At 1282 ft (391m), the covered bridge at Hartland NB is the longest in the world. It crosses the St John River and is a one-way at a time affair.
So if you are traveling Highway 2 (Trans Canada Highway) through New Brunswick, you might want to take the 10 minute detour.
Well though the settlement of Miramichi has been here for a while, the name is quite new. It was named in 1995 after the almagamation of Newcastle and Chatham plus several smaller communities. It is the largest city in Northern New Brunswick with a population of 18,129 (2006). Some of the activities here to do is the Miramichi River which the city lines, Middle Island, Marine Hospital and French Fort Cove are some of the bigger sites. I was here on a Sunday so I didn't get to take in much of the activities. Canada's 11th Prime Minister, Richard Bedford Bennet is from here.
The World's Longest Covered Bridge is located in Hartland, New Brunswick and connects to Somerville on the other side. It is 1,282 feet long and it connects both sides of the Saint John River. It was officially opened in 1901 but wasn't covered at that time. It was covered in 1922 along with repairing damage that was done to it 2 years earlier. 1945 a sidewalk was added which is essentially another bridge and in 1980 it became a national historic site. The bridge is one lane only, so you have to make sure there is no oncoming traffic before you drive across the bridge.
It is also known as a Kissing Bridge. This became known when the bridge was mainly used by horses and wagons. Young guys would train their horses to stop halfway across the bridge so they could kiss their lovers. This was a concern to the public at large that even sermons were given on how the covered bridge would destroy the morals of the youngins. One couple in 1993 was even married here.
Located in the Magnetic Hill area, only a few minutes from Moncton and short ride away from Shediac, Magic Mountain is Atlantic Canada's biggest water park and it's actually much more fun than the somewhat infamous Magnetic Hill! At Magic Mountain you'll find a large wave pool, different waterslides for kids of all ages, a heated whirlpool and a lazy river. If you get tired of the slides but don't feel like calling it a day yet, you can stop by the mini-golf course that's located right next to it. Also a good way to dry up before hopping back in the car!
OK, so there isn't that much to do in Campbellton but I thought it was a nice place to start our journey across New Brunswick. There's a big information centre there with free Internet access, so we were able to look up some information online and send a few e-mails home. The staff was also very useful in helping us plan our trip and book some accommodations. Not to mention that stopping by Campbellton could be your one and only chance to see the world's largest salmon!!
Sandspit Parlee Beach is sort of an old-fashioned amusement park (nothing to do with Six Flags!), but my niece and nephew still had a pretty good time there - they really enjoyed riding the bumper boats and the go-karts, among other things! It wasn't very expensive and as it's located only a short ride away from Parlee Beach, it can be a really nice way to round off a day at the beach.
New Brunswick beaches probably are the nicest beaches in all of Canada, and Parlee Beach is especially nice. Located near the town of Shediac, Parlee Beach is mostly known for having the warmest salt water north of Virginia - that's right! Thanks to favourable currents, the water at Parlee Beach is warmer than anything you'll find along the New England coast, for example. Even though this beach is pretty popular (it can attract over 20,000 people on a hot summer day), it doesn't seem to get overcrowded and somehow it always remains very clean. A really fun place to be on a sunny day!
Crystal Palace is the perfect place to go with kids on a rainy day! Located in Dieppe (just a few minutes from the city of Moncton), this indoor amusement park has 15 fun rides for kids of all ages, along with a pretty big arcade featuring video games that will please both younger and older children. There is also a movie theatre and a shopping centre right next door, so there's really no reason to let the rain ruin your vacations!
Located next to Magic Mountain, the Magnetic Hill Zoo is advertised as Canada's largest zoo. There are more than 90 different animal species living at the zoo, for a total of over 400 animals, and they seem to be very well taken care of. We can see most of the animals from up-close and it is even possible to pet some of them. But be careful: a goat ate my map of the zoo (!) and the deer seem to have developed a self-feeding technique (!!). A great family activity nonetheless!
The "Village historique acadien" is without a doubt one of the most popular attractions in New Brunswick. This historic village portrays the lives of Acadians between 1770 and 1939, depicting what life was like for all the families who traveled back to their native land of Acadia after the Great Deportation. There are over 40 historic buildings in the village, and everywhere you go you are greeted by guides dressed in period costumes who will explain everything you want to know about the Acadian way of life. There is much to see and do, including many hands-on activities for kids, and you should therefore allow a minimum of 3 hours for a complete visit.
The Village Historique Acadien is open from mid-June to mid-September. Tickets are $16 for adults, $11 for kids.
The seaport of Saint John is a friendly and accomodating destination in New Brunwick. From the incredible city market to the historic sites and cemetaries, it's a great place to spend a day.
Please see my separate Saint John city page on VT for more information on this interesting stop in New Brunswick. And please see below for the city's tourism website.
The border town of St. Stephen is THE place for all of you chocolate lovers. The city claims to be the birthplace of the chocolate bar. Ganong Brothers Chocolates are available a-plenty, and there's even a Chocolate Museum/Discovery Center.
So, if you've just crossed the border, or if you're heading back to the USA, stop off in St Stephen for a few minutes and enjoy.
Please see my separate St Stephen city page. Also, the town's website is listed down below.
Just a bit south and east of St Stephen, you'll find the longtime resort town of St Andrews. Over the years, this venerable resort has played host to royalty, the rich and the famous. There are churches, mansions and all sorts of historic sites. There are 200 historic register homes within the city plat of St Andrews alone. And, you need to check out the Fairmont Algonquin Hotel, one of the world's oldest and most famous five-star resort hotels.
Please see my separate St Andrews page for more information. Additionally, the website listed below can be accessed for additional support.
Well this isn't really a thing to do but it's definitely not off the beaten path. Oromocto is describe as Canada's Model Town which I think is used liberally. Yeah it's decent little town in which you could walk anywhere at anytime without worries. I find it to be a bit run down and service in the restaurants and such to be slow. The big thing about Oromocto is that it's a military town. CFB Gagetown is located right next to Oromocto which is the primary existance of this town now. So for you ladies who are looking for a fellow, there are a lot of them here :).
To be honest we did not do anything here but visit this site which was not opened due to it being out of season, when I was here the beginning of May. The views and activities here seemed amazing and thought I would add this as a tip for future visits by anyone.
This is only ten mins away from Fundy National Park and it's worth the trip out here.
There's lots to do and see every day here. Experience the thrill of rappelling or climbing the rugged cliffs overlooking the giant tides. You can also kayak the tidal waterways of the Bay of Fundy. You can experience this as a whole family too and they provide all the equipment you need and there are hands on guides. There are home made delights in the Keepers Lunchroom, you can have a trip to the Whistle House gift shop, a tour of the historic lighthouse or have a picnic on the cliff side lawn. This is something I would have loved to have done, well not sure about the cliff climbing but was sad that nothing was open here at the time we came to see this place for ourselves.
Open Season Early May through to Labour Day Weekend
Open from 8.30am - 6.00pm
Admission by Donation
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