As Snoopy so wisely said, “Keep looking up... It’s the secret to life.” These 20 adventures will keep you looking up, around, and inward throughout 2020. Make this the year you #ExploreNB.
#1. Island-Hopping on the Fundy Isles
Ocean ferries, incredible whale-watching, authentic fishing communities, clifftop hiking... there’s no better place for oceanside adventure.
#2. Salmon Fishing on the Mighty Miramichi
It’s one of the world’s great fly-fishing rivers. And if you’ve ever felt the rush of hooking an Atlantic salmon, king of gamefish, you know what we’re talking about. If not, make this your year.
#3. Snowmobiling the Northern Odyssey
An epic 1,500 kilometre loop. 3 northern cities plus the spectacular Acadian Peninsula. With the highest snowfall in the Maritimes and everything you need right on the trails, this is where you want to hit the throttle.
#4. Swimming in Canada’s Warmest Salt Water
With an average water temperature of 29°C (84°F), you’ll get a very warm welcome at Parlee Beach Provincial Park. It’s located in Shediac, which is also the lobster capital of the world. If you ask us, that’s a win-win situation.
#5. Doing The Hopewell Rocks Challenge
They’re one of the world’s great natural wonders. They’ve been carved over millions of years by the highest tides on Earth. And they’re right here, in New Brunswick. Walk on the ocean floor at low tide then return to the same spot hours later to kayak 4-story high tides.
#6. Zooming Over Earth on a Zipline
Some places are just made for heart-pumping adventure. This is one of those places. Zip over a massive gorge, a rushing tidal river, or even a place called Cape Enrage. You’ll never look at vacations the same way again.
#7. Staying Somewhere Surprising
Sure, you could find a hotel for your next adventure. Or you could sleep somewhere that completely transports you from everyday life, like a geodesic Dream Dome surrounded by nature.
#8. Finding Your Acadian Joie de Vivre
Discover a part of French Canada that’s like unlike anywhere else. The Acadians’ story is deeply woven into the cultural fabric of New Brunswick, and there’s no better way to understand their way of life than to experience it firsthand.
#9. Leaf-Peeping in an Incredible Landscape
Each September and October the landscape goes into fall party mode. A riot of colour celebrates the changing seasons and it’s nothing less than spectacular. Millions of trees sporting their autumn best? Yes, please.
#10. Joining in a Traditional Powwow
Powwows celebrate life through song and dance, ceremonies, rituals, and unity. And we could all use a little more of that, right? The powwow trail happens all summer long at First Nations around New Brunswick. Everyone’s welcome to join in.
#11. Hiking the Maritimes’ Highest Peak
The Appalachian Mountains are one of the oldest ranges on Earth and they run right through northern New Brunswick. Hike the Maritimes’ highest peak, pristinely preserved in a provincial park, for *OMG* views of 10 million trees.
#12. Road tripping along the Bay of Fundy
Whales + lobster rolls + crazy high tides + winding coastal roads = one seriously amazing road trip. Grab your favourite travel buddies and make this one count.
#13. Experiencing a True Canadian Winter
There are some things you just have to do once the white stuff rolls around. Dogsledding. Winter camping. Pond hockey. Skiing. Ice climbing. And plenty of après fun. This is how you do winter right.
#14. Going Waterfall Chasing
Waterfall chasers know it’s about more than just finding the chutes - it’s also the adventure and hidden gems you uncover along the way. And that refreshing dip in the pool once you actually find it? That’s just the icing on the cake.
#15. Hiking the Fundy Footpath
This is one of the eastern seaboard’s great wilderness hikes. A 41-km (25.5-mi.) trail hugs the coastline from St. Martins to Fundy National Park. Think you’re up for the challenge?
#16. Experiencing a Billion Years of Earth’s History
North America’s first UNESCO Global Geopark spans southern New Brunswick. Geology comes to life here as you climb volcanic rock, paddle an ice age river, and experience a landscape created by colliding continents.
#17. Camping Under a Dark Sky Preserve
There’s nothing like a night sky devoid of any light pollution. (Just think how quickly you’ll be able to pick out the Milky Way...) See the stars like never before in those New Brunswick dark sky preserves and urban star park.
#18. Paddling a Great Canadian Waterway
Canada’s known for its spectacular waterways and New Brunswick’s got its fair share of the bunch, from fresh water to salt water. If you’re a paddle afficionado (or someone who just really loves nature), awesome guides are at the ready to take you on an adventure.
#19. Spotting the largest mammals on Earth
Take to the sea on the world’s highest tides to see some of the largest - and rarest - whales on Earth. Trust us when we say there’s no other wildlife encounter like it. Anywhere.
#20. Get a taste of adventure
When you’re a true food lover, every meal can be an adventure. Go on a stand-up paddle board expedition to harvest your own oysters and pair them with local seasonal products. Or try an exclusive wilderness dining experience at low tide on the ocean floor.