A Guide To The Ultimate New Brunswick Road Trip
There’s no better place for a road trip than Atlantic Canada. With rugged coastlines, sprawling mountains, and scenic forests, the journey truly is just as fun as the destination. New Brunswick has three great cities to visit, and each offers something different, so travelling by car allows you to maximize your trip. Buckle up, because we’re guiding you through New Brunswick with an action-packed itinerary!
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Explore Hopewell Rocks
131 Discovery Road; thehopewellrocks.ca
Whether you start or end your trip at Hopewell Rocks, it’s an absolute must when you’re in the area. Located along the coast of the Bay of Fundy, it’s amazing to walk on the ocean floor, while imagining how the sheer magnitude of the ocean’s power eroded the huge rocks. To make the most of your visit, familiarize yourself with the “Tide Tables”—you’ll want to visit at the lowest tide. On-site resources include a shuttle service, an interpretive centre, and free parking. Hopewell Rocks is open mid-May to mid-October.
Grab a bite at Tide & Boar
700 Main Street; tideandboar.com
Enjoy a meal and a cocktail or beer on Tide & Boar’s beautiful patio. Tide & Boar is a popular spot and never disappoints: it’s no surprise it was named one of Canada’s best restaurants by Maclean’s magazine. Share some fries and lightly-battered clams, and try the Salad Nicoise with sesame crusted ahi tuna.
Check out the murals around town
Moncton has tons of public art throughout the city to enjoy all year round. These unique displays include murals, mosaic works, and sculptures.
Dine at Brumes du Coude
140 Botsford St.; lesbrumesducoude.com
Brumes du Coude is a gem. While there’s no set menu, this restaurant relies on fresh, local ingredients, and the Acadian-style menu changes quite a bit, all for the sake of making every meal as extraordinary as the next. The food is cooked to perfection, with unexpected ingredients that work beautifully together.
Enjoy the views from Skywalk Saint John
200 Bridge Road; skywalksaintjohn.com
The skywalk, which opened in 2017, offers fantastic views and is a cool way to experience the Reversing Falls Rapids. The glass platform allows for a unique vantage point, and you may even see wildlife, including seals and local birds. It’s a great spot for photos, so don’t forget your phone!
Stop for lunch at Saint John Ale House
1 Market Square; saintjohnalehouse.com
If the weather permits, eat outside on Saint John Ale House’s beautiful patio. We suggest ordering a lobster roll (or any seafood dish)—it is Atlantic Canada after all, and you can’t go wrong with fish or seafood this fresh.
Enjoy picturesque Market Square
After lunch, stroll the boardwalk and peruse the shops, be entertained by buskers, and you may even catch a festival.
Have a pint at Big Tide Brewery
47 Princess Street; bigtidebrew.com
Want to hang with the locals? Or learn about the brewing process? Pop into this microbrew pub and restaurant in historic Saint John for a beer.
Dine at East Coast Bistro
60 Prince William Street; eastcoastbistro.com
With delicious seafood a-plenty right from the Bay of Fundy, you can’t ask for a fresher meal. With great service and a warm atmosphere, it’s a place locals love. We recommend trying the Moules-Frites (Mussels and Fries), or the daily catch.
Take a guided kayak or paddleboard tour with Second Nature Outdoors
63 Brunswick St; secondnatureoutdoors.com
Whether you opt for a guided tour or a rental, Second Nature Outdoors will get you out of the car, and out of your comfort zone with a kayak or paddleboard excursion. It’s a must-do activity if you’re in the area, and it’s worth getting up early for the sunrise tour, ending with a delicious cup of locally-roasted coffee.
Stop for a milkshake at The Shake Shed Freddy
230 Main St.; facebook.com/theshakeshedfreddy
If you’re looking for a fun treat to pick you up from that midday slump, try The Shake Shed Freddy. From unusual cakes to milkshakes topped with doughnuts, this place isn’t your typical dessert shop, but it’s the perfect spot for a sugar fix.
See masterpieces at Beaverbrook Art Gallery
703 Queen St.; beaverbrookartgallery.org
Spend a couple of hours visiting The Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredericton’s renowned public art gallery featuring works that reflect Atlantic and New Brunswick culture, as well as rotating contemporary and historical exhibitions. Take in the permanent collection, including Salvador Dali’s 4-metre-tall Santiago el Grande. Visit their website to learn about upcoming installations.
Have dinner at 11th Mile
79 York Street; 11thmile.ca
If you like artisan cocktails, local and fresh ingredients (plus adorable decor), 11th Mile is the place for you. And if this spot isn’t already charming enough, all the plates used are vintage—either sourced locally or from the owner’s family. It’s clear the owners put their heart and soul into this place. Try the cavatelli with pork and fennel ragu.
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