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Belding's Reef Nature Preserve

A quick jaunt to the coastLocated west of Saint John and within the fishing community of Chance Harbour, the Belding’s Reef Nature Preserve covers a portion of a peninsula on the Bay of Fundy. This nature preserve can be explored by way of an easy, 0.9 km (0.6 mi) hiking trail, which follows the rocky coastline to a navigational light, offering spectacular views of the Bay of Fundy along the way. While the preserve’s main ecological feature is its rugged, undeveloped coastline, with shale and sandstone cliffs, ledges and reefs, it also offers the opportunity to explore a mature, mixed coastal forest. The name of this preserve comes from the Belding family, one of the original families in Chance Harbour, as well as the impressive sandstone reef jutting into the Bay of Fundy. Caution is advised on and near the oceanside cliffs and rocks and users need to pay attention to the ever changing dramatic and substantial tides of the Bay of Fundy.Find the ExploreEcoNB mobile application on Apple, Android, and Windows app stores ( for directions to this nature preserve, as well as information about other Nature Trust of New Brunswick nature preserves and many more natural areas to explore throughout the province.