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New Brunswick is the largest of Canada's Atlantic Maritime Provinces. It is home to 9 provincial parks offering spectacular and diverse natural beauty, including the provinces highest peak in Mt Carleton Provincial Park (part of the Appalachian Range), the world's highest tides in the Bay of Fundy, and some spectacular coastline views in Kouchibouguac National Park. The Miramichi River flows through the centre of the province and offers all sorts of activities from fishing to river tubing. An interesting fact about New Brunswick is that it is Canada's only officially bilingual province with 33% of the population speaking French.
Bay of Fundy
Few places on Earth are as awe-inspiring as New Brunswick’s Bay of Fundy. A visit to this special place will reward you with magnificent tides, breathtaking coastline and endless adventure.
Explore the small islands around the Bay of Fundy for truly quintessential Maritime moments.
Visit Campobello Island or Grand Manan Island for beautiful coastal vistas, beaches, sea kayaking, camping, hiking, cycling, boat tours and diving.
Cities of New Brunswick
New Brunswick may be known for its natural beauty, parks and beaches, but a visit to the cities found across the province is a must for anyone. Shop for French-inspired goods in Moncton and Dieppe, two of the great urban centres, or watch world-class performances at Casino New Brunswick and Capitol Theatre. Family holidays in these cities are a blast thanks to Magnetic Hill Zoo and Magic Mountain Water Park. The provincial capital, Fredericton, is best known for the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, the Historic Garrison District and activities along the Saint John River, which flows through the city. Culinary delights await at the City Market in the port city of Saint John, while history and culture meet at the New Brunswick Museum and the Saint John Arts Centre. Take a look at our New Brunswick & Maine self-drive tour which takes in a number of these cities.
City of Fredericton
Atlantic Canada's Riverfront Capital
New Brunswick's capital city is rich in culture and riverside beauty. You're sure to find the perfect picnic spot at one of the City's parks: Odell, Carleton or Wilmot.Or go for a freshwater swim at Killarney Lake Park. Be in downtown's Officers' Square for outdoor concerts, films and theatre - all for free - that will fill your days and evenings with pleasure. Take a trip back in time and experience living history at nearby Kings Landing Historical Settlement.
What makes Fredericton a cultural treasure? How about the world-class Beaverbrook Art Gallery and The Playhouse; one of the best farmers markets in Canada; and an array of award-winning celebrations such as the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival. You can also enjoy a round of golf or indulge your creative urges by treating yourself to learning experiences with renowned instructors through the innovative edVentures program. What better place to express yourself!
City of St John
Saint John, Canada’s oldest incorporated city, is also the only city on the beautiful Bay of Fundy. There is simply no other place in the Maritimes where the urban charms of a vibrant, historic city nestle up against the grand, natural allure of this world-famous bay.
The delightful port architecture makes a perfect backdrop to stroll along Market Square, watching the cruise ships dock at the harbour and taking in the fine restaurants, galleries and shops along the way. View the famous Reversing Rapids as the tides of the Bay of Fundy actually force the waters at the mouth of the St. John River to reverse its flow.
There’s so much to learn at the New Brunswick Museum that features the Hall of Great Whales and 3 floors of fascinating galleries. Don’t miss the Saint John City Market, the oldest continuing farmers’ market in North America, with its rafters that resemble the inverted hull of a ship. Find the perfect blend of the great outdoors so close to city life at the Irving Nature Park with its 11 km (7 mi.) of trails. Or make a day of it at Rockwood Park, one of the geosites within the Stonehammer Geopark, the only UNESCO-supported global geopark in North America. The children will love spending a day at Cherry Brook Zoo, and everyone will find enjoyment watching one of the many productions at Imperial Theatre!
