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Cruising the Roads of Southeastern New Brunswick

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An August 2004 trip to New Brunswick by moatway

Johnsons Museum Photo, New Brunswick, Canada More Photos
Quote: People coming here tend to visit Moncton and the beaches at nearby Shediac. There is so much more to do, either day-tripping from Moncton or exploring the area's varied accommodations in smaller communities.

Cruising the Roads of Southeastern New Brunswick

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Alma, NB  Photo, New Brunswick, Canada
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Moncton is an ideal location from which you can take lazy daytrips through the byways of New Brunswick. The city has its own charms: Magnetic Hill Game Farm, Magic Mountain Water Park, Crystal Palace Amusement Park and possibly the Moncton Museum and Boreview Park. It also has a lot of shopping, accommodation and restaurants, so it makes a good base (there are things to do on a rainy day) and it’s only 20 minutes from the beaches near Shediac. But when I want to be charmed, I don’t go into Moncton… I put the top down and explore the areas around the city. I can leave the city toward Shediac and follow the New Brunswick coast north on route 11 or choose the Route 530, which is closer to the water...Read More

The Tides Restaurant

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Restaurant | "The Tides Restaurant (Alma)"

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The Tides Restaurant is in the Parkland Village Inn in the heart of Alma. It is an attractive place with marvelous views of the Bay of Fundy and the town’s tiny harbour through the large windows of the lower part of the dining room. As part of a hotel operation it features a cozy, little bar… small enough to be called a "snug" and there is also a takeout with a large deck overlooking the harbour. Oddly, although I have been here a number of times, I’ve never paid much attention to the décor, probably due to the views. The atmosphere and the service are extremely pleasant and a quick look through the seafood-dedicated menu will probably tell you that this looks like the place to be. Th...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 20, 2004

The Tides Restaurant
Parkland Village Inn
Alma, New Brunswick E4H 1N6
(866) 668-4337

Paturel's Shore House Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Paturel's Shore House Restaurant (Shediac)"

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The azure waters of the Northumberland Strait and the precise line of the horizon provide a perfect backdrop for a seafood dinner at Paturel’s Shore House Restaurant. Cap Bimet is a small cottage colony to the south-east of Shediac, just off route 133. Its most noticeable feature is the large Paturel International plant, a lobster canner and shipper. Just across the street from the expansive, white building that houses the operation is the seasonal restaurant of the same name. At first glance, the restaurant has a pleasant ambiance with pine board interior and exposed beams in the older section. It is a comfortable room with large windows providing views of the water on one side and cottages on ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 30, 2004

Paturel's Shore House Restaurant
on the shore
Shediac, New Brunswick E4P 8Y2
(506) 532-4774

Restaurant Della Nonna (Shediac)

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Recently moved into the middle section of Shediac’s Main Street is the Restaurant Della Nonna. It sits, marked by its burgundy awning, across from the library in the central area of a somnolent little town that turns into a bustling tourist destination in the summer. Since we really enjoy Italian food, we hoped that this visit would be worth repeating. A friend had told us to expect nice atmosphere, servings that were appropriate, but not large and good food. I’m pleased to say that he was close to right. The atmosphere is wonderful. The restaurant is long and narrow, nicely lit and tastefully decorated. One of the long walls is exposed brick, the rest is painted in subdued colours and...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 23, 2005

Johnson's Museum Photo, New Brunswick, Canada
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One of my favourite drives out of Moncton/Riverview, is the drive down Route 114 to Fundy National Park. If you are too goal-oriented, you might be tempted to pass by a great number of interesting things and I just want to point out where they are. Leaving Moncton, you can cross the Petitcodiac River on either the causeway (West Main Street) or the bridge (centre city). On your trip toward Fundy, the river will be on your left, and despite its muddiness, it’s often very pretty. Not too far down the road at number 2056, you will notice an antiques store/museum on the right. Don’t pass it by, particularly if you are traveling with school-aged children. There are actually two things to see in t...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 18, 2004

Albert County Roads 2 (Hillsborough)

