The Bay of Fundy & be­yond

Best for: Wildlife, hik­ing, bird­watch­ing and cul­ture

Wanderlust Travel Magazine (UK) - - Canada / Trip Planner - ■ New Brunswick & Nova Sco­tia

ROUTE: Hal­i­fax • Alma • Saint John, Cam­po­bello Is­land • Saint An­drews • Fred­er­ic­ton • Mi­ramichi • Monc­ton • She­diac

WHY DO IT? This var­ied tour takes in two of Canada’s ti­dal bores – on the Petit­co­diac River and the more fa­mous Bay of Fundy – and New Brunswick’s 25km sweep of sand dunes.

This route gets you back to na­ture, from sealspot­ting and kayaking in the bay to guided bear-watch­ing fur­ther north in Acadieville, to hik­ing and bik­ing the maple forests. Cul­tural high­lights also range from the as­ton­ish­ing col­lec­tion at the Beaver­brook Art Gallery in Fred­er­ic­ton and the city’s cathe­dral and gar­ri­son district to the 34-room ‘cot­tage’ on Cam­po­bello Is­land where Franklin Roo­sevelt used to sum­mer.

For an in­sight into early New Brunswick life, Kings Land­ing tells the story of At­lantic Canada via res­cued build­ings dat­ing from 1820 to 1920. But the area isn’t short on his­tory, nat­u­ral or oth­er­wise: St An­drewsby-the-sea claims that over half its build­ings pre­date 1880, and nearby Kings­brae Gar­den has old-growth Ar­ca­dian for­est as well as fine gar­dens; th­ese in­clude the White Gar­den in­spired by its splen­did English name­sake at Siss­inghurst Cas­tle Gar­den in Kent.

And then there’s the din­ing. The seafood is ex­cep­tional here, with She­diac known far and wide as the ‘Lob­ster Cap­i­tal of the World’. Be sure to also try the lob­ster rolls at the Satur­day farm­ers’ mar­ket in Fred­er­ic­ton.

Hope & glory Ex­plore Hopewell Rocks dur­ing low tide and dis­cover out­crops carved by the ocean and topped with fo­liage

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