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Susan May 31st, 2002 06:11 PM

New Brunswick Advice
 
We're slowly coming up with an itinerary for our trip to Atlantic Canada in early September. We've ended up booking a couple of nights in Quebec City on our way from Toronto, and I'm fairly clear on where we'll go in Nova Scotia, but I don't know a lot about New Brunswick. We were thinking of driving from QC to Frederickton and spending 1 night there. Then I thought of 2 nights near Fundy National Park, and from there, we'll go on to Nova Scotia. Coming back, I thought we would take the ferry from Digby to St. John and spend a couple of nights in the St. Andrews area before heading back to Toronto. I haven't any idea which route we'll take back (through the US or back through Quebec). <BR><BR>Any advice on the NB part of our trip? We're going for a mix of bigger hotels where I can get a good corporate rate and smaller more charming B&B type places. I posted a question earlier about a B&B called Aubergine & Spa in a place called Riverside-Albert. Has anyone heard of it? It was recommended in Fodor's guidebook. Any recommendations for places in Frederickton or St. Andrews? I've checked BBCANADA.COM - loads of places listed, as well as a guide to New Brunswick that I picked up at CAA. I would prefer to spend no more than $100 CAD / night. <BR><BR>Thanks in advance for any help!

Melissa Jun 1st, 2002 05:43 AM

Hi Susan,<BR><BR>In Fredericton (no "k") there are a few choices, if you are looking for upscale there is the Sheriton, or Lord Beaverbrook, Moderate Fredericton Inn or perhaps Howard Johnson, Country Inn and Suites, and tourist class, Comfort Inn. The Holiday Inn in Mactiquac about 30 minutes from the city is nice. They are trying to make it a bit of a resort, and it is on the head pond of the dam, so there is a lot of river to swim in there. For stuff to do in F'ton you can see the changing of the guard at officer's square, take a river tour in the "Carleton". Enjoy the Green which is a park on the River. Try to go to Odell Park. It is a huge park in the middle of the city, it has hiking trails, deer, ducks, and takes up quite a huge chunck of the South side. <BR><BR>In St. Andrews the most famous hotel is the Algonquin. It was built in 1890 by the CP rail. It is lovley, and fancy. If you are looking for B&B's, the Pansy Patch is very nice, the Cat's Meow is also a good one. I lived there for two years, and I know there are a lot of B&B's but I can't think of all thier names. St. Andrews is a great place to go whale watching, they have an aquarium with local sea life that would live in the Passimaquady Bay. The tanks are filled with water right out of the bay. There is a touch tank where you can pick up starfish, crabs, and other small animals. You can visit the block house which has cannons pointed at Maine, there are cannons all over the town because they were afraid of American attack in the 1800's.

Susan Jun 1st, 2002 06:43 AM

Thanks Melissa. Sorry about the incorrect spelling! Very lame for a Canadian and I apologize. Any recommendations for something not upscale? We're wanting to stick to a budget on this trip and trying to find places no more than $100 a night.

Melissa Jun 1st, 2002 08:39 AM

In Fredericton under $100 I would think the comfort inn, for St. Andrews I am not sure, there is one hotel right on Water St I can even tell you it is grey, but I can not for the life of me think of the name....That would be under $100. The other thing would be to stay in St. George or St. Stephan which are both near St. Andrews. They would probibly be cheaper for hotels. Something else I would suggest is to go to Campebello Island, the ferry is from St. George, and I guess really amazing.

Susan Jun 1st, 2002 11:57 AM

Thanks Melissa. When I posted my original note, I hoped you see it and answer - you're the resident NB expert! I've heard that Campobello Island is lovely. Thanks again.

nancy Aug 26th, 2002 08:22 AM

We visited St. Andrews this summer. Stayed at The Inn On Fredrick which was just beautiful. The host ( Joyce) was very helpful and the rooms were beautiful. Great breakfast, but not included in the price of the room. It is a nice town to walk around in .

Louisa Aug 29th, 2002 08:49 AM

Hi,<BR><BR>I would suggest that you take the US route on your way back. I've done the Canadian and US route many many times (we live in Ontario and every summer would visit cousins in NB). The drive through New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine is spectacular. Also if you cross the border at St. Stephens you can stop by the Gangnon chocolate factory! :&gt;<BR><BR>Louisa

Photobear Apr 17th, 2005 08:46 AM

Too bad you don't have Shediac NB on your trip. Warm waters, great seafood, Lobster Capitol of the World and all this 15 minutes from Moncton.

I live here and I know why we get so many tourists. It's a great place.


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