New Brunswick

Canada
New Brunswick which includes a lighthouse

Witness the awesome force of the world’s highest tides and learn about one of Canada’s most famous French-speaking populations in this Atlantic province.

New Brunswick is a Canadian province with land shaped by awesome tidal forces and a culture molded by unique colonial history. Visit the Bay of Fundy coast, with the world’s highest tides. Drive up the Atlantic coast to the Acadian Peninsula to explore the province’s delightful fishing villages inhabited by proud French-speaking people.

Most of the region’s main attractions are on the coast. Tour Saint John, New Brunswick’s largest city, on the Bay of Fundy. The city’s redbrick wharf district centered on Market Square is one of New Brunswick’s finest early ports. Visit the Loyalist House to learn about Saint John’s exciting origin: It was settled by British Loyalists escaping the newly independent United States in the late 18th century.

Saint John is one of the best places to witness the power of the Bay of Fundy. This Atlantic bay features the world’s highest tides. The water line rises up to 50 feet (15 meters) in some areas. In Saint John, this causes the Reversing Rapids, where the Saint John River reverses its course at high tide. Farther east along the coast, the Bay of Fundy’s tides have sculpted the Hopewell Rocks into strange shapes including arches and top-heavy “flowerpots.” At low tide, walk along 1 mile (2 kilometers) of exposed ocean floor among odd sandstone formations.

Drive north along New Brunswick’s Atlantic coast. Tiny fishing villages line the coastal cliffs and lighthouses tower over them. Head out along the Acadian Peninsula, where descendants of a French immigrant group that first settled the area live on. Notice the Acadian flag flying in small port towns of Shippagan and Lamèque. The flag features the French red, white and blue plus a gold star. Drive out to the point of the peninsula on Miscou Island, which is crowned by a red-and-white lighthouse.

Fly into Moncton in the southeast of the province to start exploring New Brunswick or take a ferry from the U.S. or a neighboring province to either of New Brunswick’s gorgeous coasts.

Popular cities in New Brunswick

Saint John showing a city and a marina
Saint John
Known for Shopping, Walking and Ports
The Fundy City offers a mix of British colonial heritage, a lively port city atmosphere and amazing natural sites shaped by the world’s highest tides.

Reasons to visit

  • Reversing Falls
  • Saint John City Market
Moncton
Moncton
Known for Theatres, Live music and Entertainment
Located on a riverbank near the Bay of Fundy, this historic railway hub features Victorian architecture, a popular zoo and a mysterious optical illusion.

Reasons to visit

  • Magnetic Hill
  • Magnetic Hill Zoo
Fredericton featuring a garden
Fredericton
Known for Hiking, Historical and Museums
Explore the grand government buildings, historic military barracks and towering churches that make up the skyline of New Brunswick’s riverside capital.
St. Andrews which includes street scenes
St. Andrews
Known for Friendly people, Relaxing and Walking
Return to a less-hurried time at a place that the wealthy once claimed as their playground. Whales frequently swim offshore, as this is part of their feeding grounds.
Dieppe showing cycling, tranquil scenes and hiking or walking
Dieppe
Known for Friendly people, Shopping and Family-friendly
From skiing and hiking to biking and snow shoeing, the rich natural environment of this southern Canadian town has many ways to experience the outdoors.