Published April 2019
You won’t go far in New Brunswick without someone asking “Did you have some lobster yet?” It’s as much a part of the local cuisine as it is a part of the province’s seafaring history.
Lobster fishing is the heartbeat of many of New Brunswick’s coastal communities, and travels along the Fundy and Acadian shores are going to treat you to a mouth-watering array of lobster experiences.
Lobster fishing seasons happen throughout the year in different areas (called ‘zones’ in fisherman lingo), and the launch of the season always brings lots of fanfare and celebration.
The celebration doesn’t stop on the first day of fishing season. Lobster is so popular here, a few festivals are held in its name, like the Succulents Lobster Festival in Belledune at the end of June, and the annual Shediac Lobster Festival in July.
The lobster here is as fresh as it gets, and you really can dig into the delicious crustacean any way you please... from seafood shacks and shoreside restaurants to immersive hands-on experiences.
You can take an educational lobster dinner cruise with Shediac Bay Cruises...
Or even get a peek inside the life of a lobster at the Homarus Eco-Centre.
In fact, we’re so serious about lobster that we’ve got the World’s Largest Lobster smack dab in the middle of Shediac.
If you’re wondering where the best place to eat lobster is, follow the road trips along the Bay of Fundy and Acadian coasts and you’ll find no shortage of delicious options in places like Saint Andrews, Caraquet, St. Martins, and Escuminac. Seafood shacks, food trucks, farmers’ markets and fine dining restaurants all serve up their own take.
You can also pick up lobster by the pound from local fishmongers to cook in your cottage or campsite.
If you’ve never cracked into a lobster before, we’ll let Anna-Marie Weir of Roads to Sea Guided Tours give you the low-down on how to do it in under 8 minutes:
How about a good old-fashioned picnic on the sea side? NBexplorer will hook you up with fresh lobster, snacks and a frisbee!
And whatever you do, don’t leave New Brunswick without trying AT LEAST one lobster roll.
Longing for a bite after all this lobstah talk? Try these recipes at home for the next best thing:
From the fanciest tables to unassuming local restaurants, each chef has a unique way to prepare lobster. Don’t miss out and make sure you can say “YES!” next time you’re asked “Did you have some lobster yet?”