"New Brunswick - my home province" Top 5 Page for this destination Province of New Brunswick by Bwana_Brown

Province of New Brunswick Travel Guide: 942 reviews and 1,761 photos

New Brunswick is one of the three Maritime Provinces located on the Atlantic coast of Canada. The "Picture Province" was created in 1784 when it split away from the originally much-larger Nova Scotia, following the arrival of British Loyalists fleeing the American colonies as a result of the loss of the Revolutionary War (1776-1783). At 28,000 sq km in size, and with a population of only 750,000, it is small by Canadian standards, being 8th largest of the ten provinces and is about the same size as South Carolina or a bit bigger than the Republic of Ireland. Despite the influx of new English settlers, NB also has a large French-speaking population, stemming from the arrival of Samuel Champlain on the southern shores in 1604. As a result, NB is the only officially bilingual province in Canada and the mixture of the two cultures makes for some very interesting places to experience!

Surrounded on three sides by water, fishing and sailing has played a large part in its history and there is no shortage of water-based activities or scenic spots to enjoy. The interior is heavily forested, so much so that it still has 90% tree coverage, the most of any State or Province in North America. Most of the cultivated and settled areas are in the many river valleys that cut through the hills of the rolling countryside, especially in the southern part of New Brunswick. Settlement in the remainder of the province is mainly along the east, north and west coasts.

In the course of living here, I have covered it all partly through my job of dealing with the power grid and also as we went camping with our children in the 1970s and 80s. However, these tips will concentrate on more recent travels - some with my wife and others with my biking buddy Russell. The 'Things to Do' tips will start along the south coast with its high tides before moving to the other two coastlines. Then we will move inland to the sample the southern countryside before moving north to Kouchibouguac National Park, the tallest peak at Mount Carleton and small Miscou Island at the northeast tip. The map in my first 'General' tip gives an overview of the province and these destinations.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:A nice mix of English and French, lots of nature, friendly and safe
  • Cons:A cold and snowy spot in winter, mosquitos in early summer
  • In a nutshell:A great vacation destination if you time it right (May to October)!
  • Intro Updated May 11, 2007
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  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Mar 3, 2013 at 3:30 AM

    Fascinating tips on your home province! The tides and the reversing rapids sound awesome.

    • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
      Mar 3, 2013 at 3:58 AM

      Yes, the rugged coasts certainly provide for lots of interesting places to explore - and I have made the most of it over the many years I have lived here. New Brunswick is also the most heavily forested province or state in all of North America.

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Aug 22, 2011 at 10:55 PM

    Re-reading your page now in new VT is such a joy! Makes everything look much better!! Love the outdoors and the colours :-)) Gets me into the mood to plan a tent + kayak trip :-) Are you back in NB? I guess so, from your remark on your homepage.

  • icunme's Profile Photo
    Nov 9, 2009 at 11:45 AM

    Superb photos/detail - favorites: covered bridge, autumn leave colors and, I want that jet boat ride! Grazie, <(•¿•)>

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Jul 15, 2009 at 1:45 PM

    I got close to here on a New England trip-but still too far north. I did own CAmpobello Island for a while hen foreclosed on some of it for our Government in early 1990's. Nice Place

  • robertgaz's Profile Photo
    Dec 29, 2008 at 5:32 PM

    What a fantastic back yard you have to explore!

  • Luchonda's Profile Photo
    Dec 1, 2007 at 9:18 AM

    Great page Glenn, the sardine factory, the scottish highland games, in general a perfect overview and pictures.

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Aug 12, 2007 at 1:48 PM

    Great page! I knew the name of «Bay of Fundy» because of its gigantic tides, but it is nice to know how it looks like, besides the tides! The Old Sow is impressive! Superb change of colors of trees! My mouth was drooling in front of the lobsters photos!

  • nicolaitan's Profile Photo
    Jul 18, 2007 at 8:50 AM

    Wonderful reading - provided a rewarding and educational morning while at work. For a few years here, Moosehead was THE beer to be seen with. Learned a lot. Thanks. N.

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Jun 13, 2007 at 2:03 AM

    Great page, Glenn! In Soviet times behind the iron curtain that was our lovely way of summer holiday - to go camping... Now having an opportunity to travel around the world we've almost forgotten it. Thanks for reminding and beautiful virtual travel!

  • bugulma's Profile Photo
    May 30, 2007 at 11:35 PM

    looking at your page i've reakized that i'd like to live near of seaside too :-)

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