Beaches at Cape Enrage
Barn Marsh Island Beach
About half a kilometre before you arrive at the Cape Enrage Interpretive Centre you will pass Barn Marsh Island beach.
This extensive sandbeach is covered during the last two hours of the incoming (flood) tide and the first two hours of the outgoing (ebb) tide. The exposed, sandy ocean floor extends for about two hundred metres at low tide and its width extends from Inner Head to Outer Head, the latter being the cliffs of Barn Marsh Island upon which sits the Cape Enrage lighthouse.
The beach is owned by New Brunswick Nature Trust, as are portions of the adjoining marsh. Swimming is common; however it is always at your own risk. No known undercurrents are present but extreme Bay currents extend from Inner Head to Outer Head at almost all times of tide.
Barn Marsh Island Beach extends the entire 6 Km length of Barn Marsh Island on the Bay side. It is primarily accessible from the Cape Enrage lighthouse property where a set of stairs descends the 30 metres to the beach. Use of the stairs is at your own risk. There is a constant danger of rockfalls from the 40-metre cliffs that extend for about four of the six kilometres of beach. Therefore, do not linger near the foot of the cliffs. On the northeast (away from the Bay) side of the beach, Barn Marsh Creek extends nearly 6 Km parallel to Barn Marsh Island out to the Bay at Bray Beach. Each incoming tide fills the marsh and on extreme tides, fills the marshland from treeline to treeline.
This beach is not navigable from two hours before high tide to two hours after high tide. Be certain to know when the safe times for hiking are by checking with the Cape Enrage staff before you attempt the hike. Departure from the beach is only possible by traveling along the beach since the cliffs prevent direct access to safety in the event of a "tidal miscalculation".
This is truly "the most wilderness beach" in the area and is the ultimate walk on the ocean floor. Fossils are strewn everywhere as they erode from the cliff faces. Allow at least four hours to complete the hike. As on all beaches, rocks and fossils may not be removed. Litter should be carried home for disposal, although refuse barrels are provided by Shepody Fish and Game Association. Fires on the beach must be with the permission of the Department of Natural Resources.