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New Brunswick 

Small province, huge playground 

Inspiring landscapes, high tides, cliffs, caves, long stretches of soft sand, warm sea, waterfalls, dense forests, trails for all types of hikers... all of this awaits you in this Canadian province.

Whether you choose the Chaîne des Appalaches, the Acadian Coast, the Miramichi River, the Valley Scenic Drive or the Fundy Coastal Drive, if you're a nature and outdoor type, you'll be more than fulfilled.

Whether you choose a hostel, a cottage, an inn, a hotel, a motel or a campground, the choice is varied, both in terms of price and services. And if your desire for adventure does not fall asleep with the sunset, why not try a stay in a geodesic dome, a floating caravan or a house perched in a tree? You will have beautiful nights with a great perspective!

If you choose the Fundy Coastal Drive 

Gigantic tides that move 160 billion tons of seawater in hours (the highest in the world), the country's warmest salt water and freshwater beaches, not to mention the cities of Moncton and Saint John where entertaining activities, tasty dishes and a warm welcome await you.

Go for a hike along the coast to Fundy National Park and test your endurance on the Fundy Trail, a 41 km trek along a coastline of trails leading to breathtaking beaches, waterfalls and lookouts offering stunning views.

Admire the Hopewell Rocks, legendary and gigantic monoliths carved by the highest tides in the world. Discover them in two ways, exploring the park on the seabed at low tide, then at high tide paddling around these famous flower-shaped rocks.

Paddle under the famous covered bridges, the longest of which, built in 1917, stretches for 38 meters, or explore the marine caves of St. Martins.

Participate in the great sand sculpture competition held each summer on the expansive New River Beach shaped by the powerful tides of the Bay of Fundy. If you are too late or too early for the contest, take the opportunity to play in the sand or explore the trails on the provincial park coast.

And do not forget the islands of Campobello, Deer with Old Sow where you can admire the largest marine swirl in the Western Hemisphere and, especially, Grand Manan, the largest.

See you on Grand Manan Island

In barely 90 minutes by ferry, you will feel the sea air of the island. For a long stroll along the 17-kilometer Red Trail along the coast, take a pair of binoculars and watch birds, porpoises and whales from Long Eddy Point (The Whistle) or Southwest Head lighthouses. Taste the wild hazelnuts. Admire the unique sunsets from the Swallowtail lighthouse.

Enjoy a picnic on one of its beautiful beaches, often in almost complete privacy, with hot or cold smoked salmon that closely follows the lobster as a local star. Or look for the tidewood or the sea glass on the island, a colorful treasure smoothed by the sea.

Museums, art galleries and shops will be havens to find shelter in times of rough weather or when you are in need of more shade.

And camping enthusiasts will be thrilled at The Anchorage Provincial Park, with its great views, bike paths and hiking trails.

Not to mention the local flavors that are not to be missed

Lobster is served at the Rossmount Inn in St. Andrews. It arrives straight from the dock 5 minutes away. Add organic produce from the inn's huge garden or fiddleheads and chanterelles, depending on when you're there, and you can rest assured that Chef Chris Aerni will serve you the best feast.

Another alternative is the Tipsy Tails, restaurant by Jeremy Wilbur, one of the fishermen who gets up at 4 am during the season to leave the port of Alma and drop lobster traps, which he picks up five hours later. It is impossible to make a shorter trip between the sea and the table! 

And there's always the Chocolate Museum in St. Stephen for the sweet note.

An immersion in Acadian culture

What a better opportunity than the Congrès mondial acadien, to be held from August 10 to 25, 2019, to discover the Acadian culture of New Brunswick!

From Souris to Tignish, and from Saint-Louis-de-Kent to Shediac, the lobster capital will hold on its closing day a grand show, a succession of parades, celebrations, music, shows, grand Tintamarre, and meetings with poets, artists, thinkers and builders of this culture that dates back to the 17th century.

Target August 15, National Day, when the Acadians parade through the streets proudly wearing the colors of Acadia and making noise to signal to the world that they are alive. Bring a blue, white, and red flag and put your hand on a noisy object. Let's go for the big Tintamarre!

Whether it's nature, history, sports, heritage, gastronomy or the salty air that sets you on fire, New Brunswick holds it all on its island and is willing to share it. Above all, enjoy it!

Christiane Théberge

Along the Acadian Coast

Campobello Island

On Grand Manan Island

 Fundy Bay - waiting for the tide

Around the Hopewell Rocks

Photos: New Brunswick Tourism Office