New Brunswick, Canada! You’re going to hate it! 

If you hate sandy beaches, friendly people, world class seafood and breathtaking natural views; then I am pretty certain you won’t like N.B.!

New Brunswick, in my opinion, is one of the most overlooked provinces in Canada. If you are not from Canada, it’s the one province that you have most likely never heard of.

Map of Atlantic Canada

It’s situated in the between Quebec, Maine, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. It has no bestselling novels with a red headed pig tail girl about it, Sidney Crosby isn’t from here, and Hollywood stars don’t vacation here in million-dollar summer homes.  It is a plain and simply a forgotten province which more people tend to pass through on their way to other places.

The goal of this post is to highlight a few of the awesome things about South Eastern N.B. that you probably won’t like one bit.

Here are five random, things about New Brunswick, that you may not like.

#1. It’s way too green!

N.B. greenery

 The landscape is covered in lush green forests and fields. In fact, if you drive 20 minutes in any direction, you will find yourself in the forest; where you can hike and bike beautiful pristine trails for miles and miles or kilometers.

The only thing more annoying than the multi shades of green in the spring and summer are the colours of fall; when all that green turns into yellows, oranges and reds. Make sure not to visit in the fall, it’s too pretty, you won’t like it!

Fall Foliage

#2. N.B. just has too many beaches!

 Everywhere you turn there is another beautiful beach. If you head North East of Moncton, New Brunswick’s largest city, you will hit your first beach in 15 to 20 minutes. Shediac, Cap Pele, Grande Digue, Bouctouche…they just keep coming, all the way up the Acadian Coast. So many sandy beaches with funny names to choose from… too many really.

New Brunswick Beaches

And don’t expect cold water, nooo; the water in this region is warm! Why? Because it is situated between two land masses; the provinces of N.B. and Prince Edward Island. This body of water is called the Northumberland Strait. It is much shallower than the Atlantic Ocean which feeds into it, so it heats up quickly. It is actually the warmest water North of the Carolinas in the U.S.

N.B. where the water is warm

There are several public beaches, where you can prance around in your fav speedo; where you can see and be seen. But there are even more private beaches perfect for relaxing away from the crowds of people, ugh, I am fairly certain you wouldn’t enjoy that!

Here’s a hint for finding a nice private beach. If you see a wharf, and you will see many, there is usually a nice beach right beside it; that is where you will find the locals.

If you do run into locals, whatever you do, don’t make eye contact with them, they are so friendly, they will smile and say hi to you for no apparent reason. If this happens, just walk away quickly, before they start talking to you about the weather and asking you where you are from. Be careful, it’s surely some sort of trap!

Growing up in this region, I didn’t really appreciate the beauty of happening upon a lighthouse, fishing boats and colorful buoys, until I moved away. They are plentiful and offer lots of opportunities for that perfect Instagram shot!

Buoys, Boats and Lighthouse

#3. Trust me you will hate the Bay of Fundy!

As if all those beaches weren’t enough; next on our list is the Bay of Fundy, where freaky things happen!

The Bay of Fundy has the world’s highest and fastest tides in the world! The tidal range between low and high tide is 16.3 meters or 53 feet.

A great place to witness and experience the tides is Hopewell Rocks. At low tide you will be able to walk on the oceans floor, like literally, you will be walking on the bottom of the Bay of Fundy; but who would want to do that right?

Hopewell Rocks, N.B.

(the image above is a stock image, not mine)

And then, at high tide, you can kayak around the flower pots, that’s what they call the rock formations, because they resemble flower pots; and guess what are on top of these rock formations? More freaking green trees!!!

The tides change every 6 hours; so during daylight you will be able to see one low and one high tide.  As if the tides aren’t freakish enough, they create something called a Tidal Bore. Get this, the Petitcodiac River changes directions each time the tides change! Yup you heard me correctly; the rivers water flow changes direction every 6 hours. I am not lying, look it up!

You can be having a drink in Moncton, minding your own business and witness the Tidal Bore come in, it’s basically a wave that sweeps in and changes the direction of the river. If you are very unfortunate, you may also see a surfer or two riding the wave.

