New Brunswick Travel: An Incredible 6 Day Gay Road Trip

Aug 11, 2023

A New Brunswick travel adventure awaits as you embark on a road trip unlike any other. This Atlantic Canadian jewel offers a breathtaking blend of iconic landmarks, unparalleled natural beauty, and a rich tapestry of history, making it a must-visit for every wanderlust-driven heart. 

A row of large houses along the Wolastoq River in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

As you navigate through the picturesque towns and serene landscapes, you’ll also discover an inclusive and welcoming vibe, with numerous LGBTQ+ owned, operated, and friendly establishments ready to make your journey unforgettable. 

Rocks along the shores of Fundy Bay in New Brunswick.

This guide is tailored to introduce you to the very best of New Brunswick while also championing the vibrant LGBTQIA+ community that thrives within its borders.

A lighthouse on the point of St. Andrews by the Sea in New Brunswick, Canada.

It’s time to gas up and get ready for a fabulous road trip. In the heart of the Atlantic Canadian province, New Brunswick sparkles with its iconic landmarks and natural beauty. Plus, you’ll get to support some LGBTQ+ loving businesses on your journey.

A beautiful sandy beach on the Bay of Fundy in New Brunswick, Canada.

Spanning an impressive 73,440 square kilometers, New Brunswick unfurls like a breathtaking canvas, reaching about 242 kilometers from east to west and 322 kilometers from its northernmost point to its southern end. The north is adorned with the impressive peaks of the Appalachian Range, a siren call for nature enthusiasts and romantics.

A man kayaking along the Wolastoq River in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

Summer in New Brunswick offers a balmy and pleasant atmosphere. Along the captivating Bay of Fundy coast, temperatures hover between 20 and 22°C, with the warmth rising a touch as you journey inland. For every LGBTQIA+ traveler, New Brunswick stands as a vibrant and welcoming destination, ready to unveil its unique treasures.

An estuary off the Bay of Fundy, near Hopewell Rocks, in New Brunswick, Canada.

Day 1: Arrive in Fredericton

Touch down at Fredericton International Airport and snag a rental from one of the local agencies. Dive into the unparalleled luxury of Delta Hotels Fredericton. With its Rainbow certification, it’s clear: LGBTQ+ guests aren’t just welcome; they’re celebrated. Oh, and did we mention the riverside views? Werk!

Stay at the Delta Hotels Fredericton 

As you step into Delta Hotels Fredericton, you’re embraced by a realm of luxury that stands testament to its deep-rooted commitment to the LGBTQ+ community. Proudly flaunting its Rainbow certification and supported by a dedicated Pride Resource Committee, this haven ensures that the spirit of inclusivity is palpable at every corner.

Delta Hotels Fredericton: A Luxurious Retreat in the Heart of Fredericton

Nestled beside the shimmering riverfront, merely a stone’s throw from the heart of Fredericton, the hotel boasts expansive rooms and a recent facelift that echoes a lavish resort ambiance. Delta Hotels Fredericton invites you to a retreat where your authentic self is celebrated and cherished.

A gay man wearing sunglasses having fun in the outdoor pool at the Delta Hotels Fredericton in New Brunswick.

Learn more about why you should stay at the Delta Hotels Fredericton, where you can be your true, authentic self and create lasting memories during your stay in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

Explore Downtown Fredericton 

Downtown Fredericton unfurls as a mosaic of culture and charm. From the lively brushstrokes of street murals to the esteemed Beaverbrook Art Gallery, every corner tells a story. Dive into boutique wonders and let the whispers of historic edifices regale tales of yore. The pedestrian-friendly streets warmly invite you to wander, ensuring every treasure is just a leisurely stroll away.

An aerial photo of downtown Fredericton.

Fun Fact: Nicknames for Fredericton include “Freddy”, “Celestial City”, “City of Stately Elms”, and “Freddy Beach”. 

Take a Selfie at the Fredericton Pride Crosswalk 

Downtown Fredericton is a canvas of culture and allure. From vivid street art to the revered Beaverbrook Art Gallery, there’s a story etched in every nook. Immerse yourself in boutique finds and stand in awe before historic structures. The pedestrian-centric lanes beckon you to explore, ensuring all its gems are but a step away.

HomoCulture founder, Brian Webb, at the Pride crosswalk in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

Fun Fact: Fredericton has been ranked #6 for the most walkable cities in Canada (WestJet Up Magazine 2009).

