New Brunswick — Attractions
A large proportion of New Brunswick’s attractions appear to defy gravity, from Saint John’s Reversing Falls to Moncton’s Magnetic Hill and Petitcodiac River’s twice-daily Tidal Bore. Don’t miss the Hartland Bridge, the world’s longest covered bridge (1,283ft), which spans across Saint John River between Somerville and Hartland and is the most famous of New Brunswick’s 63 historic covered bridges. New Brunswick is also home to the Maritime provinces’ highest mountain, North America’s warmest seas north of Virginia, and the world’s highest tides.
Fundy National Park
Over 20 waterfalls flow above southern New Brunswick’s Fundy National Park, named after the Bay of Fundy separating New Brunswick from Nova Scotia. Visitors can hike as far as St. Martins along the Fundy Footpath or to Riverview along the Dobson Trail, which double as cross-country skiing and snowshoeing path once the snow falls. The Fundy Guild rents gear to winter visitors. A golf course, three forested campgrounds, and a heated saltwater swimming pool are all open in the summer and Point Wolfe’s distinct red covered bridge can be admired throughout the year.
Address: Fundy National Park, P.O. Box 1001, Alma, NB E4H 1B4
Kouchibouguac National Park
North America’s second largest tern colony soars above Kouchibouguac National Park’s 15½ miles of sand dunes that line the warm Northumberland Strait waters and sheltered tidal pool beaches. The long and sandy Kelly’s Beach dune offers an especially secluded atmosphere, despite its boardwalk and eight hiking trails. Park visitors can watch for seals, canoe down the Kouchibouguac River, or learn more about the Mi’kmaq people who gave both the river and park the name that translates to ‘river of the long tides.’
Address: Kouchibouguac National Park, 186 Route 117, New Brunswick E4X 2P1
Hopewell Rocks Tidal Exploration Area
Centuries of Bay of Fundy tides created these unique ‘flowerpot rock’ formations close to Moncton. Visitors must arrive at low tide to fully see Hopewell Rocks in all their glory, as the rock formations are completely submerged twice a day beneath tides as high as 52 ft., some of the highest in the world.
Address: 131 Discovery Road, Hopewell Cape, Albert County, NB E4H 4Z5
Parlee Beach Provincial Park
No other New Brunswick beach welcomes more visitors than Parlee Beach, which is also a popular summer concert venue and campground. Even when there are no rock stars in town, Parlee Beach attracts more than 400,000 visitors per year. Its popularity can be attributed to its warm Northumberland Strait waters and close proximity to the city of Moncton. Parlee Beach is slightly more than half a mile from its nearest community, Shediac, the world’s lobster capital.
Address: 45 Parlee Beach Road, Pointe-du-Chêne, NB E4P 4E2
Sugarloaf Provincial Park
Some of the finest skiing in the Maritime Provinces is situated on Sugarloaf Mountain in the middle of northern New Brunswick. Even visitors who have never skied can take lessons or rent equipment before soaring down any of Sugarloaf Mountain’s dozen groomed trails. Other popular winter activities include a lighted, outdoor skating pond, toboggan hill, 12.5 miles of snowmobile trails, and 14 miles of cross-country ski trails. Visitors can take the chair lift to Sugarloaf Mountain’s stunning 1,000-foot summit even after the snow melts. This breathtaking view includes Québec’s Gaspé Peninsula, as well as the meeting point of the Restigouche River and Chaleur Bay. Not only can summer visitors cycle or hike along miles of regular paths, they can also enjoy Sugarloaf Mountain’s thrilling downhill bicycle park.
Address: 596 Val-d’Amour Road, Atholville, NB E3N 4C9
Roosevelt Campobello International Park
As the only New Brunswick Park that crosses an international boundary, Roosevelt Campobello International Park lies just across the continental United States’ easternmost tip in Lubec, Maine. This park’s most famous attraction is the picturesque cottage where former American president Franklin D. Roosevelt spent his summers and was finally diagnosed with polio in 1921.
Address: Roosevelt Campobello International Park, 459 Route 774, Welshpool, NB E5E 1A4
Anchorage Provincial Park
This scenic provincial park is situated on Grand Manan Island’s southeast coast between Seal Cove and Grand Harbour. The wheelchair-accessible Red Point Trail is just one among four scenic cycling and hiking trails. Visitors can enjoy sea kayaking, camping, or try to spy any of Grand Manan’s 15 different whales or 275 bird species during their stay on the Bay of Fundy’s biggest island.
Address: 136 Anchorage Road, Grand Manan, NB E5G 2H4
During high tide, Saint John’s Reversing Falls cause the Saint John River to reverse its flow every day. Fallsview Park offers a much more scenic view on the east than the huge pulp mill on the gorge’s west side. Take a jet boat tour to see the mystical water flow backwards or try to battle it yourself on a white water kayaking adventure, a New Brunswick favorite.
Address: 200 Bridge Road, Saint John, NB E2M 7Y9
None of the Western Hemisphere’s tidal whirlpools even come close to rivaling the size of the 250-foot Old Sow near Deer Island’s southwestern shore. Old Sow is said to be named after the way the island’s early settlers pronounced the word ‘sough,’ to describe the whirlpool’s sucking sound or simply because of the way the sound resembles the noise of a pig. Old Sow is surrounded by several smaller whirlpools known as ‘piglets.’
Moncton’s Magnetic Hill began as a relatively small local New Brunswick attraction, but has grown to become one of the world’s most famous optical illusions. Motorists pay a fee to defy gravity by placing their vehicles in neutral and experiencing the feeling of rolling backwards like their car is being pulled uphill. The entire region is said to have magical properties as even the water in Magnetic Hill’s neighboring drainage ditches appear to run uphill. Magnetic Hill also has both Atlantic Canada’s biggest zoo, the Magnetic Hill Zoo, and Atlantic Canada’s favorite manmade attraction, the Magic Mountain Water Park.
Address: 450 Mountain Road, Moncton, NB E1C 2N6