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Week 8: Another Week, Another Adventure!

July 24 - 30

Day 1 - Caraquet

Road tripping to the North!

Leaving from Fredericton, we packed the van full of #ExploreNB merch and made our way to the north of the province. If you’re driving up to the North through Doaktown, be sure to stop at High-Wheeler Antiques & Collectibles. With pottery, dishes, furniture, artwork and all kinds of antiques, this quaint little shop was the perfect place to stop and stretch our legs while discovering a ton of unique items.

Boardwalk in Caraquet
Watching the sunset at the Caraquet Boardwalk

After arriving in Caraquet, we checked into the Super 8 by Wyndham which has a gorgeous view of Chaleur Bay. Conveniently located on the waterfront, we were only steps away from the amazing Resto-Bar le Crapet. Known for their delicious seafood, the staff at this restaurant is incredibly friendly and locals raved about their cocktails! Later in the evening, we made our way to Restaurant du Creek for dinner. Cat had the shrimp roll and Katie chose the lobster roll. Both were fantastic! There is no better place to enjoy fresh seafood than by the shore.

Enjoying a drink at La Brôkerie in Caraquet
Watching the boats go by from La Brôkerie in Caraquet

Day 2 – Caraquet, Pokeshaw, Bathurst and Edmundston

A little bit of everything - food, history, and spectacular views!

Today, we traveled to the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries! Upon arriving at the Village historique Acadien we set up in the Visitors Centre. It was wonderful to see the village bustling with visitors and a line started to form by our booth right away! Before leaving, we took the time to walk around the village and we loved to see all of the architecture, characters and history. How cool is it to be able to travel back in time for a day!

Street Team at Mazerolle House, Village historique acadien
Loved Mazerolle House at the Acadian Village near Caraquet

In the afternoon, we made our way to Pokeshaw Beach where we met with Tom, a local volunteer who is incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about the park. A small paradise located in the Chaleur Region, this area offers incredible views of Chaleur Bay and Pokeshaw Rock, which houses a cormorant colony. We recommend watching the sunset from their new boardwalk and lookout!

Pokeshaw Beach
Enjoying the view at Pokeshaw Beach

To wrap up the evening, we traveled to Bathurst where we had a delicious meal from Au Bootlegger (we recommend the nachos and taco salad), and dessert from Frostbites Dairy Bar on the Promenade Waterfront. Melanie scooped us up the perfect combo of strawberry and banana ice cream and told us all about how their location was featured in the Amazing Race Canada in 2022.

Promenade Waterfront, Bathurst
Always something happening at the Promenade Waterfront in Bathurst

Exploring Culture and History in Edmundston

We had a great morning at the New Brunswick Botanical Garden admiring the beautiful flowers and hanging out with the chickens! Next, we headed over to République Provincial Park to check out the kids camp and tour around the campground. We headed back to the garden to eat a delicious lunch at Café Flora. After lunch, we visited the Visitor Information Centre where Josh gave us some awesome ideas for the rest of our day, like touring the Petit-Sault Blockhouse. This building is a reconstruction of a fort from the peak of the boundary dispute between the United States and Britain. Next stop, Du Réel au Miniature: Railroad Interpretive Centre. Here, we explored Guy’s model train and artifact museum, and took a train ride on the promenade! We finished the day with a sneak peak of the upcoming Mamma Mia performance at the Edmundston Arts Centre.

Café Flora, New Brunswick Botanical Garden
Make sure you stop in to see our friends at Café Flora at New Brunswick Botanical Garden.

Day 3 – Dalhousie and Grand Falls

Enjoying Treats and the Beach in Dalhousie

Our first stop in Dalhousie was Croissant Délice, and it was exactly that - delicious! We headed over to Inch Arran Park, which features a campground, boardwalk, lighthouse, beach, canteen and the Recreaplex with a pool (and waterslide)! It was great weather for a swim, so we took a dip then ended the day by visiting some local shops and the Visitor Information Centre.

Inch Arran Park, Dalhousie
Taking in East Coast views at Inch Arran Park in Dalhousie

From the Top, to the Bottom, to the Top of Grand Falls Gorge

We began our day by descending all 401 steps down to the Grand Falls Gorge - what a workout! After we came back up, the staff at La Rochelle Centre suggested a walk to see the highest point. Both views of this incredible natural wonder were fantastic! After our visit, we set up in front of the La Rochelle Centre and chatted with some visitors in the area.

Grand Falls Gorge
Scenic views from the highest point at the Grand Falls Gorge

Day 4 – Adrenaline Bike Fest

The whole Street Team got together for the Adrenaline Bike Festival at Sugarloaf Provincial Park! This festival is a downhill and XCO mountain bike event featuring races, live music, skills clinics, a pond crossing competition and more! We had a bigger set up than normal for the day, including popcorn and cotton candy vendors, a face painter, giant Jenga and live music. Everyone enjoyed the festivities, and it was great talking with all the visitors, competitors and volunteers! We finished the day by watching the pond crossing event, where bikers cross a pond on a narrow bridge held up by floating tires. It’s quite the challenge and spectators love watching the often unsuccessful attempts!

Adrenaline Bike Festival at Sugarloaf Provincial Park
Everyone around the pond at Adrenaline Bike Festival at Sugarloaf Provincial Park

Day 5 – Woodstock and Dalhousie

Cruising through the Appalachians to Woodstock

We took the Appalachian Range Route and admired the beautiful mountains on our way to Woodstock. When we arrived, we joined the Old Home Parade, part of their Old Home Week festival. Cat drove the van and Katie walked beside it handing out treats to all the spectators. The kids loved our lobster tattoos and fish stickers!

Road tripping in the Appalachian wilderness
Road tripping in the Appalachian wilderness

Markets & making connections in Dalhousie

On our way back home from the Adrenaline Festival, we popped into Dalhousie to check out Market Days, part of the Bon Ami Festival. We walked around to check out all the vendors, and chatted with Restigouche River Outfitters staff for a while - what a fun group! One of them told us that they had a job similar to ours over a decade ago - so cool!

Restigouche River, New Brunswick
📍 Restigouche River in northern New Brunswick

Week 8 Highlights

  • A sunset so breathtaking we almost forgot our car at the Restaurant du Creek in Caraquet. These views will make you want to walk along the boardwalk all day long!
  • East Wind Boutique in Dalhousie and their locally made products.
  • Becca joining in the bike parade at Adrenaline Bike Fest (thanks for lending the bike, Felix!).
  • Bumping into friends in unexpected places (like the Old Home Parade).
  • Receiving Restigouche River Outfitters bandanas from the staff.
Street Team on the road

Come Along for the Ride

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