If you're in Miramichi in the middle of July, you might like to take in the annual Irish Festival.
Check out their website for more info (URL indicated below).
Activities will run at various venues around Miramichi, for all ages. The festival starts on the Friday morning with an Irish Festival Breakfast at St. Michael's Basilica.
Then, there are activities such as Irish dance workshops, Tin Whistle workshops, Irish stamp collections, crafts, sing-alongs, dance groups and bands, a parade on Saturday, a 5 km run, and more.
The French Fort Cove Nature Park has an extensive series of walking, hiking, and mountain biking trails. Recently, I spent a couple of hours hiking a variety of them.
There are a number of trail maps posted at key places along the trail system, some which show all of the hiking and biking trails, and some that don't. I found it helpful to take a pic of the maps with my digital camera, and refer to them as I went, as there are many places where trails cross paths with other trails. The trails are numbered, and the numbers are often posted on trees, but not at all intersecting trails. The signs also indicate their difficulty level, from very easy to quite difficult, so you can more easily plan your route, depending on your ability level. When I hiked a cross-section of them in August, the trails were mostly dry, with just a few muddy spots, so I was fine with just running shoes. Mosquitoes weren't much of a problem... good thing, because I didn't have my insect repellent with me that day !
Litter dropped by inconsiderate users was evident, but not over-abundant. Please remember to carry out with you what you carry in, as the only waste cans are located closer to the parking lot.
Also next to the parking lot is a children's play and picnic area.
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There are a number of Canadian-style Chinese restaurants in Miramichi, but if you're looking for one that's an all-you-can-eat buffet, you'll find the Rice King in the Douglastown area of Miramichi.
I stopped in there for my first time for dinner. There were 24 choices for the main course, and for dessert there were two choices of cake, and eight choices of ice cream. All for $13.95 plus tax.
It's a typical buffet. The food was good, but nothing really stood out as exemplary for me. A common problem with these buffets, is trying to keep the food hot.... not a problem with the more popular dishes that move quickly and are replenished often, but more of a problem with the less popular dishes. I was there on a Wednesday at 7 pm, and there were about a dozen other patrons there at the time.
I ate here in April, 2009. The place was clean, the service was fast and friendly, and the overall atmosphere was good. More importantly however, one goes to a restaurant for the food, and this place disappointed me.
I ordered the Grilled Sole (CAD$ 12.95 + tax), which were two rather uninteresting fillets. This came with sliced carrots which were so over-boiled to death, that I had to add salt and pepper to them just to give them some flavour. The best thing on my plate was the baked potato, which I think was microwaved.
Any time I've driven by the restaurant, there are always vehicles in the parking lot, so perhaps there are better items on the menu.
The Angler's Reel Restaurant is located at the Rodd Miramichi River hotel, and as the name of the hotel implies, is right alongside the river.
A very nice, modern place to eat. I've been there for breakfast and supper on past visits.
On nice days between spring and the fall, you might wish to have your meal outside on the deck.
The staff was friendly and attentive.
Favorite Dish: During my last visit in June, 2005, I had the Cordon Bleu chicken, and it was delicious. This is a chicken breast with a thin slice of ham and swiss cheese stuffed in the center. The breast is then covered in a light batter, fried or baked, served with a tomato-herb sauce.
Along with sliced carrots which were cooked just nicely, the chicken came with a "double-baked potato", which is simply a baked potato which has had its "meat" scooped out of the skin, then mashed and placed back in the half "boat" of baked skin, brushed with butter, then broiled a bit just so the butter browns.
Nicely presented, and tasty.
The bread rolls that were served while waiting for the main course were nice and fresh, and apparently made close by. I also had a cup of seafood chowder as an appetizer, which was also delicious.
Updated 2009: Prices of the dinner entrées range from between CAD$15. to $29.