Discover a wetland world beneath your feet! Watch a muskrat part mirror-smooth water in a V-shaped ripple. Focus your camera on the antics of fuzzy ducklings dabbling in the shallows. Listen to a sunset chorus of marsh birds, the eerie cries of rail coot, grebe and bittern. From dawn to dusk, the entertainment never stops at the Sackville Waterfowl Park, and the show is all for you.
Located at the head of the Bay of Fundy, Sackville sits on the edge of the Tantramar Marshes, an area famed for its enormous flocks of waterfowl and shorebirds. And right in the heart of Sackville, not five minutes walk from downtown shops and restaurants, you can discover the secrets of the marshes in the 55-acre Sackville Waterfowl Park, winner of Environment Canada's National Award for Environmental Achievement. Over three kilometers of trails, boardwalks and viewing platforms lead you, dry shod, through stands of alder and cattail and across broad expanses of open water, revealing the private lives of dozens of wetland wildlife species.
The Sackville Waterfowl Park is a joint venture of the Town of Sackville and Ducks Unlimited Canada. The cooperation of Mount Allison University, the Province of New Brunswick (Dept. of Tourism, Recreation and Heritage; Dept. of Natural Resources), the Canadian Wildlife Service of Environment Canada, and many corporate and individual supporters in the realization of this project is gratefully acknowledged.
If you have only a few minutes, the Sackville Waterfowl Park is a perfect spot to stretch your legs and take a break from highway traffic. If time permits, enjoy a leisurely 2-hour stroll. Sit for a while on a trail side bench, or eat your lunch at a secluded picnic table in this fascinating natural realm. Explore the park on your own, or tour with a friendly, knowledgeable guide (summer months only). Visit the Wetlands Display at the Canadian Wildlife Service Office. Brochures, maps, checklists and free parking are available at the Sackville Tourist Information Office (Mount Allison University parking lot, corner of East Main and King Streets - telephone (506) 364-0431 or at the Canadian Wildlife Service telephone (506) 364-5044.
Every year, in mid-August, the Sackville Waterfowl Park becomes a focal point for the Atlantic Waterfowl Celebration -a weeklong festival of outdoor recreation, arts, crafts and family fun, dedicated to the appreciation of our wetland and wildlife natural heritage history. For more information about this outstanding vacation event, contact the Atlantic Waterfowl Celebration, P.O. Box 1078, Sackville, New Brunswick, E0A 3CO - telephone (506) 364- 8080.
Sackville is also ideally located as a focal point for day trips to numerous wildlife and wetland areas within a hour's drive.
information on the Sackville Waterfowl Park, other natural attractions,
accommodations, and other features of historic Sackville, and surrounding area,
contact the Tourism Office, Sackville, New Brunswick, EOA 3CO, telephone (506)
364- 4967 or Fax: (506) 364-4976.