Surfers riding the wave

(The top image was sent to me by one of my Facebook friends, the bottom is a picture of the Petitcodiac River, taken by me flying into Moncton. Fun fact, it is also called the Chocolate River!)

#4. Too much fresh seafood

This part of the country is just too lobstery! Everywhere you go you are being forced to eat fresh seafood.

The best lobster

Where else in the world can buy lobster from a guy with a cooler in the back of his truck on the side of the road and have it be the best damn lobster you have ever eaten??

They are so cocky about their amazing lobster that they have erected a giant lobster in Shediac, which is; surprise, surprise, the lobster capital of the world. Way to rub it in Shediac!

Lobster in Shediac, N.B.

I just came back from a visit to N.B. and ate lobster 4 out of the 9 days I was there, I mean come on!! I suffered through it, but I am not going to lie, it was difficult.

#5. The people

New Brunswick’s population is mostly a mix of English and French, the French are called Acadians; there is also a strong First Nations presence. It is the only official bilingual province in Canada; this mix of cultures makes New Brunswick very unique and open. The people are naturally warm and welcoming, which is great… if you like that sort of thing?

How warm and welcoming? During 9/11 when Air Traffic Controllers on the East Coast were told to “empty the skies”, NB, as well as NS and Newfoundland welcomed tens of thousands of travelers who were forced to land in Atlantic Canada when the US airways were shut down.

Local communities opened their homes and hearts to these stranded travelers, showing them the meaning of Atlantic Canadian Hospitality.

A more recent example of this hospitality is how the region has welcomed and embraced a number of Syrian refugee families.

I used to joke that my dad would give you the shirt off his back and my mother would feed you; this isn’t uncommon, it’s just how people live their lives. They don’t think, they do, they help; that is who they are.

As you have probably figured out by now, there is nothing to hate in New Brunswick at all; in fact, I am fairly certain, if you give it a chance, you will absolutely fall in love with it! I had to leave to realize how madly in love with it and its people I am. There is a saying once a Maritimer, always a Maritimer; some of us leave, but we always eventually come back.

See you soon New Brunswick!!

Muah!

Liette

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124 thoughts on “New Brunswick, Canada! You’re going to hate it! ”

  1. OMG that was awesome!! And I will be visiting/camping at one of my favorite places in NB for the long weekend Martin Head. Where you can see Eagles, bear and moose all in the same weekend hanging out around your camp site. And again – totally friendly people. You’re readers would probably hate that too (NOT). Keep entertaining us Liette. Love the insight.

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    1. Wow im glad u enjoyed the new brunswick, and ur right u may leave New Brunswick, but it sure dont leave ur hart, to me its my home, i was born there, i miss it, wen im feeling miserable, i think of home, New Brunswick 💗💗

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    2. Not too many people know about Martin Head, but it is one of the most beautiful places to visit in NB if you have a 4 wheel drive to get there. I hate it there. lol

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    3. Don’t forget the St. John River, the most beautiful river in North America. Lots of green with a streak of blue running thru it. And lots of history along it’s length.

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    4. Voted by Reader’s Digest as one of the world’s seven best small islands, Grand Manan Island, set in the centre of the majestic Bay of Fundy, is nature at its best. Spectacular views and rugged coastal trails, combined with an abundance of marine wildlife and migrating birds, make Grand Manan a haven for artists, photographers and adventurers alike. I don’t see our island on your map so this is a must place for you to visit 🙂

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  2. If you want to party August 15 Acadian festivals and see a bit of history the Acadian village and more beaches fishing a long the ocean go more in the northeast

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  3. Love this post! Great job! We really do have a beautiful province. I love going to Fundy and Kouchibouguac national parks, as well as Cap Enragé. As for the seafood, the lobster is great, but so are the fried clams. Chez Léo (Shediac Bridge) and Chez Camille (Cap Pelé) are my faves. (Now I’m craving fried clams, lol)

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    1. Don’t forget the Alma sticky buns if you’re heading to Fundy…they’re a must do!! Also, do the Laverty falls trail. It’s breath taking 😀

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  4. Very nice to read but you miss Edmundston, with our foire brayonne in august, our jardin botanique and much more. But loved your post.

