A July 2005 trip
to New Brunswick by cabc23
Quote: Being located near Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick tends to be overlooked as a tourist attraction. New Brunswick offers many of the same features as its neighbors with fewer tourists and more space.
The area is very secluded and peaceful but within driving distance of many attractions. After talking with the owner about our trip and our interests, she pointed us in the direction of nearby attractions she thought would appeal to us. She gave us directions and told us about places that tourists are not usually aware of. For example, if you take a right out of the B&B and follow the road until it becomes dirt, you will find the Mary’s Point Shorebird Reserve, where you can walk along a trail that eventually leads out onto the beach. At low tide, you can walk on the beach and explore, but it is still very pretty to visit during high tide as well. There is an interpretive center at the beginning of the trail as well as plaques throughout the trail that explain the history and nature of the area. One plaque at the lookout tells how it is thought to be a point where the Native Americans greeted the explorers and traded.
The B&B is centrally located between Fundy National Park, the Hopewell Rocks, and Cape Enrage. I stayed here for 2 nights, allowing time for visits to Fundy National Park and Cape Enrage the first day and Hopewell Rocks the next. For pictures and information about this B&B as well as links to area attractions, please visit http://chickadeenest.itgo.com/. I would recommend this accommodation, especially if you have a short amount of time to visit the nearby attractions. If you are planning on spending several days in the Fundy National Park, it may be more convenient to stay in Alma. Overall, the Chickadee Nest Bed and Breakfast is very peaceful and in an area filled with natural beauty, the owners are very friendly and helpful, and the rooms are very affordable.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 16, 2005
This accommodation was not as close to the sights in Saint John as I would have liked, but they were only a short drive away. I would have preferred to be within walking distance of the sights so we would not have to worry about finding parking in the city. My room overlooked the Bay of Fundy, but, unfortunately, due to the extremely foggy day, I could not see anything out my window. Although I could not see anything, I would still recommend requesting a waterfront view room rather than one facing the street because they are much quieter and have much more attractive views.
The rooms are plain and seem old but are comfortable and affordable. Next time I will try to stay closer to the Market Square area, but if nothing is available or within my price range, I would stay here again. Basically, if you are just looking for a bed for the night within driving distance of major attractions, this motel may be a good choice for you. The cost of a room is around 50-60CAD a night and they accept Visa and Mastercard. The motel is fairly small with about 20 units and parking onsite. It is open year round and is located off Route 1, Exit 177W and Route 100, Exit 119. Be sure not to confuse this motel with the Hillside Motel located just a few minutes down the street. Canada Select rated this property 1 ½ stars.
Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 16, 2005
1315 Manawagonish Road
St. John, New Brunswick E2M 3X8
Attraction | "Fundy National Park"
Fundy National Park represents the Maritime Acadian Highlands Region and is famous for its coastal environment and Caledonia Highlands Plateau, which is part of the Appalachian Mountain Range. It is a great place to view flora and fauna as well as seaside cliffs, salt marshes, tidal flats, and rocky shores. The park charges an admission fee of CAD$6 for adults or CAD$15 for families/groups and is open from 8am to 10pm in the summer. Their website is www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/nb/fundy/index_E.asp.
Guides and maps of the trails can be picked up in the Interpretive Centre where admission can also be paid. I am not an experienced hiker but did not feel the hikes were as difficult or as lengthy as the guide portrays. One of the park rangers at the centre told me that she felt the descriptions are made for families and those who may take longer or have a harder time with the hikes. An easy hike is the Caribou Plain, which is a 3.4km loop taking around 1-1 ½ hours to explore a mixed forest area with good birdwatching and a beaver pond. The Dickson Falls hike is described as a moderate hike that takes 30 minutes, but this is mostly along a boardwalk, with stairs along a brook leading to a waterfall. A difficult trail is the Third Vault Falls which is 3.7km one-way taking 1 ½-2 hours leading the hiker to spectacular views of the parks highest waterfall (16m) located in a deep valley with an invigorating pool at its base. They warn that this hike is very steep and hikers should be cautious of changing weather conditions and be prepared with first aid kits, food and water. There are also strenuous trails reserved for the most experienced hikers that are very steep with uneven terrain and changing conditions. Finally they have the Fundy Circuit which is a 45km network of 7 linked hiking trails that take 3-5 days to complete taking you through river valleys and forests. Birdwatching is also a popular activity within the park due to the approximately 250 species of birds that can be spotted there. Boating is available of several of the lakes and canoes, kayaks, and rowboats may be rented at Bennett Lake. There is swimming available at a heated saltwater pool near Point Wolfe Road as well as in Bennett and Wolfe Lake although be aware it is unsupervised.