Dance At Monarch – The Only Gay Nightclub in New Brunswick

Step into The Monarch Nightclub, previously known as Boom Nightclub, and feel the essence of a community that thrives on unity and acceptance. Proudly donning its Rainbow Registration, this unique LGBTQ+ bar stands as a sanctuary of warmth and affirmation. 

The exterior of Monarch Nightclub in Fredericton; the only LGBTQ nightclub in New Brunswick.

As the only gay bar in New Brunswick – a tidbit that might raise a few eyebrows – the Monarch serves as the epicenter for mingling with the local LGBTQ+ community. From enchanting drag showcases to spirited karaoke sessions and electric dance floors, this hotspot promises unforgettable nights bathed in acceptance and joy.

Fun Fact: Monarch Nightclub is the only LGBGQ in New Brunswick.

Day 2: Get Outside and Sip the Day Away

Fredericton boasts a vibrant craft alcohol scene, leading Canada with the highest number of taprooms per resident. Embark on the Taproom Trail for a delightful day, melding the serene beauty of the Wolastoq (Saint John River) with artisanal brews. Highlighting the trail is the pioneering Rainbow-accredited Grimross Brewing Co, alongside Picaroon’s, cherished by the LGBTQ+ community. Both breweries resonate with Fredericton’s pulsating LGBTQ+ spirit and eagerly await your patronage.

A local brewery decked out with Pride flags during Fredericton Pride 2023.

Day 3: St. Andrews By The Sea

Embark on a journey from Fredericton, cruising for a concise 1h 35m toward the enchanting St. Andrews By The Sea, nestled on New Brunswick’s southwestern edge. St. Andrews captivates with its coastal allure on the Bay of Fundy and proudly stands as Canada’s national historic site, reflecting the quintessence of 18th-century British colonial charm. 

The busy summer day on Main Street of St Andrews by the Sea in New Brunswick.

Immerse yourself in the St. Andrews experience for the day, and as dusk approaches, set course for Saint John. Conclude your day with a restful night at the Hilton Saint John, with panoramic harbor views to serenade your dreams.

A restored cannon on a deck overlooking the Bay of Fundy at St Andrews by the Sea.

See Rare Blue Lobsters at the Huntsman Marine Science Centre

As you journey into the captivating St. Andrews By The Sea, a detour to the Huntsman Marine Science Centre is essential. This sanctuary showcases an array of marine wonders from the Bay of Fundy and its neighboring waters, from the majestic Atlantic salmon and vibrant rainbow trout to the whimsical seahorses, regal sturgeons, and floating ballet of jellyfish. 

A school of fish swimming in a large aquarium at the Huntsman Marine Science Centre in St Andrews by the Sea.

Experience a tactile connection with the oceanic world at the touch tank, where select marine species await your curious touch.

Two particular experiences at the Huntsman Marine Science Centre beckon your attention:

  1. Ensure you’re present for the 11:00am spectacle: the harbor seal mealtime.
  2. Marvel at a tank gleaming with the ethereal beauty of rare blue lobsters.
A rare blue lobster at the Huntsman Marine Science Center in St Andrews by the Sea.

Fun Fact: Only 1 in 30 million lobsters is a blue lobster 

Book your tickets today for the Huntsman Marine Science Centre.

Explore the Seaside Village of St. Andrews  

Wander leisurely down the main avenue of St. Andrews, where a tapestry of boutique stores unfurls before you. From quaint crafts to maritime mementos, every nook holds a delightful discovery. As you meander, murals spring to life, historic markers whisper tales of yore, and heritage sites stand as silent testaments to the town’s storied past, all accessible with a mere wander on foot.

A directional sign post on the Main Street of St Andrews by the Sea in New Brunswick, Canada.

Pause your exploration to savor a meal at one of the myriad eateries that boast patios with panoramic views of the tranquil Bay of Fundy.

An oceanside restaurant with a patio during the summer at St Andrews by the Sea.

Go Whale Watching with Cruising With The Whales 

Previously recognized as Island Quest Marine, Embark on an unforgettable journey with Cruising with the Whales, an unparalleled whale-watching experience amidst the beauty of the Bay of Fundy. Led by a skilled captain and accompanied by experts in marine biology, this 2–3-hour whale watching excursion opens the possibility of encountering majestic finback, minke, humpback, and right whales.

A minke whale breaches in the Bay of Fundy off the coast of St Andrews by the Sea in New Brunswick, Canada.

