Province of New Brunswick Things to Do
Irving Nature Park in Saint John, NB
Irving Nature Park in Saint John, NB
Inside the beautiful Trinity Church
Mactaquac Park beach
Open campground area - there are also...
Old Government House in Fredericton
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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.
World's Longest Covered Bridge
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...
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 Amusement Park
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!
Magnetic Hill Zoo
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!
Village Historique Acadien
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.
Visit Loyalist Saint John
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.
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