Authentic New Brunswick – 11 Nights

Highlights

Enjoy New Brunswick in all its splendour – with many authentic cultural experiences that are close at hand. The Acadian culture is alive and well, and Acadians enjoy sharing their traditions, cuisine, music, accents, and above all their contagious “joie de vivre” with you. Visiting New Brunswick means exploring and discovering a unique place filled with vibrant culture, natural wonder and hidden treasures.

Included

Document Kit Includes: Travel Wallet, Full Itinerary, Vouchers, Driving Directions, Maps & Supporting Literature
11 Nights Accommodation
Intermediate Car Rental for Duration (Unlimited kms, CDW Insurance, Airport Fees, Additional Driver Fee & Taxes)
Return Ferry to Grand Manan includes Passengers & Vehicle
Grand Manan Whales & Sails Adventure
Shediac Lobster Cruise

Not Included

All Meals (unless stated)
Flights
Travel Insurance
National Park Entrance Fees
Car Rental Extras (Gas, PAC Top up Insurance, GPS and taxes on extras)
Car Parking Fees
Gratuities
Harmonized Sales Tax at 15%
Any additional items not stated

Day 1 – Fredericton

Welcome to Fredericton – New Brunswick’s capital city noted for its heritage and culture. Spend the afternoon at leisure exploring Fredericton and its attractions.  Places to visit include the Historic Garrison District, Beaverbrook Art Gallery, City Hall, Christchurch Cathedral and the Old Government House.  For the more energetic, perhaps or take a voyager canoe tour out on the Saint John River or rent a bicycle  and ride the magnificent 85kms trails network that follow the St. John River.  Further afield visit the picturesque model town of Oromocto and the charming village of Gagetown. Overnight Fredericton.

Day 2 – Fredericton

Today you can visit King’s Landing Historical Settlement – an outdoor Living History Museum, recreating the lives of New Brunswickers in the 1800s.  Visitors are provided with a village map and make their way through the site at their own pace. Explore New Brunswick’s culture and heritage.  Get hands-on in the homes – try butter making, dipping candles and spinning wool.  Visit the farm to see the horses, cows, pigs, sheep and chickens.  Hop on a wagon to travel in time 19th century style. Overnight Fredericton. 

Day 3 – Fredericton/St. Andrews

Depart Fredericton and drive southwest to St. Stephen – the town where the first chocolate bar was invented and the gateway to the Fundy Coastal Drive. This dramatically scenic drive introduces you to the Bay of Fundy – “One of the Marine Wonders of the World”.  First stop St. Andrews – one of Canada’s most beautiful seaside resorts – St. Andrews-by-the-Sea. Explore this tranquil area further, visit the Ross Memorial Museum, the Blockhouse, Sheriff Andrews House and the Hunstman Marine Science Aquarium. Overnight St. Andrews. 

Day 4 – St. Andrews

This morning we suggest taking a nature cruise departing from St. Andrews. You will cruise through the narrow island passages of the Deer Island Archipelago en route to the open Bay of Fundy.  Expect in season, to see whales, porpoise, seals, seabirds and bald eagles.  Spend the remainder of the day exploring the area.  Why not take in a round of golf or for the more adventurous try horseback riding, sea kayaking or scuba diving.  Be sure to visit Ministers Island – an enchanting place to experience. Lying just off the shore near St. Andrews, this 500-acre island is only a part-time island. You reach it by driving over the seafloor approximately 1 kilometer (1/2 mile). Once there, you are immersed in an experience from the late 19th and early 20th century— the summer estate of Sir William Van Horne, the second president of and the driving force behind the Canadian Pacific Railway. Sir William’s vast house, his equally large barn and his bathhouse / artist’s hideaway are on view, as are the beautiful carriage lanes through woods and fields. Time stands still, and you’re swept up in an atmosphere that makes you forget all about your everyday life and the here-and-now.  This evening why not have dinner at “Savour in the Garden”. Overnight St. Andrews.

Day 5 – St. Andrews/Campobello Island

Today drive from St. Andrews to L’Etete and catch the free ferry to Deer Island (20 min crossing). On arrival in Deer Island drive the short distance to catch the ferry to Campobello Island (20 Min crossing – Cost approx $28 for a vehicle & 2 passengers). On arrival discover the magic of Campobello Island, famous for being the beloved isle of late U. S. President, Franklin D. Roosevelt. The 34-room Roosevelt Cottage Museum is a focal point of Roosevelt Campobello International Park. Whilst here experience ‘ Tea with Eleanor’ – Expert guides tell of Eleanor Roosevelt’s life on Campobello Island, and of her years of activism and public service, all accompanied by Eleanor’s favourite blend of tea and a variety of delicious cookies. The linen-clothed tables and fine china recall the style and ambience of a bygone era. See a special exhibit of rare photos of Eleanor on Campobello Island and a sample of her ‘My Day’ Columns. Come reflect on the simple joys of Eleanor’s long and fascinating life. Also on the island visit Head Harbour Lighthouse (also known as East Quoddy Lighthouse) or rent a bike to explore the island. Overnight St. Andrews.

