Looking for travel tips for New Brunswick? Well boy do I have some. Find our where to eat, sleep, and explore!
Recently I had the ABSOLUTE pleasure of exploring New Brunswick with my fellow blogger bestie Sarah of @bohoandbraidsblog. Thanks to our sweet wheels c/o Ford Canada we travelled from one end of the province to the other. Watch us explore New Brunswick in the video below.
Using #canada150 as motivation to travel and explore? Us too! Recently we had the pleasure of exploring one end of New Brunswick to the other. Wondering what to do, where to stay, and where to eat in New Brunswick? Here’s what we got up to!
WHERE TO STAY
Shadow Lawn Inn
We arrived at the Shadow Lawn Inn quite late so we didn’t get to see how beautiful the outside was until the next morning. Can you believe this place used to be a cottage? I KNOW RIGHT? Holy moly what a cottage. And what a B&B. I would recommned this spot ten over. The employees were the most kind, ( and informative – they were the ones that tipped us off to Minster’s Island), the beds were SO comfortable I basically melted into them. The contenental breakfast was also one of the most fancy I’ve ever had at a B&B. From smoked salmon with capers and onions, to coffee and bagels there were so many options.
The Algonquin is absolutely stunning. I mean what’s good enough for the Prime Minister has got to be good enough for me right? With a beautiful property with a pool, spa, and even a fire pit for bomb fires there’s so much to do at the Algonquin. We also had a chance to enjoy some room service. Sadly it was a bit hit and miss for us, as two of the four meals were inedible, but the staff were super great about it, so I’m thinking maybe they were flushing out some new staff.
WHERE TO EAT
Aboiteau Wharf Restaurant
Off the beaten path a bit, but definitely a fun experience. You can order a bucket of seafood! Is there anything more East Coast of course I had to wear my lobster t-shirt for the occasion lol! Because we stopped in for lunch we opted for lobster sandwiches and they were delish; however, they could have stood to have a little less mayo (but that’s just me).
Gables – St Andrews
Located along the main drag in St Andrews Gables has got to be a stop on your list. If the weather is nice please ask to sit outside the view outside this resto is absolutely stunning. It’s so tranquil, and serene you owe it to yourself to stop by either Gables or the Harbour Front Restaurant in St Andrews. The food was great at both spots, and you can’t beat the view.
WHERE TO EXPLORE
I’ve wanted to explore Hopewell rocks for SO long. I think it’s the coolest thing how intense the tides are in New Brunswick. It blows my mind that you can walk along the shore while the tide is out, but once it comes in you would be completely covered in water. I’ve never seen tides so intense in all my life. Also as a side note, do you find that the rock second to the right looks like a bear? Sarah says an old man ahhaha I guess it’s open to interpretation.
The Hopewell Rocks are located on the shores of the Bay of Fundy at Hopewell Cape. This attraction is one of the Marine Wonders of the World, and is the site of some of the World’s Highest Tides.
Walk on the ocean floor in the shadows of the majestic flower-pot rocks, unique formations carved by erosion over thousands of years.
Experience tides rising up to 4-storeys high, making it possible to kayak, at high tide, over the same area you may have recently walked at low tide. To see the magnitude of the tides before you visit, check out this 360° video of The Hopewell Rocks.
This award-winning site offers an interpretive centre with a multi-media exhibit, a comprehensive interpretive program, a one-of-a-kind gift shop and a restaurant with a panoramic view of the Bay of Fundy. Students 19+ must have a valid student card. Shuttle service is available @ $1.77/person/trip (before taxes).
While visiting the region, set out to discover the other three Top Natural Attractions along the Bay of Fundy coast: Cape Enrage, the Fundy Trail Parkway and Fundy National Park.
Shediac Giant Lobster
Shediac is recognized the world over as “The Lobster Capital of the World” for its lobster fishing industry. For that reason, in 1989 the Shediac Rotary Club thought it fitting to erect a monument in tribute of the delectable crustacean and promote its role in the development of our community.
The late Winston Bronnum from Penobquis, New Brunswick, was commissioned to create this magnificent showpiece.
The monument stands at 11 m (35 ft.) in length, 5 m (16 ft.) in width and 5 m (16 ft.) in height. Why is it called the World’s Largest Lobster? Because the sculpture weighs around 90 tonnes; the lobster alone weighs 55 tonnes while the pedestal weighs around 35 tonnes. A staircase was erected on the pedestal to allow visitors to climb up on the monument to have their pictures taken. Restrooms available on-site. Kayak & stand-up paddle board rental and souvenir shops nearby.
A unique phenomenon created by the collision of the Bay of Fundy and the Saint John River. At low tide the river empties into the bay causing a series of rapids and whirlpools. As tides rise they slow the river current for a brief period called slack tide. The Bay’s tides continue to rise, gradually reversing the flow of the river, and rapids form again, peaking at high tide. Tide cycles take about 12.5 hours.
Stay tuned for the Skywalk coming soon! It’s a clear platform that allows you to walk out over the rumbling ocean beneath your feet. Sadly it’s not completed yet so we missed out on the expereince, but hey just more reasons to come back right?
Absolutely beautiful the Kingsbrae gardens are oh so lovely, and a must while visiting St Andrews. We borrowed the bikes from The Algonquin Resort and biked down to Kingsbrae (it’s super close). Not only is the property amazingly peaceful and tranquil with acres of flowers they also have animals! We got to pet lamas, goats, and they even have chickens! EEP! They are so cute! Be sure to take note of when they take the lamas out for a walk! It’s pretty much the most hilarious thing ever they are just so gosh darn cute. Learn more about Kingsbrae here.
One of the COOLEST things I’ve ever done hands down. Not only did we walk along the ocean floor we DROVE over it too! Minister’s Island is only accessible during certian hours of the day. When the tide comes in the road to Minister’s Island is actually covered with water, and I mean cmpletely covered. We went back the next morning and it was so crazy to see that the road (we are standing on here in the photo above) was completly covered with water and the island was no longer accessible. Make sure you check the tide times before you go because you could be sadly disapointed. Read more here.
Black Beach Saint John
Definitely off the beaten path Black Beach can be tricky to find, but it’s worth it! Wow I still can’t believe how cool this was. Black Beach was one of the things I was most looking forward to from our NB trip, and it did not disaspoint. We shot some fun outfit photos here so stay tuned for a full blog post coming soon.
WHAT I WORE
Leather jacket via Forever 21
Pink Rain Jacket c/o Envy Clothing
Catcus Dress c/o Obviously Chic
Sunnies c/o Smart Buy Glasses
Powder Blue Blouse via Banana Republic
Rag and Bone Jeans c/o Aritzia
White Denim Jacket c/o Gap
Pink Purse c/o Giant Tiger