In the Bay of Fundy it’s possible to walk on the floor of the ocean. At Grand Manan Island you can watch leviathans of the deep crash through the surface of the sea. You can eat divine seafood in Shediac the ’lobster capital of the world’, listen to live jazz, stroll along Parlee Beach, go kayaking, windsurfing or explore Kouchibouguac National Park. Will eight days be enough?
Collect your car, check into your hotel and let your Atlantic coast adventure begin by discovering Fredericton – the capital of New Brunswick. Take in the Lord Beaverbrook Gallery and nearby Kings Landing Historical Settlement.
Stay: One night in a downtown hotel.
Drive off to one of Canada’s oldest seaside towns on the edge of Passamaquoddy Bay. St Andrews gives you a glimpse of Canadian colonial life 100 years ago with a collection of original buildings, and it’s still a great place for watching whales – Passamaquoddy Bay is comparatively tranquil, thanks to the protection of Letang Peninsula and Deer Island.
Stay: Two nights in Rossmount Inn.
Time for island hop over to one of New Brunswick’s less visited destinations. On this small island you’ll find a wealth of fishing villages and fresh seafood like scallops, salmon and lobster. You can also hike along the shore and watch humpback whales, North Atlantic rights, pilot, minke and fin whales, not to mention seals and white-sided dolphins.
Stay: One night in Marathon Inn
Bay of Fundy
Welcome to the low point of your trip – in a good way! Take the picturesque Fundy Coastal Drive towards Saint John and Hopewell Rocks. Time your arrival at low tide and you’ll be able to walk on the floor of the ocean. The Bay of Fundy has 16 metre tides – some of the world’s most dramatic.
Stay: One night in Falcon Ridge Inn
From Moncton take an easy drive over to Shediac and indulge your taste for fine seafood in the ‘lobster capital of the world’. If you arrive in the middle of July your dish can be accompanied by hot jazz and cool blues, thanks to the Festival Baie Jazz and Blues. But if you prefer quieter entertainment, stroll along the three kilometre Parlee Beach, or take a lobster fishing cruise. Then the Kouchbouguac National Park awaits, with wildlife nature trails and a coast that features some of the warmest waters in the region. Perfect for beach sports, kayaking and windsurfing.
Stay: Two nights in Maison Tate House
Return to Fredericton and drop your car off, ready for your return flight home.