Founded in 1497 and has attracted explorers, pirates, soldiers and inventors, there is nowhere in the world quite like St John's. This remote port on Canada's easternmost shores is steeped in history with lots to offer each visitor. Paddle around the icebergs, whale-watch from a cliff top, climb the steeped streets and drive to the top of Signal Hill for spectacular views, St John's has it all. The locals of this city, also referred to as 'townies' are a lively mix of Anglo, Irish, French and Aboriginal heritage and bring a real sense of flavour to the town, first time visitor's may strain to understand the local lingo and centuries-old sayings but the universal language of laughter is a common ground in this town. Sampling the local cosine of St John's is also a must try doughboys, salt fish and brewis and toutons.
As St John's is the capital of the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador, there is plenty for each visitor to see and do, it is the perfect combination of big-city luxury and small-town charm. Below is some of our favourite things to do whilst in the city of St John's, ranging from tasting the local cuisine, to whale watching to gazing out at the beautiful scenery, there is something here to suit all.
Attractions & Events
Festival 500-sharing voices.
The festival of 500 sharing voices is one of the biggest events in St John's calendar. It is a celebrated festival of choral music and every two years brings singers and conductors together from countries and cultures worldwide. Infused with a joyful spirit this sharing of voices results in a powerful and enriching experience for everyone involved. This event takes place between 03 - 10 July 2013, tickets are on sale now.
Whale watching & Iceberg spotting
For a first time visitor to St John's this is a must do. Witness the worlds largest concentration of humpback whales, steam through the passageway of 12,000-year-old Greenland icebergs and view elegant seabirds. This tour showcase's the beauty of St John's and the surrounding environment, get a true insight into the land who’s charisma and hospitality attracts visitors from all other the globe.
This historic site celebrates the rich communications and military history of Signal Hill and sits amidst a spectacular view of St. John's and the sea. Signal Hill was the reception point of the first transatlantic wireless signal by Guglielmo Marconi in 1901, as well as the site of harbour defences for St. John's from the 18th century to the Second World War. Enjoy a performance of the 19th-century military drills by the Signal Hill Tattoo (in season), or take a hike from the summit along the coast and harbour entrance.
Halloween Mardi Gras
St John's Halloween Mardi Gras event is historically popular and proves that it’s not only New Orleans that can throw a Mardi Gras festival. The entire George street is transformed into the largest costume party in the country, with live music, food stalls and a fantastic atmosphere, this is a fantastic way to soak in the culture of St John's.
City of Moncton
Many of New Brunswick’s top tourist destinations are within an easy commute from the city. Don’t miss the culinary delights at Moncton’s World Wine & Food Expo. Along with the urban nightlife, take in the live performances at The Capitol Theatre, one of the few fully restored vaudeville theatres in Canada.
The city of Moncton is just a drive away from idyllic beaches and magnificent natural wonders. It’s the only Atlantic city where you can take day trips to the Fundy and Acadian coasts and still be back in time for a fine dining experience!
A bilingual city, Moncton is home a diverse cultural community. Visit the Musée acadien de l’Université de Moncton to learn more about the resilient part of the Acadian people. Family-friendly, Moncton is also wild, wet and wonderful - thrill to the slides and other rides at Magic Mountain Water Park. We dare you to figure out how your car rolls uphill at the extraordinary Magnetic Hill that also boasts the award-winning Magnetic Hill Zoo.
City of Miramichi
Situated along the world-famous salmon fishing river, the city of Miramichi offers cultural experiences that allow you to discover the heritage of the region and its people. If you’ve ever tangled with the mighty Atlantic salmon, you know the fish tales are true. The ghost stories, lumberjack legends and other local folklore we leave to your imagination. The art of storytelling is ingrained in the roots of Miramichi. The city is also known for its variety of popular festivals like Canada’s Irish Festival on the Miramichi and Miramichi Folksong Festival. Experience a traditional powwow in one of the neighbouring First Nations communities and be prepared to be captivated by the genuine hospitality.
