Published September 2016
Jon Montgomery and the gang from The Amazing Race Canada were back in New Brunswick this summer. Did you catch the episode? The contestants raced from the port city of Saint John to the seaside town of Saint Andrews, with crazy antics as usual.
It looked like so much fun we thought we’d put together a road trip following their footsteps. Grab a teammate and follow along to create your own amazing race adventure, starting with...
Kick off your trip in the port city that turns everything on its head. You’ll soon discover that downtown is uptown, the river runs backward, and what’s (really) old is new again. Canada’s oldest city is a melting pot of eateries, breweries and funky shops on historic streets - a navigational challenge for the Amazing Race contestants, but a ton of fun to explore.
Stay: Follow the contestants’ challenge and hit up the Hilton, Delta, Howard Johnson, Best Western Plus, or Chateau Saint John.
Do: Grab a bite at the Saint John City Market before exploring Market Square, uptown, and the waterfront. Pick up some of the iconic New Brunswick products featured on the show: Crosby's Molasses and Moosehead Lager.
Challenge: Zip over the Reversing Rapids on 5 lines between 6 towers. Race your partner to the finish on the last stretch - a duel zipline over Falls Island.
2. Detour: New River Beach or Canada's Chocolate Town
In true Amazing Race fashion, we offer you a choice of detours: New River Beach Provincial Park for scenic outdoor adventure and seaside camping, or St. Stephen, home of Canada’s oldest chocolate company, to tour The Chocolate Museum and taste Ganong Chocolates to your heart’s content.
Unlike The Amazing Race, there’s no bad option here:
Super high tides, a haunted railway hotel, and a 27-acre garden with resident alpacas: This could only be Saint Andrews, and it’s the last stop on your Amazing Race adventure. Step back in time to the heyday of travel in this charming resort town. Retro golf attire not required but definitely encouraged.
Stay: The Algonquin Resort, also known as the “Castle by the sea”.
Do: Play a round at the Algonquin Golf Course, then meet those alpacas and explore 50,000 perennials at Kingsbrae Garden. Head to Indian Point to watch the sunset over the ocean.
Challenge: Take a selfie with a whale on a Bay of Fundy whale-watching trip. Up the ante with an adventure on a racing Zodiac or pirate-like tall ship - your choice.
4. Bonus: The Fundy Isles
Catch a ferry to the edge of the Earth. At least, that’s what it feels like when you visit the islands off the southern coast of New Brunswick. Fishing villages, fresh seafood, lighthouse trails, amazing scenery, we could go on... but we’ll let you discover them for yourself, no Face-offs, Road Blocks, or U-Turns required.