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Nestled in the Saint John River valley, a long way from where the river will eventually spill into the Bay of Fundy, there are communities that date back to the earliest days of settlement in New Brunswick. These towns and villages are dotted between the river ecosystem that has set the rhythm of farm and working life for centuries. The river has also created a host of natural attractions, perfect for vacation getaways.

 

 

Located right in the town centre of Grand Falls, the Grand Falls Gorge is a centerpiece experience in the area. Carved out by the force of the river, its walls reach 75 m in height, creating a breathtaking waterfall that can be experienced up-close from several panoramic outlooks along the hiking trails in the area. Just opposite the falls is The Historical Museum of Grand Falls, featuring memorabilia from Ron Turcotte, a famous resident who rode Secretariat to Triple Crown horse racing glory.

 

Grand Falls Gorge, Grand Falls
Grand Falls Gorge, Grand Falls

 

Just down the road from the gorge is downtown’s Broadway Boulevard, host to shops, restaurants, and more. Steps away, the Galerie d’Art Acanthus features the work of local artists and a tearoom. For something other than tea, the Grand Falls Brewing Company is a new artisanal micro-brewery with impressive selections.

 

 

Stop in the picturesque village of Perth-Andover for lovely river views and delicious local cuisine. Try Mary's Bake Shop and Nissen's Fish & Produce market for casual fare, and The Castle Inn & Restaurant for a one-of-a-kind getaway experience.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Nice little getaway spot in Perth #explorenb #castleinn

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The valley is also home to the Town of Florenceville-Bristol and Potato World, a 2-acre state-of-the-art interactive site dedicated to potato horticulture. The Hunter Brothers operate a unique fresh produce market and at the Shogomoc Historical Railway site you can visit a restored 1914 CPR Railway station, museum, and gift shop. There are also three train cars that have been restored and are now home to a restaurant and cozy inn.

 

 

Along the way are trails like the Shiktehawk and a newly resurfaced NB Trail running from one end of the town to the other. Muddy Boots is an outdoor learning centre co-founded with Ducks Unlimited as part of the site’s 2019 recognition as a Wetland Centre of Excellence. The Andrew & Laura McCain Art Gallery can be found on the main street, with Sam’s Park Place not far away and co-hosting a 3-hole golf course and ‘enchanted forest’ trail that’s great for picnics.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Beautiful day for a hike on this gem within our town....Shiktehawk Trail. #explorenb

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In the charming town of Hartland is where you’ll find the world’s longest covered bridge. That’s right, the Hartland Covered Bridge measures 390 metres (1282 feet) long and has been designated a National Historic Site of Canada. It's located in the heart of ‘potato country’ and was the inspiration behind the famed Covered Bridge Potato Chips. Pick up a bag of storm chips on your way through!

 

 

 

Rounding out this idyllic riverside road trip is the town of Woodstock – New Brunswick’s first town. Discover the waterfall at the end of the Maliseet Trail and follow it up with a waterside bite to eat at The River Restaurant.

 

 

Simple, easy, and relaxed. If you need to unplug, just follow the Saint John River.

 

QUICK LINKS:

Food/Drink
Grand Falls Brewing Company
Potato World
The River Restaurant
The Castle Inn & Restaurant

History
Shogomoc Railway Site

Outdoor Activities
Hunter Brothers Farm
Muddy Boots

Trails
Trails (Shiktehawk & NB)
Maliseet Trail

Art Galleries
Andrew & Laura McCain Art Gallery

 


 

GET EXPLORING
Experiences and businesses listed below are ones we’ve verified as being open this season. We update this list regularly as new information comes in.

 

 


 

Gotta go?
When nature calls, open public washrooms can be found at the following locations:
Shogomoc Railway Museum
Potato World
Hunter Brothers Farm
Andrew & Laura McCain Art Gallery