Get a real feel for the shipbuilding roots of the mighty Miramichi River at Ritchie Wharf Park where you can enjoy the boardwalk, entertainment, restaurants, artists’ gallery and boat charters on site. Children will enjoy the adventure playground and splash pad. Then visit Boishébert and Beaubears Island Shipbuilding National Historic Site of Canada with costumed guides to learn about the Acadians who took refuge there and the shipbuilding of centuries past. On Middle Island, you will hear the story of Irish immigrants and the hardships they endured.
Learn about salmon conservation at Canada’s oldest fish hatchery. Visit French Fort Cove Nature Park but don’t be afraid of spooks on the Headless Nun Tour.
New Brunswick's parks are naturally beautiful and full of activities, from adventurous hiking to trekking, watersports to swimming, wildlife viewing and camping. Each of New Brunswick’s 9 provincial parks offers a uniquely different experience, from the highest peak in the Maritimes to warm saltwater swimming and fascinating natural wonders. Experience the extraordinary force of the highest tides in the world at Fundy National Park and discover spectacular coastline vistas at Kouchibouguac National Park. Not to be missed … a visit to Roosevelt Campobello International Park, the summer holiday home of the American president.
New Brunswick National Parks
Fundy National Park
Connect with the land, the ocean and the wide-open sky at Fundy National Park, New Brunswick’s first national park, created in 1948. A coastal wonderland awaits! Explore over 120 km (75 mi.) of walking and hiking trails. Hike mountains, valleys, past sparkling waterfalls and crystal-clear streams. Discover the richness of the Acadian forest and learn the secrets of the Bay of Fundy’s giant tides. There are hundreds of different plant species, including the rare bird’s-eye primrose, found only in Fundy National Park. This flowering plant took root in the area when the glaciers melted back from the coast millions of years ago.
Rent a canoe or kayak and explore beautiful Bennett Lake. While you’re there, have a picnic or go for a swim. Take a guided hike or beach walk, just a few of the many interpretive programs offered throughout the summer. While visiting the region don't forget to discover the famous Hopewell Rocks. This attraction is one of the Marine Wonders of the World and is the site of some of the World’s Highest Tides. Walk on the ocean floor in the shadows of the majestic flower-pot rocks, unique formations carved by erosion over thousands of years. Experience tides rising up to 4-storeys high, making it possible to kayak, at high tide, over the same area you may have recently walked at low tide.
Kouchibouguac National Park
Located on New Brunswick's eastern shore, Kouchibouguac National Park stretches along the Acadian Coastal Drive and boasts some of the warmest salt water north of Virginia. Be sure to stop at the park visitor centre to visit the exhibits. Park staff will help you plan your visit at the park, and there are many activities to choose from! Take the family for an unforgettable camping adventure, cycle along fantastic bicycle trails or walk along endless stretches of sand dunes. At night, look up at the sky. It is a true celestial masterpiece. Kouchibouguac National Park is a designated Dark Sky Preserve.
Interpretative programs are offered throughout the summer for park visitors. A 3-hour Voyageur canoe adventure offers an exceptional tour of Kouchibouguac's waterways and a close-up view of the Grey seal and Common tern colonies. Join an interpreter and enjoy amusing sketches at the outdoor theatre; tune in to their stories, skits or local legends at a campfire program; experience Mi'kmaq culture or discover the park's heritage during an evening program. Children will particularly enjoy the puppet theatres and Lagoon Life programs.
Newfoundland & Labrador
Huge peaks and monumental valleys characterise this part of Canada. Resembling Scandinavia with its multicoloured wooden timber houses, impossibly blue sea and ice fjords, Newfoundland and Labrador pays homage to its Norse past. The rocky cliffs, flapping puffins and picturesque lighthouses identify themselves as so far removed from stereotypical North America. The island is a half-hour ahead of the mainland and even has its own dialect.
Located on the most easterly edge of North America, Newfoundland is where Vikings first landed over 1,000 years ago. This place is home to the oldest settlement and the oldest city in North America but is the youngest province of Canada. It is a vast area, but with a relatively small population. Here, you can immerse yourself in wilderness solitude or embrace a vibrant culture.
