Natural Wonders of New Brunswick (12 nights)
Start and finish in Moncton
Day 1 Moncton
Arrive Moncton via Halifax - 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. Overnight Moncton.
Day 2 Moncton/Miramichi
Depart Moncton and follow the Acadian Coastal drive north through coastal towns and villages. Take time to visit the Kouchibouguac National Park a stunning display of beaches and sand dunes sweeping over 26 kilometres. Continue on and join the scenic Miramichi River Route, which travels through the many communities that make up the Miramichi region. The city of Miramichi is New Brunswick’s newest city and is made up of many unique shops, restaurants and heritage sites. Overnight Miramichi.
Day 3 Miramichi
Spend the day exploring Miramichi. Take a stroll along one of the many hiking trails around French Fort Cove, visit St. Michael’s Basilica – one of the finest examples of gothic architecture in Canada, take in the Beaverbrook House – the boyhood home of Lord Beaverbrook or relax and try your hand at a spot of fishing – the Miramichi River is a world famous salmon fishing river. Overnight Miramichi.
Day 4 Miramichi/Bathurst
Take a leisurely drive, following the Acadian Coastal Drive on to Bathurst. Bathurst is home of the KC Irving Regional Centre and the Royal Canadian Legion War Museum, take a stroll around the delightful Bathurst Harbour. Overnight Bathurst.
Day 5 Bathurst/Edmundston
Depart Bathurst and continue along the scenic Appalachian Range Route. Follow the River Valley Scenic Drive into the upper St. John River Valley area and Edmundston - this pleasant city offers fine dining, dramatic architecture and defiant history with a French flavour. Edmundston is also home to the Petit Temis Inter Provincial Linear Park – 130 kilometers of bicycle and hiking trails along the magnificent Madawaska River. Overnight Edmundston.
Day 6 Edmundston/Fredericton
Depart Edmundston and drive the spectacular River Valley Scenic Drive, which hugs the St. John River, arguably the most picturesque river in Atlantic Canada. A stop at the Grand Falls Gorge is a must, as is a stop at Hartland to see the longest covered bridge in the world – a man made 390-metre long construction. Overnight Fredericton.
Day 7 Fredericton
Welcome to picturesque Fredericton, New Brunswick’s capital city noted for its heritage and culture. Spend the afternoon at leisure exploring Fredericton and it’s attractions. Places to visit include City Hall, Christchurch Cathedral, the Historic Military Compound, Old Government House and the Kings Landing Historical Settlement. Further afield visit the picturesque model town of Oromocto and the charming village of Gagetown. Overnight Fredericton.
Day 8 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. Spend the afternoon at leisure exploring this tranquil area. Overnight St. Andrews.
Day 9 St. Andrews
Enjoy 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 discovering more about the area, visit the Huntsman Marine Science Aquarium, take in a round of golf or for the more adventurous why not try horseback riding, sea kayaking or scuba diving nearby. Overnight St. Andrews.
Day 10 St. Andrews/Saint John
Depart St. Andrews and take a leisurely drive along the Fundy Coastal Drive to Saint John, New Brunswick’s largest city. Saint John 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. Overnight Saint John.
Day 11 Saint John/Fundy National Park
This morning enjoy a city tour of Saint John before departing the city and continuing along the Fundy Coastal Drive. Your route takes you via St. Martins, a scenic fishing village with a famous shipbuilding heritage and spectacular red cliffs and caves. The route then takes you inland via
Sussex and on to the Fundy National Park. The Fundy National Park has 206 square kilometres of steep coastal cliffs, forest clad hills, deep rich valleys and clear and rolling meadows. Overnight Fundy National Park.
Day 12 Fundy National Park
Day at leisure to explore this magnificent park. The park is renowned for its hiking trails, with over 104 kms of trails to choose from, ranging from easy ½ km loops to a demanding 50 km circuit around the park. The park is a haven for bird watchers, golfers, cyclists, canoeists and naturalists. If time permits visit Cape Enrage Lighthouse and Mary’s Point Bird Sanctuary located nearby. Overnight Fundy National Park.
Day 13 Fundy National Park/Moncton
Depart Fundy National Park and continue along the Fundy Coastal drive via Hopewell Cape home of Hopewell Rocks. Be sure to visit the excellent Interpretive Centre on site before exploring these natural phenomena. Twice each day the highest tides in the world - up to 46 feet - 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, these rock formations are a natural wonder not to be missed! Continue on to Moncton where your journey ends.