Along the world-famous salmon fishing river of the same name, you’ll find the city of Miramichi and surrounding regions. Here, rich history, diverse cultures, and a knack for storytelling mean you might just hear a tale of a headless nun or a lumberjack legend during your stay. Whether you take in a festival, go adventuring in the great outdoors, or enjoy a stroll down the wharf to find a bite at a local restaurant, one thing’s for sure – you’ll encounter genuine hospitality at every turn.
Max out your summer fun at these Miramichi must-see and must-do spots...
For outdoor adventure...
· From the safety of your observation tower, watch the magnificent black bear in its natural habitat as well as interacting with “the bear whisperer,” Richard Goguen, of Little Big Bear Safari in Acadieville. You might even be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a bear cub and its proud mama-bear.
· Floating down the Miramichi River by kayak or canoe is a wonderful way to relax, but for those looking for more of a thrill, stand-up paddleboarding at Storeytown Cottages is the way to go. Start your adventure off with lessons before hitting the river for a day of paddling and sightseeing. This adventure offers a unique perspective of the Priceville-Mcnamee Footbridge.
· There are few things as peaceful as a day of Atlantic Salmon Fishing (and few things as exciting as reeling in that big catch!) Nestled on the banks of the Southwest Miramichi River, Country Haven Lodge boasts a private fishing pool and expert guides to share their expertise and stories of the river with you.
· Not for the faint of heart, New Brunswick’s longest zip line soars above French Fort Cove. This thrilling attraction is the perfect way to finish off hiking or mountain biking the Cove’s many trails.
· With Canada’s warmest salt water, pristine stretches of sand dunes, and fantastic cycling trails, Kouchibouguac National Park is a must-visit.
For some quality R&R…
· The best way to spend a sunny summer afternoon is to cruise along the Miramichi River with Miramichi Boat Tours. Hop aboard the Max Aitken with local river expert Captain Hache. Relax with a glass of wine on the promenade deck as you take in some of New Brunswick’s most pristine river views.
· Enjoy a summer day on a lazy river with Gallan’s River Tubing. Choose between a two- or four-hour tube run before being shuttled to your starting off point. Lay back and relax as the gentle current guides you down the Southwest Miramichi River.
· Beautiful white sand beaches and the warm waters of the Miramichi Bay await at Escuminac Beach. If a day pass isn’t enough time to truly experience this beautiful area, fully serviced camping sites are also available. For an added bonus, drop by Escuminac wharf for fresh lobster to bring back to your campsite.
For a dash of entertainment...
· Miramichi is known as Canada’s Irish Capital for a reason; that becomes most obvious during the annual Irish Festival. This three-day festival features the family walking parade which draws locals home to display their family crest. Afternoons can be spent savouring traditional Irish dishes and enjoying live entertainment, both music and the Nelson Doyle dancers. In the evening, Waterford Green comes to life with dancing (and Guinness!), as thousands make their way to the pub nights. This year Three Finger Cross will headline on Friday night, with Saturday night’s entertainment being provided by local favourite Raglan Road. July 19-22.
· You just never know who you will encounter on Beaubears Island - from early French fur traders to the eccentric Marquis Charles Deschamps de Boishébert and shipbuilders. Experience a leisurely river cruise before being guided through the island’s scenic trails, keeping an eye out for the characters who once called the island home. New for the 2018 season is the opportunity to enjoy a picnic lunch of locally sourced delicacies on the island. July 2-September 29.
· Miramichi was once a bustling logging community and that tradition is still celebrated each year at the Central NB Woodmen’s Museum. Listen in as Lumberjack Big Jim weaves tall tales as old as the river itself, try homemade baked beans, and learn forestry skills during this weekend of fun. You will also have the chance to see some of Canada’s top Timbersport champions compete in sports such as cross-cutting and axe-throwing at the Lumberjack Festival. Don’t forget your buffalo plaid!
