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Hopewell Rocks, New Brunswick

New Brunswick

Coastal, cultural and culinary delights

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Introduction

From the eclectic urban delights of Saint John and Fredericton to its sweeping coastlines and wildlife-filled national parks, New Brunswick on Canada's Atlantic coast is packed full of highlights. Enjoy it all alongside delicious seafood and some of Canada's very best craft beers for a truly delicious holiday.

Bay of Fundy 

New Brunswick is arguably the most charming province of Atlantic Canada, with its lighthouse-studded islands and picturesque fishing communities host to an abundance of boutiques, galleries and restaurants serving up ultra-fresh seafood. Then, of course, there's the spectacular Bay of Fundy, demonstrating the highest tides in the world – one of the highlights of any New Brunswick itinerary.

High and low tides can be witnessed twice a day to reveal what lies on the ocean floor with the opportunity to walk on the rocks that were hidden in water just moments ago. A favourite place to experience this is at Hopewell Rocks Provincial Park. The bay attracts a number of naturalists to the area and is also the site for whales that breach along the shoreline. The spectacular Fundy Trail Provincial Park and Fundy National Park are comprised of rolling mountains and winding roads that make for an ultra-scenic road trip as you stop to spot myriad wildlife, such as moose and caribou.

Saint John 

With historic city streets, a plethora of world-class restaurants, charming boutiques and art galleries, and the beautiful Bay of Fundy on its doorstep, Saint John is a vibrant city full of urban adventure on the edge of nature.

Discover the excitement and thrills in the heart of the city at the Reversing Falls Rapids. This is where the Bay of Fundy tides collide with the Saint John River to create a series of whirlpools and white-water rapids. It is also here, at the Reversing Falls Rapids and within Stonehammer UNESCO Global Geopark, that you can see the marks of a continental collision that occurred millions of years ago.

Visit the Saint John City Market, the oldest common-law market in Canada, or explore the Area 506 Waterfront Container Village. Both attractions frequented by locals and visitors alike for their showcase of local goods and eats. Or travel outside the city to visit the historic fishing and shipbuilding community of St. Martins and explore Fundy Trail Provincial Park for spectacular Bay of Fundy views and great hiking trails.

Acadian Culture

The cities of Moncton and Dieppe serves as book ends to both the Fundy Coast and Acadian Shores scenic drives. It is also along the Acadian Shores where you will find the warmest saltwater beaches in Canada.

While in Moncton, be sure. to scope out the culinary scene, which ranges from modern Acadian to international dishes, and take in the natural phenomenon that is the Tidal Bore, where the incredible force of the Bay of Fundy pushes the Petitcodiac River backwards. Then, why not journey on a mural tour to take in the cool urban art? Another not-to-be-missed experience in Moncton is a visit to Magnetic Hill Winery, offering tastings of award-winning wines that are vinted and bottled right on site.

While travelling along the Acadian Shores scenice drive, make stops in Shediac, Bouctouche, Kouchibouguac National Park and Caraquet to experience that Acadian “joie de vivre” and be surrounded by Acadian culture, magnificent coastal views and delicious eats.

In Shediac, the self-proclaimed lobster capital of the world, stop to pose for a picture with a larger-than-life lobster sculpture and savour a lobster roll dinner or some lobster mac n’ cheese. Make sure to learn all about lobster with a visit to Homarus Centre and on a lobster-themed excursion with Shediac Bay Cruises.

Le Pays de la Sagouine, a cultural attraction in Bouctouche, is where Acadian traditions are brought to life by characters in period costume. Enjoy theatre, comedy, music and Acadian food.

Golden sand dunes, estuaries brimming with life, warm ocean beaches, Mi’kmaq and Acadian culture and the starry spectacle of a Dark Sky Preserve, Kouchibouguac offers cycling and hiking trails, paddling and fishing opportunities, winter excursions and interpretation programs and guided activities.

Near Caraquet discover the Village Historique Acadien, a living museum with 40 historic buildings inhabited by fully bilingual interpretive guides who portray the daily lives of the Acadian people from 1770 to 1949.  

Fredericton Capital Region

In the Fredericton Capital Region, discover historic riverside communities and marvel at rich history and culture, indulge in local flavours, tunnel through the world’s longest covered bridge and enjoy the beauty of the Saint John River.

Built along both sides of the meandering Saint John River, New Brunswick’s capital of Fredericton is a complete historical, cultural and thirst-quenching experience. Along with its spectacular Victorian architecture and rich history, it’s also host to some of the best festivals east of Montreal, such as The New Brunswick Highland Games and The Harvest Music Festival.

The Fredericton Capital Region has the highest concentration of micro-breweries, meaderies, and cideries in Atlantic Canada. And a visit is not complete without a stop at one of Canada’s most vital art galleries featuring a world-class collection of art and exhibitions – The Beaverbrook Art Gallery – or the nearby Kings Landing Historical Settlement, a 300-acre open air historical village is home to costumed characters, farm animals, gardens, beautiful scenery and over 70 historic buildings.

 

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