Sackville Waterfowl Park
Winner of Environment Canada's National Award for Environmental Achievement
Discover a wetland world beneath your feet! Located between Sackville's excellent Visitor Information Centre and charming downtown. Focus your camera on the antics of fuzzy ducklings dabbling in the shallows. Watch a muskrat part mirror-smooth water in a V-shaped ripple. Listen to a sunset chorus of marsh birds, the cries of the rail, grebe and bittern. From dawn to dusk the entertainment never stops at the Sackville Waterfowl Park!
Admission to the park is free. Guided tours are offered mid-May to late August, and include use of binoculars, interpretation on the wetland plant life and eco-system, and identification of the many bird species that inhabit the park, ending with a locally-made snack on the Visitor Centre cedar deck.
Over 3 km (2 mi.) of winding boardwalks, trails, and viewing platforms that allow visitors a close-up view of wildlife. With wheelchair-accessible routes, interpretative signs, rest areas, lookouts and picnic areas, this unique park is a must-see attraction at the head of the Bay of Fundy.
The Sackville Waterfowl Park is a managed freshwater marsh with 22 ha (55 acres) of water, woods and marshland. More than 150 species of birds and close to 200 species of plants have been recorded here.
The wetland is a natural filtration and purification system. Historically part of an immense salt marsh, it was flooded daily by the Bay of Fundy tides. It served as a valuable resource for the Mi'kmaq people - plentiful hunting grounds, and useful plants like the marsh grasses for basket weaving and cattails, which are edible.
In the 1700s, Acadian settlers began draining the marshes and built a dyke system to gain access to the nutrient-rich soil for farming. Today there are several farms still cultivating on the Tantramar marshes.