Most national park activities are centered around the Alma (eastern) side of the park, where the park entrance has a cultivated and manicured air, as if part of a landed estate. Here you'll find stone walls, well-tended lawns, and attractive landscaping, along with a golf course, amphitheater, lawn bowling,geo caching opportunities and tennis.

Also in this area is a heated saltwater pool, set near the bay with a sweeping ocean view. There's a lifeguard on duty, and it's a popular destination for families. The pool is open from late June through early September.

Sea kayaking tours are a great way to get an up-close look at the marine environment here -- but you want expert help when kayaking the world's highest tides. FreshAir Adventure (tel. 800/545-0020 or 506/887-2249) in Alma offers tours that range from 2 hours to several days. The half-day tours explore marsh and coastline (C$59-C$69 per person, including snack, C$82 for families); the full-day adventure includes a hot meal and 6 hours of exploring the wild shores (C$95-C$117 per person, C$315 for families).

Birders are always pleased to learn that some 250-plus species have been sighted within park boundaries, and almost half of them breed here. Notably, the endangered peregrine falcon has been reintroduced to the bay's steep cliffs.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.