NEW BRUNSWICK

EAST OF OR­DI­NARY

Travel Guide to Canada - - Table Of Contents - BY SAN­DRA PHIN­NEY

CLAIMS TO FAME

For starters, New Brunswick has spawned count­less larger-than-life char­ac­ters. To wit: nov­el­ist Ju­lia Hart wrote St. Ur­sula’s Con­vent back in 1824—the first piece of fic­tion by a Cana­dian-born au­thor to be pub­lished in Canada. John Peters Humphrey penned the Uni­ver­sal Dec­la­ra­tion of Hu­man Rights which was adopted by the United Na­tions Gen­eral Assem­bly in 1948, and peo­ple are still talk­ing about Yvon Durelle and his light-heavy­weight cham­pi­onship box­ing match against the great Archie Moore in 1958.

Hol­ly­wood has fea­tured many New Brunswick­ers on the big screen, in­clud­ing Don­ald Suther­land, Wal­ter Pid­geon and Brett Somers. And the lists of “firsts” run the gamut from Wil­lie El­don O’Ree, the first black player in the NHL, to Myr­tle “Molly” Kool, the first fe­male sea cap­tain in North Amer­ica.

New Brunswick is also the birth­place of

The prov­ince of New Brunswick makes this bold state­ment on its tourism home­page: Travel East of Or­di­nary where orig­i­nal peo­ple per­fectly com­ple­ment the beauty of this place. Ex­plore and dis­cover what be­ing East of Or­di­nary is all about. So be in­spired. Be ad­ven­tur­ous. Be your­self. Be East of Or­di­nary.

Now that’s a big claim, but one that the prov­ince ful­fills in spades.

other fa­mous char­ac­ters in­clud­ing Stompin’ Tom Con­nors and Klondike Kate (Kather­ine Ryan). Abra­ham Ges­ner in­vented kerosene here. The list is end­less: this is the stuff that New Brunswick­ers are made of.

DEEP ROOTS

Roots run deep in the prov­ince. In fact, Mete­pe­na­giag—a 3000-year-old Mi’kmaq fish­ing vil­lage also known as Red Bank— is New Brunswick’s old­est con­tin­u­ously oc­cu­pied com­mu­nity. Along with the

Maliseet and Pas­samaquoddy, they were the first known in­hab­i­tants in the re­gion.

Fast for­ward to 1604 when the French es­tab­lished the first colony in North Amer­ica on St. Croix Is­land. Al­though the ex­pul­sion of the Aca­di­ans be­gan in 1755, they were al­lowed to re­turn nine years later. Be­fore the end of that cen­tury, thou­sands of Loy­al­ist ex­iles from the Amer­i­can Rev­o­lu­tion moved into New Brunswick. In 1785, Par­tridge Is­land (on the out­skirts of Saint John) was es­tab­lished as a quar­an­tine sta­tion—100 years be­fore El­lis Is­land! Over 3,000,000 im­mi­grants from all over the world stepped foot on Par­tridge Is­land.

Many com­mu­ni­ties in the prov­ince show­case their cul­ture. Events and fes­ti­vals take cen­tre stage and ex­pe­ri­ences abound. Oh yes—and New Brunswick is the only bilin­gual prov­ince (English/French) in the coun­try.

ALL SEA­SON PROV­INCE

One of the unique things about New Brunswick is that it is also big on win­ter sports and ac­tiv­i­ties. With one of the longest snow sea­sons in the prov­ince, Su­gar­loaf Provin­cial Park of­fers the largest va­ri­ety of win­ter out­door ac­tiv­i­ties in one lo­ca­tion, from Alpine skiing, cross-coun­try, snowshoeing and to­bog­gan­ing, to ice skat­ing, snow­mo­bil­ing, tub­ing and snow­board­ing.

Fred­er­ic­ton is noted for Fros­ti­val, a fam­ily-friendly out­door fes­ti­val, which will be cel­e­brat­ing its 5th an­niver­sary this year with over 150 events. For some­thing out of the or­di­nary, slip up to Plas­ter Rock for the World Pond Hockey Cham­pi­onship, where over 120 teams world­wide com­pete for tro­phies—and for the pure love of the sport.

