This region on New Brunswick’s east coast is rich in fishing, culture and Acadian history, as well as great seafood.
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The area around the Miramichi River on New Brunswick’s east coast offers a range of fun and diverse activities.
The town of Miramichi itself is old-fashioned and low-key, with a friendly vibe. There are plenty of eateries offering locally caught fish and seafood, as well as boutiques and neat little stores. The surrounding area offers various authentic experiences, ones where you can immerse yourself in the natural beauty of this stunningly pretty area and learn how the locals live—and have lived in years gone by.
For a different view, try Camping Miramichi, where you can stay in one of eight tree houses perched high in the branches of birch and pine trees. Each tree house is equipped with a deck, some with electricity, with private bathrooms close by. On site, there’s a pool, BBQs, playground, plus geo-caching, hiking trails and river access for fishing.
The Miramichi River offers some of the best salmon fishing in the world. Dick Cheney, Prince Philip and Tom Selleck have all come to Doaktown’s luxurious Ledges Inn for the fly-fishing. The Atlantic Salmon Museum will teach you everything you’ll ever need to know about the mighty salmon and offers fishing camps for the eager angler.
If fishing sounds too strenuous, there’s a lazier way to enjoy the river: Stewart’s Tubing will supply you with an inflated inner-tube, as well as one for your cooler (and dog), then drop you up-river so you can float your way back down for an hour or three (depending on the water levels and current). Halfway along, stop to whiz over the river on Over the Hill Zipline’s 335-metre (1,100-ft) zipline before climbing back into your tube and relaxing.
Step back in time with one of Parks Canada’s interpretive tours of Beaubears Island. Here, skilled actors give an insightful and emotional performance that educates visitors on the tragic experiences suffered by the Acadians as they were chased out of New Brunswick by the English as well as the island’s tumultuous shipbuilding history.
Experience working life on the water by spending the day with a lobster, mackerel or herring fisherman in Escuminac, home to Canada’s biggest inshore wharf. You’ll be taken out to the fishing grounds, where you’ll hear stories of local life, learn about the Escuminac Disaster, a storm that claimed 35 lives 50 years ago and enjoy a great seafood lunch on the boat. For those whose sea legs aren’t as steady, exploring the wharf with a guide is a fine option. You’ll discover locals-only spots and end the tour with a fish and seafood lunch paired with New Brunswick wines.
If cuisine is top of the menu, then stay at the King George B&B in Miramichi, where you can take cooking classes and enjoy a modern twist on hunting and gathering. A geocache route takes you around local producers to find the ingredients you’ll need to cook up a feast once you get back to the B&B’s professional kitchen.
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