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From farmers’ market to historic sites and the occasional potato festival, northern New Brunswick has it all thanks to historic, cultured, and even spooky cities like Grand Falls, Edmundston, Dalhousie, and Bathurst.
Start your tour of northern New Brunswick in Grand Falls. Located on the Saint John River, Grand Falls is a historic city featuring plenty to see and do in Atlantic Canada.
Grand Falls is named for its in-town and impressive Grand Falls & Gorge. Enjoy views, interpretive exhibits, and even tours of the falls at the Malabeam Information Centre.
Grand Falls also hosts the annual Regional Potato Festival, held over Canada Day Weekend in late June or early July. Celebrating the area’s agricultural heritage (just north of Potato World), the Grand Falls Potato Festival offers food, games, and events like the Thursday Night Party, Miss Grand Falls Gala, and the Potato Festival Parade.
The La Rochelle Tourist Center is just 225 steps from the St. John River – and yet another spot for views of the Grand Falls Gorge. From here, visitors may kayak the gorge, rock climb the walls, and even zip line the gap with Zip Zag.
Found roughly 90 kilometers north of Grand Falls along the Trans-Canada Highway, Edmundston is set on the border with Quebec and Maine on the Madawaska River.
Historic sites and museums reign supreme in Edmundston. Check out the Railroad Interpretation Centre, the P'tit Sault Blockhouse, the Antique Automobile Museum, the Madawaska Historical Museum, and the Cyr Historical House & Chapel Museum.
Covering seven hectares, the New Brunswick Botanical Garden is home to more than 80,000 plants, and operated by the New Brunswick Botanical Garden Society. Open for the summer, the garden is a wonderful example of New Brunswick’s beauty.
The town of Edmundston is also an outdoor mecca. Cyclists can try biking the Vélo Edmundston or the Petit Témis Interprovincial Linear Park. You can even swing by the 18-hole Edmundston Fraser Golf Club, or try the ski trails at the Mont Farlagne Ski Centre.
New Brunswick Botanical Garden
Dalhousie Ghost Walk
Set scenically on Chaleur Bay, Dalhousie is just over 200 kilometers from Edmundston along NB-11 N and NB-17 S.
As a bayside city, Dalhousie offers up some scenic beachfronts and attractions. Check out the 1870 Inch Arran Lighthouse, the Bon Ami Rocks, and Arch Rock – known locally as the Gate of Fossil Cove.
Join your period-costumed tour guide for “Ghost Walk: Stories in the Graveyard” – held Tuesday and Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. Meet at the Restigouche Regional Museum, and take a home a special Ghost Walk souvenir.
Known as New Brunswick’s Year-Round Outdoor Activity Attraction, Sugarloaf Park covers 1,100 hectares. Sugarloaf features 12 downhill ski runs – plus a half-pipe for snowboarding, snowshoeing trails, tubing, and ice-skating from December to March.
Set 90 kilometers south of Dalhousie by way of NB-134, Bathurst is also found on Chaleur Bay – known for the Phantom Ship Legend.
Found on Acadian Coastal Drive, the La Promenade Waterfront is a tourist-friendly gathering of boutiques, eateries, and art galleries on the shores of Chaleur Bay. Grab a New Brunswick-based souvenir, some lunch, and enjoy the view.
Open daily during July and August, the Bathurst War Museum is a free local museum with a visit. Known simply as War Museum, the institute focuses on New Brunswick part in World War I, World War II, and the Korean War.
Water lovers, head to the nearby Atlas Park for scuba diving, fishing, boating, and more on a 26,000-square-meter former quarry. The park also features picnic sites, a small amusement park, and winter activities like cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and even under-ice scuba diving.
From Bathurst, it’s a 240 kilometers drive back to Grand Falls along NB-17 N and NB-180 E.