WHAT’S NEW

The Fundy Bio­sphere Re­serve has cre­ated an Amaz­ing Places Chal­lenge from April to Au­gust for Canada’s 150th cel­e­bra­tion. Fifty amaz­ing hik­ing des­ti­na­tions have been iden­ti­fied in the re­serve and the chal­lenge is for peo­ple of all ages to ex­pe­ri­ence them, with prizes be­ing awarded for those com­plet­ing spe­cific in­cre­ments of the chal­lenge. A web­site com­pan­ion piece will in­clude lo­gis­ti­cal in­for­ma­tion as well as sto­ries about lo­cal char­ac­ters, pho­to­graphs and im­por­tant his­tor­i­cal events in the re­gion (www.fbra­maz­ing­places.ca/en).

West Hills Golf Club fea­tures a newly com­pleted 18-hole Par 72 course—a vis­ually dra­matic course that is chal­leng­ing, mem­o­rable and ex­cit­ing to play (www. west­hills­golf.com). Sky­walk Saint John opened above the Re­vers­ing Falls and is the talk of the town.

The Res­tigouche River Ex­pe­ri­ence Cen­tre in Camp­bell­ton ex­plores the his­tory and fish­ing of the re­gion—and more! (www. camp­bell­ton.org).

Vil­lage His­torique Aca­dien has a new res­tau­rant called Café Bistro du Vil­lage, with authen­tic Aca­dian fare in­clud­ing their fa­mous sugar pie (www.vil­lage­his­torique aca­dien.com).

CITY LIGHTS

New Brunswick has one of the high­est con­cen­tra­tions of craft brew­eries in At­lantic Canada. Sev­eral out­lets fea­tur­ing lo­cal­ly­made meads, ciders and craft beers are within walk­ing dis­tance of each other in the cap­i­tal city of Fred­er­ic­ton. To top it off, Queen Street is chock­ablock full of unique shops, tons of gob­s­mack­ing open spaces, along with a per­for­mance theatre, ho­tel, con­ven­tion cen­tre, and world-class gallery. No won­der Fred­er­ic­ton is re­ferred to as a cul­tural cap­i­tal (www.tourism­fred­er­ic­ton.ca).

Saint John has earned the moniker “Saint Awe­some” be­cause of a hugely suc­cess­ful cam­paign by the same name whereby it rein­tro­duced the city’s dis­tinc­tive din­ing, out­door, her­itage and ur­ban ex­pe­ri­ences. It’s all here, in­clud­ing the world-fa­mous Re­vers­ing Falls and Stone­ham­mer Geop­ark—North Amer­ica’s first UNESCO Global Geop­ark (www. dis­cov­er­sain­tjohn.com).

Monc­ton/Dieppe, long known as “Hub City,” is a feisty ur­ban cen­tre that fea­tures

ev­ery­thing from ma­jor con­certs and in­cred­i­ble shop­ping, to a unique win­ery and a zoo! In just two years, 17 mu­rals have been cre­ated here as a le­gacy of Fes­ti­val In­spire. And, be­lieve it or not, you can watch folks surf the tidal bore right into the city; bet­ter yet, do it your­self! (www.monc­ton.ca).

For a walk on the wild side—and a good dose of French Aca­dian cul­ture—scoot up to Ed­mund­ston. In 1949, two en­thu­si­as­tic cit­i­zens in­vented the con­cept of the “Re­pub­lic of Madawaska,” in­clud­ing a flag, coat of arms, and the Or­der of the Knights of the Re­pub­lic. The con­cept stuck. This small city rocks (www.tourismed­mund­ston.com).