For something delish…
· Located on the historic Waterfront in Chatham, 1809 Restaurant offers beautiful views of the Miramichi River from its large patio. Enjoy their farm to table special where all proteins have been raised or harvested right here in New Brunswick, specifically Northumberland and Kent Counties.
· A Taste of Metepenagiag “Ookdotaan” begins with a with personal, guided tour of the 3000-year-old Aboriginal community and heritage park and continues with a stop at the Interpretation Centre to view the exhibits and learn more about the lives of the people who called this land home. Gather fresh ingredients for the tea that will be served with food prepared in an outdoor cooking shelter. Sit down to listen to the stories of Metepenagiag before sampling seasonal fish or summer game with wild rice, traditional bread, and fragrant cedar tea.
· Eating at Maison Beausoleil is a fine dining experience where each oyster offers salty and sweet tastes with hints of hazelnut. Their unique harvesting techniques allow for year-round oyster production. Visitors to the Miramichi region can learn more about this harvesting technique on a tour of their facility in Neguac. Or, the oysters can be enjoyed within the city at VERA restaurant, a cosy, waterfront patio located at Ritchie’s Wharf featuring many locally sourced dishes, incredible views of the river, and NB craft beer.
· The smoked salmon martini is signature drink dreamed up by Keith Pond, owner of Pond’s Resort in scenic Ludlow, NB. The cocktail is made by marinating a piece of cold, smoked Atlantic Salmon in gin or vodka and vermouth for an hour. This location also boasts beautiful views of the river.
For family fun…
· In today’s technologically advanced age, sometimes it pays to get back to basics. Come Play on Our River offers today’s children just that experience. In this summer day camp, campers will have the opportunity to learn canoe safety skills, how to tie a fly, and introduce them to the art of salmon angling – instilling in them an early appreciation for the beautiful Miramichi River.
· Whether a kid or a kid at heart, everyone will love Miramichi Treehouse Camping Adventures. With options that sleep up to seven, these fully-serviced treehouses give you the opportunity to experience Atlantic Canada’s Great Outdoors from high in the tree canopy.
· Weaving fabric is as traditional as weaving a tall tale along the Miramichi. When you visit the historic Doak House Museum, you’ll be schooled in the bygone art of weaving by a costumed interpreter as part of Preserve a Memory. Your finished sample of Miramichi Tartan will be a lifelong reminder of your weaving experience.
For a bit of quirkiness…
· Despite the mysterious disappearances of tour guides, constant sabotages, and unearthly screams leaking from the depths of the French Fort Cove, the Dare The Dark with the Headless Nun Tour will continue to terrify the denizens of the Miramichi for another summer. Tour the depths of French Fort Cove as you uncover the legend of the Headless Nun. With new additions to the cast this year and a new path that will make use of the newly installed boardwalk, there is no better way to enjoy the Cove.
· Catch the big one with the giant fly tie in Doaktown.
For the best Instagram pics…
· Watch the sun go down over the Centennial Bridge from the expansive patio at 1809 Restaurant. Not only is the view to die for, every foodie will love taking shots of their meticulously plated dinner.
· With a 30 m drop and a 90% slope, Fall Brook Falls is thought to be the highest waterfall in New Brunswick. Accessible only by hike or canoe, this is truly a hidden gem.
· Art lovers (and Instagrammers) rejoice at these hand-painted murals located in our historic downtowns, highlighting the beauty and unity of our city.
· At 200 m, the Priceville-Mcnamee Footbridge in Doaktown is the longest footbridge in New Brunswick, one that only those with nerves of steel dare to cross. This is the third bridge to connect the communities of Priceville and Mcnamee with the two prior having been washed out by the powerful Miramichi river.
For places to stay…
Whatever your vacation style, there’s a place to stay to match. Enjoy a scenic spot like The Ledges Inn, a full-service hotel like the Rodd Miramichi River, or stay in the great outdoors at Sunrise Campground. Find your perfect accommodations here.