During lockdown in the UK, I have plenty of time to reflect and look back on some of my favorite past adventures. One of them is to discover Fundy Coastal Drive in New Brunswick in the Atlantic Canada province.
I wanted to put together this guide to explain why Fundy Coastal Drive should be at the top of your bucket list as you plan your future trip.
new Brunswick There is so much to offer travelers – from incredible natural beauty, to large open spaces, epic nature trails, and cozy fishing communities along the way. Fundy Coastal Drive makes the province an excellent option for travelers to the UK when lockdown times are over.
Atlantic Canada includes the four Canadian provinces along the Atlantic coast—the three maritime provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island—and the easternmost province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
This is a two-part blog series that will explore Fundy Coastal Drive in Atlantic Canada, touring the Cabot Trail in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. With these two terms, you will be able to easily follow a road trip in two weeks (14 days), or end the journey and complete each province in one week.
The route is ideal if you want to extend the duration of your trip. You can spend more time in Halifax, or go to Prince Edward Island. Simply put, Atlantic Canada is yours to explore.
This road trip guide will focus on exploring Fundy Coastal Drive in New Brunswick in one week. let’s get started!
How to travel from United Kingdom to Atlantic Canada
(Please note that all information in this blog post is pre-epidemic and subject to change)
Flight times from the UK to Atlantic Canada are faster than you might think, with a direct flight from London Heathrow Airport to Halifax, NS International Airport taking just 6 hours and 55 minutes.
Halifax is the largest city in the Maritime Provinces, and offers the best international connections to the region, making it a good starting point for Fundy Coastal Drive.
Of course, if you want to start your adventure in the province of New Brunswick, you can fly home from Halifax to St. John (not to be confused with St. John’s, the capital of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador).
The route will take you along Fundy Coastal Drive along roads 114 and 111 to Moncton. You can also find a domestic airport in Moncton.
It will take you two hours and forty minutes of driving time from Halifax to Moncton. From Halifax Airport, the journey is two hours fifteen minutes.
Moncton is a good starting point on the New Brunswick Fundy Coastal Drive.
Alternatively, you can also look into the new Eastern Exit, which has been added as the starting point for Fundy Coastal Drive from 2020.
Travel Tip: You may want to make your own car rental arrangements at Halifax Airport.
You can also find a ferry that departs from St John, NB to Digby, NS – the crossing takes about 3 hours to make. If you had a time frame of two weeks, it is possible to make a complete loop around the two provinces, and in this case, I would use Halifax as your reliable starting and ending point.
Start your journey in New Brunswick in Moncton City
At this point, you’ve probably just crossed the Atlantic, and you may be feeling a little restless. Use your first arrival day in Atlantic Canada to arrange your car rental, possibly a 3-hour drive from Halifax to the start of Fundy Coastal Drive, and into downtown Moncton to wake up bright and early and prepare for the morning Stay overnight.
The Residence Inn by Marriott Moncton is the perfect place for the first night – with parking, friendly service and a hearty buffet breakfast to enjoy in the morning. Don’t forget to pack your travel coffee mug; You’ll need it for the road trip ahead.
Once you reach downtown Moncton, you can walk around before sunset and have an evening meal.
I would recommend checking out a local gastropub called Tide and Bore. Be sure to sample some fantastic locally crafted beers, a wide selection of fresh oysters, and for the brave – you can also try the Boer Poutine for a local and unique twist on a classic Canadian dish.
In the morning, it’s time to head out along Fundy Coastal Drive.
Night-sky photography at Hopewell Rocks
Today New Brunswick Landmark is an easy drive to Hopewell Rocks.
Hopewell rocks are rocks caused by tidal erosion.
You can see them at the Hopewell Rocks Ocean Tidal Exploration Site.
Built thousands of years ago by a glacier retreat, this location allows you to roam and explore the many structures that the region has to offer.
Why not come back to Hopewell Rocks as the sun sets and enjoy great night-sky photography? Don’t forget to bring your camera and a hot bottle of tea.
Adventure awaits at Cape Enrage
Be sure to visit Cape Enrage on your way to Alma.
Here you will find old fossils, breath-taking views of the Bay of Fundy, a 140-year-old lighthouse and (subject to tidal conditions) you can see a reef that has claimed many ships in the last century.
If you want to add a touch of adventure, why not take part in zip-lining or rappelling, which is available here.
Parks Canada’s Alma and Fundy National Parks
Alma is a charming fishing village located along your driveway, and is the perfect place to base yourself if you want to explore Fundi National Park Located just at the door of the city.
Fundy National Park is part of Park Canada, and you’ll need to get a pass from the information center if you want to do some hiking.
I would recommend starting with the Dixon Falls Trail – a nice and easy one to do after a long drive. You can walk around in a loop until you find a stunning waterfall that is worth a walk.
To learn more about the many endless trails you can do in Fundy National Park, be sure to take a map and get some advice at the information center when you pick up your Park Canada Pass.