THE GREAT OUT­DOORS

Imag­ine kayak­ing among Hopewell Rocks, pad­dling to Par­tridge Is­land, or slip­ping into sea caves along the fa­mous Bay of Fundy! If you pre­fer fresh wa­ter pad­dling, you can’t beat putting your ca­noe or kayak in the lazy Green River close to Ed­mund­ston. On Sun­days, scores of peo­ple head to the up­per reaches of the river and party down­stream. Want to try tub­ing? Head to the Mi­ramichi. While in the re­gion, hop aboard a voyageur ca­noe at the Beaubears Is­land In­ter­pre­tive Cen­tre and scoot across the river for a tour of this fa­mous is­land— the only un­touched ship­build­ing site left in Canada and home to two Parks Canada na­tional his­toric sites.

There are lots of out­fit­ters in the prov­ince who can take you on short or longer ex­pe­di­tions, in­clud­ing wilder­ness pad­dling.

Hik­ers will be in hik­ing heaven any­where in the prov­ince as vil­lages, towns and cities have a plethora of hik­ing trails. As well, Fundy Park­way Trail opened an­other sec­tion lead­ing to Long Beach, which is 2.5 km (1.6 mi.) long. Close by, climb down a cable lad­der to the face of Fuller Falls and en­joy the look­out above the falls. Look­ing for a sig­nif­i­cant chal­lenge? Hike the Fundy Foot­path—a 41-km (25.5-mi.) con­tin­u­ous wilder­ness trail (www.fundy­trail­park­way.com).

HER­ITAGE AND CUL­TURE

New Brunswick has many at­trac­tions and ex­pe­ri­ences to show­case its his­tory and di­ver­sity. For ex­am­ple, Kings Land­ing is a liv­ing mu­seum with cos­tumed “Bri­tish Loy­al­ist” in­ter­preters. It spans over 300 acres, houses over 70,000 arte­facts, and of­fers over 40 ex­hibits and en­gag­ing ac­tiv­i­ties and work­shops (www.kings land­ing.nb.ca).

To get a sense of Mi’kmaq cul­ture— both past and present—the place to be is the Mete­pe­na­giag Her­itage Park, lo­cated in Red Bank on the Mi­ramichi River, where vis­i­tors are in­vited to share their mu­sic, lis­ten to sto­ries told by the elders, and view ar­chae­o­log­i­cal finds from the Au­gus­tine Mound and Oxbow na­tional his­toric sites (www.met­park.ca).

Two of the best places to be im­mersed in Aca­dian life are: Vil­lage His­torique Aca­dien up in Cara­quet, where life plays out be­tween 1770 and 1949 (www.vil­lage his­toriquea­ca­dien.com); and Le Pays de la Sagouine in Bouc­touche where guests can view spec­tac­u­lar theatre pro­duc­tions, en­joy authen­tic Aca­dian food and foot-stomp­ing kitchen par­ties (www.sagouine.com/en).

MUST SEE, MUST DO

The Mag­netic Hill Zoo—the largest ac­cred­ited zoo in At­lantic Canada—re­cently opened a new Big Cats Ex­hibit fea­tur­ing two new tigers and a leop­ard (www. monc­ton.ca/zoo).

QUICK FACT

RON TUR­COTTE, A JOCKEY FROM GRAND FALLS, RODE SEC­RE­TAR­IAT TO WIN THE

TRIPLE CROWN IN 1973.

Resurgo Place, home of the Monc­ton Mu­seum and Trans­porta­tion Dis­cov­ery Cen­tre, gives vis­i­tors a unique and in­ter­ac­tive ex­pe­ri­ence fo­cused on fas­ci­nat­ing as­pects of his­tory, sci­ence and trans­porta­tion (www.resurgo.ca).

The Saint John City Mar­ket—open six days a week—is one of the old­est con­tin­u­ing farm­ers’ mar­kets in Canada. Be sure to check out Slocum & Fer­ris, fa­mous for lo­cal prod­ucts such as lob­ster an­tipasto, dulse, pick­led fid­dle heads, and Ganong’s

“chicken bones” (www.sjc­i­ty­mar­ket.ca).

The Mi­ramichi Striper Cup—At­lantic Canada’s pre­mier striped bass “catch and re­lease” fish­ing tour­na­ment, with over $50,000 in cash and prizes, takes place the last week of May. Dur­ing July, Mi­ramichi will host a num­ber of Tall Ships as part of Canada’s 150th birth­day cel­e­bra­tion (www.mi­ramichi.org).

