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Indulge in adventure with a side of stunning views.

Paddle on the winding Saint John River; take a historic cable ferry across the river; explore the murals in the town of Sussex. The Lower Saint John River Valley is both a breath of fresh air, and cosy blanket of historic comfort.

The historic Saint John River, or Wolastoq as per the original name it was given by this country's first nations, is a defining feature in New Brunswick. The 130 km (80 mi.) stretch from Fredericton to the port city of Saint John—the Lower Saint John River Valley—is a uniquely interesting section. Here, the river meanders through rolling hills, along orchards and past wineries, through rural communities like Gagetown, Cambridge-Narrows, Kingston and Hampton, with marinas, historic sites, museums, art galleries, and along pastoral landscapes and cottage country. 

This is an explorer’s dream, with paddling, boating, and touring being a popular way to explore the sights along the river’s idyllic southern stretch. Got your binoculars? This is also a birdwatcher’s paradise. Of course, be sure to stop for wine tasting and fresh fare along the way—the traditional cable ferries will whisk you to both shores of the river, so you’ll never miss a welcoming community on your way. 

The Town of Sussex isn’t directly on the Saint John River, but on the Kennebecasis River—which flows in through Sussex to connect with the Saint John River. This town is the mural capital of Atlantic Canada, with 27 panoramic scenes on town walls, collectively telling the larger-than-life stories of this area. The area is also for its many historic covered bridges. Stay a while as you make way for the coast. After all, it’s also the Gateway to the Bay of Fundy and is perfectly positioned between Fundy National Park and the Fundy Trail Provincial Park. Follow the Ferries & Farms Road Trip to fully experience this beautiful area.

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