5 Reasons to Take a Road Trip to New Brunswick
The Perfect New Brunswick Road Trip
As Quebecers, we often think of Ontario as our closest Canadian neighbour. But we often forget about our very friendly (and a bit quirky, in a very good way) neighbor on the eastern side, New Brunswick!
If you’re thinking of taking a road trip this summer, we strongly recommend heading east. Here’s why:
Bet you didn’t see that one coming!
The farmland soil in the region of Florenceville-Bristol, NB is ideally suited for potato growing, which probably had something to do with McCain (the french fry folks) setting up its headquarters there. And this quaint town has gone full potato with it.
If you’re planning a summer road trip, be sure to hit Florenceville on July 13 for National French Fry Day festival hosted, naturally, at the Potato World museum. Where else would you celebrate National French Fry Day than in the French Fry Capital of the World, at the potato museum??
Driving time from Montreal: 6 hrs 45 mins
The tides at Hopewell Rocks (also called the Flowerpot Rocks, or simply The Rocks) are the highest tides in the world.
Why does that matter? The uniquely high tides, coupled with the type of rock found in this region have created some of the most breathtaking natural rock formations you will ever see. At low tide, you can walk along the ocean floor and experience these massive rock formations (each between 40 and 70 feet in height) from their base. At higher tides, you can rent kayaks and kayak around the partially submerged rock giants.
It is a truly unforgettable and entirely unique experience.
Driving time from Montreal: 10 hrs 30 mins
Including, THE LONGEST COVERED BRIDGE IN THE WORLD!
We know, that doesn’t sound like the most exciting reason to drive for hours, but trust us when we say that this a really unique experience.
First off, these bridges are all really old, wooden and look like long barns you drive through. There’s almost an eerie feel to driving through… like you’re not sure it isn’t some kind of portal and who knows what’s on the other side. On a less creepy note, they used to be called “kissing bridges” because young couples would stop their horse drawn carriages in the middle to steal a kiss. How cute!
Hartland Covered Bridge is the longest in the world at 1,282 ft and you can drive right through it!
Driving time from Montreal: 7 hrs
Did you know that the first French settlers in North America did not settle in Quebec? They settled in New Brunswick and are known as the Acadians.
In fact, there are still significant French speaking populations throughout New Brunswick, which is the only province with two official languages: English and French. The history of the Acadian people is one we rarely hear about in the rest of Canada, and yet, these people had a huge impact on the development of Canada as a nation.
This “living museum” is considered one of the most authentic historical sites in the world. You can visit over 40 historical buildings, view working fields and gardens, or participate in one of the many workshops. It is a truly eye opening experience, especially if you are interested in the beginnings of French culture in Canada.
Driving time from Montreal: 8 hrs 45 mins
Roosevelt Campobello is international relations at its best. It is perhaps one of the most peaceful and enjoyable cross-governmental projects in existence and was partly created to honour the friendship between Canada and the US.
This beautiful island was once a favourite vacation spot of a former American president, Franklin D. Roosevelt. It is now an International park, jointly financed and maintained by the Canadian and American governments.
The island has an abundance of seashore to explore, as well as beautiful hiking trails, forests, and gardens. You can tour the Roosevelt summer home, visit the 4 lighthouses, have “Tea with Eleanor” or even go on a whale watching tour!
Driving time from Montreal: 8 Hrs