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Hillsborough, NB Photo, New Brunswick, Canada
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Continuing down Route 114 from Johnson’s Museum, you arrive in Hillsborough… and you’re only 15 minutes from the Gunningsville Bridge at the crossing from Moncton. Hillsborough was once an extremely prosperous town… sailing ships were built here and wharfs provided access to the Petitcodiac River. It shipped timber and the products of the Albert County mines, gypsum and albertite, to the ports of Europe and the American east coast. Albertite is a coal unique to the county… extremely light in weight and hot burning. The result of all that 18th and 19th prosperity is evident in the remaining large houses, many of them once owned by local sea captains and featuring widow’s walks. There are a co...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 18, 2004

The Salem and Hillsborough RR Photo, New Brunswick, Canada
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As we continue our trip down route 114 towards Fundy National Park, we have been exploring the town of Hillsborough. Before we leave we may want to visit one more location… The Salem and Hillsborough Railroad. The S & H takes it name (or at least its initials) from the Salisbury and Harvey Railway that ran down this south bank of the Petitcodiac. Salisbury is about 15 miles on the other side of Moncto. There, S & H passengers could transfer to the Intercolonial Railroad which would one day become part of the Canadian National line. The yard that you will be seeing eventually became a Canadian National worksite. As you will find, the S & H wasn’t the only...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 18, 2004

Albert County Roads 4 (Albert Co. Museum)

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Attraction

The Albert Co. Museum Photo, New Brunswick, Canada
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Having come the ten kilometers from Hillsborough on Route 114, we arrive in Hopewell Cape, at one time the county seat. Just up the hill is the Albert County Museum. The admission here is $4.00/adult, but there is a good story and there are 4 buildings on the site, so tell yourself that they are a buck each and enjoy the bargain. Your visit will start in a barn-like building that attempts to represent Albert County life. While I appreciated that they commented that the first settlers arrived in 1690, they ignore that the population of this county, for the entire length of the Petitcodiac was Acadian, and those Acadians were burned out and moved in 1755. It’s a shame that the oversight continues. ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 18, 2004

Owens Art Gallery

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Attraction | "Owens Art Gallery (Sackville)"

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Owens Art Gallery is on the campus of Mount Allison University, a school that is consistently named one of the best undergraduate universities in Canada. The gallery, which opened in 1895, is not particularly large and is housed in an attractive, classical building on York Street. The campus is sufficiently compact that it is easy to find. Mount Allison is well known for its fine arts program that has been the birthplace of countless notable artists. In the initial entry hall are samples of their works… in this case self-portraits, many of them done in the 1950’s. These portraits were once "Diploma" pieces… all of them 40 by 30 inches and life-sized; a different selection of them is displayed ev...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 18, 2004

Owens Art Gallery
61 York Street
Sackville, New Brunswick

Winegarden Estate Winery & Distillery

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Attraction | "WineGarden Estate (Baie Verte)"

Winegarden Estate Winery & Distillery Photo, Baie Verte, New Brunswick
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Approaching Port Elgin from the Trans Canada Highway (Aulac), you’ll see the sign pointing you to Baie Verte. From Port Elgin… route 970 goes through the town. If you are driving to the Confederation Bridge to P.E.I., you will pass very close to the operation whichever route you are taking. This little winery, founded in 1991, is well marked. Werner Rosswog, the winery’s operator, is one of many Germans who have immigrated to the Maritimes in the last twenty or thirty years and who have made a generally favorable mark on local agriculture. His family had been given the right to distill fruit in the province of Baden, Germany in the 1860’s. When he arrived in Canada in 1983, he founded the first privat...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 18, 2004

Winegarden Estate Winery & Distillery
851 Route 970
Baie Verte, New Brunswick E4M 1Z7
(506) 538-7405

Cape Jourimain Nature Centre

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Attraction | "Cape Jourimain Nature Centre (Bayfield)"