The New Brunswick Botan­i­cal Gar­den in Ed­mun­ston is a fas­ci­nat­ing at­trac­tion, re­plete with a medic­i­nal gar­den and herb cen­tre where work­shops are of­fered. Be sure to lo­cate Khronos, an out­door in­ter­ac­tive in­stal­la­tion (www.jardin nbgar­den.com).

SCENIC DRIVES

The Fundy Coastal Drive presents di­ver­sity ga­lore from is­land hop­ping in car fer­ries to ex­plor­ing the world’s high­est tides and savvy cos­mopoli­tan cen­tres.

The Aca­dian Coastal Drive is the place to watch whales and to ex­pe­ri­ence the Aca­dian life­style. It also boasts the warm­est salt wa­ter beaches in the East. The River Val­ley Scenic Drive fea­tures the sto­ried Saint John River which is loaded with his­tory, in­trigue, beauty and ex­cit­ing ex­pe­ri­ences.

The Mi­ramichi River Route en­com­passes the best of both worlds be­tween Fred­er­ic­ton —the hip and hap­pen­ing cap­i­tal—and the Mi­ramichi, renowned for salmon fish­ing and Abo­rig­i­nal cul­ture.

Along the Apalachian Range Route is Mount Car­leton, the high­est peak in the Mar­itimes, and Su­gar­loaf Provin­cial Park—both per­fect for out­door ad­ven­tures.

FAM­ILY FUN

Magic Moun­tain Water­park is hugely pop­u­lar—es­pe­cially the new FunZone. As well, kids love the long sus­pen­sion bridge over Big Salmon River on the Fundy Park­way Trail and the dis­cov­ery hunt check­list! At Kings Land­ing, “Vis­it­ing Cousins” con­tin­ues to get rave re­views, along with a week-long “Keeper Camp” for teens at Mag­netic Hill Zoo.

HOPEWELL ROCKS

756,800

Fred­er­ic­ton

www.tourism­new­brunswick.ca

Greater Monc­ton Roméo LeBlanc In­ter­na­tional Air­port,

8 km (5 mi.) from down­town

Fred­er­ic­ton Air­port, 15 km (9 mi.) from down­town

Saint John Air­port, 16 km (10 mi.) from down­town

SHEDIAC BAY LOB­STER TOURS • CTC

SPE­CIAL EVENTS JAN­UARY – FE­BRU­ARY

• FROS­TI­VAL, FRED­ER­IC­TON

JUNE

• ST. MARY’S (SITANSISK) FIRST NA­TION

POW­WOW, FRED­ER­IC­TON

JUNE – JULY

• CAMP­BELL­TON SALMON FES­TI­VAL

JULY

• BUSKERS ON THE BAY, SAINT JOHN • CANADA’S IR­ISH FES­TI­VAL, MI­RAMICHI • LAMÈQUE IN­TER­NA­TIONAL BAROQUE

MU­SIC FES­TI­VAL

• NEW BRUNSWICK HIGH­LAND GAMES

FES­TI­VAL, FRED­ER­IC­TON

• SHEDIAC LOB­STER FES­TI­VAL

AU­GUST

• CHOCO­LATE FEST, ST. STEPHEN • FES­TI­VAL ACA­DIEN DE CARA­QUET

• LA FOIRE BRAYONNE, ED­MUND­STON • MI­RAMICHI FOLKSONG FES­TI­VAL SEPTEM­BER

• AT­LANTIC IN­TER­NA­TIONAL BAL­LOON

FI­ESTA, SUS­SEX

• HAR­VEST JAZZ & BLUES FES­TI­VAL,

FRED­ER­IC­TON

OC­TO­BER

• THANKS­GIV­ING FES­TI­VAL,

KINGS LAND­ING

www.tourism­new­brunswick.ca/

Do/Fes­ti­val­sAndEvents.aspx

FROS­TI­VAL • FRED­ER­IC­TON TOURISM

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