May Long Weekend is just around the corner - which means summer is, too. You put in your dues all winter so you definitely deserve to kick off summer with a bang. Our suggestion? Hit up New Brunswick for Victoria Day Weekend, happening this year from May 19-22. There’s lots going on... here’s what to do and where to do it.
Head to Saint Andrews for Paddlefest NB
If you love being by the water AND awesome music, friendly vibes, local beer, and group paddling trips... have we got a festival for you. Paddlefest has been held in Saint Andrews for over 20 years. Locals try not to miss it - you shouldn’t either.
Reacquaint Yourself with Nature
Nothing says ‘summer’s here’ more than the flinging open of our provincial park gates after winter’s hiatus. Golfers, hikers, nature seekers, campers... come one, come all and enjoy the beauty that is New Brunswick outdoors.
Hit Up a Patio, a Pub, and Some Local Music
Consider it your long weekend trifecta. This is when New Brunswick’s urban centres start feeling the summer vibe and let us tell you, it’s contagious. Outdoor patios are set up for the season and great music’s always on the go. Check out Fredericton, Saint John, Moncton, and Edmundston.
Celebrate the Succulents of Spring
No, we’re not talking about cacti. They’re actually the first lobster of the season caught in the cold waters of Chaleur Bay. The unique taste is linked to the temperature of the habitat, and - spoiler - they’re delicious. Lucky for you there’s a festival celebrating the launch of the season, complete with a succulent lobster boil.
Finally See The Hopewell Rocks (Or See Them Again)
Is there any better way to kick off summer than with a trek to one of Canada’s most iconic destinations? (Answer: No). Make Canada’s birthday the year to do it.
Get In a Little Fishin’
This could be you. The rivers are primed, guides are ready, and the season’s open. Bass, sea trout, and salmon are up for the catching. Newbies can check out Bass Fishing 101 and veterans might like to fish the private pools. Either way, you’ll definitely want to stay at a riverside lodge.
Kayak the St. Martins Sea Caves
A paddle trip with friends for the long weekend is a beloved local tradition. Hit up the folks at Red Rock Adventures for an epic kayaking excursion along the St. Martins Sea Caves and the Fundy Trail Coastline.
Do the Broadleaf “Ultimate Quadathalon”
Want something different? Round up the gang and head to Broadleaf Ranch for their Ultimate Quadathalon. The adventure will have you biking, canoeing, horseback riding, and rock climbing (and no doubt Instagramming) on the Fundy coast. Kick back at the ranch when you’re done.
Treat Yo Self to a Special Event
It’s fun to splurge every once in a while, right? Take in a stunning rendition of the ballet Carmen by Symphony New Brunswick, or chamber music played by some of Canada’s best up-and-coming musicians. Or - if you’re so inclined - take things in a totally different direction at the Monster Truck Spectacular in Saint John or Moncton.
Run a Rushing River
As we mentioned, a paddle trip over the long weekend is basically a rite of passage to summer. Head north to the Appalachian Mountains for a whitewater adventure on the Patapedia River with Arpin Canoe. The water runs high and fast between mid-May and mid-June - the perfect way to kick off summer with a bang.
Make sure to tag the weekend’s adventures with #ExploreNB to share. We love seeing what you’re up to!
Or plan your own adventure right now at TourismNewBrunswick.ca