New Brunswick is one of Canada’s three Maritime Provinces. Sheltered from the Atlantic Ocean, New Brunswick has developed differently than the both Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia, both of which are defined by their proximity to the ocean. The Bay of Fundy coast is one of the prime tourist areas of the province, offering a wide variety of interesting things to do and places to visit. You can steep yourself in arts and culture, walk on the bottom of the ocean, swim in some of the warmest oceans north of Virginia and enjoy fine dining in dozens of restaurants specializing in fresh seafood and farm fresh produce.
New Brunswick’s Fundy National Park is Canada’s first National Park, established in 1948. You can stay at one of three different campgrounds within the borders of the park and settle in to enjoy the many amenities that it offers. The park features a heated salt water pool and over 120 miles of walking and hiking trails to explore. The activities available include guided tours and beach walks, and in the winter, cross country ski tours. Kick back for a day and let the kids explore the playground while you play a few rounds of golf or get in a set of tennis. From crystal clear streams to crashing waterfalls, experience the natural beauty of the Bay of Fundy and the Acadian Forest in one of the premier attractions of New Brunswick.
Created from the imagination of Antoine Maillet, internationally renowned Acadian novelist and playwright, La Pays de la Sagouine is a reproduction village, a walk back in time with costumed actors taking the part of characters drawn from history. Visitors can learn about Acadian cooking, try their hand at playing Acadian musical instruments and enjoy musical performances and presentations at the public performance grounds. It’s a trip well worth taking.
Is it magnetic or is it magic? The question has been unanswered for decades, but the phenomenon is nothing short of amazing. Visitors can experience it for themselves when they drive to Magnetic Hill and feel their vehicles literally rolling uphill in defiance of all the laws that we accept as being part of reality. Magnetic Hill Zoo is the largest zoo in Canada, with over 400 animals representing 90 different species. Tour the exhibits and meet animals face to face in the two contact areas, and explore the award winning Ecodome. Before you head back down the hill, take the kids over to Magic Mountain Water Park for a few hours of splashing wet and wild fun.
The New Brunswick Museum is the oldest continuously operating museum in Canada. The exhibits include the Hall of Great Whales, the Wood, Wind and Sail exhibit and Our Changing Earth, an exhibition highlighting the rich geological history of the area. The New Brunswick Museum combines a science museum, a museum of natural history and an art museum under one roof and three floors of delight and wonder for all ages. The New Brunswick Museum is located in St. John, a colorful city that beckons visitors with its natural beauties, wonderful shopping and fine dining, so do make a point of wandering the city streets and having dinner before you head back to your hotel or campsite.
Take advantage of the Bay of Fundy’s shelter when you spend a day on Parlee Beach, the warmest ocean beach north of Virginia. You can enjoy a full day in the sun with a supervised swimming area, play volleyball, compete in a sand sculpture competition and more. There’s dining on site at both a restaurant and a canteen, and picnic and camping areas nearby. It’s the most active beach on the coast, attracting as many as 25,000 people on hot days.
Reversing Falls is another New Brunswick natural phenomenon. Twice a day, the powerful tides at the mouth of the St. John River push the waters of the river backwards, creating turbulent rapids that stop and literally reverse the flow of water so that the St. John River flows upstream. There are two restaurants overlooking the Falls, as well as a gift shop and a visitor’s center. If you enjoy a real thrill, you can book passage on a jet boat thrill ride that will take you out on the rapids at the time of the tide’s change for an unforgettable wild twenty minutes of riding the waves.
Listed by Frommer’s as the best view in Canada, Cape Enrage is an absolute must see attraction in New Brunswick. The 150 foot cliffs offer a stunning view of the entire Bay of Fundy, from Dorchester to Quaco to Apple River. From the historic lighthouse cliff, visitors can rappel down the cliffs and climb back up after spending time on the beautiful beach below. Other activities include kayaking on the bay, exploring the sea caves and fossil hunting on the beach. If you prefer to guide yourself rather than join a guided tour, you can wander the coastal trail and enjoy the stunning views and local flora and fauna. Enjoy luncheon or dinner at the Keepers Restaurant, or head back in to town to dine at one of the city’s fine restaurants.
New Brunswick is a province of natural wonders and vibrant cities, the charm of small towns and the splendor of nature. A visit to New Brunswick can include history, nature, fun and adventure. Take a trip up the northern coast to visit New Brunswick and the beautiful Bay of Fundy to enjoy all that Canada has to offer.
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