Nestled along stunning Chaleur Bay (aka the “Bay of Heat”) in north-eastern New Brunswick, there’s no better place to spend a hot summer day than the Chaleur Region! Here, you’ll get an interesting mix of the province’s Anglophone, Francophone, and Indigenous cultures along an unspoiled, accessible coastline with 30 km of sandy beaches. And after a day lounging in the sand, exploring rivers, or hiking the network of nature trails, head to the city at the heart of this region - Bathurst - where local food and craft beverages await.
Max out your summer fun at these Chaleur Region must-see and must-do spots...
For outdoor adventure…
- Nepisiguit Adventures offers tours both on land and by water. You can experience the many faces of the region. Different tours are offered throughout the year and include activities like hiking, canoeing on the rivers, and discovering waterfalls.
- With amazing views of the salt marshes as well as trails, the Daly Point Nature Reserve is a great spot to get back to nature. It’s almost guaranteed that you’ll spot some wildlife during your visit. Bird lovers will especially love this place!
- Starting at Daly Point, the Nepisiguit Mi’gmaq Trail follows the Nepisiguit River up to Mount Carleton. It’s possible to walk the entire trail over several days or small parts in a short period of time. Since the trail runs along the river, you can also go kayaking, canoeing, bass fishing, and fly fishing.
- Kayak lovers will find the Chaleur Bay is an excellent spot to go kayaking while soaking in the natural surroundings. Kayak classes are offered at Le Camping in Petit-Rocher and kayak fishing with Bass Attack in Bathurst.
- While you’re in the area, make sure to take a side trip to Sugarloaf Provincial Park for some great hiking and lift-service mountain biking.
For some quality R&R…
- The Auberge de la Vallée Hotel and Spa in Bathurst offers unique spa services in the Chaleur Region. Beauty treatments, massages, and an indoor swimming pool are available, and the natural beauty surrounding the Auberge de la Vallée only adds to the relaxation.
- The Chaleur Region is home to beaches facing the Chaleur Bay. Youghall Beach is located in Bathurst and has a park, beach volleyball courts, and an awesome sandy beach to relax on. Beresford Beach also has some activities for the family and a stretch of beach. Pokeshaw Beach offers unique views and is the spot for pictures or a well-deserved day relaxing at the beach.
- Gowan Brae Golf and Country Club offers picturesque views throughout this 18-hole course. You can either go there to improve your skills, enjoy a little competition, or play a relaxing round of golf.
- Many beachside cottages are available to rent in the Chaleur Region close to the Chaleur Bay. Waking up to the sound of waves is both relaxing and inspiring. A walk on the beach or a swim in the bay are sure to increase your sense of well-being.
For a dash of entertainment...
- Bathurst Hospitality Days offer a variety of activities, including a parade and fireworks. This year’s line-up includes BlackJack Billy, Ivan Daigle, Hazzard, Michel Pagliaro, The Fabulously Rich, La Virée, Matt Andersen, Zed Zed Top: The Canadian ZZ Top Review, and The Terry Whalen Band. July 12-22.
- Blues music lovers will be well served at the Blues d’la Baie festival in Petit-Rocher. Some of the artists performing this year include Dawn Tyler Watson, Steve Hill, Martin Deschamps, Breen LeBoeuf, Nanette Workman, John Boulay Blues Quartet, and Jireh Gospel Choir. July 26-29.
- Every night during the summer months, live music is played at the Promenade Waterfront in Bathurst. While enjoying the music, you can visit local artisans or buy something to eat in the nearby shops.
- The Fête des Acadiens (15 août) is a celebration of the Acadian culture that takes place every year on August 15. The place to celebrate in the Chaleur Region is certainly on Petit-Rocher’s Principale Street. Acadian music will be played all day and the final celebration is the Tintamarre, a parade where people make as much noise as they can! Activities will take place throughout the day with local artisans showcasing their products.
For something delish...
