Published July 2017
It’s raining. Now what?
There’s a silver lining to those clouds. Consider it an opportunity to do something different - a little unexpected - that wasn’t planned in your trip to-do’s. Canada’s beloved for its vast green spaces, but yes, with greenery can come rain. Here’s 11 things we love to do when clouds head our way. We’re betting you will, too.
1. Head to Saint John’s Market Square
A covered pedway connects a heady mix of shopping boutiques, restaurants, and the remarkable New Brunswick Museum. Not far from here is the indoor Saint John City Market, North America’s oldest farmers market and well worth braving a little rain for on the walk over.
2. Get the Kids Excited About Science
Fredericton’s Science East and Moncton’s Resurgo Place are a treasure trove of interactive children’s entertainment. They’ll learn about dinosaurs, energy, trains, rockets and a whole lot more in a super fun (and dry) environment. Or, young marine enthusiasts can head to New Brunswick Aquarium and Marine Centre to be a biologist for a day.
3. Stick Your Nose in a Book(store)
What’s better than the old familiar smell of books on a rainy day? If this is totally your thing, New Brunswick has some really cool used bookstores to check out. Try the Owl’s Nest in Fredericton, The Comic Hunter in Moncton, and Campbellton Used Books. For something a little different, get a behind-the-scenes tour of the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick or even hit up a local library - they love welcoming visitors.
4. Hit the beach
No, really! New Brunswick’s natural spaces can be at their most beautiful during a misty rainy day (hello, Instagram). Many of our discovery beaches have rocky outcroppings or treecover that offer just enough protection from the weather. Cosy up and enjoy the show.
5. Feel the Local Vibe at a Coffee Shop
New Brunswick is full of cute little coffee shops and cafés. Places like An Octopus’ Garden in Alma and Caraquet’s Grains de Folie have tons of local character and yummy bites to eat. Pop inside and chat up the locals for their take on the best things to do in the area.
6. Step Back in Time
Toss on a raincoat and head to Kings Landing (near Fredericton) or Village Historique Acadien (near Caraquet). These living history villages are on outdoor sites but most activities are under cover in historical buildings. If you’re okay with getting a little wet walking around, living like the ‘olden days’ is great rainy day fun.
7. Hit Up a Craft Brewery Tour
The craft beer scene is booming in New Brunswick and local tour companies are ready to help you check out the scene. Stick to Fredericton if brewery tasting rooms are your thing; for restaurants and bars head to Saint John or Moncton. Stop in Edmundston for a behind-the-scenes tour.
8. Learn the Story of New Brunswick
New Brunswick’s got a fascinating history. There are all kinds of museums and historic sites that bring it to life, from the woodsmen of central New Brunswick, to the Acadians in Memramcook, to the Aboriginals of Metepenagiag. Pick a few and plan a visit.
9. Go “Kissing Bridge” Hopping
One of the things you have to do while in New Brunswick is drive through the world’s longest covered bridge in Hartland. But did you know we’ve got more than 50 covered bridges? Hit the road to see how many of these “kissing bridges” you can find.
10. Have Some Good Old-Fashioned Fun
Let loose and be silly. This is your vacation, after all. Hit up Sky Zone Trampoline Park (yes it’s awesome AND for all ages) or Kingswood Entertainment Centre for laser tag, bowling, and a whole bunch more.
11. Meet Your Inner Picasso
Art galleries such as the Beaverbrook Art Gallery and Andrew & Laura McCain Art Gallery offer classes for kids and adults. Fredericton’s EdVentures vacation learning program has workshops in craft and culture. Interested in pottery? Learn from a professional potter at Saint John Arts Centre, or paint a special piece at Clay Café (Miramichi and Fredericton).
And don’t forget what comes after the rain...