McAdam hiking trails offer nature and history
Two McAdam hiking trails offer plenty of wildlife, with a side of the past
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
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
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.