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As the largest of Canada’s three Maritime Provinces, New Brunswick is bursting with the pride and color of the Acadian French (Cajuns’ northern cousins). It’s rich historic past and stunning natural attractions make this bilingual province full of great things to see and do. Here’s our list of the five things you can’t miss in New Brunswick:
Hopewell Rocks. Located on the shore of the Bay of Fundy, these unique cliffs, caves and flowerpot-shaped pillars are made of dark sedimentary conglomerate and sandstone rock. During low tide you can see these fantastic formations from ground level; but even during high tide, the cliffs are still beautiful.
Saint John Reversing Falls. Watch these waters defy gravity as the St. John River changes directions. Of course, there’s a logical explanation for this: As the tides of the Bay of Fundy rise and fall, they cause the water of the river to change direction of its flow.
Shediac Lobster Festival. The town of Shediac hosts five days of fantastic seafood and world-class entertainment in early July. Established in 1949, the Shediac Lobster Festival draws visitors from all over the world to feast on succulent lobster and soak up Acadian and maritime culture.
Fundy National Park. On the coast between Saint John and Moncton sits an extraordinary parcel of land - 80 square miles of forested hills and valleys crisscrossed by miles of hiking trails. Cliffs front much of the rugged coastline, home of the highest tides in the world. To view this phenomenon, visit the beaches at Herring Cove, Point Wolfe and the picturesque town of Alma.
Kings Landing Historical Settlement. From June to early October, explore what this living museum has to offer. The settlement of 70 buildings is a representation of New Brunswick during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Though it does not depict a specific town, the village is a collection of salvaged or recreated buildings from around the province. With “settlers” dressed in 19th-century garb, you can get the gist of what New Brunswick was like back then.