Kayak around the Sea Caves of St. Martins
The cozy coastal town of St. Martins is sure to accompany your visit. It is an ideal place for sea kayaking and it will spend most of your day.
I would recommend checking red rock adventure – Together they can give you a 2.5 hour tour that will cover most of the famous sea kayaking destinations around the St. Martins Coast.
Take a stroll in the sea caves with your kayak, swim at the highest tide in the world.
Immerse yourself in the dramatic coastline of sheer red rock reefs, engraved to smooth perfection over millions of years.
Your tour will allow time for some beach combing, and you’ll have the chance to try some delicious smoked salmon. How’s that for a pit stop?
This is a great way to explore the spectacular high tide and coastal creeks that New Brunswick has to offer.
Scenic Drive of Fundy Trail Parkway
Fundy Trail Parkway was one of the main attractions of the trip, providing a stunning beach driving experience.
Aim to be at the entrance when it opens, and complete the entire drive in one go. The park has only one entry and exit point, so you will have to return to yourself at some point.
That way, you’ll have the entire park by the time you start making your way back, as visitors stop at the first point of interest instead of the last.
Morning is also a great time for beautiful lights, and fingers crossed give you some nice weather later in the day.
Stay in Picturesque St. Andrews By-the-Sea
It is time to visit the stunning coastal city of St. Andrews by-the-Sea, this charming city is practically as far away as you can go along Fundy Coastal Drive.
If you want to go whale watching in Atlantic Canada, St. Andrews is your best bet – especially if you arrive in the right season.
Set out for the waters of Pasmaquoddy Bay with fundy tide runners offering top class whales watching the rib boat tour. Watch Atlantic Canada marine lifestyle from the water and see if you can spot some lobster boats in the ocean.
Be sure to visit Kingsbray Gardens in St Andrews, home to twenty-seven acres of gardens and horticultural masterpieces. From outdoor art exhibits, sculptures, ponds and streams, it has a lot to offer to visitors.
If looking for a lunch spot, Kingsbrough Gardens is home to the Garden Cafe. The menu is hosted by multi-award winning chef Alex Hawn, and I highly recommend the Lobster Croissant if it’s on the menu, a delightful dish with a local twist.
If you too are looking for a place to stay, the historic Algonquin Resort has recently gone under renovation and has been serving guests at its location since 1889. This classic location is the ideal location during your stay in St Andrews, New Brunswick.
Discover Minister’s Island at Low Tide
To access minister island By car, you should wait for low tide. Otherwise, the only access road to the island is under water. The tides vary throughout the year, so it is best to find out the time of the tide in the day.
If the tide returns you will have to wait for it to go again, so make sure you keep an eye on the time, or you can stay on the island longer than expected.
For those who prefer a brisk walk, you can easily walk the entire coast of the island in just a few hours, which I highly recommend. The routes are easy and scenic at the same time.
The main attraction of Ministers Island is the former summer home of Sir William Cornelius Van Horn of the Canadian Pacific, who built most of the railway network in Canada.
It is best to take a brief guided tour to learn more about this well-preserved home and about Van Horn’s life and interesting habits.
Enjoy a Boat Tour to Campobello Island
The best way to reach Campobello Island is to leave the car behind and avoid crossing the many borders by taking a boat from St Andrews.
The main attraction on the beautiful island is the summer home of the family of Franklin D. Roosevelt.
The island is also a great whale watching point of view if you happen to be around at the right time.
Highlights will check out the picturesque lighthouse, and perhaps enjoy some hiking trails if you have some spare time.
End Your Adventure in St. John’s, New Brunswick
Saint John New Brunswick is one of the largest cities and is worth staying for a night or two.
The city is known for reversing rapids, and for food and craft stalls operating in the city market since 1876.
In recent years, St. John’s has gradually become a vibrant city, with new development projects, restaurants, cafes and breweries coming up on almost every corner.
Park the car for the rest of the day as St. John’s has an incredible nightlife and craft beer scene that is well worth exploring around the city.
Congratulations, you have reached the end of Fundy Coastal Drive. If you want to complete a loop and explore Nova Scotia for another week, feel free to continue the adventure on part two of this road trip blog guide.
Thanks for reading my travel guide to discover the New Brunswick Fundy Coastal Drive
Thank you for reading my guide to exploring New Brunswick, and I hope you enjoyed reading it.
Fundy Coastal Drive was an extra memorable trip. I hope the above information helped with your travel planning, and you look forward to exploring Atlantic Canada soon.
If you have any further questions about this trip, feel free to send me an email, and I will be happy to help.
I can’t wait to travel to Atlantic Canada again once it’s safe to travel, restrictions have been eased, and the borders have reopened. I hope New Brunswick tops your bucket list for post-lockdown travel.
This article Was put together in collaboration with Atlantic canada And New Brunswick Tourism.
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