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    1. Yes, definitely you forgot Edmundston…Foire Brayonne end of July , dîner en blanc in August…Super restaurants…Botanical Garden…Cycle path…mountain biking …canoeing etc We talk both French and English

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      1. Forgot to tell you that I enjoyed reading your post and in Edmundston people are friendly and welcoming.

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  5. If you didn’t go up north of NB, you’ll have to come back, I swear, you « won’t » like it. 😉
    NB is the best place in the world!!! We left it for 6-8 years and came back which was the best decision we ever did!
    Peace!! Xox

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  6. Very good job Liette, you do a better job promoting nb than the government does. It’s all true what you said about nb it’s beautiful and everything else you said about it. Thanks,keep up the good work

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      1. I agree with Ken Sheeller you did a great job on promoting the Province. I am from the Miramichi. I live in Fort McMurray but NB will always be my home.

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  7. Great post about the best province in the best country! Describing the must-sees and must-did in NB is on my posts-to-write list, but your post is perfect. I hope you don’t mind if I reblog it. Thanks!

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  8. Everything you said about New-Brunswick is so true!!! Thanks for the great promotion of our wonderful province, New-Brunswick.

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      1. Agree with everuthing you said. We had the most marvellous time as Aussie wxchange teachers to Boiestown NB on thw Miramichi
        . Beautiful area friendly people. Loved it all. NB is a must see. ST ANDREWS by the sea Fredericton etc etc

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    1. Thanks Kris!! I moved to Vegas for work. People always say, wow you must not miss all that snow. I actually do miss it!! Will do a post on things to do in the winter…that people surely won’t like lol.

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  9. Well I’m from Ruchibcto New Brunswick and nice boating on the river and you can go to the beautiful sand dune and the fishing is great…

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  10. Loved this article! We’re actually going camping in Shediac this weekend and then off to Saint Andrews the NB Day long weekend (my happy place :)).

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      1. I think the Mighty Miramichi River is pretty awesome. Here in Miramichi we have the most festivals of any other city. We celebrate the Irish with the Irish Festival….the festival of Scotts…The Rock n Roll Festival….The Folksong Festival. We also celebrate the Acadian days….the Fisherman’s PowWow that bring both native and non native fisherman together. We also have the Pumpkin Festival and the Food truck festival. I m sure i forgot some! Lol

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  11. Love your article on NB, anyone who haven’t been here, surely would love to come and visit. I am from Baie Ste Anne, love digging clams there, we have really good seafood and the best sunsets. Wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. Another place you could mentioned is Campobella island, quite beautiful

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      1. Do not forget Grand Falls NB and surrounding villages and towns. I am from that area even thought I now live out ouest…I do hope to go back home one day to be close to family again and to enjoy the beauty of the falls in town, villages and our potato fields galore! Miss home and family every day! I am and always will be a maritimer at heart no matter where my hubby and I live! My roots are in NB and that will never change!

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  12. Bien dit-Well said! We often don’t realize or appreciate what we have because we are so used to seeing it everyday! I live in Beresford and I can see the ocean from my driveway and the green forest if I look the other way! 😍

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      1. Not a reply, but come visit Sussex on your way to Martin Head (spent many fun trips there) and visit the Murals that we are so proud of…among many other fun things to do in Sussex , Dairy Capital of New Brunswick .

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  13. Saint Andrews by the Sea beachcombing, shopping, hiking up Chamcook then Aquatium. Head to Canada’s Chocolate town St Stephen check out the museum and all things chocolate. Great article. We moved here from Ontario and love this province. Amazing place to raise a family.

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  14. Reblogged this on Robby Robin's Journey and commented:
    In just her second blog post, Liette does a great job of describing the spirit of my beloved province of New Brunswick. Worth a share. Mind you, we’re not so green for several months of the year; we’re white with snow, which is just as beautiful. And she’s only describing the SE corner. There’s still so much to tell you about another time, so much more. But thanks for a great intro, Liette. Good luck with your new blog!

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  15. I am from Saint John and living in Tennessee. Great description of my home province! Sure miss family and friends the most. Thanks for the reminders of what to bring my daughters to see when we visit next!