Beyond the breathtaking whale sightings, these expeditions frequently showcase an array of other marine wonders. Keep your eyes peeled for the playful antics of seals, the graceful dance of porpoises and dolphins, and the elegant flights of gulls, cormorants, blue herons, and even the iconic bald eagles.

Seals rest of a rock outcropping in the Bay of Fundy near St Andrews by the Sea.

Fun Fact: There are 12 species of whales and 419 species of birds in New Brunswick.

Providing an immersive experience, the whale watching vessel ensures panoramic vistas from both its primary deck and elevated viewing platform. Accompanied by a knowledgeable crew, you’ll receive insightful commentary on the diverse marine life and enriching educational insights.

Cruising With The Whales whale watching boat.

During the excursion, your journey will encompass not only captivating encounters with marine marvels but also glimpses of lighthouses, the untamed beauty of the Bay of Fundy coastline, bustling fish farms, and a glimpse into the heritage of indigenous peoples through a traditional herring weir. As an extra touch, participants might even find themselves cradling a live crab and starfish, adding an interactive and memorable element to the adventure.

A lighthouse on an island in the Bay of Fundy near St Andrews by the Sea.

Make a whale watching reservation with Cruising With The Whales.

Fun fact: The amount of water that comes into the Bay of Fundy for one tide change is enough to fill the Grand Canyon twice.

Be Memorized at Kingsbrae Garden

Kingsbrae Garden seamlessly blends contemporary and timeless gardening aesthetics, resulting in a breathtaking showcase of horticultural mastery. This expansive 27-acre domain boasts an astounding array of over 2,500 tree varieties and an impressive assembly of 50,000 perennial blooms.

Flowers bloom near a pond and bridge at Kingsbrae Garden.

Within this botanical haven, you’ll uncover a tapestry of meticulously crafted gardens, each with its own distinct theme. Wander through enchanting ponds, encounter thought-provoking art installations, navigate a charming cedar maze, and marvel at the craftsmanship of a fully operational one-third scale Dutch windmill. 

A flower blooms at Kingsbrae Garden.

Among the themed gardens are exquisite rose gardens, sensory havens, captivating gravel-scapes, flourishing rhododendron havens, lush shrub sanctuaries, nostalgic heirloom apple groves, and delectable edible gardens.

An apple core wood sculpture in the gardens at Kingsbrae Gardens.

Adding to the enchantment of Kingsbrae Garden is its diverse community of inhabitants. The grounds play host to a menagerie of alpacas, goats, ducks, and peacocks, contributing to the delightful and dynamic atmosphere of this botanical wonderland.

A peacock wanders the grounds of the Kingsbrae Gardens.

Reserve your tickets for Kingsbrae Garden.

Hangout At The Waterfront Container Village (Area 506) in Saint John 

Saint John, steeped in historical significance, proudly holds the distinction of being Canada’s oldest incorporated city. As it embarks on a grand revitalization, the Saint John waterfront emerges as a central focal point, bearing immense significance to the city’s vibrancy. This bustling area serves as a bustling hub where an impressive 70-80 cruise ships and numerous containerships dock, connecting the city to ports across the globe.

The Waterfront Container Village (Area 506) in Saint John 

A captivating addition to the waterfront landscape is the Waterfront Container Village, affectionately known as Area 506. This newfound gem has quickly become the talk of the town, characterized by its dynamic energy. Within its confines, over 60 vibrant converted shipping containers house an array of small, transient businesses. 

The Waterfront Container Village (Area 506) in Saint John 

Amidst this vibrant setup, a sprawling outdoor stage takes center stage, regularly showcasing lively concerts. The ambiance is further enriched by a welcoming beer garden, a collection of diverse food trucks, captivating public art installations, and a variety of engaging outdoor games. Together, these elements create an alluring tapestry of entertainment and commerce in this evolving waterfront oasis.

The Waterfront Container Village (Area 506) in Saint John 

Fun fact: The city of Saint John is home to Canada’s oldest market and oldest museum. 

Day 4: Fundy Trail Road Trip 

Before embarking on an awe-inspiring and picturesque road trip, consider allocating some time to immerse yourself in the charms of Saint John. This unique destination, situated exclusively on the Bay of Fundy, proudly claims the title of New Brunswick’s second-largest city. 

"Brick City" storefronts in St John, New Brunswick.

Affectionately dubbed “Brick City” by its residents, this moniker pays homage to a significant event in its history – a formidable fire that razed the city to the ground, leading to its reconstruction using enduring brick structures. Delve into the heart of this historic gem, as Saint John beckons with its captivating allure just waiting to be uncovered.

