On a whim, we decided to head out here in the morning to hit low tide. This is about an hour outside on Moncton. After hitting the visitor center, it's up to you whether or not you want to catch a shuttle down to the main staircase to the "beach". We decided to hoof it down, and hit right about at low tide.
The walk along the rocks is kind of other worldly - you can see from all the pictures, but the giant stone monoliths rising above you. Knowing too that later that day, it will all be underwater!
After we wandered around for a while, we decided to go back to the visitor center for lunch, then headed over to the southern beach. The formations are not quite as impressive here, but you will get a little bit more away from crowds.
As you might expect (or maybe not) - when the tide is out, in can be incredibly muddy in spots. We let our little guy take off his shoes to get closer to the water, and he just was covered in muck. Also, be aware of slippery spots due to the plant life that is waiting for the tides to roll back in.
As I mentioned, we did hit the snack bar for lunch. It's about as pricey as you might expect for a captive place, but the food wasn't too bad. I recommend if you're doing lunch there to hit it around the 11:00 hour. We went right in and got served right away. By 11:30, it was jam packed.
Art culture in Moncton
Those looking for a good art gallery in Moncton exhibiting works from Acadian and Canadian artists can head over to the Aberdeen Cultural Centre located at the corner of St George and Botsford Streets. This historic building houses 2 or 3 art galleries on the main floor, artist studios and a café (main floor as well). Artistic events of all sorts (concerts, performance art, poetry readings,etc.) are often organized there as well. Take a look at their schedule for a list of current and upcoming exhibits/events:
The Université de Moncton art gallery, la GAUM, located on the university's campus, often exhibits interesting works as well (usually from Acadian artists). The schedule can be checked here (in french):
- Arts and Culture
Don't forget to visit...
Don't forget to visit Centennial Park or even tiny Victoria Park. Centennial Park has miles and miles of walking trails and demanding mountain bike trails. Victoria Park is, ahem, a notorious gay pickup joint late at night. In the daytime, there are often concerts or craft fairs.
In Sussex, right beside the...
In Sussex, right beside the highway headed toward the mountain, there is an emu ranch. The owners were very friendly and took me on a tour of their barns as I was biking through.