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If You Have 4 Days
If you have a short time, concentrate on one region, such as the Fundy Coast. You can start in Saint John, steeped in English and Irish traditions and rich in history and art. The resort town of St. Andrews by-the-Sea is an hour's drive west and has plenty of art, history, nature, and seafood to feast your senses. Whale-watching tours leave from the town wharf, and the outstanding Kingsbrae Horticultural Garden is here, as are some of the province's finest crafts. Spend a day and a night, then backtrack through Saint John, taking Route 1 past Sussex to Route 114 and Fundy National Park. Route 915, above the park, hugs the coast. At Cape Enrage you can visit a working lighthouse and enjoy a cup of seafood chowder. There are lots of things to do around Hopewell Cape, where the Fundy tides have sculpted gigantic rocks into flowerpot formations that turn into islands at high tide. Finish the trip with Moncton, a microcosm of New Brunswick culture and just an hour's drive from Fundy National Park.
If You Have 7 Days
Add an Acadian Coast experience to the four-day tour. Head north from Moncton and explore the area around Shediac, famous for its lobsters and Parlee Beach. Just beyond is Bouctouche, with its wonderful dunes restoration project where visitors can walk for free for miles on a boardwalk over the dunes, and the make-believe land of Le Pays de la Sagouine, a beautifully designed park that pays tribute to famous Acadian author Antonine Maillet and La Sagouine, the charwoman character she created. Another 50 km (31 mi) north is Kouchibouguac National Park, with protected beaches, forests, and peat bogs. The coastal drive from the Park to Miramichi City, about 75 km (47 mi), passes through several bustling fishing villages. Most of the communities are Acadian, but as you approach Miramichi City, English dominates again. A stopover here positions you perfectly to begin your exploration of the Acadian Peninsula. It's only about 120 km (74 mi) from Miramichi City to Caraquet, where the Acadian Historical Village is a careful re-creation of the traditional Acadian way of life.
If You Have 10 days
Follow the 7-day itinerary. From Caraquet plan at least half a day to drive across the top of New Brunswick (Route 134 along the coast and Route 17 inland through the forest) to the St. John River valley. Begin your explorations among the flowers and the music of the New Brunswick Botanical Gardens in St-Jacques, outside Edmundston. The drive from here to Fredericton is about 275 km (171 mi) of panoramic pastoral and river scenery, including a dramatic gorge and waterfall at Grand Falls and the longest covered bridge in the world at Hartland. Kings Landing Historical Settlement, near Fredericton, is a faithful depiction of life on the river in the 19th century. With its Gothic cathedral, Victorian architecture, museums, and riverfront pathways, Fredericton is a beautiful, historic, and cultural stopping place and the seat of the province's government. The drive from Fredericton back to Saint John on Route 102 is just over 100 km (62 mi).
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