funny Trail should be on your adventure list this summer! And if you've already been, leave us a comment below with your favourite hiking spot or lookout point!
And don't forget - this weekend (June 24th) is the official grand opening day for the new trail section, so there will be free entry to the park, guided themed walks, family activities such as kayaking, food trucks and live music! Sounds like the perfect way to spend a Sunday.