NEW BRUNSWICK COAST IN 10 DAYS
From the Acadian peninsula to the Bay of Fundy, visit most of New Brunswick with this 10 or 12 day itinerary.
New Brunswick is made of beautiful landscapes, vast forests and world-class national parks. From the Acadian peninsula to the Bay of Fundy, this itinerary covers the main attractions of this province that conquered our hearts in 2017.
DAY 1 –DIRECTION NEW BRUNSWICK
Leave early and drive towards the Acadian Peninsula. About 900 km from Montreal and 650 km from Quebec City, You can expect to be there after a full day driving.
Campsites in New Brunswick are more than affordable! For our first stopover we opted for a 3 night stay at the camping Pokemouche located in the center of the Acadian Peninsula and bordered by the charming Pokemouche River. Location is ideal for visiting the area. The facilities are very interesting for families and are equally suitable for those who are looking for tranquility. You will find a swimming pool, water games, trampoline "jumping pillow". You can rent kayaks, pedalos, Sea-Doo. There's a canteen on-site and bar service.
These campgrounds in the Acadian peninsula have good reviews and have a great location to visit the region
- Camping Shippagan (4,2 Google ratings)
- Motel & Camping Colibri Ltée (4,3 Google ratings)
- Camping Colibri sur Mer (3,9 Google ratings)
DAY 2 AND 3 – VISIT OF THE ACADIAN PENINSULA
Discover Lamèque and Miscou Islands with its shores of unspoiled beauty, its peatlands that offer a unique landscape and the lighthouse for a breathtaking view of the Baie des Chaleurs. Follow the path of the treasure hunt! Get a map in the tourist information centres, online or in the local shops.
Shippagan Marine Center is the ideal stopover to discover the richness of the seabed of the lower St. Lawrence and to have the chance to admire the blue lobster, unique of its kind.
Learn about the life of the Acadian people in the years 1700-1800 at village Acadien through stories told with brio by the actors wearing historic costume.
If you visit Caraquet during the Acadian holiday on August 15, you must participate in the tintamarre (foot parade) on the main street of the village. Otherwise you can walk in the village and enjoy the cafes and restaurants.
Terrasse à Steve (9650 New Brunswick 113, Miscou). Restaurant with a great atmosphere located on the Miscou wharf. You can eat excellent freshly caught seafood.
Distillerie Fils du Roi (599 CHS. Main, small-package City). Micro distillery that produces Gin Thuya who distinguished himself by winning the double gold medal at the International Spirit Challenge in London. Visit and tastings on-site.
Le Carrefour de la Mer (29, Avenue du Carrefour, Caraquet). Nice area with restaurants, art galleries, well-stocked bar with local products and a souvenir shop.
DAY 4 – DIRECTION KOUCHIBOUGUAC (OPTION 1) OR SHEDIAC/CAP PELÉ (OPTION 2)
Head south. For the second part of this itinerary I propose two options because unfortunately sometimes you have to choose. If you have the luxury of time then spoil yourself and do both as the New Brunswick coast has a lot to offer.
Option 1: Visit Kouchibouguac National Park
During these two days, take advantage of the Park which offers plenty of activities. The scenery is breathtaking. Discover the park with its many bike paths. Go canoeing, kayaking, pedalo, paddle Board or rowboat!
Bask on the beautiful beaches of the park lined with majestic sand dunes.
The beach is definetly not just for tanning or swimming. You can also fish! Get your permit at the interpretation centers and ask for information on hull harvesting techniques!
Kouchibouguac National Park
This Canada Park Federal campground offers intimate grounds. Some sites offer the 3 services. The facilities are clean and the park is an attraction in itself. We stayed in South Kouchibouguac, closer to the beaches and activities of the park. Pets are welcome. They are also allowed on one of the two beaches of the park.
Option 2: Shediac and Cap-Pelé
Shediac, the lobster capital of the world. Enjoy a lobster-themed cruise to learn how to fish them but especially how to enjoy them. We wander the charming streets of this village.
Enjoy the beautiful warm water beaches of the region such as the one-mile-long Parlee beach with white dusty sand or Murray Beach.
Le pays de la Sagouine in the settings of a fishing village at the time of prohibition. This enchanting site comes from the work of Antonine Maillet, where music and theater come together to celebrate the Acadian joie de vivre
Here are some links of campgrounds in the area with good reviews and that are well located to visit the area.
- Camping parasol (4,5 Google ratings)
- Sandy Beach Tent & Trailer Park (4,6 Google ratings)
- Gagnon Beach (4,1 Google ratings)
- Océan Surf RV Park (4,1 Google ratings)
DAY 7 – BAY OF FUNDY
Head to the Bay of Fundy. If times perfmit and you feel like it, make a quick stop at the famous Magnetic Hill of Moncton. Drive to the bottom of the magnetic coast, remove the foot from the brake and let it roll up!
DAY 8 & 9 – DISCOVER FUNDY REGION
The Bay of Fundy offers spectacular scenery and is known for its famous tides considered the highest in the world. Visit Hopewell Rocks and walk on the the ocean floor, in the shadow of imposing rocks in the shape of flowerpots, unique formations carved by erosion.
Test your limits on the Tyrolean or on a sea kayak excursion at the Centre d’activités et d’aventures of the Cap Enragé. Visit the lighthouse and admire the enchanting view from the keeper's house.
Take the challenge and hike one of the Fundy's Park trail that offers stunning views of the Bay.
The Point Wolfe covered bridge, also located in Fundy National Park, is a blazing red in the surrounding greenery. Make a stop for the perfect Instagram picture.
Go check out the Fundy Waterfalls. There are six waterfalls marked on the Fundy National Park map and five hiking trails provide access to the waterfalls.
The village of Alma is also worth a visit. This small fishing village is the Fundy Park visitors' hub.
Bay of Fundy National Park.
I strongly recommend that you stay in the park which is closer to most of the activities you will want to do in the area. The campgrounds, with modern and clean facilities, offers some sites with 3 services and are pet friendly.
DAY 10 AND 11 – HEAD BACK HOME WITH A STOP IN FREDERICTON
Approximately 1000 km separates you from Montreal and 750 km from Quebec City. If you choose to drive this distance in two days, you will probably be less in a hurry. A stop in Fredericton could probably be an interesting stop. The capital of New Brunswick is rich in history and although I do not think you should dwell on it for more than a day, there are certainly some must-see. From the city center you will be able to visit the main attractions on foot
Must see :
- Building of the Legislative Assembly
- Garrison District
- Christ Church Cathedral
TIP FROM LA CAMPEUSE EN CAVALE
In addition to the wonderful natural attractions of New Brunswick, the people of the Acadian peninsula, among others, were the highlight of my trip. If I had only one advice to give you for this trip that will undoubtedly be memorable, it would be to take the time to stop and chat. Let yourself be carried away by the stories punctuated by colorful expressions of the warm inhabitants of this province. These moments may be, as for me, your most precious memory.
Feel free to leave me your comments on this itinerary. I hope it inspires you. Have a good trip, campers!
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