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  16. ….and what about the Highland games in Miramichi, the salmon fishing, (famous people do go salmon fishing in NB), the whale watching in St. Andrew’s, the clam digging on the north shore, Fredericton the capitol where the beautiful Saint John river runs through the middle, where they still have customary changing of the guards, wonderful farmers markets, theatre, art gallery, horse racing, zip lining…. drive along Waterloo Row and admire the historic mansions… New Brunswick has beautiful golf courses….I could go on and on…you barely touched on all the things New Brunswick has to offer. I moved away to Florida 20 years ago and it is a shame that people seem to just drive through to other destinations.

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  17. Great post and so true. I grew up in the St John River Valley and travelling back from UK for a two week vacation with the kids. Nothing beats a bit of camping and a canoe along the beautiful St John River also love St Andrews. Looking for things to do and this brought back some memories and some good ideas. As you say, once a Maritmer always a Maritimer!

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  18. This is an awesome article being born and raised here most of my life except for when I lived out west (witch was beautiful but still not home ) I love it here you hit the pin right in the noise it’s where I’m choosing to raise my son so he can be the next generation nber the one thing I felt you missed is the fresh water swimming we have places like Memel falls ( my favourite stop) or Gordon or even bridge 45 there’s just something about jumping out the window of a covered bridge in the 20th century !!!!

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  19. I could not agree more. I might have been born in Nova Scotia and raised in the Gaspé, but every summer I was at Parley Beach in New Brunswick. I miss my herring chokers! Don’t miss the insane levels of mosquitoes though 😉

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  20. I love this! As an NB’er who lives away I always telling others about the lovely place I call home! Don’t forget St.Stephen home of both the Chocolate Festival and the International Homecoming Festival!

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  21. Several times I’ve visited Saint John, and photographed the sunrise over Saints’ Rest Beach. Fun stuff. Also, there’s a cool rock-faced wishing well at McLarens Beach in Saint John, got a few photographs of that as well.

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  22. Thank you for this post…it’s wonderful to see all the love for this province. I’m from Bathurst and live in Ontario now but we visit every year…we’ll be there first week of August to visit family. We bring the whole family with us…daughter, married son, daughter-in-law, grand daughter, rent a cottage in Beresford and enjoy the week with family. Even at 60, this place still holds my heart and will forever.

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  23. I am a New Brunswicker living in Calgary. I make 2 trips to Bathurst and wonderful Youghall Beach every summer. In fact I had been lucky enough to remotely work from the cottage in summers past and now that I am retired I am looking forward to more time there hopefully including a winter trip to snowmobile. Spending 6 weeks there starting in August. I have learned to appreciate the beauty of the area and it is still home.

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  24. You are right, we love and we love with all we have. Open doors everyone. Thank you for loving New Brunswick as much as we all do. ❤

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  25. I can’t believe no one mentioned Washadamoak and Grand Lakes ,,, perhaps the two most beaitiful lakes in the world, ,,,, loved the article

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  26. Thanks for your post. My husband and I are looking forward to our first trip to Atlantic Canada near the end of August and are planning to spend a week in N.B. Hoping to do all of your recommendations, plus a lot more!!
    Debbie

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  27. for the Best Seafood plate in NB, va a la Terrasse chez Steve à l’entré de Miscou, et oui en Aout c’est dans la péninsule Acadienne que ca se passe

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  28. Liette, what a wonderful article on our beautiful province! We live in Bathurst and our children and grandchildren were home from Ontario for 10 days this past July and just kept raving about the beautiful scenery, beaches, seafood, etc. They all loved it so much they are thinking they want to move here. Their reaction made me actually look at my province with a new perspective and truly appreciate what we have here. Thank you for reinforcing that with your wonderful blog. Keep up the good work.

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    1. Thank you Judy, I see it in a different light since I have moved away as well. I will be back in a few weeks for vacation, can’t wait! Thanks for taking the time to read!

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  29. New Brunswick is my Hidden Gem. However when my friends from Ontario ask me what its like I say it’s okay. It’s my Hidden Gem. I don’t want it over commercialized and over populated . I know that sounds selfish but it’s my Hidden Gem. I love you New Brunswick. Your my hidden gem .

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