This preserve is located just north of Cape Enrage, on the Bay of Fundy in Albert County. The Cape Enrage Nature Preserve boasts breathtaking views from a publicly accessible cobblestone beach showcasing the marshland, woodland and coastal areas.
This preserve, commonly known as Barn Marsh, consists of 4 parcels. The main marsh preserve is separated from the beach preserve by Lighthouse Road. In addition, there are two wooded lots on the east side of the road behind the cape. Marsh hay was traditionally harvested from the marsh but this has not been done in recent years. Some cutting of the forest has occurred in the past but this is no longer permitted. This preserve was donated by Bill and Sharon Ayer of Fredericton in 1996. This preserve was the first land in Canada to be donated under the Ecological Gifts Program.
The marsh is a particularly good example of a large, Class 1 Upper Bay of Fundy salt marsh. The regionally rare Adder’s tongue fern (Ophioglossum pussillum) may be found in this preserve. The preserve also contains a sample of steep parallel rock ridges with intervening valleys and embankments. The rock ridges consist of sediments dipping steeply at 40-80 degrees and decreasing in age in a southerly direction. The upper portions of the formations are sandier and more resistant to erosion. Red shale and sandstone form the more resistant Shepody formation at Inner Head. The red shale and minor red sandstones and conglomerates of the Enrage formation are readily weathered and eroded and form the linear tidal lowlands beneath Barn Marsh Creek.
Access and Activities
Cape Enrage Nature Preserve is located 15 km east of Fundy National Park on Cape Enrage Road, off Highway Route 915. The preserve is 1 km before Cape Enrage Adventures at 650 Cape Enrage Rd. Removal of rocks or any other materials is prohibited.
**The property is undeveloped and there are a variety of hazards and risks associated with accessing this preserve. While this nature preserve is open for public access, visitors must assume responsibility for their own actions and safety and are to use the land at their own risk.