New Brunswick is the perfect Canadian getaway if you’re looking for somewhere that is peaceful and off the beaten path. Tucked in behind Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia – and bordering Quebec and the USA – New Brunswick boasts an enviable location that makes it easy to fit into an Eastern Canada adventure.
Despite its laid-back nature, New Brunswick isn’t short of things to do (and you won’t have to wait in a massive line). Here are our 10 favourite things to do in New Brunswick.
Visit the Bay of Fundy
Watch the highest tides in the world rise and fall in the Bay of Fundy, which is on the southern coast of New Brunswick.
Make sure you stop by the Hopewell Rocks. These massive seaside pillars have taken on a flower-pot shape thanks to the erosion caused by the high tides. Enjoy walking on the Ocean Floor when the tide is out.
Stop by one of the 50 beaches
Surrounded by two coasts, New Brunswick boasts several beaches along its shores. As a guide, Canada’s warmest saltwater beaches perfect for swimming lie on the Acadian Coast (the Eastern Coast) and the rolling tides can be witnessed on the Fundy Coast (N.B.’s southern shore).
Catch a show in the Capitol Theatre
One of only a handful of fully-restored vaudeville theatres in Canada, the Capitol Theatre welcomes over 80,000 guests every year. Located in the heart of downtown Moncton, the theatre performs drama, music, dance and comedy shows (in both English and French).
Spend a few days in Fredericton
The capital city of New Brunswick is home to a generous selection of shopping, historical sites, nightlife, and relaxation. Our favourite attractions are the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, the Historic Garrison District and the outdoor activities along the Saint John River, which flows through the city.
Grab your binoculars for some bird-watching
New Brunswick is a migration hotspot for a wider variety of birds, ranging from birds of prey such as the Bald eagle and Peregrine falcon to seabirds such as terns and guillemots.
The best spots for bird watching in New Brunswick include Mary’s Point Shorebird Interpretation Centre, Johnson’s Mills Shorebird Reserve and Interpretive Centre, Irving Nature Park, and Grand Manan Island.
Book a whale-watching trip
The waters that surround New Brunswick are popular with the gentle giants of the ocean. Visit Saint Andrews a quaint seaside town and book a whale-watching trip to witness these majestic creatures in their natural habitat. Another animal that is commonly spotted in these boat trips are the harbour seal and the grey seal.
Immerse yourself in Acadian culture
New Brunswick culture has been heavily shaped by French settlers along the northern and eastern shores. Museums, historic sites and living-history villages bring the Acadians’ remarkable 400-year-history to life, while restaurants and galleries provide a distinctively modern connection to the past.
If you’re in New Brunswick on August 15th, be sure to participate in National Acadian Day festivities where the culture of L’Acadie is celebrated with food, festivities, and the tintamare.
Organise a road trip
Discover a lesser-seen side to New Brunswick along five different scenic drives. Each of these trips will take you off the beaten path through friendly villages, vibrant cities and beautiful landscape (there’s road signage along the way to help you out).
You are, of course, still free to explore New Brunswick in a car along whichever roads you please (we can also help create a tailor-made road trip for you, complete with hotel stops).
Dine on freshly-caught lobster
New Brunswick loves its lobster. In the province, there are fishing trips that teach you to catch your own lobster, lobster roll workshops, and lobster festivals. Oh, and there’s a lobster statue in Shediac (which is known The Lobster Capital of the World).
Pick (and eat) fiddleheads
If you’re in New Brunswick during the spring, you’ll notice a green, curly vegetable growing along the riverbanks. These are called fiddleheads and are considered a delicacy in New Brunswick. They taste similar to asparagus or artichokes and can be prepared in a variety of ways. Some examples include pickled fiddleheads, fiddlehead sauce, and creamy fiddlehead soup.