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New Brunswick Travel Guide

Capital City: Fredericton

New Brunswick is located on Canada's Atlantic shoreline, tucked behind Nova Scotia and sharing the same land mass as the USA state of Maine, its southern neighbour. It is the only constitutionally bilingual province. It is one of Canada's smallest provinces with a total population of approximately 800,000.

As can be inferred from the small population, New Brunswick is a sparsely populated province  where the core of the province is virtually uninhabited forest. The towns are scattered along the eastern, southern and western coastlines.

Logging is a major industry in the softwood forests that dominate the interior of the province. There are also several areas of maple forests that support the production of maple syrup and other maple products.

New Brunswick is noted for its spectacular coastal scenery that ranges from sandy beaches on the east coast to the rugged southern coastline. The province is subject to large tidal forces and has some of the the highest tides in the world.

While Fredericton is the official provincial capital, Moncton is actually the bigger town where visitors are most likely to find accommodation and tourist services.

The climate of New Brunswick is influenced by the proximity of the ocean, resulting in summers and winters that are quite mild in comparison to other locations such as Ontario and the prairie provinces. Winter temperatures are typically in the range of -5 C to -15 C, and summer temperatures in the range of 15 C to 25 C

Tourism is a major source of revenue for the province, and locations such as the southern and south-eastern coastlines offer lovely scenery and  excellent beaches. During the peak summer season, it's wise to book ahead for accommodation. Outside of peak times, accommodation is quite plentiful. Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and Cape Breton are all reached via New Brunswick, so the province sees a large amount of through-traffic.

Things To See & Do

  • Fundy National Park:  A 207 square kilometres of fundy coast and inland forest with over twenty waterfalls. Great walking/hiking trails plus multiple campgrounds catering to wilderness adventures and more comfortable sites. The Fundy Coastal Drive is the site of some of Canada's most spectacular fall displays.

  • New Brunswick Festivals & Events - get the most from your trip be seeing the local festivals and events

  • Reversing Falls:  A unique site where the flow of the Saint John River reverses when the Bay of Fundy is at high tide.

  • Hopewell Rocks: A group of Flowerpot rocks located in the community of Hopewell Cape.

  • Kouchibouguac National Park: Located on the Northumberland Strait shoreline and home to local wildlife, beaches and protected tidal pool which offer warm water swimming. Camping is available in the park.

  • Cape Jourimain Nature Centre: A unique natural setting of scenic beauty and an eco-friendly environment with trails and an observation tower offering panoramic views across Northumberland Strait.

  • New Brunswick Museum: A great family outing opportunity to see exhibits that show the history of the province.

  • Historic Garrison District: A National Historic Site that recreates the original British colonial military compound established in 1754.

  • Kings Landing Historical Settlement:  A historical settlement that offers an insight into the daily life in the Maritimes in the 19th century.

  • Le Pays de la Sagouine: A reproduction of an Acadian village on the east coast.

  • Grand Falls and Gorge:  Spectacular falls and gorge with walking trails on the Saint John River

  • Hike, canoe, or camp in one of the province's national parks.

  • Swim in the warm water tidal pools of Kouchbouguak National Park.

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