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Best things to do in New Brunswick

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Where in the world: Canada  /  New Brunswick

Top 15 things to do in New Brunswick

1. Fundy National Park, Alma

Packed full of hiking trails, thick forests, and rugged coastal stretches, Fundy National Park also boasts the highest tides anywhere on the planet. Situated along a namesake bay, the park features a 12 km (7.5 mi) long shoreline with tree-lined cliffs. Go for a wander and discover more than 25 waterfalls within the park, or journey along the 120 km (75 mi) of walking and hiking paths. At low tide, the water level can drop by more than 12 m (40 ft), allowing you to explore vast stretches of exposed seafloor. Be sure to check the tide tables to avoid danger from the returning water.
Suggested duration: 8 hours
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2. Roosevelt Campobello International Park, Campobello Island

See the summertime retreat of the Roosevelt family, and discover the charms of the place FDR referred to as the 'beloved island' at Roosevelt Campobello International Park. Now a park administered jointly by Canada and the United States, the retreat's focal point remains the summer cottage where Franklin D Roosevelt and his family spent their holidays before he became the 32nd President of the United States. The cottage now contains a museum dedicated to the President, First Lady, and their family, with many rooms remodeled to look as they did in the early 20th century. The surrounding 1,134 ha (2,800 acre) park offers a wealth of walking routes, forestland, headlands, and beaches.
Suggested duration: 4 hours
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3. Fundy Trail Parkway, St. Martins

Adventure along Fundy Trail Parkway, a multiuse route through a national park. Opening up previously inaccessible areas of the coastline, the 19 km (11.8 mi) stretch can be traversed by car, bike, foot, or (in season) ski. Explore the coastal wilderness of clifftops and dense, lush forest, making sure to visit the right whale breeding areas. Many of the main viewing platforms and lookouts can accommodate wheelchairs; and, thanks to points of connection between the cycling-walking trails and the road, you can build your own itinerary of driving, walking, and riding.
Suggested duration: 6 hours
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4. Hopewell Rocks Admission

FROM $12
The Hopewell Rocks are located along the Bay of Fundy and are home of the highest tides in the world. An iconic and popular place for ocean tidal exploration, it offers a unique natural experience of both high and low tides. Enjoy the multi-media exhibit, scenic walking trails, informative walking tours and lookouts.   Walk on the ocean floor with towering rock formations that have been carved by the weather and the powerful incoming waters over decades. You’ll want to visit the Hopewell Rocks during both high tide and low tide so you can truly appreciate the height and range of the highest tides in the world.  Nearby are Fundy National Park, Cape Enrage, Mary’s Point Bird Sanctuary, Covered bridges, artisan shops, crafters, museums, quiet beaches, lighthouses, waterfalls, biking and hiking trails and more. At Hopewell Rocks, Baymount Outdoor Adventures allows you to kayak the world’s highest tides around the huge rock formations!
Suggested duration: 1h 30min - 2h
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5. Hopewell Rocks, Hopewell Cape

Explore rock formations sculpted by the highest daily tides in the world at Hopewell Rocks. With tides as high as 16 m (52 ft), the site showcases two different types of shoreline. It reveals rocky outcrops at low tide, making the area akin to an exposed ocean floor. When the tide is in, you can explore the bay by kayak and hike through dense woods. Be sure to take the time to observe the tide coming in and out to see how the environment changes with this natural event.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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6. Dolphin & Whale Watching, Saint Andrews

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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7. Irving Nature Park, Saint John

Explore 243 hectares (600 acres) of diverse scenery at Irving Nature Park. Located just a few minutes from the city, the reserve protects the native landscape and wildlife of the area, with forest, marsh, and beach ecosystems managed throughout the year. Choose from eight walking trails of different lengths, taking in the diverse scenery of the Bay of Fundy coastline and inland areas. From the observation deck, spot seals diving and relaxing on the rocks, and bring your binoculars to observe the abundant avian life found here.
Suggested duration: 3 hours
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8. Fundy Coast to Fundy Shore Tour

