Whales are the most prominent attraction in New Brunswick, but history, culture, and outdoor recreation are all integral to an authentic east coast experience. New Brunswick may surprise travelers with natural marvels such as the world’s highest tides, some of the greatest whale-watching anywhere, and the warmest saltwater swimming north of Virginia. Other sights and activities in the province, which borders Québec, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and the U.S. state of Maine, appeal to all interests, budgets, and travel types. Outdoor enthusiasts are drawn to the miles of hiking trails, campsites, and exhilarating sea kayaking seas; history buffs are drawn to the old homes and whole museum towns; and everyone enjoys the abundance of natural beauties.
The Bay of Fundy and Fundy National Park
The Bay of Fundy tides are related to several New Brunswick tourist spots. In this funnel-shaped harbor, the world’s highest tides occur twice daily, creating spectacular cliffs, sea caves, and rock formations. As the tides rise and fall, Moncton’s tidal bore and Saint John’s Reversing Falls create spectacular views. Along the curving shoreline are fishing villages and lighthouses. High tides bring plankton and fish into the bay, attracting up to 12 types of whales in the summer.
Fundy National Park is where the New Brunswick forest meets the water between Moncton and Saint John. This wildness is year-round. Birdwatchers visit coastal mudflats in spring and fall to view migratory birds grazing on the mud. Coastal and woodland hiking paths lead to the mudflats. Cross-country skiing is popular on the park’s 40 kilometers of groomed routes. Alma, a town in the park, lies near the 16-meter Dickson Falls, Laverty Falls, and Third Vault Falls. Camping, swimming, and golf are available in the park.
The Hopewell Rocks look drastically different at high and low tide. During high tide, they appear as tree-covered islands, which may be seen from a series of platforms connected by stairs. They transform into massive, heavily eroded sea stacks that tower over a rocky beach at low tide; you can descend the stairs to the ocean floor and explore among them.Rangers are present to respond to questions and tidy the beach prior to the rising tide. The evolution of these carved cliffs and pillars is detailed via explanatory signs and displays in the visitor center. At high tide, the best way to see these rocks is on a guided kayak excursion with Baymount Outdoor Adventures.
Roosevelt Campobello International Park
Campobello Island is accessible from mid-June to mid-September via ferries from mainland New Brunswick to Deer Island and then Campobello, and via a bridge from Lubec, Maine, throughout the year. Despite being a part of Canada, it has extensive cross-border ties, including the famous Roosevelt summer residence that serves as the focus of Roosevelt Campobello International Park. The primary component of the site is a 34-room home where the Roosevelts spent summers with their children from 1905 until 1921. Since he was a youngster, Franklin and his parents had summered in Campobello. Many of the pieces are original to the Roosevelt family, and knowledgeable guides provide information on the rooms and the Roosevelts to guests throughout their visits. Visitors often comment on the servants’ quarters on the second floor, which are equally spacious and well-furnished as those of the family. Even though they had both been raised in aristocratic homes, Eleanor and Franklin felt passionately about this issue.
The temperature moderated by the Bay of Fundy allows the finest botanical garden in New Brunswick to cultivate more than 50,000 perennials in a number of themed gardens. The gardens educate horticulture lessons about organic and sustainable techniques, garden design, and how gardens integrate into their landscapes and ecosystems, in addition to their spectacular flower displays. You will encounter a windmill, two historically accurate playhouses, a cedar labyrinth, peacocks, ponds, an apple orchard, wooded pathways, a garden for the senses, a heather garden, and formal terraces as you travel around the gardens. There are small playhouses, a castle to climb, bunnies, and a corral with alpacas and goats in the part of the farm that is for kids.