Five Fathom Hole Trailblazer

Event Details

June 1st, 2019, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Five Fathom Hole Trail (Musquash Estuary), New Brunswick
Infrastructure / Site Cleanup

Calling all hikers and outdoor lovers! Celebrate National Trails Day by helping maintain our beautiful coastal footpaths along the Musquash Estuary! This event is taking place at our 12 km (6 km linear) Five Fathom Hole Trail, in NCC’s Musquash Estuary Nature Reserve.


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About Five Fathom Hole Trail (Musquash Estuary)

NCC’s 2,273 hectare (5,617 ac.) Musquash Estuary is home to the linear, near 6 km long Five Fathom Hole trail. Located 19 km west of Saint John, this natural area supports a vast diversity of wildlife and plant communities, including coastal forests, tidal flats and bogs. Defined by the region’s cool, foggy microclimate, driven by cold water and high tides, rocky shoreline, gravelly beach and saltmarsh complex, the estuary provides unique habitat for species like the Canada warbler, redback salamander, gray seal and North American Porcupine.

What you will be doing

Help maintain our coastal footpath at Five Fathom Hole, along the Musquash Estuary, the last fully functioning estuary in the Bay of Fundy! The Five Fathom Hole trail follows the Fundy coastline and boasts exceptional views and hidden coves. Help us improve the state of our trail by completing maintenance work by trimming branches, rerouting/clearing paths, filling in wet areas, cleaning garbage, and replace trail markers along our 6 km linear trail.

Why you will love it

This is a perfect opportunity for hikers to give back to the trail! Explore and learn about this biologically rich area, and New Brunswick’s first Marine Protected Area. Participants must be able to hike the full Five Fathom Hole trail (12 km return), but will be rewarded with spectacular views, gorgeous old growth forests, interesting tidal coves, and a very enjoyable hike. This trail is rated medium-difficult for its length and inclines (total 220m elevation change).


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Please Note

This is a 6 km linear (12 km round trip) rustic trail so volunteers must have good hiking footwear and be reasonably fit. The hike itself takes approximately 5 hours to complete, plus the work being done will make the event at least 6 hours long. Volunteers should bring lots of water, a packed lunch and snacks. NCC will have additional snacks and water to grab before the event.

NCC will provide gloves and tools, although volunteers are welcome to bring their own.

Work will proceed rain or shine, unless there is heavy rain or lightening, in which case volunteers will be contacted by phone. Driving directions and parking information will be provided in the participant package to those that register.

Strenuous work will be required
Carpooling can be arranged
All tools will be provided by NCC
Water and snacks will be provided

This event is made possible thanks to funding from the NB Wildlife Trust Fund and the NB Environmental Trust Fund.

Item Checklist

While we do our best to provide you with the tools you need to participate, please bring the following items if you have them:

  • Hiking boots
  • Layers of warm clothing
  • Rain gear
Camping Gear
  • Hiking pack
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Lunch
  • Any necessary medications