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The Saint John River valley is at its most beautiful in the fall. Lined with spectacular autumn colors, the river winds all the way to the Bay of Fundy passing by  communities that date back to the earliest days of settlement in New Brunswick. These towns and villages are dotted along a river ecosystem that comes alive with the fall harvest…perfect for a seasonal staycation.

 

 

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 23 metres (75 feet) 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.

 

 

Just down the road from the gorge is downtown’s Broadway Boulevard, host to shops, restaurants, and more. Steps away, the Acanthus Art Gallery 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. During the fall be sure to check out the Grand Falls Farmers Market, now open on Saturdays through October.

 

 

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 fall escape.

 

 

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 still open until October 9. You can also enjoy a series of concerts presented at Second Wind Music Centre featuring New Brunswick artists in a partnership with Carleton Victoria Arts Council Fall Festival.

 

 

The Hunter Brothers operate a unique Farm Market that offers an array of fresh produce, baked goods, fudge and ice cream. You can also enjoy the Florence Nightingale themed corn maze, containing multiple-choice trivia questions hidden throughout that will test your knowledge while leading you through the maze. Check out the Adventure farm with over 20 activities for family fun, including pedal carts, zip lines and wagon rides. Get the entire family feeling the fall spirit this season!

 

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Florence Nightingale, born May 12, 1820. Widely credited with pioneering modern nursing. Known as “The Lady with the Lamp. Namesake of our small town. We couldn’t have chosen a more fitting tribute to all the dedicated nurses and medical staff in a year such as this. Her work over 150 years ago, shaped many of the practices and principles of modern nursing. The nursing tradition runs deep in the Hunter family. In 1942, Aunt Muriel Hunter developed health coordinated nursing services in New Brunswick and remained the province’s Director of Public Health Nursing until 1964. To this day there is a scholarship in her name awarded by the Nursing Faculty at UNB. Chip and Tom’s mother Marjorie, their sister Barbara, and Tom’s wife Shelley all entered the profession as well. The maze is open September 12th to October 30th. In recognition of this years theme and all the hard work put in by nurses across the province, we are offering discounted admission to all nurses for the entire season. More information about the maze can be found at our website https://www.hunterbrothersfarm.ca/corn-maze.

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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.

 

 

Shamrock Train Inn is a perfect choice for a cozy fall visit, and in the charming town of Hartland 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. Explore the Woodstock Farm & Craft Market which offers a variety of fresh local products, as well as a variety of arts and crafts. Discover the waterfall at the end of the Maliseet Trail, only a 10 minute drive south of Woodstock, and follow it up with a waterside bite to eat at The River Restaurant. Explore the Meduxnekeag Nature Preserve, a great trail system that’s a 10 minute drive West of Woodstock.

 

 

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

 

QUICK LINKS:

Food/Drink
Grand Falls Brewing Company
Potato World (until Oct. 9)
The River Restaurant
The Castle Inn & Restaurant
Woodstock Farm & Craft Market

Outdoor Activities
Sam’s Place Park
Hunter Brothers Farm
Muddy Boots

Trails
Trails (Shiktehawk & NB)
Maliseet Trail
Meduxnekeag Nature Preserve
Grand Falls Gorge Trail

Art Galleries
Andrew & Laura McCain Art Gallery
Acanthus Art Gallery

 


 

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