In the north-western corner of the province, surrounded by mountains laced with trails and nestled between two rivers, you’ll find the city of Edmundston. This region is home to French Brayonne culture, so make sure to learn about its history and taste its cuisine, especially the traditional ploye while you’re here. Take some time to explore the trails that run through the city, catch a festival or show, or give your inner botanist a treat at the New Brunswick Botanical Garden.
Max out your summer fun at these Edmundston must-see and must-do spots...
For outdoor adventure…
· For the avid walker or hiker, developed trails run through the downtown while the Le Prospecteur Trails take you through the woods and uphill to offer panoramic views of Edmundston.
· Outdoor enthusiasts will appreciate the region’s geography - nestled in a valley with two rivers and a beautiful mountain range.
· Located on the shores of the Madawaska River you’ll find République Provincial Park, a 44-ha (108-acre) recreational park that offers campsites, scenic hiking and cycling trails, and amenities such as a heated swimming pool, convenience store, and outdoor roofed amphitheatre.
For some quality R&R…
· Looking to relax and unwind? Take a walk over the pedestrian bridge in the heart of downtown and stop in at one of the cafes or meander through the Petit-Sault Park.
· No visit to Edmundston region is complete without a stop at the New Brunswick Botanical Garden where 80,000 plants, an insectarium, and the Mosaiculture exhibition are yours to discover.
For a dash of entertainment...
· This year’s Edmundston Jazz and Blues Festival will feature names like Breen LeBoeuf and Dwayne Dixon. June 22-23.
· 40th Edition of Foire Brayonne takes place this year, one of the largest Francophone festivals east of Quebec with over 100,000 visitors. This year the 5-day event will feature regional musicians and singers, North American stars, as well as an opening evening of comedy featuring Rhéal Béland, Mario Tessier, Martin Vachon, and Mélanie Ghaminé. August 1-5.
· Musical Wednesdays gives the public a chance to discover local artistic talent while enjoying the outdoors. Recurring, free.
· Head to the Resto-Bar Le Deck to enjoy evenings of live (and lively) music.
For something delish...
· The Blue Lotus Café is a must-stop: organic, vegetarian menu, a “bohemian” and internationally inspired atmosphere with recycled furniture, and works by artists displayed on the walls.
· L’Écluse - Halte gourmande offers a novel, healthy menu made from local products, coffee on tap, and the famous ploye.
· Les Brasseurs du Petit-Sault make Belgian-style craft beers, some of which are made from local malt. You’ll also learn a bit about local history on every bottle.
· Known for the creativity of its cocktails made from local products such as Northern Blue Honeysuckle, L’Inox Lounge has an atmosphere that’s contemporary yet casual.
· At Chantal’s Steakhouse steak, seafood, and rib lovers will find a gourmet menu that will make their mouths water. You can also bring your own wine!
· Located at the New Brunswick Botanical Garden, Café Flora is where Chef Paula Lentz brings her culinary creations to life. Local, tasty, fresh-as-it-gets ingredients shine through in her signature ‘comfort food with a contemporary twist’ creations.
For family fun…
· All aboard for some history and fun at the Du Réel au Miniature Railroad Interpretation Centre. Here, children and adults alike will learn about the history of the rail industry before hopping on a train that’s 1/8 of the real size for a 10-minute ride in the wilderness.
· The New Brunswick Botanical Garden also offers a memorable multi-sensory experience unique to the province where the whole family will experience flowers, learn about insects, and explore the Mosaiculture exhibition.
· Cool off from those hot summer days at the Saint-Basile water park.
· On a rocky outcrop where the Madawaska and the Saint John River meet, you’ll find the Petit-Sault Blockhouse, a real fort overlooking Edmundston.
For a bit of quirkiness…
· Enter an amazing miniature world at the Du Réel au Miniature Railroad Interpretation Centre where an 84-sq.-m (900-sq.-ft.) model layout recreates the New Brunswick railway transportation system. While you’re there, find out what it was like to be a railwayman for a day.
· Go hunting for giants... giant wooden sculptures that is! These works are done by local artist Albert Deveau with the use of a chainsaw.
· Don’t miss the celebrated Party du parking (parking lot party) of La Foire Brayonne.
For the best Instagram pics…
· Cross the Madawaska River and take a shot from the Pedestrian Bridge.
· There’s nothing like the view of Saint John River from the Madawaska Trails.
· Flowers, butterflies, and more are ready for their close-up at the New Brunswick Botanical Garden.
· Enjoy an unobstructed view of the valley at Mont Pointu in the rural community of Rivière-Verte.
For places to stay…
Whatever your vacation style, there’s a place to stay to match. Enjoy the luxurious Auberge les Jardins Inn, a full-service hotel like the Best Western Plus, or stay in the great outdoors at République Provincial Park. Find your perfect accommodation here.