The uninitiated refer to New Brunswick as a ‘drive-by’ province, but those in the know come for the hyper-local eats,
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As you whizz around the Bay of Fundy, plan to stop twice at the iconic formations of the Hopewell Rocks – once at low tide to chase sandpipers through the squishy mud flats, and again around 6 hours later for the astonishing sight of the world’s highest tides.
In between, stop for chowder in St. Martin’s before you don your boots at the gateway to the Fundy Trail.
Discover the joie de vivre (exuberant enjoyment of life) of the
Eat like a local, and crack open the shell using nothing but your hands. Keep your eyes open for France’s
Slow-travel through some of the world’s oldest mountains in Mount Carleton Provincial Park. Go by canoe or foot, and forget you’re in the 21st century. Keep your eyes open when the sun goes down, in this Dark Sky Preserve you’ll marvel at the light of the moon and stars.
Spy whales and a glimpse of the state of Maine from a boat in the Bay of Fundy. Touring outfits line the dock off the main street in Saint Andrews-by-the-Bay, where you can choose a small boat for your best chance at a close-up.
You won’t believe you’re in Canada when you wade at Parlee Beach near Shediac. With powdery sugar-sand and the warmest
Pick up a jug or a washboard and join the kitchen party at the Alma childhood home of Molly Kool, North America’s first female sea captain.
Just try not to laugh as “magic” pulls your car up Moncton’s Magnetic Hill, where an optical illusion is caused by the rising and descending terrain.
Magnetic Hill. Photo credit: iStock
In Saint John, where the river meets the bay, you can watch the baffling phenomenon of the reversing rapids, where the river reverses its flow.
Take a selfie at the “World’s Largest Lobster” in Shediac, and commemorate the moment with a fresh-from-the-ocean seaside feast.
Saint John’s Go Fundy Tours runs guided kayaking excursions to the Stonehammer Geopark where you can see geological impressions dating back to the Precambrian Age.
On a clear day at Cape Enrage, you can see Nova Scotia across the water before you rappel 43 meters down the craggy rock-face to the fossil beach below.
Head to Miramichi with your hip-waders and try your hand at catching bass or fresh Atlantic salmon for dinner.
New Brunswick’s known for its seafood, but for fresh flavors from the land, try savory sautéed fiddleheads with a tart blueberry wine.
The tender curds sold as squeaky cheese make a rich road snack.
You may be familiar with the concoction known as poutine, but for an authentic Acadian dish, order the poutine râpée (a boiled potato dumpling stuffed with salt pork and served bathed in
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