Historic brick buildings in St John, New Brunswick.

Fun fact: Saint John is a city on a hill, and visitors often call the waterfront area ‘downtown’, because it’s down on the waterfront; however, it is called ‘uptown’ by the locals. 

Brick builds on a foggy evening in St John, New Brunswick.

Explore the Sea Caves in St. Martins 

Embark on a leisurely 45-minute drive eastward from Saint John, and you’ll find yourself in the idyllic embrace of St. Martins – a picturesque coastal village that seems to have been plucked straight from a postcard. Revered as a beloved haven for weekend getaways and day-trip escapades among New Brunswick locals, its allure is unmistakable. The reasons behind its popularity are abundantly clear; every inch of this village is adorned with rolling hills, dramatic sea cliffs, and mesmerizing vistas that define the essence of natural beauty.

Fishing boats sitting on the ocean floor in St. Martins, New Brunswick.

In an extraordinary convergence of designations, the village of St. Martins boasts the distinct honor of holding overlapping UNESCO acknowledgments – namely, the prestigious UNESCO Fundy Biosphere Reserve and the illustrious UNESCO Stonehammer Global Geopark. This exceptional distinction makes St. Martins one of the select few places on the planet where two UNESCO-designated sites coalesce.

A covered bride in St. Martins, New Brunswick.

Adding to its charm, St. Martins features not just one, but two covered bridges, with the remarkable highlight being the only two-way covered bridge in New Brunswick. These charming structures proudly adorn the main highway, a testament to the village’s captivating heritage. In fact, St. Martins stands alone as the sole location in the world where a single photograph captures the enchanting fusion of two covered bridges and a timeless lighthouse, creating a scene of remarkable nostalgia and beauty.

A new, modern, double-lane bridge in St. Martin, New Brunswick.

Fun Fact: There are 141 covered bridges in Canada and 58 of them are in New Brunswick. 

When planning your travel arrangements, make sure to consult the tide schedule with careful consideration. 

The best time to visit St. Martins is when you time your arrival to coincide with the low tide. This strategic choice ensures the opportunity to fully immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring wonders of St. Martins’ sea caves and sea cliffs, granting you an unforgettable exploration of the natural splendors that await.

Explore the Sea Caves in St. Martins

Pro Tip: Bring a pair of running shoes or water shoes that you can wear on the rocks, in the mud, the slippery seaweed and barnacle covered rocks, and through the ocean water. They will get wet and dirty, so plan to have a pair of dry shoes and socks waiting for you when you are done this adventure. 

Devoting approximately an hour of your time to the mesmerizing sea cliffs and enchanting sea caves in St. Martins is a captivating endeavor that promises unparalleled amazement. As you venture into the heart of these geological marvels, the experience becomes an adventure of climbing cliffs and delving into caves, leaving an indelible mark on your memory.

Explore the Sea Caves in St. Martins

Amidst this breathtaking journey, be sure to seize the splendid chance to capture striking selfies and photographs that encapsulate the essence of this remarkable excursion. To ensure you don’t miss a single moment, remember to pack your camera, and embark on this visual odyssey.

Cruise Along the Fundy Trail Parkway 

Breathtaking! The Fundy Trail Parkway is one of the most beautiful ocean drives you’ll find in Canada. The Fundy Trail Parkway is a slow, cliffside drive that offers sensational views of the Bay of Fundy. It is truly hidden gem of New Brunswick.

Cruise Along the Fundy Trail Parkway 

Prepare to have your breath taken away! The Fundy Trail Parkway is an absolute masterpiece when it comes to ocean drives in Canada. Its unhurried pace along the cliff edges lets you soak in the astonishing vistas of the Bay of Fundy – a sensory experience like no other. Tucked away as a genuine treasure within New Brunswick’s embrace, it’s a discovery waiting to unfold.

Cruise Along the Fundy Trail Parkway 

The Fundy Trail Parkway has five beaches, four waterfalls, 35 kilometers of hiking trails, 21 scenic lookouts, and 16 observation decks. 

Cruise Along the Fundy Trail Parkway 

As you drive from west to east along the Fundy Parkway Trail, which took 25 years and $100 million to build, the top spots to stop along the way include: 

  • Fox Rock Lookout 
  • Melvin Beach Lookout 
  • Fuller Falls 
  • Pangburn Beach Lookout 
  • Black Point Lookout 
  • The Cookhouse 
  • The Suspension Footbridge 
  • Long Beach and Tufts Plateau 
  • Martin Head Lookout 
  • Sealy Beach Lookout 
Cruise Along the Fundy Trail Parkway 

Fun Fact: The Bay of Fundy has the highest tides in the world. The sea level can rise anywhere from 35 to 56 feet between high and low tide. A 56-foot tidal change is the equivalent of a five-storey building.

