A vacation doesn’t have to include hours of travelling or even leaving New Brunswick. Get out and explore your own back yard, and see what this beautiful province has to offer. Here are just 25 ideas of things to do for a staycation in New Brunswick.
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Go Picnicking on the Ocean Floor
The Bay of Fundy is home to the highest tides in the world, which means you can walk and even picnic on the ocean floor. There are three beaches where the tides hide and uncover the ocean floor. Check tide times to see when you can explore the ocean floors. Details
Tour the Covered Bridge Potato Chip Factory
Covered Bridge Potato Chips are a Maritime favorite snack that comes in over 30 flavours. Witness how Russet potatoes turn into a tasty treat, and learn about the history of New Brunswick agriculture. The gift shop offers the more than 30 flavors of chips for you to take home.
35 Alwright Ct, Waterville
$3.45 to $5.75
Go on Bike Ride
From city rides to mountain bike trials, New Brunswick is home to amazing bike trails for all skill levels. Enjoy a short ride, or test your skills on a multi-day wildness ride.
Take a Spa Day
Treat yourself and get away from the stress of daily life. A spa day can make all the difference, even if spas are looking a little different. New Brunswick is home to many relaxing spas that make the perfect place for a spa day. Details
Visit Some of the Unique Places
From the ocean to the city, New Brunswick has so much to offer visitors. Those who want to discover new locations and seek out unique experiencesare left with memories to last a lifetime.
Go camping doesn’t mean you have to rough it in the woods anymore. Go Glamping and reconnect with nature in comfort. Spend a night in old-growth forests or near beautiful beaches without having to set-up your own campsite. Details
Off the Grid Getaways
Unplug yourself from your busy daily routine and reconnect with nature with a backcountry camping trip. New Brunswick is home to many great campsites but if you really want to experience nature’s beauty, head off the beaten path and get ready for awesome backcountry camping.
Enjoy the glorious natural hotspots in New Brunswick through hiking or a leisurely walk. From fabulous options to enjoy various migratory birds that visit the province to walking on the ocean floor.
Shediac Bay Cruises
Experience the Acadian culture and learn all there is to know about lobsters while relaxing on the water. Take a short bay tour or go on the complete lobster experience, the Lobstertales tour. Lobstertales was named a Canadian Signature Experience in 2011.
60 Pointe-du-Chene Wharf Road, Pointe-du-Chene
$23.50 to $79
Neptune Drive-In: See two movies under the stars in the comfort of your own vehicle or on the grass at the Neptune Drive-in Theatre. Home to the largest 4k outdoor screens in Atlantic Canada, this is the perfect place to spend a weekend night at.
693 Main Street, Shediac
$5 to $25
Sussex Drive-In: See the latest blockbusters and old favorites under the stars at the Sussex Drive-In. One of two remaining drive-in movie theatres in New Brunswick, Sussex Drive-in shows movies on the weekends and sometimes on Tuesdays.
133 Aiton Road, Sussex
$5 to $30
Escuminac Beach & Family Park
Gather up the family and get ready for a fun beach adventure. Relax on the beach and spend the night under the stars at the Escuminac Beach and Family Park. Offering both a quiet vacation spot and a perfect place for a day with the family, Escuminac Beach is worth the drive.
301 Escuminac Point, Escuminac
$2 to $222
Visit a National Park
Fundy National Park: Experience the world’s highest tides, explore the pristine forest, and spend the night under the stars all at Fundy National Park. Hidden in the Acadian forest, you can spend the night in yurts and other unique camping options. You can even walk on the ocean floor at low tides.
Kouchibouguac National Park: Located on the east coast of New Brunswick, Kouchibouguac National Park is a unique blend of nature’s elegance and enchanting Mi’kmaq and Acadian cultures. Experience the Acadian struggle, marvel at the Mi’kmaq way of life and hike through lush mixed-wood forests.
Fresh Air Adventure
Experience the wildness and the Bay of Fundy with Fresh Air Adventure. Paddle your way around cliffs covered in green forests of the Fundy National Park, and drift into the sea caves. All tours come with everything you need, except for sleeping bags and personal belongings.
16 Fundy View Drive, Alma
$60 to $490
Watch Whales, Photograph Puffins with Sea Watch Tours
Go whale watching with the longest running eco-tour in New Brunswick when you sail with Sea Watch Tours. The Captain and crew of the ‘Days Catch’ guarantee that you will see whales or your tour is free. You can choose from their 2 tours, the Machias Seal Island Tour where you can see puffins or the Whale Watching – Pelagic Birding Tour where you will see whales.