A golf course is located near the Headquarters and is open May to October. Mountain biking is also available on certain trails but be sure to check with the Interpretive Centre to find out which trails are safe to bike. Guided tours of the park are available in the summer and include exploration of the beaches, forests, rivers and lakes. There are also evening programs at the outdoor theater, campfire programs, and children’s programs available. They offer many services for campers and there are 4 family campgrounds to choose from as well as 13 backcountry campsites.
Fundy National Park of Canada
P.O. Box 1001
Alma, New Brunswick E4H 1B4
At the ticket booth they give you the option of paying extra for the shuttle bus, which will drive you to the entrance of the beach and return you to the Interpretive Centre. The shuttle may shorten your walking distance, but in order to see the formations, you will need to walk down several flights of steep stairs and then through the muddy, uneven terrain of the beach and eventually back up the flights of steps. If you choose not to take the shuttle, you will make your way through a wooded path with the option to stop at various lookout points along the way.
At the entrance/exit to the beach, there is a takeout restaurant as well as a picnic area and a place to wash the mud off your shoes. I would advise wearing comfortable walking shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty. At the entrance to the site there is a gift shop and an interpretive centre where you can obtain information about the tides, formations, and the cultural history of Albert County particularly the native Mi’kmaq.
131 Discovery Road
Hopewell Cape, New Brunswick E4H 4Z5
A 20-minute drive from Alma on Route 915 brings you to Cape Enrage. Be aware that the road to Cape Enrage is bumpy and windy and very tough on your car. Cape Enrage includes a lighthouse that was originally established in the 1840s and is now being restored by local high-school students. There is no admission fee, but they suggest you leave a donation either by person or by car, which they explain upon entering. I believe they ask for 2 or 3CAD a person or 6CAD a car.
The area is very beautiful and a great place to experience the tides. They have a walk you can take along the beach, or you can explore around the lighthouse built high upon the cliffs. If you are interested in some adventure, they also offer rock climbing, kayaking, and repelling. You can also go caving, search for fossils on the ocean floor at low tide, participate in wildlife viewing, and explore the rough and rocky terrain.
This Fundy Adventure Challenge Site was rated a top attraction because of the many activities they offer. There is also a gift shop and restaurant on the premises. For some pictures, please visit www.capeenrage.com
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 16, 2005
The Saint John City Market, with its unique gifts, artwork, fresh meat and seafood, produce, and baked goods is famous for being the oldest in North America, opening its doors in 1876. For those interested in architecture be sure to check out the roof that was designed to resemble an inverted hull of a ship to reflect the city’s shipbuilding heritage.
Upon entering the market, you will see how expansive and colorful the market is with locally owned businesses displaying everything from handcrafted items to special delicacies such as lobster and dulse. I found it a great place to find some unique and truly local souvenirs. There are also restaurants located inside where you can enjoy Maritime specialties such as lobster rolls and fish chowder or international favorites.
The market is open 6 days a week with hours of operation being 7:30-6pm Monday through Thursday, 7:30-7pm Friday, and 7:30-5pm on Saturdays. It is located on 47 Charlotte St with entrances on both Charlotte and Germain Street and admission is free. There is parking available nearby in the Brunswick Square parking garage or in several outdoor lots but the City Market is within walking distance of most major attractions including King’s Square, the Loyalist Burying Ground, and Market Square.
For more information about the City Market, please visit www.sjcitymarket.ca
Saint John City Market
Entrances on Germain and Charlotte Streets
St. John, New Brunswick
Attraction | "Market Square"
We decided to eat our dinner outside at the AleHouse to get a seat for the concert about to begin on the Boardwalk. In the meantime, we were able to watch people cruise the boardwalk, as well as a volleyball game right in the square. After dinner, we stayed to listen to some of the performers, many of which had very good voices and were obviously local crowd favorites. Leaving Market Square, we went to see Barbour’s General Store and the Little Red Schoolhouse, which, unfortunately, were closed, but still nice to get a look at from the outside. Barbour’s General Store is an authentic 19th-century country store with many artifacts, including china, yard goods, cooking utensils, and farm implements. It is open mid-June through mid-September 10am to 6pm and admission is free.
Mary's Point Shorebird Reserve
Fundy, New Brunswick