Cruise Along the Fundy Trail Parkway 

Walk to Walton Glen Gorge 

Prepare for wonderment! The Walton Glen Gorge, nestled at the conclusion of the Fundy Trail Parkway, holds the revered title of New Brunswick’s Grand Canyon. Carved over a staggering span of 550 million years, this marvel stretches 1,000 feet in width and plunges 525 feet into the earth. A testament to time’s grandeur.

Walton Glen Gorge

Navigating its mostly level trail, a leisurely 2 km stroll from the parking area leads you to a captivating viewing platform. A sought-after experience, this forms a substantial entry on the bucket lists of those who traverse the Fundy Parkway Trail.

Spend The Night In The Fishing Village of Alma 

Upon your venture through the captivating Walton Glen Gorge, set your sights on the picturesque village of Alma, found through the embrace of Fundy National Park. And for your accommodations, rest your weary traveler’s head at the inviting Alpine Motor Inn.

Alpine Motor Inn in the fishing village of Alma

Alma, a coastal jewel, graces the landscape as a quaint fishing village of unparalleled beauty. It offers you the perfect haven to indulge in the freshest catch-of-the-day lobster. A standout among these delights is the traditional lobster roll, a culinary masterpiece skillfully crafted at the Octopus Garden Café and Bistro.

A traditional New Brunswick lobster roll.

While traversing Alma’s main street, Tipsy Tails stands as a beacon of inclusivity, raising a proud Pride flag to embrace and welcome LGBTQ guests, creating a heartening and inviting atmosphere for all.

A Pride flag flies outside of Tipsy Tails restaurant in Alma, New Brunswick.

Day 5: Fundy National Park and Cape Enrage 

Start your day off exploring Fundy National Park and Alma before heading east to Cape Enrage. 

Explore Fundy National Park 

A quintessential stop for those exploring New Brunswick, Fundy National Park is a true icon and a must-have on any bucket list. Within its sprawling expanse, a treasure trove awaits, including an impressive lineup of 25 waterfalls, an extensive network of 25 hiking trails, and the distinction of hosting the world’s oldest red spruce tree.

An aerial view of Pointe Wolfe Covered Bridge in Fundy National Park near Alma, New Brunswick.

Encompassing an astounding 1 million acres, Fundy National Park holds the prestigious title of a biosphere reserve, embracing the harmonious coexistence of nature and humanity. Moreover, its cultural and natural significance has earned it a coveted position as a UNESCO World Heritage site, a testament to its exceptional value.

The entrance of Fundy National Park near Alma, New Brunswick.

Fun Fact: New Brunswick is 85% forested and has large, sprawling untouched wilderness. 

During a brief yet fulfilling escapade to Fundy National Park, you’ll discover two remarkable and conveniently accessible highlights:

Wolfe Point Covered Bridge in Fundy National Park near Alma, New Brunswick.

Firstly, the Pointe Wolfe Covered Bridge, a quaint and picturesque covered bridge, is merely a brief seven-minute drive from the park’s entrance. With multiple parking lots thoughtfully placed around the bridge, you’re invited to pause, capture the moment with photos, and leisurely amble along the scenic trails, all while embracing the captivating ambience of this charming locale.

A river flowing into Fundy Bay in Fundy National Park.

Fun Fact: Covered bridges are a historical and culturally important part of the identity of New Brunswick 

While you’re immersed in the ambiance of the Pointe Wolfe Covered Bridge, don’t miss the chance to follow the pathway winding through the trees towards the Pointe Wolfe lookout. This enchanting stroll takes a mere five minutes along wooden stairways and trails. At the apex of this journey, you’ll find inviting Adirondack chairs, perfectly positioned to relish the panoramic vistas. Here, you can marvel at the ebb and flow of the tides in serene tranquility.

Adirondack chairs overlooking the Bay of Fundy in Fundy National Park.

On your way back from the Pointe Wolfe Covered Bridge, as you make your way towards Alma, make a point to pause at the charming Dickson Falls. This serene oasis requires just a short 7-minute stroll along a forest trail adorned with wood structure boardwalks and stairs. At Dickson Falls, you’ll be greeted by a picturesque scene that serves as the perfect backdrop for capturing a memorable selfie.

