New Brunswick: Be... in this place ᐧ Être... ici on le peut

Travel Diary:
For this part of our travel diary across Canada, we are doing things a little different. It is not in chronological order with the other blog posts. We didn't spend that much time in New Brunswick so we've included our trip west and trip east in one post.

We had just spent the night camping in Quebec City and touring around Old Quebec. That same day we drove out of Quebec City with the plan to see how far we could make it before we needed to get a campsite. Maybe we could make it to New Brunswick!

We could tell we were driving later in the day than usual because we could see the shadow of the truck in front of us. We knew we had to find a campsite pretty quick because it was getting late. As it turned out we did make it to New Brunswick.
We managed to find one but one thing we didn't account for was the time change so it meant that we checked into our campsite (Camping Panoramic) at 10pm at night which was a bit late. We felt a bit guilty about checking in that late but the host of the campground was really friendly and didn't let it show if he was annoyed.
He wasn't in the office but some kids helped us out by riding their golf carts over to his place and getting him for us. They must either live there or be there long term for the season. We got the impression from this campground that there were a lot of people there for more than a few days.
The campground was great. We were very happy with it. We found a plug to charge our camera battery but it was in the building that looked like it was used for events. It wasn't right next to our campsite so we checked it periodically to make sure it was still there.

The shower facilities were great as well. We got settled in, made our food and went to sleep. In the morning we got all packed up and ready to go and then got ourselves all washed up for hitting the road again.
The weather was great and the bugs were not too bad. We were able to get stuff dry and reorganize our supplies for easier access.
We had been trying to coordinate a visit with some friends in the Maritimes but it was difficult to figure out our schedule and their schedule. One way or another we were trying to make it work.
We were just having a bit of trouble deciding what we wanted to see next. Did we want to go to Moncton, Fredericton, continue on to Nova Scotia, stop in PEI first? We decided on heading to a national park called Kouchibouguac National Park.

And to get there we drove on a highway that was pretty lonesome. We seemed to be just about the only people on this highway in the boonies. Later we were told by maritime locals that even they had never taken the route we did before. The road was not as bad as what we had seen in Manitoba but there were still some rough parts and potholes. The winters are harsh in New Brunswick.
We passed through a town called Miramichi.

After a long drive, we made it to our destination. We couldn't pronounce it but we were there. Read about our time in Kouchibouguac and Kellys Beach

New Brunswick is the only bilingual province in Canada where they speak French and English. The stop signs in New Brunswick have French and English on them.
After our time in KOUCHIBOUGUAC, we carried on and drove over to PEI on Confederation Bridge. We decided to spend Canada Day on PEI. Check out our post on our time in/on Prince Edward Island

Of course, after PEI we made it to Nova Scotia and went all around there including Cape Breton, Halifax and Peggy's Cove.

To bring you up to speed, the weather was not great in Halifax so after spending the day there we drove to New Brunswick in hopes of making it to Fundy National Park for camping.

We prefer the camping at the national park because the facilities are great and the price is inexpensive with the free Parks Canada Discovery Pass we had for Canada 150. Up until this point in our trip, we had no problems getting any campsites at the national parks. We drove far to get to the park and a few of the campgrounds in the park were closed. 

It took us awhile to finally make it to a campsite in the park that was open and when we pulled up to the park ranger's drive-through window there was a sign saying that there were no more camping spots.
Here is our view of the Bay of Fundy before it got too dark to see anything. 

The park ranger suggested a beach where you can camp for free. We followed his directions but there were already a few people camping there and it felt a bit sketchy, to be honest. It was less of a free campground like we imagined a more of a place that people went to get hammered in the bush or something.
We went to all the motels in the small village of Alma but there was no vacancy at all. Then we considered parking in a church parking lot but it was Saturday night so we didn't want to have to deal with churchgoers waking us up the next day. We considered parking the car in a number of neighbourhoods but we couldn't find any spots we were comfortable with. Also, there were no overnight parking signs all over the town. 

Then we considered turning back where we had come from but we felt it was too far and the drive back through Fundy National Park was really long. We kept driving towards Moncton for better or worse as we didn't know what to do.

Along the way we kept our eyes peeled for anywhere to stay. It was pitch black and there were no street lights as we were out in the boonies but we came across a motel with its lights on called The Shepody Bay Inn. It is really close to the famous Hopewell Rocks.

Another vehicle pulled in right before us. It was a family having the same problem as us. Apparently, they had called this place and the motel was keeping its light on for them to arrive. We decided to get a room and we were immediately relieved to be free from the nightmare of finding a place to sleep for the night, even if it cost us a bit more. It was fairly reasonable and breakfast was included so we felt like we lucked out.
It felt like we were living in the lap of luxury after all the "roughing it" we had done on this trip.
Breakfast was great and we made sure to eat our money's worth.

The weather was amazing and we felt so much better. We watched a time-lapse video of the tide at the Bay of Fundy during breakfast. The Bay of Fundy has the largest tide in the world.

This is pretty much the extent of the view of the bay that we had. We did head to the Hopewell Rocks to be able to walk on the ocean floor. Unfortunately, our arrival time did not work well because the tide was coming in and we didn't want to wait around for hours for the tide to go back out. We carried on. What we saw was good enough for us. The bed and breakfast was great at least.

Wanderlust Jimmy was still going strong.

So we passed by Moncton as we decided to start driving back to Quebec. As it turned out, the reason we had so much trouble finding a place to stay was that Moncton was hosting the Atlantic Nationals which is a gigantic car show. Everything was book up and we were lucky to have found the room we did. If we had driven to Moncton that night we never would have found a place to stay.

Back near the border of New Brunswick, we found a campsite that was cheap and had shower facilities. They even had power to charge all our stuff. We managed to get all our camping gear out in the sun so it could dry.

The rain was rolling in though so we got our tent packed away and slept in the vehicle, Wanderlust Jimmy. We organized the truck into sleep mode and then got to bed and read our books.
We stopped at a highway rest area and fixed ourselves a snack for lunch while we made our way to Quebec. Our goal was to make it to Quebec and find a good campsite.



If you enjoyed reading about our time in New Brunswick then you will enjoy reading about the rest of our cross Canada road trip that we did for Canada 150. We go to all sorts of parks and cities across Canada and explore this huge country. Thanks for reading.

Comments

  1. The landscape and scenery in New Brunswick seem astonishing. Camping there sounds like an awesome idea. Thanks for bringing this place closer. :)

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