Winter at Dunbar Falls, New Brunswick

I recently learned that New Brunswick is home to many waterfalls. A few of them tall and mighty and the others beautiful but unassuming. One of the first mentioned to me was Dunbar Falls. It’s a local favourite for those living in and around the Fredericton area. So, I set out to find it.

Dunbar Falls in the wintertime


Dunbar Falls is located in Durham Bridge. You can find directions to the trailhead here. In the wintertime, the snow makes it difficult to see where the trail begins. Nothing to worry about! Park at the trailhead and look over the banking to your right, there you will see Dunbar Stream and the trail follows it.

Dunbar Falls Trail is a short 0.8 kilometre hike that ends at the waterfall. The trail weaves through a typical Acadian Forest with cedar, birch, spruce, and balsam fir trees. It’s nice to hear the sound of flowing water as you hike. I could also hear the winter songbirds singing in the distance.

Hiking Dunbar Falls Trail: Winter Hikers Beware

The trail to the waterfall was beautiful and easy to follow. That said, it was treacherous. When I visited, the trail was covered by a thick layer of ice. Even with microspikes on my hiking boots, I was sliding everywhere and both myself and my puppy fell a couple times.

Much of the waterfall was covered in a thick layer of ice.

I wasn’t sure how much of a waterfall I’d find after these cold winter days. I was pleasantly surprised to see a small section of this wide waterfall remained uncovered by ice. In fact, all the ice and snow made it quite beautiful. In some places you could see the water flowing underneath the ice.

My dog, Moose, gets scratches in front of Dunbar Falls
Leashed dogs are permitted at Dunbar Falls

Visit Dunbar Falls

If you plan to visit Dunbar Falls in the winter, I recommend you wear microspikes. Alternatively, wait until after snowfall and wear snowshoes.

I expect that the trail floods during the springtime, so pack your boots if you visit in these warmer months. If you are bringing small children, it might be best to wait until summertime when the trail is no longer slippery or flooded.

I can’t wait to come back and see the falls in the warmer months. I hear that locals use this spot as a swimming hole. When I do visit again, I’ll be sure to report back.

Happy Adventuring!

If you know a waterfall I should visit in New Brunswick, let me know in the comments section!


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