With over 50 beautiful beaches along both the Fundy and Acadian Coasts, New Brunswick is a long-standing favourite destination for a beach vacation. Swim in the warmest saltwater beaches in Canada, take part in a sand sculpture competition, play in the surf or relax on the soft sand.
Here are some of the best beaches in New Brunswick for a day of fun in the sun with the family.
As the warmest saltwater beach in Canada, Parlee Beach Provincial Park, just outside of Moncton, is a beautiful spot to spend your summer moments. Play beach volleyball and ultimate frisbee, grab a famous donut ice cream sandwich at Euston Park's canteen, and enjoy the accessible water features. If you would like to spend the night, stay at Parlee's campground and explore the town of Shediac's many shops, sites and restaurants.
Located in the Chaleur Region, Youghall Beach is a fun summer destination on the Acadian Coast. In addition to the swimming beach with lifeguards, you’ll find a boardwalk, beach volleyball courts, a playground, an outdoor theatre and a full-service marina. There’s even a great spot for mackerel and striped bass fishing at the end of the beach. After a sun-filled day, grab a bite in Bathurst – the vintage vibe of Big D Drive-In is always a hit with the kids!
New River Beach
This is the perfect beachy destination to see the Bay of Fundy's famous tides. Wade in the tidal pools, swim at the sandy expansive beach, or search for starfish and crabs. If you would rather steer clear of the water, take to the beach volleyball court or visit the playground. Don’t miss the annual Sand Sculpture Competition, where participants put their skills to the test, and onlookers get to marvel at the amazing results!
With 5 kilometres of shoreline, Aboiteau Beach has ample space for the whole family and everything you need for a fun day by the sea. Walk along the boardwalk, swim in the warm saltwater, fly a kite with the little ones, gaze at the beautiful ocean vistas and sand dunes, try yoga on the beach or zumba on the deck and feast on some seafood at À La Dune Restaurant. Located in Cap-Pelé, this beach is a gem for locals and tourists alike!
Bas-Caraquet Municipal Beach
Located at the edge of Chaleur Bay, in Bas-Caraquet, this warm saltwater beach with canteen and picnic area is perfect for the whole family when you're on the Acadian Shores Road Trip. Sun beds and beach umbrellas are available for those who want to lounge on the beach, while an aquatic park and kids’ playground on site await those who want to do it all. Stay at one of the cottages nearby to turn a beach visit into a real vacation.
Herring Cove Beach
Herring Cove Provincial Park's 1.6-km (1-mi.) long beach is one of Campobello Island's gems. Your little ones will love playing in the waves and look for sea urchins, coloured pebbles, and shells of all shapes and forms. To add a bit of adventure to your beach day, be sure to explore the nearby trails and lookouts, where you’ll find a rich bog, sheer cliffs and tons of bird and wildlife watching opportunities.