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Fundy National Park, New Brunswick

Natural Wonders of New Brunswick

17-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,440 pp incl. flights

Summary

Short description

A combination of some of the natural wonders and scenic driving routes of New Brunswick

Highlights

  • Discover the beaches and sand dunes of Kouchibouguac National Park
  • Stop at Hartland to see the worlds longest covered bridge
  • Spend time in historic Fredericton and sample its range of foodie delights
  • Drive the Fundy Coastal drive and soak up views of the Bay of Fundy
  • Visit Halifax, rich in history and its amazing museums

In Brief

  • 1 Night Halifax
  • 1 Night Moncton
  • 2 Nights Miramichi
  • 1 Night Bathurst
  • 1 Night Edmundston
  • 2 Nights Fredericton
  • 2 Nights St. Andrews
  • 1 Night Saint John
  • 2 Nights Fundy Trail Parkway
  • 1 Night Shediac
  • 1 Night Halifax

About

Recommended for:
Eco-tourism | History & culture | Natural world | Wildlife

New Brunswick is a coast to coast collection of natural wonder, vibrant villages, colourful culture and outstanding marine adventure that will leave you spellbound. Combining Fundy Coastal Drive – One of the marine wonders of the world, this dramatically scenic route will amaze you with sights such as the Fundy National Park, Reversing Falls, Hopewell Rocks and the Tidal Bore. Miramichi River Route – Follow the Miramichi River as it meanders through forests and lush countryside. The Atlantic salmon reigns supreme on this world famous river.


Day by day itinerary

Day 1
UK > Halifax

Relax with included airport lounge access before your flight to Halifax, collect your rental car and head for your overnight accommodation, a trio of heritage townhouses, cleverly combined to create a boutique hotel and downtown retreat in the heart of Halifax.

Explore the city with its bustling hub of art galleries, shops, museums, restaurants, sidewalk cafes and vibrant nightlife centred around the picturesque waterfront. Officially founded in 1749 the history dates back even further, to times of the Mi’kmaq natives, European fishermen and the early Acadians, who came long before the British.

Stay: The Halliburton, Halifax, Nova Scotia (Superior)

Day 2
Halifax to Moncton

Arrive Moncton – a major urban centre where English and French Acadian culture blend harmoniously to create a unique community. Home to two unusual natural phenomena; the Tidal Bore on the Petitcodiac River and the famous Magnetic Hill.

Stay: Rodd Moncton (Superior)

Meals: B

Day 3
Moncton/Miramichi

Depart Moncton and follow the Acadian Coastal drive north through coastal towns and villages. Take time to visit Kouchibouguac National Park. The Park is a stunning display of beaches and sand dunes sweeping over 26 kilometres. Continue on and join the scenic Miramichi River Route, which travels through the many communities that make up the Miramichi region. Miramichi is New Brunswick’s newest city and home to the famous Miramichi River. The city is made up of many unique shops, restaurants and heritage sites namely St. Michael’s Basilica and Lord Beaverbrook House to name a few. 

Stay: Rodd Miramichi River (Superior)

Meals: B

Day 4
Miramichi

Spend the day exploring Miramichi. Take a stroll along one of the many hiking trails around French Fort Cove, visit St. Michael’s Basilica – one of the finest examples of gothic architecture in Canada, take in the Beaverbrook House – the boyhood home of Lord Beaverbrook or relax and try your hand at a spot of fishing – the Miramichi River is a world famous salmon fishing river.

Stay: Rodd Miramichi River (Superior)

Day 5
Miramichi/Bathurst

Take a leisurely drive, following the Acadian Coastal Drive on to Bathurst. Bathurst is home of the KC Irving Regional Centre and the Royal Canadian Legion War Museum, take a stroll around the delightful Bathurst Harbour. 

Stay: Auberge De La Vallee (Superior)

Day 6
Bathurst/Edmundston

Depart Bathurst and continue along the scenic Appalachian Range Route. Follow the River Valley Scenic Drive into the upper St. John River Valley area and Edmundston – this pleasant city offers fine dining, dramatic architecture and defiant history with a French flavour. Edmundston is also home to the Petit Temis Inter Provincial Linear Park – 130kms of bicycle and hiking trails along the magnificent Madawaska River. 

Stay: Four Points Sheraton, Edmundston (Superior)

Day 7
Edmundston/Fredericton

Depart Edmundston and drive the spectacular River Valley Scenic Drive, which hugs the St. John River, arguably the most picturesque river in Atlantic Canada. A stop at the Grand Falls Gorge is a must, as is a stop at Hartland to see the longest covered bridge in the world – a man made 390-metre long construction.