Day 6 – St. Andrews/Grand Manan

Today you will depart St. Andrews and follow along the Fundy Coastal drive to Blacks Harbour, which is located on the Fundy Trail. You will take a ferry over to Grand Manan Island. Tour your surroundings and discover lighthouses, beaches, soaring cliffs, colorful fishing boats, wildflowers, whales and seabirds.  Nutrient-rich waters of the Bay of Fundy, kept mixed by the famous Fundy tides, give us the best whale and seabird watching in New Brunswick. You can hike the many island trails, kayak and bike.  Visit the local museums and marine research station. Overnight Grand Manan.

Day 7 – Grand Manan

This morning you will enjoy a nature cruise of Grand Manan. The waters that surround Grand Manan Island are the best place to see whales. Finback, Humpback, Minke and the endangered North Atlantic right whales are all common sightings. You will thrill at the sight of a whale’s tail slipping silently into the deep or a mother whale with her baby by her side. A Marine biologist and educator will lead the discussions on whales and will give you the chance to examine baleen and skin samples. Birdwatchers will be thrilled with all the seabird sightings. Sharks, seals, strange looking fish and breathtaking coastal scenery abound.  This evening kick up your heels, relax in peace and quiet, enjoy scenic lookouts, spectacular sunrises and sunsets, and have a tasty bit to eat before starting the next adventure.  Later you can take the local ferry to White Head Island – here a small number of families, primarily fishers, have lived for two hundred years. This island is unique in many ways, with quiet coves, ideal overviews of weir fishing operations, plus flora and fauna not seen on the main island. Stop at Gull Cove and walk in the footsteps of James John Audubon who made a stop here in May 1833 to paint the herring gull.  A lighthouse can be found at Long Point overlooking Sandy Cove. Overnight Grand Manan. 

Day 8 – Grand Manan/Fundy National Park

Depart Grand Manan and take the ferry back to Blacks Harbour. Continue along the Fundy Coastal Drive to Saint John, New Brunswick’s largest city which is steeped in history with lots to see and do.  Places to visit include Carleton Martello Tower National Historic Site, the old city market, Loyalist House, the New Brunswick Museum and probably the most famous – the Reversing Falls.  Continue to St. Martins has many interesting features – Victorian properties; miles of unspoiled beaches; lighthouses; a garden-park; an active harbour boasting two covered bridges; world famous `Sea Caves`; and “The Gateway to the Fundy Trail .” You could also stop at Sussex – a quaint town nestled in the beautiful countryside of New Brunswick, with its excellent Agricultural Museum. Continue eastbound to the Fundy National Park – 206km.sq of steep coastal cliffs, forest clad hills, deep rich valleys and clear, rolling meadows. Overnight Fundy National Park. 

Day 9 – Fundy National Park

The park is renowned for its hiking trails, with over 104kms of trails to choose from, ranging from easy ½km loops to a demanding 50km circuit around the park. The park is a haven for bird watchers, golfers, cyclists, canoeists and naturalists. Be sure to visit Hopewell Rocks Provincial Park – home of Hopewell Rocks. Visit the excellent interpretive centre on site before exploring this natural phenomenon. Twice each day the highest tides in the world — up to 46ft/14m — flood the beach, and twice each day you can explore the floor of the Bay of Fundy at low tide! Created over thousands of years by the Bay of Fundy’s awesome tidal forces, the Flowerpot Rocks are a natural wonder not to be missed. If time permits visit Cape Enrage Lighthouse and Mary’s Point Bird Sanctuary located nearby. Overnight Fundy National Park.

Day 10 – Fundy National Park/Shediac

Depart Fundy National Park and continue to Moncton – a major urban centre where English and French Acadian culture blend harmoniously to create a unique community. Home to two unusual natural phenomena; the Tidal Bore on the Petitcodiac River and the famous Magnetic Hill. Continue to Shediac – known as The Lobster Capital of the World for lobster-fishing, processing plants, live lobster tanks. This area has the finest salt water beaches as well as golf and hiking, which are just a few of the attractions in the area.  Stop for a rest at an outdoor café, or search for those special trinkets in the many shops, boutiques and art galleries.  This evening enjoy a Lobster Cruise from Shediac – the most experiential & educational Lobster Cruise anywhere! Overnight Shediac. 

Day 11 – Shediac

Day at leisure to explore the Acadian Coastal Drive. Discover the beaches stretching as far as the eye can see and the 17 kilometers of walking and biking paths that extend from the Bouctouche Dunes to Le Pays de la Sagouine. Be sure to visit Le Pays de la Sagouine – discover the Acadian culture through unique characters, theatre, music, comedy, dance and cuisine on a small island in the town of Bouctouche. La Sagouine herself wishes you a warm Acadian welcome!  This is a eclectic reproduction of an Acadian village inspired by the town’s very own distinguished novelist, Antonine Maillet, and her most celebrated character, La Sagouine. The living village comes alive each summer with theatre, music, comedy, and dance, allowing visitors to discover not only the tales of the Acadian heroine, La Sagouine, but also the unique Acadian culture of the region. Continue back to Shediac.  Overnight Shediac.

Day 12 – Shediac

Your journey completes in Shediac. Depart Shediac for your onward journey.

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