New Brunswick


After touching down on New Brunswick at Cape Jourimain at the base of the Confederation Bridge, we head west along the coastal route on Highway 955 toward Shediac. This is Acadian Country and most of the signs are in French only as opposed to English and French both like in the rest of Canada.  The shoreline is part of the Northumberland Strait and I can see PEI in the distance. Tammy has said the fried clams are a “must have” thing around here. So somewhere between Cap-Pele and Shediac I start to crave seafood, right on cue, lol.
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So after what should have been only an appetizer portion instead of a dinner portion of the fried clams (would have been lovely in a small quantity) it’s off to Moncton for the night. The city is parked on the banks of the Petitcodiac River, locally known as the Chocolate River because it’s so muddy it looks like milk chocolate. Rivers in this part of the world work a little differently. The Bay of Fundy which is not far down this fairly shallow river system experiences big tidal changes. So when the tide comes in it is so high that it actually forces its way back up river reversing the water flow temporarily. There is a wave that pushes back up into the river, called a tidal bore, and at times is strong enough to surf. After a good nights sleep I spend a half hour riding along the edge of the chocolate-y river first riding west along the northern bank and then riding east along the southern side after crossing over the bridge. This morning I’m heading for Hopewell Rocks to see the Flower Pot Rocks, another of the local Bay of Fundy fun sites to see.
Flower Pot Rocks and Hopewell Rocks
The rocks bases are covered with water during high tide and are only exposed as the tide goes out. At low tide you can walk down a staircase from the cliff edge to the exposed beach below and wander in and among the bases that hold up 20-foot trees on their tops.
Hopewell Rocks
Luckily we have arrived before the tide gets too high and we are able to walk for a few minutes among these wonders. As we ride further along the 114 we enter the Fundy National Park. Only the northern edge of the park has views of the giant Bay of Fundy, but there’s plenty of tree-lined roads and lakes to keep the view interesting even after the road turns away from it.
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Bay of Fundy National Park
After leaving the park I ride through farmlands along a river valley and enjoy the contrast between bright green fields and the autumn foliage of the trees on the edges of the fields. The sky is beautiful today with a full blanket of soft cotton fluff covering the land as far as I can see. Saint John for the night, and a quick trip to the Reversing Falls in the morning which are caused by the same high tide action of the Bay of Fundy area that drives tidal bores. The falls stop running and the incoming tide rushes the water backwards over the rocks.
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On the Trans Canada Highway I see more moose fence like that I first saw in Newfoundland. There are gates located at regular intervals along the fence that allow any animals who have wandered onto the highway to exit into the woods if they go through. According to the Canada press the statistics for moose accidents are down after the installation of the fence. Interesting…
Moose fence on the TCH
On to St. Andrews for a brief stop. It’s a small resort town very near the US border. The waterfront is beautiful and Water Street is filled with cute shops and cafes.
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We stop for a bite of lunch in a plaza by the wharf and enjoy the view across to the shores of Maine, and the islands off shore.
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We stop at a friend of a friend’s to pick up something I left behind in Newfoundland – thank you Tammy and Heidi! And get to meet Morris the cat who comes out to say goodbye and to enjoy the sun. Bike Trip NB and Maine 020
Canada has been incredible, both its land and its people, and I have enjoyed it so very much. I’m so glad we’re neighbors. America couldn’t have asked for a better one. America, here I come.

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