Get ready to feel the sea breeze and the freedom of the open road, all while tasting fresh flavours and enjoying awe-inspiring coastal sunsets.
7-10 Days, 515 km (320 mi.)
Along the Acadian Shores Road Trip, you’ll find the perfect relaxing coastal experience when fall comes around and the days turn golden. This is an adventure for those dreaming of endless 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 perfect place to step away from the daily routine.
Happening this fall on the
Acadian Shores Road Trip
- Apple season at Verger Haut Tilley Road Orchard near Saint-Isidore (Sept.-Oct.)
- Festival des arts visuels en Atlantique (Atlantic Visual Arts Festival), Caraquet (Sept. 22-25)
- Provincial Giant Pumpkin Festival, Neguac (Oct. 3)
- Acadian Peninsula Book Fair, Shippagan (Oct. 7-10) - 2021 edition will be virtual
- Halloween Rally, Daly Point Nature Reserve, Bathurst (Oct. 15)
- Cranberry Festival, Pokeshaw (Oct. 16-17)
Days 1 - 3:
~130 km (81 mi.)
A walk on any of the sandy Southeast beaches is the perfect way to kick off this road trip! During this stretch, you’ll find lots of opportunities to experience some of the province’s most fun filled spots. You won’t want to miss out on enjoying busy Main Street in Shediac and snapping a photo with the iconic Giant Lobster. It is the lobster capital of the world, after all!
In addition to its beaches, there are endless other 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.
Road Trip Eats
Days 4 - 7:
~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), discovering the île aux Foins, or enjoying the trails at Club plein air Caraquet, this region is a nature lover’s paradise.
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 600km 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, 11am and 4pm!)
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 where fully bilingual interpretive guides who portray the daily lives of the Acadian people from 1770 to 1949. After the regular season ends (mid-september), the site is open for free to walkers, cyclists and dogs (on a leash) every fall and winter days from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Road Trip Eats
- 🍽️ Origines Cuisine Maritime for an upscale gastronomic experience with an Acadian twist
- 🍕 Pinokkio Pizzeria for their fresh pasta, seafood and the pear and goat cheese pizza
- ☕ Café Maris Stella for their tasty strawberry croissants and lattes
- 🍳 La vieille école de Miscou, for their traditional breakfasts and their home-made fish cakes
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 Chaleur Green Trails, the Daly Point Nature Reserve 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).
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!