Once upon a time the nickname “Picture Province” adorned New Brunswick license plates. It’s a fitting description for a place where lush pine forests meet rugged, rocky coastline, and where old lighthouses nod to eastern Canada’s once thriving shipbuilding industry. Nearby Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia might be more popular, but New Brunswick rewards the intrepid traveler with off-the-beaten-path adventure. Explore the Bay of Fundy, home to the highest tides on Earth, and keep an eye out for humpback whales. Or wander one of the many historic towns that dot the maritime province, from St. John—the oldest incorporated city in Canada—to the capital, Fredericton. While you’re at it, note that today’s New Brunswick license plates have no slogan. The locals, it seems, have decided that the area’s beauty speaks for itself.
When to go
Also known as maple syrup season in New Brunswick. Temperatures range from 25°F in late March/early April to 70°F in June.
80°F days pair well with beachcombing, kayaking and binging on lobster and other local seafood.
Take a drive to admire the epic fall foliage or check out seasonal festivals like Harvest Jazz and Blues in Fredericton. Expect temperatures between 20°F and 60°F.
New Brunswick can get up to 150 inches of snow each winter, making it a great low-key getaway for skiers and snowshoers. Temps this time of year range from just below zero to around 40°F.
Renting a car is the best way to experience all New Brunswick has to offer, but the local bus, rail, and ferry services are good supplemental options. Visit New Brunswick’s government website for more transportation tips.
- Prepare to be embraced (literally)—New Brunswickers are huggers!
- New Brunswick has two official languages: French and English.
- The province boasts strong First Nation, British and French cultural traditions.
Known for its location in the tranquil St. John River Valley just outside of historic downtown Fredericton, Radisson Kingswood Hotel & Suites, Fredericton is the perfect hotel to escape to. The pet friendly hotel also boasts an on-site golf course and 24-hour business centre, providing some fun between your work time.