Lesson Three: 2 Days in New Brunswick

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Grabbing lunch at the Saint John City Market

There is no shortage of driving in New Brunswick.  Being the largest of all three Maritimes provinces, we only touched the tip of what this province has to offer.

2 Day Plan

Our visit in New Brunswick was focused in the southern region. The main places we wanted to see was Fundy Park and Hopewell Rocks, and we used Saint John and Moncton as resting spots between our travel.

Date City Morning Afternoon Evening
Jul 29 Saint John Confederation Bridge Saint John walking tour Reversing Falls (at high tide)
Jul 30 Moncton Fundy Park Hopewell Rock

Downtown Saint John: another great place for strolling around town. Downtown Saint John is a balance between urban city and historical charm. I mostly enjoyed walking around to enjoy the architecture. But if you enjoy visiting museums and attractions, most of the places are within walking distance. I would allocate one day to enjoy this city.

  • Saint John City Market is one of my highlights of the city. Come here for a decently priced lunch. There are many options available!
  • Carleton Martello, perched on top of a hill, is a great attraction for getting away from the city to catch some fresh air. The tower itself was closed while we were there, but you can see the town of Saint John from the top of the hill.
  • Reversing Falls is definitely one of the most overhyped, but underwhelming attractions of the trip. We arrived around high tide, but it only looked like a swirly body of water, similar to that of a jacuzzi. It did attract quite a crowd of tourists though!

Fundy Park: we drove straight down Highway 111 to the information center located in Alma (Southeast end of the National Park). You can pay your admission and also get some great resources while you’re at the information center. Most of the day trip attractions are located around the area. We did two quick and easy hikes while we were there:

  • Dickson Falls: easy stroll along a boardwalk which weaves in and out of the canopy. You’ll see Dickson Falls in the halfway point. I found the waterfall  to be a bit underwhelming. But for a 30 minute trail, the walk was extremely serene and enjoyable.
  • Shiphaven & Point Wolfe Covered Bridge: this is an easy 30-minute gravel trail with a vast viewpoint of the Bay of Fundy. Walk a bit further, you will see the opening of the Wolfe River and the Covered Bridge.

Hopewell Rocks: I highly suggest carving out some time to visit Hopewell Rocks. Remember to check the tides schedule beforehand so that you can assure the ocean floors are open for visitors to walk along. You can pay for admission after finding a parking spot. From there, you can either visit one of the many viewpoints, the interactive center, or make your way down to the Flowerpot Rocks. You can either walk the 20 minute trail, or pay $2 to take a shuttle. Remember to wear comfortable shoes, as the ocean floor is very rocky and muddy. The further you walk along the ocean floor, the more serene and uninterrupted the attraction will be. This place will make your jaw drop in awe.

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Jaw-dropping Hopewell Rocks

Money Matters

Gas: $43

Accommodations: $67

Food: $158

Admission: $74

TOTAL: $342

Reflections

After this leg, we made a stop at Joggin’s Fossil Cliff before returning back to Nova Scotia. The Maritimes are definitely best enjoyed as a road trip. You’ll miss out on the scenic paths if you travel any other way!

That’s a wrap on my Maritimes trip! Have any feedback on my itinerary? Suggestions on attractions I missed, or places I should see when I visit Newfoundland and Labrador?  Leave a comment below, I would love to hear from you all 😉

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Hiking towards the Point Wolfe covered bridge

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