Acadian Coast

Picture of dieppe_market The New Brunswick welcome center calls the coastline along the Northumberland Strait the 'Acadian Coast', so we are calling it that too. We based ourselves in Moncton to explore New Brunswick and nearby Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. Quite frankly, Moncton doesn't have many tourist attractions of its own but it is a pleasant enough city. Our favorite spot was the Dieppe Market just a little north of downtown Moncton. This is a terrible picture of it but it's the best we have. It features raw ingredients, processed produce (blueberry jam, maple butter) and fully cooked meals.
Picture of petitcodiac As we are purposely ignoring Magnetic Hill the next biggest attraction in Moncton is the tidal bore in the Petitcodiac River. First the negative: If you've see one tidal bore, you've seen them all. In fact if you haven't seen a tidal bore you may still have seen them all. Twice a day, a wave moves down this river. That in itself is not all that exciting but it does indicate a reversal in flow and the longer term tidal effects are dramatic. These two pictures are taken two hours apart - notice how far the river has dropped. Considering Moncton is fairly far inland the impact of the tides here is really impressive.
Picture of boardwalk We started up the coast from Shediac. Shediac is best known for having a gigantic lobster statue (really). We have no picture because it was raining too hard at that point. It's also worth noting you can get lobster at the Shediac coop for $4 (CDN) per pound. At least if you were there in September 2012 you could. Going up the coast you can take the fast road which is still fairly scenic or the coast road which winds through every little Acadian town and its harbor along the way. It's actually not that much slower so take the coast road. Eventually you arrive at the barely pronounceable Kouchibouguac National Park ("Kouch" for short). We felt this was one of the more notable attractions in New Brunswick. A large portion of the park is inland and we didn't spend a lot of time in that part of it. This boardwalk spans a lagoon and goes out to a spit called Kelly's Beach which is perhaps the centerpiece of the park.
Picture of kellys_beach It's a long gray desolate beach facing Prince Edward Island across the Northumberland Strait. At least in September it is, we saw pictures in summer that were very different. You can hike several miles to the south end of the spit where a colony of seals tends to hangout. We didn't do this as we were also lugging along our little hitchhiker. However we did see seals swimming off the coast not too far from the boardwalk. If you like long walks on the beach far from most anyone else, this is the place for you.
Picture of callanders_beach We also took some short hikes on the inland side (this is Callander's Beach). We were impressed by the comprehensive trail network in the park and we fully intend to return here in season to camp and explore some more at a future date.

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