Dickson Falls in Fundy National Park near Alma, New Brunswick.

Fun Fact: New Brunswick is the only official English-French bilingual province in Canada.

Dickson Falls in Fundy National Park near Alma, New Brunswick.

Enjoy A Casual Stroll Through Alma 

Nestled within the embrace of Alma, the fishing village unveils itself as a prime location for capturing captivating photos and immersing oneself in the genuine spirit of New Brunswick. 

Fishing boats at low tide in Alma, New Brunswick.

When the tides recede, a unique spectacle emerges – fishing boats rest on the ocean floor, creating an extraordinary sight. Additionally, Alma boasts an expansive delta, which, during low tide, transforms into a favored path for ocean floor exploration. As a further treat, a boardwalk extends into the estuary, inviting you to embrace the serene waterscape.

People walking on the ocean floor during low tide in Alma, New Brunswick.

Fun Fact: The amount of water that comes into the Bay of Fundy for one tide change is equal to the amount of water that flows over Niagara Falls (Canada and U.S. sides combined) in one year and nine months.

Fishing boats sitting on the ocean floor during low tide in Alma, New Brunswick.

As you explore the village of Alma, a selection of restaurants stands ready to delight your taste buds with local seafood, and charming shops invite you to peruse souvenirs that encapsulate the essence of your visit.

Fossil Hunting at Cape Enrage 

Take a 20-minute drive to Cape Engage – yet another hidden treasure within the tapestry of New Brunswick. This historic locale holds a wealth of significance, with its inaugural lighthouse gracing the landscape back in 1840. However, the passage of time was not without its challenges; storms and unyielding winters conspired to lay waste to the original lighthouse. Rising from the ashes, the current lighthouse emerged in 1868, subsequently automated by the Canadian Coast Guard in the 1980s. Remarkably, both the luminous beacon and the resounding foghorn continue to guide and caution mariners today.

The Cape Engage lighthouse on a foggy day.

In a remarkable tale of renewal, the lighthouse and its surroundings faced disrepair and the scourge of vandalism. However, in 1993, a group of Moncton students ignited a restoration movement that revitalized the site. Today, Cape Enrage stands as a thriving destination, drawing crowds with its array of experiences, including exhilarating rappelling, exhilarating ziplining, and insightful tours. A testament to perseverance and renewal, Cape Enrage has transformed into a beloved hub of adventure and discovery.

Fossil Hunting at Cape Enrage 

Fun Fact: The fog horn was invented in New Brunswick

At Cape Enrage, seize the opportunity for daily fossil tours that align with low tide, varying in duration from 45 minutes to two hours. These guided explorations unlock a world of intrigue as they lead you through an array of plant fossils. 

Fossil Hunting at Cape Enrage 

With expert guidance, you’ll not only unearth and identify these remarkable fossils but also uncover the distinctive fossil types for which Cape Enrage is renowned. As you journey, the guide will immerse you in enlightening details about the geological landscape, offering insights into the terrain as it existed 350 million years ago, and unraveling the fascinating story of fossil formation.

A cliff wall at Cape Engage.

Gaze intently at the cliff walls and be transported through time as you witness the profound shifts in the land over countless millennia. Marvel at the spectacle of the ocean floor, now standing perpendicular to its contemporary counterpart.

A fossilized piece of plant found at Cape Engage in New Brunswick, Canada.

Furthermore, within the confines of the Cape Enrage restaurant, a curated collection of fossils awaits, offering yet another layer of wonder for you to explore and appreciate.

Fun Fact: 350 million years ago, New Brunswick was located where modern-day Brazil is located.

After your day at Cape Enrage, drive 35 minutes northeast to Hopewell Rocks and spend the night at the Hopewell Rocks Motel

See Local Points of Interest Near Hopewell Rocks 

Upon settling into your chosen lodging, but before the day comes to a close, embark on a leisurely drive to embrace the allure of three exquisite points of interest neighboring Hopewell Rocks. Each of these captivating stops can be effortlessly reached in a span of 5 to 20 minutes, rendering the brief drive exceptionally rewarding.

An estuary off the Bay of Fundy, near Hopewell Rocks, in New Brunswick, Canada.

Begin your journey by directing yourself to Mary’s Point, an enchanting nature reserve that beckons with picturesque vistas of the tidal expanse. Here, you’ll be treated to captivating sights of avian life and the harmonious presence of marsh wildlife, creating a symphony of nature’s wonders.

