New Brunswick

McAdam hiking trails offer nature and history

Two McAdam-area hiking trails offer both nature and history.

Two McAdam hiking trails offer plenty of wildlife, with a side of the past

The southwestern New Brunswick community boast two trails where nature and history combine. (Facebook)

New Brunswick is a province filled with interesting natural destinations that are open for the public to enjoy.

One of the most popular activities in the New Brunswick wilderness is hiking, with trails spread throughout the province.

James Donald runs the website Hiking NB, which is essentially a database for hiking enthusiasts. He highlighted a couple of trails in the southwestern community of McAdam on CBC's Shift.

City Camp Trail

The City Camp Trail loops around the pond behind McAdam's historic railway station. (Facebook)
This trail starts at the community's historic railway station, where incidentally you can choose from 24 varieties of homemade pie if your hike leaves you famished.

According to Hiking NB, the trail is just a little over three kilometres long. It circles the pond behind the train station and will take about an 75 minutes to complete. The site says it's well maintained, so it's a fairly easy adventure.

"It's pretty much flat around the whole thing, but it kind of meanders in and out of steam valleys and stuff. Along the edges of the pond there's a lot of cattails," said Donald.

A good thing about the trail is the likelihood of witnessing some wildlife.

"Lots of birds, lots of ducks," said Donald.

"When I was there, there's loons in the lake and you could watch them."

Boulder Walk Trail

Rougher terrain awaits you at the Boulder Trail, along with history of the area's earliest inhabitants. (Facebook)

A trail that's a little more challenging is a little west of the community at Spednic Lake Provincial Park.

According to Hiking NB the trail is a little longer at 3.5 kilometres and the terrain is a little less forgiving.

"There's parts of that trail where you're walking on boulders, so you should have good boots, good shoes to keep your ankles safe," said Donald.

Nevertheless the hike should only take you 90 minutes and along with the obvious natural beauty this trails history goes back hundreds if not thousands of years.

"There's actually an archaeological site across the river from that you'll be able to see from the trail ... It was an ancient hunting ground," said Donald.

Hiking guide James Donald takes us to McAdam for a walk around the trail behind the restored railway station (where there's pie!) and to beautiful Spednic Lake. 9:05