2476 Route 776, Grand Manan
From $55 to $150
Take a step back in time when you visit Kings Landing and meet the costumed characters in the village who depict real people from New Brunswick’s fascinating past. Take a stroll through the museum and check out the over 90,000 artifacts that will give you a look at the colourful history of this Loyalist village. Be sure to visit the Peddler’s Market to find a souvenir to remember your visit.
5804 Route 102, Prince William
Adult: $18.99, Senior (65+): $16.99, Student (Valid ID required): $16.99, Youth (6-15): $14.99, Children (0 to 5): Free, Family (Max. 2 Adults; Max. 2 Youth): $44.99, Additional Youth: $6.99
Jolly Breeze Tall Ship Tours
Tall ships and whales are iconic sights in the Bay of Fundy. Come aboard the Jolly Breeze, a classic tall ship, and head out to spot Humpback Whales and maybe even white-sided dolphins, porpoises and North Atlantic Right Whales. If you prefer a faster adventure, check out the VIP Jet Boat.
4 King Street, Saint Andrews
$44 to $69
Go wild and climb to the top of trees to get a bird’s eye view of the forest. Explore, climb and conquer the Timbertop Adventures courses. Make sure to check out the zip line challenges where you can catch glimpses of the St. John’s River.
730 Dominion Park Road, Saint John
$21.99 to $44.99
Take an Uncorked Tour of Uptown Saint John to discover the best restaurants and drinking establishments where you will enjoy local wine, beer, spirits, and food. Your guide will highlight the history of uptown Saint John during the walks between the locations. The tours start at Saint John City Market, where Uncorked Tours have just opened a taproom that has excellent local beer, wine, and cocktails.
47 Charlotte St, Saint John
$44 – $109 +HST
Quilli’s Family Fun Factory Inc.
Have a blast on hot days on the inflatables at Quillis Family Fun Factory Inc.. The whole family is sure to have a great time going through the 280-foot long obstacle course, sliding down water slides, and climbing the soft mountain. They also have a wide variety of games and inflatable bouncers that you can rent.
5171 NB-102, Upper Kingsclear
Weekdays: $23.00, Weekends: $26.45
Get away from the stresses of everyday life and go camping at Jellystone Park. They have many free supervised activities including storytime with the rangers for the kids, and the free nightly hayride around the park with Yogi Bear for families. There are also special visits from Yogi Bear, Boo Boo, Cindy Bear and Ranger Smith that will delight everyone, no matter their age.
174 Hemlock St, Lower Woodstock
$268.00 – $1318.00 +HST
The Chocolate Museum
Visit the Chocolate Museum that was created from parts of the famous Ganong candy factory and learn how the Ganong Brothers made their famous candy and chocolates over a century ago. The Chocolate Museum has many hands-on exhibits and displays that will impress curious minds. Make sure to stop at the Tasting Station for samples of delectable chocolates and at the end of the tour head to the on-site gift shop to buy some chocolates for you to savour on your trip home.
73 Milltown Blvd, St. Stephen
Adult: $10, Senior/Student: $8.50, Family (2 Adults & 2 Children): $30
Enjoy River Tubing
Gallan’s Miramichi River Tubing: Have a great time tubing on the Miramichi River. You can pick from two packages of either the Rapids Run that is 3 to 4 hours long or the Tidal Run that is 2 hours long. They even rent extra tubes that can hold drink coolers, so you can stay hydrated while you float along.
48 Kersey Lane Route 118 Hwy, Doyles Brook
$10 – $20 +HST
Nashwaak Tubing: Spend a little of your downtime floating down the Nashwaak River, which is one of New Brunswick’s most scenic rivers. Nashwaak Tubing’s lazy river float is an adventurous way to actually relax while enjoying the beauty of nature. Be sure to rent a cooler tow, so you can enjoy a cold drink while you float along.
1575, Route 148, Durham Bridge
$10 – $25
Visit a Provincial Park
If you are looking for a place to have a fantastic outdoor adventure, New Brunswick’s provincial parks like the Mount Carleton Provincial Park offers camping, hiking, swimming, and fishing.
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Re-discover New Brunswick’s big cities.
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