The Anderson Hollow Lighthouse in the late evening summer sun, near Mary's Point in New Brunswick, Canada.

On your return route, take a moment to pause at the Anderson Hollow Lighthouse – a beacon of history and charm that holds its own special allure.

Finally, indulge in a stop at the Sawmill Creek Covered Bridge, where a touch of nostalgia and the beauty of craftsmanship converge to create a memorable experience.

Sawmill Creek Covered Bridge near Hopewell Rocks, New Brunswick.

Fun Fact: Covered bridges are also known as Kissing Bridges because in the days of horse and wagon young couples would stop in the middle of the bridge to kiss in privacy. 

Day 6: Hopewell Rocks 

Undoubtedly the crown jewel of New Brunswick, Hopewell Rocks stands as an icon of unparalleled significance. Brace yourself for a profound sense of wonder as you encounter the mesmerizing spectacle of naturally sculpted rocks and the sprawling expanses of mud flats. Prepare to be utterly captivated by the sheer beauty and awe-inspiring forces of nature.

Hopewell Rocks in the Bay of Fundy, during low tide.

Get Your Feet Dirty at Hopewell Rocks 

Step into the comfort of your trusty old sneakers and gear up for an unforgettable escapade at t Hopewell Rocks. For an adventure that will leave you spellbound, opt to begin your journey by taking the trail to your right rather than the left. This path will lead you to the mesmerizing mud flats, a hidden gem often missed by visitors, and a sight that will truly leave you awe-struck.

The mud flats at Hopewell Rocks in the Bay of Fundy during low tide.

Upon descending the trail and reaching the base during the low tide phase, you’ll be met with a sprawling mud plain of monumental proportions. In high tide, this expanse is concealed beneath the ocean’s embrace, but during low tide, a captivating vista unveils itself. Gaze upon the vast expanse of deep red mud and marvel at the intricate channels sculpted by the rhythmic dance of the tides. The sheer spectacle of nature’s artistry is bound to leave you in wonder.

The mud flats at Hopewell Rocks in the Bay of Fundy during low tide.

Fun Fact: The tide changes in the Bay of Fundy approximately every six hours and 12 minutes; the water level rises quickly at one foot every five minutes.

The mud flats at Hopewell Rocks in the Bay of Fundy during low tide.

Moving forward, venture along the brief trail to your left, setting your course eastward. On this path, you’ll find yourself navigating the rugged terrain of rocks cloaked in seaweed and barnacles and venturing into the embrace of the rich red mud. Rest assured; your reliable old sneakers will have your back throughout this journey!

The low tide at Hopewell Rocks in the Bay of Fundy.

As you progress, the first spectacle that will greet your eyes is the “hole in the rock” – a remarkable formation that beckons with its allure.

People walking on the ocean floor during low tide at Hopewell Rocks in the Bay of Fundy.

Continuing your shoreline odyssey, you’ll pass by the intriguing Diamond Rock, and your journey will culminate in the presence of the magnificent Flowerpot Rocks – a breathtaking cluster of rock formations that invite you to capture those epic selfies, forever preserving this momentous experience.

People walking on the ocean floor during low tide at Hopewell Rocks in the Bay of Fundy.

Once you’ve savored the day to the fullest, make your way to the stairwell, where you can opt to ascend using the tram or choose the scenic hike that leads you back up to the parking lot. The choice is yours, but whichever path you select, it’s bound to be a fitting conclusion to your memorable adventure.

The low tide at Hopewell Rocks in the Bay of Fundy.

Pro Tip: There is a shoe wash station at the top of the stairs, so go ahead and get your shoes completely covered in mud, knowing you can wash them off. Just bring with you an extra pair of shoes and socks to change into afterwards.

A man standing ankle-deep in the thick, red mud at Hopewell Rocks on the ocean floor during low tide.

Stop For Lunch in Moncton 

Following your Hopewell Rocks escapade, embark on a scenic 30-minute drive to Moncton, a vibrant hub, and the largest city in New Brunswick. Upon arrival, steer your path toward the city’s heart and indulge in a delightful downtown lunch. The options are aplenty, ranging from charming local eateries and bistros to inviting brewhouses, ensuring a culinary experience tailored to your preferences.

A gay man at the Pride crosswalk in Monton, New Brunswick.

While downtown, be sure to capture a memorable snapshot at the endearing Pride crosswalk, a vibrant symbol located right in the heart of the bustling city center.