Stay: By the River B&B, Fredericton (Superior)

Day 8
Fredericton

Welcome to picturesque Fredericton, New Brunswick’s capital city noted for its heritage and culture. Spend the afternoon at leisure exploring Fredericton and its attractions. Places to visit include City Hall, Christchurch Cathedral, the Historic Military Compound, Old Government House and the Kings Landing Historical Settlement. Further afield visit the picturesque model town of Oromocto and the charming village of Gagetown. 

Stay: By the River B&B, Fredericton (Superior)

Day 9
Fredericton/St. Andrews

Depart Fredericton and drive southwest to St. Stephen – the town where the first chocolate bar was invented and the gateway to the Fundy Coastal Drive. This dramatically scenic drive introduces you to the Bay of Fundy – “One of the Marine Wonders of the World”. First stop St. Andrews, one of Canada’s most beautiful seaside resorts. Spend the afternoon at leisure exploring this tranquil area.

Stay: Algonquin Resort, St. Andrews (Superior)

Day 10
St. Andrews

Enjoy a tall ship nature cruise departing from St. Andrews, cruise through the narrow island passages of the Deer Island Archipelago en route to the open Bay of Fundy. In season, expect see whales, porpoises, seals, seabirds and bald eagles. Spend the remainder of the day discovering more about the area, visit the Huntsman Marine Science Aquarium, take in a round of golf or for the more adventurous why not try horseback riding, sea kayaking or scuba diving nearby.

Stay: Algonquin Resort, St. Andrews (Superior)

Day 11
St. Andrews/Saint John

Depart St. Andrews and take a leisurely drive along the Fundy Coastal Drive to Saint John, New Brunswick’s largest city. Saint John is steeped in history with lots to see and do. Places to visit include Carleton Martello Tower National Historic Site, the old city market, Loyalist House, the New Brunswick Museum and probably the most famous – the Reversing Falls. 

Stay: Hilton Saint John (Superior)

Day 12
Saint John/Fundy National Park Area

This morning we suggest a city tour of Saint John before departing to join the spectacular Fundy Coastal Drive. En-route visit St. Martins to explore the Fundy Trail Parkway. A multi use trail system that allows access by car, bike and on foot. Continue eastbound to the Fundy National Park – 206km.sq of steep coastal cliffs, forest clad hills, deep rich valleys and clear, rolling meadows. The park is renowned for its hiking trails, with over 104 kms of trails to choose from, ranging from easy ½km loops to a demanding 50km circuit around the park.

Stay: The Artisan Suites, Hopewell Cape (Superior)

Day 13
Fundy National Park Area Exploring

Day at leisure to explore this magnificent park. The park is renowned for its hiking trails, with over 104kms of trails to choose from, ranging from easy ½km loops to a demanding 50km circuit around the park. The park is a haven for bird watchers, golfers, cyclists, canoeists and naturalists. Other sightseeing suggestions include visiting Cape Enrage Lighthouse and Mary’s Point Bird Sanctuary located nearby.

Stay: The Artisan Suites, Hopewell Cape (Superior)

Day 14
Fundy National Park to Shediac

Today be sure to visit Hopewell Rocks Provincial Park – home of Hopewell Rocks. Visit the excellent interpretive centre on site before exploring this natural phenomenon. Twice each day the highest tides in the world — up to 46ft/14m — flood the beach, and twice each day you can explore the floor of the Bay of Fundy at low tide! Created over thousands of years by the Bay of Fundy’s awesome tidal forces, the Flowerpot Rocks are a natural wonder not to be missed. Then onto the Lobster fishing town of Shediac, where your accommodation for the night is a historic inn built around 1840 with spectacular vies of Shediac Bay. We recommend perhaps pre-booking a Shediac Lobster Tales Tour which departs at 1615 daily in July and August - you can see a demonstration of cracking, followed by a lobster meal.

Stay: Gabrielle Hotel, Shediac (Superior)


Day 15
Shediac to Halifax

After breakfast spend more time exploring Shediac before taking a leisurely drive back to Halifax, take time to visit the award winning Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, or the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic on the waterfront. Your adventures conclude with a final night back in the boutique comfort of The Halliburton.

Stay: The Halliburton, Halifax, Nova Scotia (Superior)

Days 16-17
Halifax to UK

After breakfast, head to Halifax airport and return your car rental ready for your return flight back to the UK arriving on Day 17.

Meals: B

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Pricing

Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Accommodation rating: Superior

17-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,440 pp incl. flights

Superior

Validity: 01 May - 31 Oct 

Includes

  • Complimentary UK airport departure lounge access
  • Return flights between UK and Halifax
  • 15 nights accommodation
  • 16 days car hire in an Intermediate vehicle
  • St. Andrews Tall Ship Nature Cruise
  • Document Kit Includes: Travel wallet, Full Itinerary, Directions, Maps & Supporting Literature

Terms & Conditions

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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