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Five reasons to visit New Brunswick

From rare wildlife to fabulous food

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7 February 2022 by Eric Ducourneau

Idyllically situated between Québec and the rest of Atlantic Canada, New Brunswick is a small province that packs a big punch. Indeed, its wide-open landscapes, diverse marine life, friendly locals and superb cuisine, all paired with easy-to-drive roads, make this one of Canada's true gems. On a classic road trip you could discover the world’s highest tide or spot rare whales at the Bay of Fundy, meet First Nations tribes and Acadian locals whose villages dot the eastern shores, and dine on ultra-fresh seafood and craft beers along the way. Focusing on the warmer spring to autumn months, we’ve highlighted five reasons to visit this beautiful province. Whether you’ve already travelled here, or are looking for somewhere new to go, you’ll find plenty of inspiration below to get you started.

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1. Explore wide-open spaces

Stone stacking sculptures in front of tall burnt-red rock structure heavily eroded by the world's highest tide
The Hopewell Rocks, New Brunswick

Perhaps the most iconic and well known open space in New Brunswick, the Bay of Fundy, is found on its southern shores and draws people from around the world to watch the dramatic daily change in the tides. Best seen at The Hopewell Rocks, this remarkable 15 metre tidal change slowly reveals the dramatic rock formations at low tide where they rise from the seabed floor and have been shaped by centuries of erosion. But don’t worry, the tides take hours to change and whilst you wait you can explore the hidden coves, clifftop views and local trails. If you come while the tide is up, head out by kayak to spot the local marine life and abundant seabirds.

Although this remarkable tide is a highlight of any trip, outdoor lovers will struggle to decide which National Park, waterfall or river to explore first. Head to Kouchibouguac National Park to paddle the salt water lagoon, hike up the Fall Brook Falls to see the tallest of the provinces’ 1000 waterfalls or canoe down a section of the Saint Johns River which stretches from Edmundston to Fredericton – all great places to start.

2. Go whale watching

Humpback whale breaching the waters of Bay of Fundy in New Brunswick

While visiting the Bay of Fundy, you’ll not want to miss out on a whale-watching tour where you'll discover the diverse marine life that thrive off the large tidal change. It’s this impressive tidal change that draws nutrient rich waters from the depths of the Atlantic Ocean to the shallows of the bay, offering a sanctuary for rare whale species to feed on plankton and krill and to safely raise their young. Although spotting the endangered Right whale may not always be possible, the playful humpbacks, the large finbacks and the common Minke are also known to breach and tail lob frequently in the area. And, you’ll most likely spot porpoises, seals and seabirds on your high seas adventure.

3. Soak up some culture

Old wooden lighthouse in Acadian colours of red white and blue with gold star on New Brunswick coast

Indigenous people have inhabited the region for over a thousand years and the 15 First Nation communities that call New Brunswick home are a vital part of the province's heritage. The number of national parks, rivers, towns and other landmarks that bear the original indigenous names are aplenty – more than any other province in Atlantic Canada. Metepenagiag Heritage Park is a great place to start, learning about the Mi’kmaq culture on a guided cultural experience where you'll visit two important archaeological sites with indigenous significance.

The Acadians have also influenced the province’s culture over the years and can be found from the north shores all the way down to the Southeast corner. Along this route, you find tasty food, rich heritage, historic sites and beautiful beaches and of course, the life-loving Acadian people – easily recognised by their unique French accents.

4. Try delicious food & craft beer

red cooked lobsters pilled up on a cooking board on a cooler at an outdoor beach barbecue

The exquisite food that comes from the province is a reason on its own to plan a trip. A foodie paradise of ultra-fresh seafood, locally grown vegetables, wild berries, indigenous treats, farmer’s markets and a microbrewery scene that’s exploded over the last couple of years. Grab an iconic lobster roll from a nearby food truck or head to one of the many restaurants, with up and coming Canadian chefs, offering a sea-to-table experience with only the freshest oysters and mussels available, all paired perfectly with that crisp craft beer.

5. Go on a road trip

Florenceville Bridge New Brunswick wooden covered bridge over river

The best way to experience New Brunswick is on the open road, at your own pace. Around every bend and across every river, you’ll discover something new, and the short distances between the small towns and coastal retreats will allow you to spend more time enjoying the sights and less time in the car. Our Ultimate New Brunswick fly-drive will see you head up the Acadian Coastal road from Moncton to Miramichi, before heading back down to the foodie city of Fredericton, the Bay of Fundy and the city of Saint John.

For more ideas, travel routes and to get started on your holiday plans, please also don’t hesitate to get in contact with one of our Canada specialists today. For more information, fill out an enquiry form or call us on 020 7590 0635.

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