New Brunswick is located in southeastern Canada, just north of the U.S. state of Maine. Although it is considered one of the three Canadian Maritime Provinces, enveloped by the Gulf of St. Lawrence to the north and east, with its eastern coast protected by the Nova Scotia Peninsula, New Brunswick presents a more continental climate. Most of its 750,000 people reside in the southern third of New Brunswick, and much of the province is heavily forested.
Moncton, resting on the banks of the Petitcodiac River, is the largest metro area and officially bilingual. Visitors love Magnetic Hill, which boasts an optical illusion that you are walking uphill when in fact you are going downhill! The Hill’s outdoor concert site attracts major performers, reputedly with the largest attendance figures in the country. Explore sand dunes and seals at Kouchibouguac National Park, a couple hours drive north of Moncton.
Saint John is the most populous city in New Brunswick, a couple hours southwest of Moncton. Its Bay of Fundy setting makes it a popular port for cruise ships and other port business. You will find an excellent selection of New Brunswick hotels in this large city. The Bay of Fundy is a sanctuary for 15 species of whales, offering unparalleled marine exploration and the highest tides on earth! Fundy National Park is located roughly halfway between Moncton and Saint John.
Capital Fredericton features a government and university-based economy. Explore the past at the Historic Garrison District, a National Historic Site, and watch a Changing of the Guard ceremony. Challenge yourself at premier Kingswood Golf Course with ponds and traps galore, bike or hike 85 km of trails along the St. John and Nashwaak Rivers, or take the kids to Science East for a hundred hands-on exhibits.
Kings County is considered the Covered Bridge Capital of Atlantic Canada. One of these 62 structures, “The Longest Covered Bridge in the World”, may be found in Hartland. Roosevelt Campobello International Park, at the very southeastern tip of the province, preserves the summer cottage and grounds of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Joggins Fossil Cliffs are located on the Bay of Fundy at the border with Nova Scotia. Named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the cliffs will blow you away by the layers of rock representing the Coal Age, 300 millions years old! The Appalachian Mountains and Chaleur Bay, considered one of the most beautiful bays in the world (officially!), are found to the north.
Get away from everything on the Isles of Acadie, Lameque and Miscou. You can walk a sun-soaked beach in complete solitude – well, except for birds and local aquatic life, but you get the picture!
Outdoor adventures really shine in New Brunswick! Canoe the Restigouche River, delight in the waterfall at Grand Falls Gorge, discover the delicate ecosystem of rare, white Bouctouche Dunes, experience peerless fly-fishing for salmon on the Miramichi River, or take a dip in the balmy waters of Chaleur Bay. New Brunswick is a gem of a destination!