What a beautiful province! We spent the last 2 weeks of July enjoying Southern NB. We stayed at New River Beach PP and I always find it difficult picking a place to stay over the internet…I mean, you can’t always trust that the photos they post are what you are going to get. Well…did I ever pick a great park!!!
This was our first view of New River Beach…and I still can’t get it out of my head!!!
Stunning, right?!?! It was like nothing I had ever seen before and by far the most beautiful beach I’ve ever had the pleasure of witnessing. This photo was taken on our very first night…before we even set up camp (our trailer was still attached to the truck) and it was taken at low tide. The photo below was taken at high tide. You read about or people tell you about the tides, but until you are there and actually witness the changing of the tides…you don’t get it! It’s amazing!
And every day they post the tide times.
The Provincial Park was right across the street from the beach…it was on the smaller side from what I’m used to here in Ontario, but it was very clean and well maintained. The only drawback was that there was some traffic noise from the highway that ran behind the park…but I would take that if it meant I had that beach any day!
A day or so after we arrived, we were surprised to learn that our friends who had moved to Nova Scotia this past winter had booked a campsite near ours in the same park and planned to stay a couple days. It was nice to see them again and catch up on life.
About 10 minutes from the park was Lepreau Falls…needless to say, they were gorgeous!
I found some neat little fungi at the falls, too.
We had just one dreary, overcast day and decided not to waste the day sitting in the trailer, so we headed about an hour East of the park to St. John. While we were there, we discovered the Reversing Falls. What an interesting phenomenon! At low tide, the river is 14 feet higher than the Bay of Fundy causing Category 5 rapids. Then at high tide, the river and the Bay even out and the waters are calm. It was fun to watch the cormorants surfing the rapids. They would start at the beginning of the rapids and ride them all the way to the end and then would fly back to the beginning and do it all over again. Very comical little birds.
We stopped for a seafood lunch and then did some touring around St. John. We toured the museum, market place and then went to St. John City Market which is the largest indoor market in Canada.
One of the main things I wanted to do while at the Bay of Fundy was take a whale watching tour. Everyone has that iconic image in their minds of the awesome whale fluke coming out of the water or a whale breaching through the surface of the sea, but no such luck this time. We were about 4-6 weeks too early for the massive Fin whales (2nd largest…only the Blue whale is larger) and the greater known Humpback whales (these are the ones that raise their flukes (whale tail) out of the water). We were fortunate enough though to see some Minke whales, porpoises, seals and bald eagles.
After our whale watching tour, we grabbed some lunch and strolled through the quaint little village of St. Andrews by the Sea (one of the oldest villages in Canada). I kid you not, I’m fairly confident in saying that there was probably a little white church on every corner and there were so many neat little shops that carried unique gifts and trinkets. Needless to say, we had to buy a few souvenirs to bring home. Such a pretty little place to spend the day.
One of the other things that we had planned to do while we were there was to drive to PEI to visit with our friend, Terri (aka…Mother, Mother Theresa or just plain Ma). She was in PEI to visit her sister and to attend a family wedding. Little did we know (well, I kind of knew) just how long of a drive it was from where we were staying to Charlottetown, PEI. But it was all worth it to spend the afternoon with our dear friend and have her show us around. And I have to say, the view from the Confederation Bridge is beyond stunning!!!
The weekend before we were to head home, we wanted to do something relaxing, so we decided to head out to Black’s Harbour and board the ferry for Grand Manan Island. It was a 90 minute ferry ride each way. We decided to take our vehicle so that we could tour the island. We spent the day and then boarded the ferry at 5:30pm to return to our home away from home for the remainder of the time we had left before packing up and heading home.
It was amazing what you would find walking along the beach after the tide went out…anything from shells to various forms of seaweed to crab shells. The shapes that these things left in the sea floor when the tide went out was pretty interesting.
This trip was definitely one that I will remember for a lifetime. There is something about being near the sea…it just draws you in and captivates you…it’s almost paralyzing. For as long as I can remember, I have been drawn to water…any spare time I have, I head for whatever body of water I can find…be it a lake, river or the sea…but the time I spent by the sea and the awe-inspiring and mesmerizing wonder that is the Bay of Fundy will forever be etched in my soul. Thank you to the warm-hearted people we met on our travels and to the beautiful province of New Brunswick for an amazing vacation…it was hard to leave…but I will be back!
The following are random photos that I took along the way. Enjoy!