Cape Jourimain Nature Centre Photo, New Brunswick, Canada
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Just before the Confederation Bridge to Prince Edward Island is an exit to Cape Jourimain. It is possible to visit here without crossing the bridge or from your transit in either direction. I thought it made for a nice visit. When the bridge was built, the Prince Edward Island government decided to exploit it and built an extremely attractive little tourist village at their end. There are lots of shops, places to eat and the provincial tourist bureau (Don’t miss it) The New Brunswick government seemed totally oblivious to the construction of the bridge and had done nothing at the time of the completion of the engineering marvel. Spurred into action, they finally promoted the construction of a t...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 18, 2004

Cape Jourimain Nature Centre
5039 route 16, Bayfield
New Brunswick, Canada E4M 3Z8
(866) 538-2220

Fort Beausejour Photo, New Brunswick, Canada
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Fort Beausejour has always been a nice family site… it’s not really big, the views are nice and the kids can enjoy the fortifications without becoming lost. It is easily accessible within five minutes of leaving the Trans Canada Highway at Aulac. There are enclosed picnic tables. There is also an excellent time-line museum where the events that took place here almost 250 years ago are easily understood. The adult ticket is $3.50… and those are the facts that you will want to know when you are rationalizing whether to stop here or not. Personally, I think you should. The fortification was built between 1751 and 1755 by the French. By 1755, approximately 3000 Acadians were living under i...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 18, 2004

Riverside, NB Photo, New Brunswick, Canada
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Continuing down Route 114, we quickly come to The Rocks. The Rocks usually take pride of place in New Brunswick tourist brochures… perfectly formed, they look like giant flower pots sitting on the river bottom… pine trees protruding from their tops. The Petitcodiac is a tidal river with remarkably high tides. Glaciation, followed by the movement of the water around the cliffs near Hopewell Cape has carved out caves and the giant pillars of stone. When the tide is out, it is possible to wander about on the ocean floor (not the ocean per se, it's Shepody Bay)… it really is interesting; children love it; adults enjoy it. I recommend them most highly… go there! For most of my...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 19, 2004

Albert, NB Photo, New Brunswick, Canada
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Continuing through the village of Riverside-Albert, you will come to the intersection of routes 114 and 915. There sits, facing you, The Old Bank Museum. It once stood in Riverside by the wharf next to a large hotel. (Both are gone.) Moved twice in its lifetime, it began as the Bank of New Brunswick and became the Bank of Nova Scotia in 1913. It would continue as the town’s bank until 1985 when it was given over to the county’s Heritage Trust. Walking in the door, you find a small tourist information center at the bank’s counter. Behind it are the manager’s office (historic version) and the large walk-in vault. To the rear of the building is an exhibit of the ship-building indus...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 19, 2004

Cape Enrage Photo, New Brunswick, Canada
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After Tim Isaac and Karen Bach’s studio, we soon come to the turn-off for Cape Enrage. The road to the Cape is a somewhat bumpy in places… I guess I’m saying is that it’s a typical New Brunswick secondary road. The lighthouse at the cape is not particularly large (it doesn’t have to be, it’s at the top of a really high cliff), but it’s been here since 1848. It is now automated and still in use and landward of it sits the old lighthouse keeper’s house. The restoration and the activation of the site as a tourist area was begun by high school students in 1993. Today, it is still manned by 25 high school students from area schools for the summer. It is suggested that you leave $3.00...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 19, 2004

Winetasting in Apple Country

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New Brunswick and Nova Scotia are famous for their apples, but did you have any idea of how many things you can do with the basic Macintosh? Well, if you’re just crunching down on them, perhaps it’s time for you to visit the Bourgeois Farms and Belliveau Orchard. This pretty country drive will leave from Dieppe (take the right down route 106 at the traffic lights just beyond Champlain Mall) and take you down the north bank of the Petitcodiac River. After driving a short distance, a sign will direct you to Route 925 and the village of Pre’d’en-Haut. The village could be typical of any small place in Quebec or Maritime Acadia, a cluster of houses surrounding the Catholic Church and the largest hom...Read More