New Brunswick has five distinct scenic drives that make exploring our area easier and will convince you why we are called Canada’s Picture Prov-ince. In the Saint John area, you can experience New Brunswick’s Fundy Coastal Drive, a 460 km (286 mi) drive that takes you from St. Stephen in the west (at the New Brunswick/Maine border) to Aulac in the east (at the New Brunswick/Nova Scotia border). Here you will discover one of the most unique bodies of water on the planet earth – the Bay of Fundy. Hold-ing title to the highest tides in the world, twice daily the tides rise and fall in the Bay of Fundy pushing an estimated 100 billion tonnes of salt water from St. Andrews through to Chignecto Bay and in certain places rising as high as a four storey building. The rich nutrients in this ever changing water attracts many species of whales – some say more whales species can be found here than in any other single location worldwide.
In 2007, the western side of the upper Bay of Fundy in New Brunswick was selected by UNESCO as a Biosphere Reserve. The Fundy Biosphere Reserve stretches from the St. Martins area all the way to the head of the Bay of Fundy and its salt water marshes, and encompasses 432,310 hectares.
On October 3, 2010, Southern New Brunswick be-came home to Stonehammer Geopark, the very first North American member of the UNESCO supported Global Geoparks Network (GGN). Stonehammer covers 2500 square kilometres of land from Lep-reau Falls in the west, east to Norton, Saint John and Grand Bay-Westfield and from the Fundy Trail in St. Martin’s to the Kingston Peninsula. It incorpo-rates more than 60 significant geological and fossil locales, and its natural landscape has significant scientific value because it is particularly rare, but also it is simply beautiful.
Just follow the ‘lighthouse’ sign for the Fundy Coastal Drive – you can watch for whales breach-ing off the coast, discover fossil-filled mudflats, play on coastal islands and visit our unique cities, towns and villages along the way!
Oh, and let’s not forget our free ferry services. New Brunswick is home to seven ‘free’ cable ferries on the Lower St. John River (Gagetown, Bellisle Bay, Evandale, Westfield, Kennebecasis Island, Gondo-la Point and Summerville/Millidgeville). You can still get a free ferry ride on Passamaquoddy Bay too if you are visiting Deer Island, part of the Fun-dy Coastal Drive. Take the less travelled path this summer and try one of our free ferry rides – the scenery will astound you and all it will cost you is a little time!