FROM $83
Our tour begins with a visit to the seaside community of St. Martins. You'll step back in time and sense the serenity of this area with its wharf, fishing boats, and piled lobster traps. With the ocean as a backdrop, you'll capture memorable photos of many interesting features such as lighthouses and the twin covered bridges. Don't forget to visit the wave-carved sea caves in the sandstone cliff if the tide is low enough to allow access while you're there. Learn about this small community's wooden ship building industry and see some of the highest tides in the world ebb and flow during your visit. You'll also visit the famous Reversing Falls, where the huge tides from the Bay of Fundy force the mighty Saint John River. Before returning to the cruise ship, we'll stop and explore the unique Old City Market in the heart of Saint John and learn why the local folks have loved to buy fresh produce here since 1876. Please note: all tours depart at local time and depend on cruise ship arrival.
Suggested duration: 5h
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9. Kingsbrae Garden, Saint Andrews

The 27 acre Kingsbrae Garden features over 2500 species of perennials, as well as a wide variety of trees and shrubs. Recognized with a number of major awards, the center includes notable collections of roses, day-lilies, and rhododendrons. Around the site, adorned with numerous sculptures and ponds, you will find alpacas, pygmy goats, and peacocks roaming the grounds. Enjoy a number of themed gardens, take a relaxing walk through a rare old-growth forest, or view the Wollemi pine famous for being Canada's first "Jurassic living fossil". Afterwards, you can visit the on-site cafe for lunch or a refreshment, as well as browse the gift shop.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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10. Reversing Falls Rapids, Saint John

Witness the phenomenon of Reversing Falls Rapids on the Saint John River. Caused by the highest tides in the world in the Bay of Fundy, the river flow reverses and causes the "rapids." You can view the falls twice a day at low and high tide from the Fallsview Park viewpoint, on the Reversing Falls Bridge, or another vantage point that offers a bird's-eye view of the river gorge. Visit the information center near the viewpoint for a presentation about the phenomenon.
Suggested duration: 1 hour
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11. Saint John City Market, Saint John

Visit the oldest continuously operating farmers market in Canada at Saint John City Market. The market's first charter dates back to 1785, and the site continues to thrive today with loyal farmers and customers. The building itself is said to have been built by unemployed sailors and is in the Second Empire style of architecture. Farmers, butchers, and fish merchants all have stalls throughout the market; look for tasty local snack foods and drinks as you shop.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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12. Saint John Walking Tour

FROM $42
Saint John is famous for being the friendliest city you'll ever visit. History comes to life as your nationally certified expert guide tells vivid stories and takes you to Saint John's famous landmarks on this two hour walking tour. The 2-hour tour covers about 1.5 miles with some hills. Comfortable footwear and warm clothes are recommended. This tour brings you to the historical highlights of this coastal treasure that is Saint John.  
Suggested duration: 2h
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13. New Brunswick Museum, Saint John

Head to New Brunswick Museum, Canada's oldest continuously functioning museum, which has been open since 1842. The museum provides a remarkable insight into New Brunswick’s rich cultural history and diverse natural environment. In the “Hall of Great Whales,” marvel at skeletons and a life-sized model of a North Atlantic Right whale, and learn about the wonderful marine life in the Bay of Fundy and Gulf of Saint Lawrence. Understand the rich history of fossils at the exhibit named “Our Changing Earth,” followed by a display of shipbuilding from the 19th century in the New Brunswick Industry Gallery. On the top floor, see a permanent gallery of historical and contemporary New Brunswick fine art. The gift shop sells quality crafts, jewellery, books and toys.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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14. Roads to Sea Guided Tours, Moncton

Suggested duration: 8 hours
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15. Saint John Reversing Falls Rapids Sightseeing Jet Boat

FROM $72
On this sightseeing jet boat tour with See Sight Jetboats, you’ll experience the highest tides in the world in the Bay of Fundy. This is the only boat tour in the area that will take you right into the heart of Saint John’s Reversing Falls Rapids. You will get the opportunity to go under the SKYWALK as well as take in a variety of sights in the area including: Downtown Saint John, Fort La Tour, and Fallsview Park. While on-board you will also learn about the history of the area. You may even get a chance to see some diverse marine life such as dolphins, harbour seals, and seabirds.
Suggested duration: 1h
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