New Brunswick, Canada
New Brunswick is one of eastern Canada’s Maritime provinces. It encompasses rivers, pine forest, mountains and the Bay of Fundy, known for extreme tides and whale-watching. The port city of St. John is home to the New Brunswick Museum, with local artwork dating to the 1800s, and the long-standing St. John City Market’s many food stalls. To the southwest is Reversing Falls, where rapids flow backwards at high tide.
Fredericton, the capital, is home to the Beaverbrook Art Gallery’s British and Canadian collections and the walled Garrison District, with changing of the guard re-enactments. The Village Historique Acadien, a group of colonial buildings in the north, explores the Acadian settlers’ daily life. Mount Carleton Provincial Park, with the province’s highest peak, is crisscrossed by hiking trails. On the south coast, it’s possible to walk the bare ocean floor amid the massive Hopewell Rocks and kayak in Fundy National Park’s sea caves. Near the U.S. border is Campobello Island, where Franklin D. Roosevelt’s summer home is now a museum.
When to visit
New Brunswick’s peak season and warmest period is Jun–Aug. Popular events that bring crowds to the province are Fredericton Frostival (Jan–Feb), the Scottish-themed Highland Games Festival (Fredericton, Jul), the Dieppe Kite International Festival (Aug), Fredericton’s Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival (Sep) and the World Wine & Food Expo (Oct–Nov) in Moncton.