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New Brunswick: The Drive-Through Province?

According to this Wikipedia article, New Brunswick is known as The Drive-Through Province. Does it deserve that name ? We don't think so.

It's a derogatory reference to the fact that, to reach the other Maritime Provinces by car, one must cross New Brunswick. Despite its undeniable beauty, this province hasn't invested nearly as much as the others in promoting itself as a destination.

This week we drove through New Brunswick again, this time heading west toward home. We took a different but equally beautiful route, made several stops, and even revisited one of our favorites a second time to experience it slightly differently. I think a better nickname might be: The Come-Back Province. To return home from any of the other 3 Maritime provinces, there's not another route. You must come back through New Brunswick.

We Came Back to Kayak

You may recall that we were impressed when we visited Hopewell Rocks a few weeks ago and were sorry we hadn't realized we could have thrown our kayak in.

kayak at Hopewell Rocks

Kayaking here looks like fun - but expensive - $69 per person for 2 hours.

We promised ourselves, we'd come back to do that. And we did! In fact, we probably enjoyed it more than the folks who we saw on the kayaking tour. We could go out for longer (our only time limit was the high tide schedule); we didn't have to stick with a "group"; we had the rocks to ourselves while we paddled through crevices and arches; and we saved $128.00! There's no fee to launch your own kayak.

kayak at Hopewell Rocks

Yep. We carry a boat in that small camper!

kayak at Hopewell Rocks

kayak at Hopewell Rocks

kayak at Hopewell Rocks

kayak at Hopewell Rocks

kayak at Hopewell Rocks

kayak at Hopewell Rocks

Saint John

As we drove along the north shore of the Bay of Fundy, we commented that the landscape is as pretty as any we've seen on this trip. We passsed through Bay of Fundy National Park to arrive in Saint John.

One last tidal phenomenon we were determined to witness was the reversing falls (reversing rapids is more accurate). To appreciate it fully, we needed to return to the same place three times in the day; At low tide when the river and the rapids flow in the normal direction (down stream) toward the bay. At slack tide - a 20-minute period when the water appears to be still - no rapids. And finally, during high tide, when the river and the rapids are all going strong again but in the opposite direction (upstream).

Reversing Falls, Saint John, NB

The falls at low tide - flowing to the sea.

Reversing Falls, Saint John, NB

Slack Tide - the water calm enough for sailboats

Reversing Falls, Saint John, NB

At high tide, strange to see the rapids rush upstream

Waiting for this to happen can be a bit boring. We noted the times to come back to see the next stage. But what to do in the meantime?.

Saint John, NB

We followed the downtown historical walking tour.

Reversing Falls, Saint John, NB

Admired the architecture

Reversing Falls, Saint John, NB

Reversing Falls, Saint John, NB

Found a lively open-air market

Reversing Falls, Saint John, NB

Acted goofy

Reversing Falls, Saint John, NB

And enjoyed lunch on a waterfront patio

The Long Road Home

All good things must come to an end. From Saint John, we started the long drive home. We took ten days to get from home to the Bay of Fundy. We drove back in only three. Although we were now on a freeway, our route through the Saint John River Valley was very pretty. A case in point: we stopped for lunch in Grand Falls and discovered this amazing gorge.

Grand Falls, NB

Grand Falls, New Brunswick

Places like this make us wish we could stop longer and more often. But we had to get home. So we "drove through". Yes, guilty!

We finished our trip with no further camping costs thanks to the generosity of Boondockers Welcome hosts in New Brunswick, old friends near Saint John, another Boondockers Welcome host in Quebec, and one night at a Walmart when we were just too tired to look for anything else.

One Last (Secret) Highlight of the Trip

I've been keeping a secret.

At some point on this trip, we met and spent an entire evening in the same room as Ethan Hawk. Yes, the actor! Respecting his right to privacy, I didn't post anything about this when it happened or the circumstances of how we happened to be there. But, since this is my last post of the trip, I just want to say, "Holy Cow, eh?" Open your mind to new experiences and new people and anything can happen! Here's proof!

Ethan Hawk

Days on the road on this trip: 33

Total camping costs for the trip: $93

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Wow Marianne that's awesome. I loved the pics of the rocks. So beautiful. And lucky you to have met a movie star on your trip.

I loved reading about your trip. Going east is on my bucket list!

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