The province is rich in history and natural wonders with stunning coastlines, breaching whales, icebergs, and some of the most incredible skyscapes you'll ever see. With a temperate climate, Newfoundland and Labrador is a perfect place to enjoy outdoor adventures like hiking and kayaking in the late spring, summer and fall, as well as sports like snowboarding, skiing and snowmobiling in the winter. From vibrant cities to quaint, historical outports, mountain ranges, rivers, waterfalls and winding coastlines, there are always fascinating places to see and countless things to do.
Corner Brook is a bustling city located on the west coast of Newfoundland, which is located on the east coast of Canada. Located on the Bay of Islands at the mouth of the Humber River, the city functions as a service centre for the western and northern Newfoundland. This is a four-season destination and has much to offer every type of visitor to the city. Full of history and culture, with excellent scenery of ocean and mountains due to the Long Range Mountains cutting through the region, and packed with endless outdoor activities there is something to experience for both the beginner and the avid outdoor enthusiast.
Corner Brook is situated just an 8-hour drive from St John's and only a 2.5-hour drive from Port Aux Basques and is also one of the main arrival and departure points for ferries from mainland Atlantic Canada, making this destination very accessible.
Marble Mountain Resort
Nestled at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, towering over the beautiful Humber Valley and renowned for the best skiing on Canada's East Coast, is Marble Mountain Resort. With the highest vertical drop of any ski area in Atlantic Canada, you'll soar down 225 acres and 37 trails catering to all skill levels and preferences: beginners, snowboarders, and self-proclaimed mogul masters. This is a fantastic activity for those who have a love of Ski or who want to try it out for the first time, a great time for all is to be had at the Marble Mountain Resort.
Since opening its doors in 1997, the Pepsi Centre has established itself as Western Newfoundland's premier event facility. It was the prime venue for the 1999 Canada Winter Games. It has 2 arenas, Pepsi soundstage/studio and home to Hockey Hall of Fame. This hockey shrine pays tribute to those who contributed to the rich history of the game in this province. See exhibits honouring players from Newfoundland and Labrador who have made it to the top level of hockey, this is a popular attraction for those who love the sport. The Pepsi Centre also has an ice-ring for those who wish to test there skills on the ice.
Captain James Cook National Historic site
In 1767, the famous British explorer and cartographer Captain James Cook surveyed the Bay of Islands and was the first to map the area of Corner Brook. The Captain James Cook Monument is a National Historic Site displaying copies of the charts mapped by Captain Cook. This site is easily accessible by car and offers a vantage point for a breathtaking view of the Bay of Islands.
Downtown Corner Brook
This area of Corner Brook has over 2.5 miles of beautiful red interlocking brick sidewalks, heritage lights, and green spaces for you to relax in. While visiting downtown don't forget to stop by the shops and galleries and look for marble inscriptions that provide a history of the unique heritage buildings. Downtown Corner Brook holds a vibrant atmosphere and allows for visitors to soak up the true culture this city holds, and sample some of the Corner Brook's finest local cuisine.
Deer Lake is a small town situated in the western part of the island of Newfoundland in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. The Town of Deer Lake has a rich heritage and a history which dates back to 1864 when the first settlers, under the leadership of George Aaron Nichols, arrived from Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. Deer Lake derived its name from the many Caribou that could be seen crossing the large lake. These caribous were mistaken for Deer, hence the name.
In 1922, a work camp was established to support the International Pulp and Paper Company. This camp would later become the Town of Deer Lake, with a formal townsite being constructed in 1925. Infrastructure at the time included a railroad terminal, places of worship and a small hospital. Incorporation took place in 1950. An airport was built in 1955. This has grown to be the main airport in the region, as well as a significant employer for the town. Today the town of Deer Lake, with a population of approximately 5000, has a rich heritage and you can explore it by visiting the local heritage museum. Throughout the town, you can see glimpses of the past. From the Deer Lake Powerhouse to the Centagraph in honour of those who lost their lives in the wars of the past.