Hopewell Rocks at Bay of Fundy in New Brunswick

Things to do in  New Brunswick

The treasure of eastern Canada

You'll find New Brunswick on the Atlantic Ocean's edge between Maine and Quebec, ready to offer a warm Maritime welcome and plenty of things to do. With the Hopewell Rocks formations, which tower 70 feet tall; dense forests; and countless beaches, this province is a favorite for outdoor enthusiasts. After unwinding in nature, the largest city of Saint John offers urban vibrancy—a thriving arts scene, historic architecture, and friendly locals that remind you of all the best parts of city living.

Top 5 attractions in New Brunswick

Saint John City Market

A red-brick building spanning an entire city block, Saint John City Market is the oldest farmers market in Canada, with dozens of purveyors offering everything from fish-and-chips to local breads, wine, and cheese. Located just blocks from the Bay of Fundy, the market is an ideal spot to explore St. John’s finest food offerings or grab lunch during a day of sightseeing.More

Reversing Falls

Saint John’s Reversing Falls are a natural phenomenon caused by the tides of Canada’s Bay of Fundy, which can differ in height by an astonishing 50 feet (15 meters) at certain times of the year. The huge incoming tides force back the flow of Saint John River, creating white-water-tinged whirlpools, waves, and rapids, before reversing in the opposite direction.More

Bay of Fundy

Situated on Canada’s east coast, the Bay of Fundy is known for its extreme tides. Twice a day the tide advances and retreats by as much as 52 feet (16 meters), leaving land previously covered by sea exposed and vice versa. The scenic lighthouse-dotted coastline, whale-inhabited waters, and quaint fishing villages add to the bay’s appeal.More

Kings Landing

With hands-on workshops, docents in historical clothing, and live farm animals, Kings Landing offers visitors the chance to experience the 19th-century in rural New Brunswick. Milk a cow, do some gardening, and learn about blacksmithing at this expansive museum that combines educational exhibits with an interactive village.More
Metepenagiag Heritage Park

Metepenagiag Heritage Park

Situated on ancient lands, the Metepenagiag Heritage Park is an aboriginal village rich in history and culture. The Mi'kmaq culture has called it home for nearly 3,000 years. Today there’s a preserved historic village with many archaeological and cultural artifacts to explore, as well as the Augustine Mound and Oxbow National Historic Sites.The two historic sites allow insight into Mi’kmaq spirituality, community, and burial rituals. The “Village of Thirty Centuries” is the oldest continually occupied village in all of New Brunswick. Visitors have the chance to speak with Mi’kmaq Nationally Certified Heritage Interpreters, see the site’s tipis and other facets of daily life, or view a variety of interactive exhibits in the cultural center. Artifacts include the impressive Mi’kmaq ceramic pottery, clothing, and tools.Outdoor lovers will want to check out the many hiking trails located on the grounds, which showcase the wildlife and plant life of the area and its medicinal and edible uses. Tours often include a walking tour of the museum and trails.More

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When to visit

A summer spent in the Maritimes is an unbeatable experience—long days, hot sun, and beaches galore mean New Brunswick bustles in the summer months. Also on offer is the week-long Shediac Lobster Festival—full of carnival rides, music, and of course, lobster—and the New Brunswick Highland Games, a weekend celebrating the province’s connection to Scotland through dance, music, and a classic ceilidh party.

Getting around

New Brunswick may be small, but its scenic roads and remote parks are the perfect excuse for a road trip. You can rent a car in Fredericton, Moncton, or Saint John and explore at your own pace. Otherwise, several intercity bus lines connect the larger cities, and there’s public transit in the urban centers.

Traveler tips

Don’t miss the Bay of Fundy—the site of the highest tides on earth, where the sea will rise and fall 48 feet daily. On a tidal rafting trip, you can get up close and personal with the tremendous power of these tides, where the incoming ocean collides with the Shubenacadie River to create massive tall waves. An inflatable raft lets you experience every muddy, thrilling minute of this incredible natural phenomenon.

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What is New Brunswick known for?

With its unique blend of Scottish and French heritage, New Brunswick has a distinct culture all of its own. It’s also the site of the highest tides on earth in the Bay of Fundy, a favorite spot for whale-watching tours in the early fall.

What is the most visited place in New Brunswick?

The 25-mile-long Fundy Footpath is one of the province’s most famous trails—it draws hikers from around the world who seek a challenge, but hiking a short section of it is just as rewarding. You can start from the Fundy Trail Parkway Visitor Section, which overlooks the Bay of Fundy.

What foods are commonly eaten in New Brunswick?

New Brunswick’s Acadian community has heavily influenced its cuisine, so dishes including poutine râpée (a potato and pork dumpling), Coquille Saint-Jacques (scallops poached in a wine sauce), and pets de sœur (New Brunswick’s answer to the cinnamon roll) are widespread across the province.

What language do they speak in New Brunswick?

New Brunswick is Canada’s only province with English and French as its official language—about 2/3 of the region is English-speaking, while about 1/3 speaks French. The French spoken might be a little unfamiliar—it’s a variety called Acadian French, which retains many elements of historical French.

Why do people go to New Brunswick?

People go to New Brunswick for the scenery's beauty, the people's warmth, and the availability of fresh seafood—no trip to New Brunswick is complete without a classic lobster dinner. You can even pose with the world’s largest lobster statue in Shediac.

Is New Brunswick cheap?

With many of New Brunswick’s attractions being found in nature, it’s a relatively affordable province to visit (although provincial and national parks do charge an entrance fee). Expect your main costs to come from eating out and renting a car to explore the more remote sections of the province.

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