Ever felt like getting away from it all for a weekend… or more? Take a road trip through New Brunswick’s Miramichi River Route, along Highway 8 between the province’s capital city region and Acadian Coast.
It’s primarily known for salmon fishing (royalty and celebrities have been known to fish here), but I recently spent a few days in the area and found there’s so much more to do. Here’s how to take a nature-filled getaway in Miramichi.
Stop 1: Central New Brunswick Woodmen's Museum, Boiestown
The area is pure wilderness, and woodsmen embody the local culture. Let’s start the fun with this museum filled with everything to learn about woodsmen and their lifestyle: tools, transportation, vehicles, and dwellings.
Stop 2: Longest suspension footbridge in New Brunswick, Priceville
Along McNamee Road, challenge yourself and try crossing this bridge all the way… and back. Bring your picnic to enjoy this quiet spot a little longer.
Stop 3: Atlantic Salmon Museum, Doaktown
This museum mixes art and artifacts with more than 200 flyplates, life-sized fish replicas, and items donated by the local Doaktown community. After that, it’s time to get supper at Betts Village Family Restaurant or Parkers Country Diner.
Night stop: Storeytown Cottages, Doaktown
Close your eyes… can you hear the birds and the river? All is quiet, you’re in a green haven. Choose a private cottage or a cute room with a fireplace, and lounge on the porch with a view. Make sure to check out the hot tub at sunset for a magical moment.
Stop 1: Wilson’s Sporting Camp, McNamee
Time to get moving. What’s your choice: kayak, canoe, or tube? Float or paddle down this gentle river. If you’re lucky, you’ll see Atlantic salmon, herons, moose, or – more likely – a handful of fly fishermen.
Stop 2: Metepenagiag Heritage Park, Red Bank
Further down the road, discover a slice of First Nations culture at the “Village of 30 Centuries” in Metepenagiag. You could attend a powwow, learn to bake your own bread, or retreat in a teepee.
Stop 3: Miramichi
Audrey Favre is a blogger from France who has been living in Moncton, New Brunswick since 2014. Travel is her passion, and the outdoors her natural habitat. She shares her journeys and adventures, big and small, on her blog Arpenter le chemin (in French).
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