Province of New Brunswick Off The Beaten Path
World's Largest Potato
Sam the World's Largest Atlantic Salmon
World's Largest Axe
World's Largest Axe
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Sackville is a town located just about on the border between New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. It's home to Mount Allison University and near the Tantramar Marshes. It is also in the centre of the Maritime Provinces. I only spent a brief time here but I kinda liked it. It seemed like all the buildings here are built out of brick which looks really nice here. There is a little store in downtown that has these older postcards of itself for sale there. I thought it was interesting.
World's Largest Potato
In Maugerville, there is the World's Largest Potato. The potato is located on the North side of Highway 105 in a parking lot. Maugerville is located along the St. John River about 22 or so km for Fredericton or just on the other side of the bridge from Burton which is just down the road from Oromocto.
World's Largest Atlantic Salmon
The world's largest atlantic salmon, which apparantly has the name of Sam is located in Campbellton. The fish is located near the Restigouche River by the tourist information centre which is east of the bridge that leads to Pointe-a-la-Croix, Quebec. The area around Sam is a pretty nice area and the rest of Campbellton is nice to walk around for a bit. Campbellton is a small city with a population over 7,000 located in northeast New Brunswick.
World's Largest Axe
In the town of Nackawic, the world's largest axe makes it's home. It is quite large indeed. It was erected in 1991 because that was the year Nackawic became Canada's forestry capital. It's obvious why they chose an axe as the monument to represent this. Nackawic has a population close to a thousand people and is 65 km west of Fredericton. It is located on the east bank of the Saint John River.
Wading a clam (ouch) infested creek!
Located at the southwest of NB, Deer Island was one of our 2006 biking destinations. After leaving the ferry, we immediately turned off onto a small highway along the northwest coast, a dead-end road leading to Northern Harbour. It was an interesting ride and, just before we descended the steepest hill of the entire trip, I said to Russ that I hope we don't have to bike back up this thing! Sure enough, we soon came to the end of the line at the world's largest lobster pound on the point. These pounds, made with long poles driven into the seafloor are located in various coves throughout the island, and function as holding structures where live lobsters are kept for shipment to markets. Starting the trip back, I saw a power line cutting through the forest in the direction we really wanted to travel. I said to Russ that we should check out the track running along the line to see if we could...
If old homesteads could talk
Many people say that Canada does not exist east of Montreal - not true, but there have been some hard times 'down East' in the last couple of centuries! While travelling the back-roads of NB, the sight of an abandoned farm is not unusual. It is interesting to wander around these dwellings and reflect on the unfulfilled dreams of their owners, or at least to smell the sweet scent of the wild roses! This weather-beaten old house in the tiny community of Titusville belonged to one of my father's cousins who returned from Alberta in 1946 but never married. He passed away in 2007 at age 82 and it appears that his home had taken quite a beating from the elements over those many years!The second photo is of an abandoned 130 year-old farm on a hillside near Fredericton. It was taken in the Spring, looking up to its perch above the Saint John River valley. The third photo shows a rear view of the...
You have got to go out of your way to get here!
About as far away from anything else in New Brunswick is small Miscou Island, located at the northeast tip of the province. To reach Miscou, you first cross a bridge from the mainland onto the larger Lameque Island, resulting in about a 40-km one-way bike ride for Russ and I to reach the Miscou lighthouse during our Summer, 2003 expedition. The weather was foggy when we set out in the morning from our Inn at Shippagan and then it deteriorated into showers as we continued onward on to the northern tip of the Island. However, we had brought some wet weather gear and a spare set of clothes just in case. As an added bonus, the return ride was dry all the way! It was great to bike along the relatively flat countryside on both Lameque and Miscou - I was amazed at how smooth the newly paved roads were. On Lameque, even the shoulder of the road was paved wide enough to ride abreast for about...
Just head out into the wilderness
With New Brunswick's vast undeveloped areas, it is not too hard to get away from it all.On the canoe trip shown here, at the far end of Little Magaguadavic Lake we came upon one of its main infeeds - Stoney Brook. As the name implies, the granite boulders are getting more numerous by the minute as you pass from the lake into the mouth of the brook. Because these obstructions are covered in a black film of algae, and my canoe is made of traditional wood/canvas construction, great care is needed when navigating in these waters! In this photo, my lookout (and forward ballast!), Len, has deserted the bow to take a photo of a typical beaver lodge at the mouth of the brook. On many occasions, with quiet paddling, I have come across beaver swimming near the canoe. Once they spot you, they will usually circle around with their nose sniffing the air before they give a huge smack on the water with...
While traveling from Cape Enrage up to the Hopewell Rocks we passed an interesting sign for an artists studio along highway #915. On our way back, we stopped in. The showroom is filled with all kinds of interesting ceramic pieces, which are for sale at very reasonable prices. We learned from the owner who is also one of the artists, that he and his wife had built all of the building on the property. Definately look around! It's all very interesting!
That Crazy Dutchman
Riding down route 2 from Nova Scotia towards New Brunswick, we wanted to stop by Five Island Provincial Park but found it closed for the season. We luckily at least came across this cute little farm where a Dutchman set up a cheese factory. They were quite good too. There are some signs from the road and it is indeed called, "That Crazy Dutchman's Cheese Factory."
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