Irving Nature Park

Irving Nature Park

A favourite for over 5 million visitors since it opened in 1992, the Irving Nature Park is a 600 acre (243 hectare) site created by J.D. Irving, Limited (JDI) to help protect an environmentally significant area.

Just minutes from downtown Saint John, this special part of the Fundy coastline is a place where everyone can come and experience the various ecosystems of the Southern New Brunswick coastline.

On the way into the park families can stop to enjoy the Children’s Forest, featuring barbeques, a playground and life-size mazes.

Park visitors can enjoy the rugged beauty, boardwalks and lookout points. Special events like meteor showers, geological history, moonlight snowshoeing and story sessions are all free.

The area nurtures one of the province's richest marine ecosystems. It's a traditional staging site for migratory and marine birds that travel between the Arctic and South America, and a breeding ground for many waterfowl of the Atlantic coastline.

Featuring forest and marsh, beaches and trails, it is ideal for recreational activities as well as interactive outdoor educational programs.

Park upkeep, educational programs and beautification are fully funded by J.D. Irving, Limited.

"Certificate of Excellence" 2018 from TripAdvisor – 4.5/5 Stars

Irving Nature Park features:

  • 11 km (7 mi.) of rugged Bay of Fundy coastline
  • Six different ecosystems with a diversity of flora and fauna
  • Eight walking trails of varying lengths
  • Boardwalk extending into the salt marsh
  • Seal Observation deck
  • Lookout Tower - the park's highest point with 360° view of land and sea
  • Free interactive educational programs and activities
  • Free picnic sites and gas barbecues
  • Children’s Forest with a playground and mazes.

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Contact Info
1379 Sand Cove Road
Saint John, NB
E2M 4Z9

Season dates

May 1 2024 - October 31 2024


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Land acknowledgement

The Saint John Region is situated on the traditional and unceded territory of the Wolastoqiyik, Mi’Kmaq, and Peskotomuhkati Nations. This territory is covered by Peace and Friendship Treaties signed with the British Crown in the 1700s. The treaties did not surrender the territory and resources, but recognized Wolastoqiyik, Mi’Kmaq, and Peskotomuhkati title, and established the rules for what was to be an ongoing relationship between nations.

Envision Saint John: The Regional Growth Agency pays respect to the elders, past and present, and descendants of this land, and is committed to moving forward in the spirit of truth, collaboration, and reconciliation.