Province of New Brunswick Local Customs

  • Aboriginal 'Teepee' at Kouchibouguac NP
    Aboriginal 'Teepee' at Kouchibouguac NP
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  • French Acadian boats at Pointe Sapin
    French Acadian boats at Pointe Sapin
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  • Fresh maple syrup is ladled onto a bed of snow
    Fresh maple syrup is ladled onto a bed...
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Province of New Brunswick Local Customs

  • Fresh Atlantic lobster

    A wide-variety of restaurant choices is available - of course, being this close to the Atlantic Ocean means that you should sample the sea food! One of my favourites is lobster (how can you go wrong if you combine it with beer and boiled corn on the cob?). Through the summer months, lobster is available in local sea-food stores at prices ($11-16...

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  • Aboriginal influences

    Located along the shore of Kouchibouguac NP is this large native American 'teepee', in which members of the local Maliseet people present aspects of their culture to Park visitors. Actually, this type of structure is common to western aboriginal people. In the east, the traditional form of housing was called a 'wigwam' and consisted of a smaller...

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  • Maple sugar syrup - nature's best!

    Harvesting of the sweet sap from Maple trees is something the native Americans stumbled onto in long ago ages and they passed their methods on to the early European settlers in this part of the world. This was a real blessing in those early days when nearby sources of supplies were very few and far between! It turns out that bee's honey and maple...

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  • River drives - the old way of logging

    On a warm 23 C mid-September day in 2004, I took a little drive southwest from Fredericton along the Saint John River. One of the first things that I came to was this series of piers across one half of the Saint John River, stretching out to an island in the middle. These piers were installed many years ago to help with the huge logging industry in...

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  • Winter firewood

    Although the summer temperatures can reach into the mid 30's C, the winter temperatures can also reach the 30-40 C range, trouble is it's in the MINUS direction!Because New Brunswick is so heavily forested, over 20% of the population still use wood in one form or another for heating. In my case, although I have electric baseboards in each room as...

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  • Dulse - delicious seaweed, for some!

    A local tradition that I grew up with was eating a dark reddish seaweed called Dulse. Although many 'inland' Maritimers cannot stand the stuff, when I was working in Papua New Guinea, my parents would ship me the odd consignment to literally give me a taste of home! However, I never could get anyone else over there to eat it! Dulse is native to the...

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  • Inshore fishing industry

    No matter which coastline you visit, you will come across small fishing villages or towns with their wharfs and numerous small fishing boats. During our 2005 trip to Kouchibouguac NP on the northeast coast, Russ and I took Highway 117 to explore the lesser developed northern regions of Kouchibouguac National Park. A 31-km (20-mile) drive will bring...

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  • Fish traps designed by Aboriginals

    Southern NB is famous for its sardines (juvenile herrings), with the Connors Brothers plants producing tins of them in vast quantities. One of the easiest ways to catch herring is to set up a 'weir' just off the coast.Using technology developed from that used by Native Americans on this coast for hundreds of years, herring weirs continue to be used...

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  • Rural New Brunswick

    The province has a low population and most villages are really, really small.Nice mansions are sometimes mixed with lower quality houses, but the general quietness of many areas doesn't call for fancyful housing. Clothes are commonly set out to dry in the mist.

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  • Don't be afraid to speak French (or...

    New Brunswick is the only officially bilingual province in Canada and it's not just a marketing scheme! We did a few tests during the week we spent there and had no problems getting by using only French or only English.

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  • Bilingual Everything

    Coming into New Brunswick from Maine, you quickly notice not only the completely different symbols for roadside services (it took me awhile to figure out that a hand underneath a vase means handcrafted goods) and the lack of billboards along side the roads, every single sign is in both English and French. This is so smart and considerate:) Smart...

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  • Mary's Roadside Berry Stand along Rt 1

    While I was driving back to Maine, Lou was napping, I passed by this adorable little stand an quickly made a U turn. I had seen it on our way to Fundy park, and said to myself, "i really must go there on our way back". Oh the goodies they have! Fresh Blueberry muffins made from scratch, all kinds of scrumptious homemade pies, and Lou's favorite,...

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  • Go to Kings Landing Historical...

    The Kings Landing Historical Settlement provides a snapshot of life in the St. John River Valley in the 19th Century. It's about half an hour outside of Fredericton, heading towards Edmundston. We spent about 5 hours there in September 2002. It's open daily June to October.

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