Visiting South Eastern New Brunswick in the summer
Earlier this year, I received an invitation to visit two regions of New Brunswick with Experience Acadie: South Eastern New Brunswick and the Acadian Peninsula.
I had been to this province of Eastern Canada several times, but never stopped there. So I was really happy to have the chance to visit this province for a few days in August!
I then decided to share my best finds with you in the two regions I visited!
Picnic with NB Explorer Tours
My stay in South Eastern New Brunswick started in Shediac where I had the chance to enjoy a picnic created and curated by NB Explorer Tours with local products only. NB Explorer specializes in experiential tourism around different topics throughout New Brunswick. I fell in love with fresh shrimp, oysters and Scow artisanal cider.
See a giant lobster
A real must in the region: the giant lobster of Shediac! Being one of the most photographed attractions in New Brunswick, do not forget to take a selfie before you leave!
Shediac Bay Cruises + Lobster Dinner
After stopping in Shediac, I went to Pointe-du-Chêne for a cruise with Shediac Bay Cruises to learn more about lobster fishing. When you understand all the work required to get the lobster on your plate, it puts things in perspective!
Eat traditional Acadian dishes: fricot & crêpe râpée
A must-go for Acadian cuisine when you’re in Southeastern New Brunswick is fricot. It’s a simple chicken soup with some vegetables and a good broth. You will find this dish in several restaurants in the region. For my part, I went to the restaurant La Sagouine in the village of Bouctouche. I went there initially to taste their poutine râpée, another traditional dish, but they did not serve the day when I visited them.
Eat some good seafood on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean at Paturel’s Shore House Restaurant while watching the sunset
If you’re anything like me, you’ll definitely enjoy this restaurant— Paturel’s Shore House — which serves a wide variety of seafood dishes and has a beautiful ocean view terrace. I went there around 19:30 to enjoy the sunset when I was eating sitting on the terrace, it was sublime!
Learn how to make soap at Olivier Soapery
If you are looking for an unusual activity during your stay in South Eastern New Brunswick, I highly recommend visiting Olivier Soapery. There are several demonstrations where you will learn to make soap directly on site and it’s totally free!
Cape Jourimain Nature Centre
Located close to the Confederation Bridge, Cape Jourimain Nature Center offers a variety of activities, endless beaches and is an excellent stopover to do before heading to Prince Edward Island. There are also breathtaking views of the Confederation Bridge as you venture onto the beach.
Kouchibouguac National Park
Eat poutine râpée
As I had not been able to eat poutine râpée at La Sagouine, I asked the locals to give me suggestions as to where to eat the best poutine râpée — it was unanimous: at Leo’s Take-Out in Bouctouche. If you’ve never eaten poutine râpée, imagine a huge dumpling filled with a salted pork stuffing, surrounded by a dough made from fresh and cooked potatoes. If you are a foodie like me, you have to try at least once. Eat with salt, sugar or condiments of your choice!
Have you ever been to New Brunswick? What are your favorites?
J’y suis allée 6 années consécutives pour les vacances. J’adore le N.-B. Si j’avais à m’expatrier dans une autre province, ce serait celle-là. Les gens sont sympathiques, on parle les deux langues partout, les plages, la bouffe….bref tout m’accroche au N.-B.
C’est vrai que les gens sont très sympathiques c’est ce qui m’a marqué énormément lors de ma visite! Merci pour votre commentaire, France!
I am a resident of N.B who happens to be lucky enough to spend
My summers at my daughter’s cottage in Pt.du Chene, Shediac.
Glad you enjoyed a taste of our beloved Acadian food, such as
Poutine rapee and Frico. When you return,may I suggest you try
Our famous fried clams. The friendly folks of Shediac will be only
Too happy to Fill you in on the best place for a bountiful plate.
Come back during the lobster festival in July. We guarantee you a pleasant
Variety of musical entertainment,and lots of lobster treats.