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Get ready to feel the sand beneath your toes and bask in the sun, all while tasting fresh flavours and enjoying Canada’s warmest saltwater beaches.

7-10 Days, 515 km (320 mi.)

Along the Acadian Shores Road Trip, you’ll find the perfect relaxing coastal experience through sandy days and starry nights. This is an adventure for those dreaming of saltwater beaches, delicious seafood feasts, and a captivating joie de vivre. Whether you’re looking to hit the road and explore the entire coast, or dreaming of spending a week relaxing in a cottage by the sea, this is the place to be.

Acadian Shores Road Trip


Days 1 - 3:
Destination Southeast

~130 km (81 mi.)

Dipping your toes in the warm water at Murray Beach Provincial Park is the perfect way to kick off this road trip! During this stretch, you’ll find lots of opportunities to hit the beach and experience some of the province’s most fun-filled spots, Soak up the sun at Parlee Beach and Aboiteau Beach, and snap a photo with the iconic Giant Lobster in Shediac. It is the lobster capital of the world after all, so plan on attending the Shediac Lobster Festival in July, and make sure to learn all about lobster with a visit to Homarus Centre and a lobster-themed excursion with Shediac Bay Cruises.

In addition to its beaches, there are endless ways to reconnect with nature along the Acadian Shores. Whether it’s camping in a seaside park, strolling through a vineyard at Richibucto River Wine Estate, exploring the Irving Eco-centre: La Dune de Bouctouche or learning about Indigenous heritage at Kouchibouguac National Park, you’re definitely going to get a taste of the great outdoors.

Destination South East
Parlee Beach Provincial Park

When you’re looking to switch things up, this region is the perfect place to immerse yourself in rich cultural experiences. Take a trip through the prohibition era and discover Acadian culture through unique characters, theater, music, comedy, dance and cuisine at Le Pays de la Sagouine. Did you know that over 95% of Canada’s smoked herring production originates in Cap-Pelé? Visit one of the region’s authentic smokehouses and learn more about this fascinating industry at Cap-Pelé’s Smokehouse Museum.


Road Trip Eats

Visit Destination Southeast for even more ideas!



PLAN YOUR ROUTE: From Shediac it’s about a 20 minute drive to Moncton and the Hub City Road Trip (take NB-15 W). Or, you can connect with the Miramichi River Road Trip about 30 minutes past Kouchibouguac (via NB-11 N). Still enjoying the salty sea air? Keep following the coast to the Acadian Peninsula.

Days 4 - 7:
Acadian Peninsula

~275 km (171 mi.)

Experience the joie de vivre that comes alive in the Acadian Peninsula! During this section of your road trip, you’ll be surrounded by joyous Acadian culture, magnificent coastal views, and delicious eats.

Whether you’re taking in Miscou bogs from the top of the Miscou Lighthouse (we especially recommend this route in the Fall when they turn bright red), exploring the Ecological Park of the Acadian Peninsula on Lamèque Island, discovering the île aux Foins in Neguac, or enjoying the trails at Club plein air Caraquet, this region is a nature lover’s paradise.

Acadian Peninsula
Véloroute Péninsule Acadienne

For cycling enthusiasts, the Acadian Peninsula has a unique experience in store: the Véloroute de la Péninsule acadienne (VPA). It boasts an impressive 140 paved kilometers (over 600 km if you count connecting roads and its 14 circuits) which will lead you across narrow coastlines, inland villages, and lively fishing ports.

No matter how many wheels take you to your destination, be sure to set aside a few hours for a trip to Aquarium NB in Shippagan. Here you’ll find more than 1,000 aquatic specimens and fascinating experiences like the touch tank and the harbour seal’s meal (set your watch daily, 11 am and 4 pm!)

Acadian Peninsula
New Brunswick Aquarium and Marine Centre

You can’t truly have experienced the Acadian Peninsula without visiting the Village Historique Acadien. This living museum is built around a 2.2 km circuit bordered with about 40 historic buildings inhabited by fully bilingual interpretive guides who portray the daily lives of the Acadian people from 1770 to 1949. If you like history, the Tracadie Historical Museum, the Acadian Museum in Caraquet and the Founding Cultures Museum in Grande-Anse are also worth a visit.

Festival watchlist: If you’re in Caraquet between August 5 and 15, experiencing the lively and culturally significant Festival acadien de Caraquet is an absolute must. For more summer festivals in the area, check out the Fisheries and Aquaculture Festival in Shippagan, the International Baroque Music Festival in Lamèque and the August 15 National Acadian Day festivities in many communities (including the spectacular Tintamarre parade in Caraquet). If you’re in the area early September, don’t miss out on the Acadian Oktoberfest.


Road Trip Eats

Visit Tourism Péninsule Acadienne for even more ideas!


Days 8 - 10:

~110 km (68 mi.)

During the final stretch of your trip, you’ll find yourself driving through the coastal towns of the Chaleur region. This area has some of the province’s best hiking trails (such as the Daly Point Nature Reserve, the Chaleur Green Trails and the Nepisiguit Mi’gmaq Trail), scenic unspoiled beaches, and warm hospitality.

Before you’ve even arrived, plan ahead for a photo stop because you’ll be passing through some stunning coastal views, including Pokeshaw Beach and the iconic Pokeshaw Rock Lookout (tip: follow the trail down to the beach below for a great beach bonfire spot).

Chaleur Region
City of Bathurst

This region hosts the road trip’s urban hub, the city of Bathurst, with its lovely Waterfront Promenade, picturesque boardwalks and local shopping. You’ll definitely want to try out one of the local microbreweries, hit up the farmers market, and visit Youghall Beach at low tide to walk along sandbars while taking in dreamlike sunset skies. And be sure not to miss Pabineau Falls, just outside the city in Pabineau First Nation.

This region hugs the beautiful Chaleur Bay (loosely translated as Bay of Warmth), named by explorer Jacques Cartier when he arrived during a July heat wave. During the day, blue seas sparkle, and at night the coastline is known for being dotted with beach bonfires. Check out Bass Attack Fishing for a unique kayak fishing experience in the bay.

Continue along the coast and be sure to walk along the beach in Beresford, grab a few cooked lobster claws in Nigadoo, enjoy fresh pastries in Petit-Rocher, or have a picnic at the wharf in Pointe-Verte. Last but not least, we recommend stopping in Belledune to enjoy the picturesque views from the Jacquet River Gorge!

Festival watchlist: Many events heat up the summer in the Chaleur area, including the Dory Boat Festival and Blues d'la Baie Festival in Petit-Rocher, the Pabineau First Nation Powwow and the Festi-Plage in Beresford.

Road Trip Eats

Visit Chaleur Tourism for even more ideas!


KEEP EXPLORING: From here you can continue to hug the coastline to the seaside communities of Charlo, Eel River Bar  and Dalhousie (via NB-134 N). Capping off the sandy shores of the Acadian coast, you’ll be treated to excellent restaurants, coastal camping, and quintessential summertime fun. Curious explorers won't want to miss the Charlo Honeyhouse, Salmonid Enhancement Centre, and Restigouche Regional Museum. Snap a pic at the lovely Inch Arran Lighthouse, then see the landscape turn increasingly mountainous as you make way  from here to the Appalachian Outpost Road Trip.

Town of Dalhousie
Dalhousie Marina

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