For enthusiasts of fine wine, New Brunswick boasts a collection of 19 wineries, and among them, the grandeur of Magnetic Hill Winery takes center stage. Make a stop here to indulge in a wine flight or tasting. Revel in the array of both red and white wines they meticulously produce and bottle. This visit promises a sensory journey through the region’s finest offerings, all in the midst of a picturesque setting.

Depart for Fredericton Airport 

The journey from Moncton to Fredericton International Airport requires approximately two hours by car. If you’re planning to rent a car, it’s advisable to commence your trip from Fredericton International Airport as opposed to dropping off the rental car at Moncton’s airport. Keep in mind that dropping off the rental car at the Moncton airport might entail substantial surcharges. Making this strategic choice can help you manage your travel budget more effectively.

Plan to Attend Gay Fredericton Pride 2024

To make your visit to New Brunswick an awesome gaycation, plan to visit during Fredericton Pride 2024! Fredericton Pride is a celebration of love, diversity, and inclusion. Join the vibrant LGBTQ+ community as they come together to showcase the strength and vibrancy of their identity. 

A large parade contingent makes its way through the 2023 Fredericton Pride parade.

From colorful parades and lively street parties to thought-provoking workshops and cultural events, there’s something for everyone at Fredericton Pride. Don’t miss the chance to be part of this remarkable celebration!  Plan your trip to Fredericton Pride 2024 and be swept away by the love and acceptance that fills the air. 

A group of people holding up the word 'LOVE' made from rainbow coloured balloons at the 2023 Fredericton Pride Parade.

Is New Brunswick Gay Friendly? 

Historically rooted in conservatism and closely tied to Catholic and Christian institutions, New Brunswick has undergone a remarkable transformation in recent years. The province’s evolution toward greater acceptance and inclusivity is evident, particularly with the emergence of LGBTQ+-owned and managed enterprises and the rise of events like Fredericton Pride.

A family attending Fredericton Pride 2023 in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

Embarking on a journey to this captivating slice of Atlantic Canada, you’ll bear witness to the resilience and vitality of the LGBTQ community. By choosing to invest your tourism resources here, you contribute positively to the local landscape. Supporting businesses helmed by queer individuals ensures sustained support for the LGBTQ+ community throughout the year, cultivating an environment that thrives on diversity and warmth.

Participants ready to go for the Fredericton Pride Big Queer Canoe in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

While strides have been taken, there’s still a collective effort to undertake. Legislative actions, certifications, educational initiatives, and community building are all part of the ongoing mission to establish New Brunswick as a haven of LGBTQ friendliness. While the journey toward complete inclusivity continues, it’s possible that you may encounter isolated instances of intolerance. However, the heart of New Brunswick pulsates with the spirit of Canadian hospitality and progressive ideals, working towards fostering equality and embracing diversity.

Plan Your Trip to New Brunswick today!

Adventure awaits in New Brunswick, located on the east coast, in Atlantic Canada. The culture and heritage of this scenic and welcoming maritime province offers visitors a wide variety of opportunities to explore.

The silhouette of a lighthouse at sunset in New Brunswick.

From the Bay of Fundy coastline with 56-foot tides, equivalent to a five-story building, to picturesque seaside towns and Canada’s oldest incorporated city, Saint John, there is so much to see, do, and explore in this sunning Atlantic Canada province.

A man holding a crab on a fishing boat in the Bay of Fundy.

Flowing through the downtown core of Fredericton is the Wolastoq (Saint John River), creating a natural ribbon of parkway, and opportunities for water sports including rowing, canoeing, paddle boarding. Fredericton is a vibrant urban oasis, with beaches, golf courses, gardens, museums, galleries, heritage sites, and microbreweries.

People on a steel bridge crossing the Wolastoq River in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

Start planning your trip to Fredericton, and across the province of New Brunswick with the help of Fredericton Tourism and Tourism New Brunswick

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Brian Webb

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Brian Webb is the founder and editor-in-chief of HomoCulture, a celebrated content creator, and winner of the prestigious Mr. Gay Canada – People’s Choice award. An avid traveler, Brian attends Pride events, festivals, street fairs, and LGBTQ friendly destinations through the HomoCulture Tour. He has developed a passion for discovering and sharing authentic lived experiences, educating about the LGBTQ community, and using both his photography and storytelling to produce inspiring content. Originally from the beautiful Okanagan Valley in the southern interior of British Columbia, Brian now lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. His personal interests include travel, photography, physical fitness, mixology, drag shows.

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