New Brunswick is one of the four Atlantic provinces of Canada adjoined by Quebec and the New England States to the west, Nova Scotia to the south and Prince Edward Island to the east via the Confederation Bridge. New Brunswick is Canada’s only official bilingual Province. There are 5 scenic trails throughout the Province.
Swim in the warmest salt water North of Virginia and enjoy the sandy beaches. Forests cover approximately 85 percent of the land in New Brunswick. Wherever you go, new adventures and experiences are around every corner.
One of its well known natural features is the Bay of Fundy, which it shares with Nova Scotia. Fundy National Park is a Geologists wonderland and has recently been nominated for one of the 7 natural wonders of the world to be determined in 2012.
The Capital of New Brunswick, Fredericton is a historic and cultural centre with Victorian architecture, museums, art galleries, and live entertainment. There are more than 20 attractions in the downtown core.
Just down the road between Fredericton and Saint John nestled in a majestic setting in the St. John River valley, Kings Landing Historical Settlement depicts one hundred years of transformation from a young colony into a vibrant nation. Ride one of the horse pulled wagons, witness the bustle of farm life, and learn how ordinary people lived and worked in the 19th century.
This animated settlement offers over 70 historic buildings, complete with artifacts, furniture, tools and equipment. The history is real, the stories you hear are true. Staff are passionate and immersed in the 19th century to provide you, the visitor, with an authentic visit to New Brunswick of the 1800s. Top it off with a meal at the Kings Head Inn settlement style accompanied by musical entertainment from the period.
Saint John hosts Canada’s oldest museum featuring the Changing Earth Geology Gallery, a tidal exhibit and the Hall of the Great Whales and Birds of New Brunswick. A gallery on Wind, Wood and Sail depicts the thriving shipbuilding industry during the 1800’s.
Hopewell Cape is the site of the Hopewell Rocks, a world-famous geological formation known as the “flowerpot” rocks. The beach is part of the Rocks Provincial Park, where the world’s highest tides have eroded the sandstone along the shore leaving these tall pillars of stone known as the flowerpots standing on the beach with trees and soil on top. At low tide you can walk the shore among the rocks at high tide they can be viewed from above. Either way they are a sight to see.
Witness the world’s highest tides, where 100 billion tons of water rise and fall twice a day. The Bay of Fundy tides of the Tidal bore as it is known causes the St. John River to change its directional flow as they rise and fall.
Moncton is close to many of the province’s attractions, including the Tidal Bore and Magnetic Hill.
On the eastern shore the Acadian culture is live and well. Pays de la Sagouineoffers a full day of activities celebrating Acadian history. This animated village across the footbridge will take you to l’Île-aux-Puces. There you can then visit La cuisine à Mathilda, where you can learn to cook a variety of Acadian meals. Visit the house of La Sagouine where Les Chicaneuses have many tales to tell. Continuing on, La Boucanerie will show you a variety of fishing trades and you can even taste smoked herring.
Still in the village onward to the Phare à Gapi, a place full of legends! Music lovers can learn to play a variety of instruments in La cabane des T’chuillères. Visit the artists working in the Apent des artistes. Stop at the Shack des clairvoyants where many mysteries of the future may be revealed… and don’t forget to stop for a relaxing drink at the Bootleggeux while listening to monologues and music. Children can enjoy La cachette à Radi where there are fun and games all day.
The Shediac Lobster Festival the 1st week in July is an annual event that draws visitors from afar. Don’t miss the Lobster eating contest the highlight of the festival and fun for all.
New Brunswick has much to offer the tourist including many adventure activities not mentioned here.
Avril Betts CHA — Travel Agent and Tour Operator
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