Irving Nature Park, Saint John

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Explore 243 hectares (600 acres) of diverse scenery at Irving Nature Park. Located just a few minutes from the city, the reserve protects the native landscape and wildlife of the area, with forest, marsh, and beach ecosystems managed throughout the year. Choose from eight walking trails of different lengths, taking in the diverse scenery of the Bay of Fundy coastline and inland areas. From the observation deck, spot seals diving and relaxing on the rocks, and bring your binoculars to observe the abundant avian life found here. Use our Saint John itinerary planner to visit Irving Nature Park on your trip to Saint John, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • August 16, 2017
    A truly fabulous place, the beach on the Bay of Fundy is beautiful and the trails are so maintained. And it's free too!
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  • August 15, 2017
    On the beach you wash your hands. Beach is not one minute from the parking lot. It was a beautiful sea view. Low temperature report too, entering the sea was so cold I think. It is a place of healing.
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  • August 14, 2017
    Staying in Saint John and decided to stop by. Very nice and peaceful area . First time we went, fog was so thick you couldn't see anything, so we stopped by again the next day when it was clear to enj...  more »
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  • March 1, 2017
    The Irving Nature Park is a beautiful location! It has great places to walk and explore. The trails are very clear and clean. Many of the trails are great for jogging and if you just wish to enjoy the views by car, during the summer you can do that as well. There are also some beautiful beaches which showcase the powerful Fundy tide. I highly recommend this exceptional location though I do need to advise anyone that the road can be in rough condition depending on the time of year.
  • June 19, 2017
    Great trails and beautiful views! If you are lucky enough you may even get to see some animals. A great place to pack a picnic and enjoy the outdoors with some fresh salty air.
  • May 8, 2017
    Great local spot. You can walk, hike, jog, drive through the park. Dogs welcome. The real beauty about this place is the experience of being in the forest while only being moments from the city. Great spot to escape.
  • July 6, 2017
    Irving Nature Park is close to town and offers a beautiful view. Sit on the beach or go for a walk down the trails. Nice place to read a book or simply appreciate the Atlantic ocean.
  • April 18, 2017
    Beautiful park. Nice little waves. Good places to sit. My dog enjoyed many smells there.

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