We don’t like to brag, but we look ravishing in red (and we can totally pull off rust, amber, gold, and yellow, too). But enough about us. This is about you, and how much you’re anticipating your New Brunswick adventure this fall. From road tripping through our mountain landscape to chasing the morning mist along our winding rivers (and all the incredible harvest festivals and stops along the way), get ready to spend the dog days of summer with fall fun on your mind, starting with these insider ideas for an unbeatable vacation.
Tempted to talk to the animals at the New Brunswick Provincial Exhibition (September 4-10), fill your belly at Feast in the Field (September 11), and get down to the best beats at the Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival (September 13-18) in Fredericton, or hit the Hunter Brothers Fall Festival (September 1-October 27) in Florenceville-Bristol? Be sure to…
Blend – glamour and camping and get the best of both worlds with a glamping experience at a Ridegeback Lodge “dream dome” in Kingston.
Board – a hot air balloon and chase the horizon at the Atlantic Balloon Fiesta (September 9-11) in Sussex, or snap spellbinding pics as they float overhead.
Bring – your special someone and pucker up under the shelter of the world’s longest covered bridge in Hartland, also known as a “kissing bridge” for the privacy provided to those travelling across.
Bend – the rules and snack before dinner. Take a tour then try every flavour fresh off the production line at the Covered Bridge Potato Chip Company in Waterville (near Hartland).
Be – enchanted at The New Brunswick Botanical Garden in Edmundston, where flower power takes centre stage.
Discover even more on The River Valley Ride, a 500 km (311 mi.) route through the culture, flavours, and inspiring landscapes of the Saint John River Heritage Corridor.
Celebrating with the locals at the Charlo Fall Fair (September 9-11), saving room for tasty treats at the Campbellton Harvest Festival (September 17-18), or trading city for country life at the Kedgwick Fall Fair (October 1-9)? Make time to…
Go – and say hello to NB Insider Bill Miller, expert craftsman putting his heart and soul into building one-of-a-kind canoes in Nictau.
Give – it your all and summit Sugarloaf Provincial Park’s 305 m (1,000 ft) mountain for a stunning view of Campbellton. Insider tip: climb at dawn to see the sun rise.
Get – an altitude adjustment when you hike the highest peak in the Maritimes at Mount Carleton Provincial Park. Insider tip: try Mount Sagamook and see the park’s heart-shaped island.
Grab – a bite to eat at Café Europa in Campbellton, where Chef Edit Horvàth integrates locally inspired traditions and ingredients into family recipes passed down through generations. Enjoy live music on weekends.
Gain – a new appreciation for nature’s bounty in Saint-Quentin, Atlantic Canada’s maple capital. Insider tip: the town’s giant, copper maple leaf makes for a great selfie stop.
Drive, hike, bike, and paddle through some of the world’s oldest mountains in peak leaf peeping season on The Appalachian Adventure, 255 km (158 mi.) of wild, wooded beauty.
Participating in the celebration of Aboriginal culture and heritage at the Annual Elsipogtog First Nation PowWow (September 2-4), heralding the arrival of the most colourful season of the year at the Fall Colours Festival (September 12-18) in Saint-Antoine, craving competition at the Giant Pumpkin Provincial Festival (September 18) in Neguac, or looking forward to discovering beautiful music at Festival (506) (October 13-16) in Miramichi? Stop and…
Experience – the ancient Mi’kmaq culture of 30 centuries at the Metepenagiag Heritage Park in Red Bank, including sampling traditional foods and staying in a tipi overnight.
Embrace – one of the most pleasant months of the year with a round of golf at Gowan Brae Golf & Country Club, an 18-hole championship golf course open to the public.
Eat – a tasty meal at 1809 Restaurant & Bar in Miramichi, where Chef Jesse MacDonald takes his talents for preparing fresh seafood to the next level.
Earn – a good night’s sleep after walking riverside trails through towering pines at Camping Miramichi, a Treehouse Resort, then sleep like a log in your very own treehouse.
Enjoy – entertainment, restaurants, art, and boat charters along the boardwalk at Ritchie Wharf Park in Miramichi.
Go with the flow on The Mighty Miramichi River Run road trip route, 200 km (124 mi.) of nature at its finest.
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