Things to Do in New Brunswick
Saint John’s Reversing Falls are a natural phenomenon caused by the tides of Canada’s Bay of Fundy, which can differ in height by an astonishing 50 feet (15 meters) at certain times of the year. The huge incoming tides force back the flow of Saint John River, creating white-water-tinged whirlpools, waves, and rapids, before reversing in the opposite direction.
Situated on Canada’s east coast, the Bay of Fundy is known for its extreme tides. Twice a day the tide advances and retreats by as much as 52 feet (16 meters), leaving land previously covered by sea exposed and vice versa. The scenic lighthouse-dotted coastline, whale-inhabited waters, and quaint fishing villages add to the bay’s appeal.
A red-brick building spanning an entire city block, Saint John City Market is the oldest farmers market in Canada, with dozens of purveyors offering everything from fish-and-chips to local breads, wine, and cheese. Located just blocks from the Bay of Fundy, the market is an ideal spot to explore St. John’s finest food offerings or grab lunch during a day of sightseeing.
With hands-on workshops, docents in historical clothing, and live farm animals, Kings Landing offers visitors the chance to experience the 19th-century in rural New Brunswick. Milk a cow, do some gardening, and learn about blacksmithing at this expansive museum that combines educational exhibits with an interactive village.
Situated on ancient lands, the Metepenagiag Heritage Park is an aboriginal village rich in history and culture. The Mi'kmaq culture has called it home for nearly 3,000 years. Today there’s a preserved historic village with many archaeological and cultural artifacts to explore, as well as the Augustine Mound and Oxbow National Historic Sites.
The two historic sites allow insight into Mi’kmaq spirituality, community, and burial rituals. The “Village of Thirty Centuries” is the oldest continually occupied village in all of New Brunswick. Visitors have the chance to speak with Mi’kmaq Nationally Certified Heritage Interpreters, see the site’s tipis and other facets of daily life, or view a variety of interactive exhibits in the cultural center. Artifacts include the impressive Mi’kmaq ceramic pottery, clothing, and tools.
Outdoor lovers will want to check out the many hiking trails located on the grounds, which showcase the wildlife and plant life of the area and its medicinal and edible uses. Tours often include a walking tour of the museum and trails.
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