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New Brunswick's Top Ten Family Vacation Experiences


  • Irving Eco-centre La Dune de Bouctouche, Bouctouche: Stroll the boardwalk over the dunes, build castles at the beach, hike with a nature guide. Good interpretive centre.

  • Kouchibouguac National Park: Kayak among seals in warm lagoons with Kayakouch Inc., swim at a sandy beach, and sign up for the park’s family programs.

  • St. Andrews By-the-Sea: old-fashioned fun at a seaside resort. Stay at the Algonquin (summer programs), visit the Huntsman Marine Science Centre, Aquarium and Museum, finger paint and more at the Sunbury Shores Arts and Nature Centre, kayak around the bay or whale watch in a zodiac, travel to the Ganong chocolate factory in St. Stephen.

  • Searching for Whales, St. Andrews By-the-Sea, with Fundy Tide Runners: Hop aboard a zodiac for a fast two-hour adventure to find whales, seals and birds. Kids five and over.

  • New Brunswick’s Day Adventures program throughout the province. Learn to eat a lobster or fly-fish along the mighty Miramichi, sign up for a family hike, or become a soldier for a day. Sign up at kiosks all over the province.

  • Miramichi River Float Trip Adventure: Float down the Miracmichi, view wild Atlantic salmon and hear stories of the river on a 20s style float trip. From Pond’s Resort.

  • Hopewell Rocks, one of the marine wonders of the world: walk on the ocean floor when the tide is out, then watch twice a day as one hundred billion tons of seawater pulse into the shore. Kayaking available on the rising tides.

    Kings Landing Historical Settlement, just north of Fredericton: this bustling Loyalist village peopled with costumed citizens, offers a fascinating look into the last century.

  • Escape to Nature program hosted by Madawaska Maliseet First Nation in St. Basile: be welcomed with sweetgrass and take a guided walk through the forest with a native elder.

  • Saddle up at a guest ranch: At Broadleaf Guest Ranch, take a guided horseback trek, or paddle or pedal through the sprawling saltwater marches or over covered bridges.

  • City Adventure in Moncton (zoo and Magnetic Hill), Saint John or Fredericton?
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