- The Auberge d’Anjou – Cocooning Café in Petit-Rocher is a unique establishment offering a place to stay with 6 bedrooms as well as a restaurant on the main floor. The new owners, who immigrated from France, bring their special touch to French pastries, and the specialty coffees are not to be missed! History fans will enjoy the rich history of this building, and music lovers will love the shows occasionally presented on the main floor.
- A vegetarian restaurant that has a variety of shows throughout the year, Bistro Cœur d’Artishow in Petit-Rocher offers succulent dishes in addition to the entertainment offered by singers and musicians.
- Located near the Apollo Cinema and the KC Irving Regional Center, Cast & Crew Gastropub in Bathurst offers a great place to grab a pint and enjoy some seriously good food - all in a warm atmosphere where you might catch the occasional live music show.
- Chef Joel Aubie, originally from Bathurst, is a renowned chef who participated in Top Chef Canada and learned a lot from his travels. He is back in the region and currently owns two restaurants located in Bathurst. Jobie’s Mobile Kitchen is not your typical food truck! Fresh homemade and tasty food is served with an amazing view of the Bathurst Harbour. Fresco, a classy restaurant that opened earlier this year, offers delicious plates made with fresh local ingredients.
For family fun…
- There’s nothing more fun than a day at the beach as a family! The beaches of the Chaleur Region offer facilities such as a park for kids, washrooms, and picnic tables. The kids will love building sandcastles, swimming in the bay, or simply relaxing on the beach with their parents at Youghall Beach, Beresford Beach, and Pokeshaw Beach.
- Fishing enthusiasts will be happy to take a trip aboard the Acadien Sea! While enjoying the fresh breeze of the bay, you can fish mackerel (all the equipment is provided). The L’Acadien Sea Adventures experience is all the more interesting since you keep what you fish during the trip. Families are more than welcome to come on board!
- Downtown Bathurst is a peaceful place where families will find lots to do. Chocolate and candy lovers can’t miss a visit to Andrea Confectionery while music lovers will want to head to the Promenade Waterfront to catch shows at night. A unique activity to do as a family is to go paddle boarding with Waves SUP Chaleur. Many restaurants can also be found in Downtown Bathurst.
- Located on the edge of a beautiful lake in the village of Pointe-Verte, Atlas Park offers several activities for families. Pedal Boat rentals are available and there are many trails to explore in the forest. A restaurant is located on site and the park is open year-round.
For a bit of quirkiness…
- Paying tribute to the Chaleur Region with their beer names and designs, Four Rivers Brewery is certainly a place not to be missed during a visit to the region. The company’s name pays tribute to the four main rivers that flow through the city of Bathurst: Tetagouche, Middle, Little, and Nepisiguit.
- Newly opened, Au Bootlegger is a bar located in downtown Bathurst that offers a wide selection of local liquors and craft beers on tap. It’s quickly become a favourite place in the region to meet and discover local New Brunswick products.
- Return to an era long past at the Big D Drive-In where servers come to your car with your tray of food that then hangs from your car window while you eat. Nostalgia never tasted so good!
For the best Instagram pics…
- The Nepisiguit Mi’gmaq Trail offers picturesque views alongside the Nepisiguit River and is home to a variety of wildlife, from partridge to moose. A wonderful spot for pictures is the rope bridge built on the trail.
- The Chaleur Region is home to several waterfalls, including Pabineau Falls, Buck Falls, and Rainbow Falls, that are all unique and wonderful. You can discover the falls on your own or with a tour organized by some of our local guides.
- There’s no sunset like a Bathurst Harbour Sunset. Catch the colours of a sky on fire over the water.
- Jacquet River Gorge is in a protected natural area where small mountains, endless trees, rivers, and an abundance of wildlife make it a place worth visiting (and snapping some pics in).
For places to stay…
Whatever your vacation style, there’s a place to stay to match. Enjoy a cosy spot like l’Gîte Étoile du Havre B&B, a full-service hotel like the Comfort Inn Bathurst, or stay in the great outdoors at Camping Murraywood by the Sea. Find your perfect accommodation here.