Hurri-Can You Clear Our Trail: Five Fathom Hole Trail Clean-up

Event Details

October 19th, 2019, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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

Calling all hikers and outdoor lovers! If you’re looking for an opportunity to give some TLC to a local trail while enjoying breathtaking views, this is the event for you! We need your help in maintaining the Five Fathom Hole Trail, a beautiful 6 km coastal footpath that spans the Musquash Estuary Nature Reserve. The area was recently hit by Hurricane Dorian, so we need your help to remove fallen trees from the trail as well as general maintenance.

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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

You will spend the day helping us to maintain the Five Fathom Hole Trail in Musquash, NB, which needs a little TLC and has sustained some damage post- Hurricane Dorian. The first group walking to the Bulter Creek Spur will help with sign installation and trimming branches along the trail and in the parking lot. The second group walking the full 6 km linear trail will help to build and fix boardwalks and trim fallen trees and branches.

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, which is New Brunswick’s first federal Marine Protected Area. You can either walk the shorter distance to the Butler Creek Spur (approximately 2 km round trip), hike the full Five Fathom Hole trail (4 hours/12 km round trip), or hike anywhere in between. This trail is rated medium-difficult for its length and inclines (total 220 m elevation change), but you will be rewarded with spectacular views and gorgeous old growth forests.


Contact Claire Ferguson, ATL Volunteer Program Coordinator:

Please Note

Volunteers must have good hiking footwear and be reasonably fit. For those that hike the full length of the trail, the hike takes approximately 5 hours, plus time to complete work along the way, making the event approximately 6 hours long.
Work will proceed rain or shine, unless there is heavy rain or lightening, in which case volunteers will be contacted by phone prior to the event. Driving directions and parking information will be provided in the participant package to those that register.

Moderate fitness level required
No toilets on site
Carpooling can be arranged
All tools will be provided by NCC
Water and snacks will be provided

We would like to thank NB Wildlife Trust Fund and the NB Environmental Trust Fund for funding this event.

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:

  • Work clothing (warm layers)
  • Closed-toe shoes or hiking shoes (shoes you don't mind getting wet and dirty)
  • Rain gear
  • Work gloves (if you want to bring your own)
  • Lunch
  • Reusable water bottle (filled)
  • Any necessary medication