"Sussex - nestled in the valley" Sussex by Bwana_Brown
Sussex Travel Guide: 18 reviews and 48 photos
Sussex is the place where I spent most of my early childhood years, went through school from Grades 1-12 and then spent another three summers there, until the age of 20, as I worked to pay my way through university. I still return regularly to visit my mother and a younger brother who never caught the wanderlust like I did!
The town has one of the most beautiful settings in New Brunswick due to its location in a wide valley formed by the meandering Kennebecasis River, which flows westward as a tributary to the mighty Saint John River. The location of the town here was a bit of an accident when, in 1857, the original settlement of Sussex Corner refused the offer of having a railway station built in their community as the new European and North American Railway was building a line between Moncton and Saint John - feeling these infernal machines would be far too disruptive to their quiet and peaceful way of life. As a result, the railway station was located a few miles to the west in what was then regarded as 'swamp ground', a location that soon grew into the town of Sussex as business establishments began to sprout beside this new and efficient means of transportation.
Sussex eventually came to be the hub of major highways connecting Fredericton, Saint John and Moncton and is a prime tourist area with many nearby attractions. This photo shows the route of the original Trans-Canada Highway as it descends Prescott Hill from Fredericton, with the road swinging left to Moncton and right to Saint John. It was from the bottom of this hill in early-May, 1970 that I set out hitch-hiking to western Canada just to break the constant monotony of university for 7 months and then summer work for 5 months! I made it to Quebec City the first night, Chalk River north of Ottawa the 2nd, Sault-ste-Marie the 3rd, Thunder Bay (at the western end of the Great Lakes) the 4th and half-way across the country in Winnipeg, Manitoba after 2100-miles and four and a half days since setting out. By then, my little adventure had cured me so, two days later, I hopped on a $26 non-stop train ride and soon arrived back in Sussex to begin another round of work!
- Pros:A quiet little town situated in a beautiful location
- Cons:Maybe too quiet at times!
- In a nutshell:A friendly and laid-back place
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