New Brunswick Summer Staycation – South East

2020-08-26T16:28:08+00:00 August 18th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments
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Bouctouche, Moncton, Dieppe, Riverview, Shediac, Sackville, Hillsborough, Alma, Sussex

Read on for fun things to do and see in the South East.

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South East New Brunswick is blessed with beautiful coastline, warm ocean water and sandy beaches. There are two federal parks, Kouchibouguac and Fundy, and three provincial parks; Parlee Beach, Murray Beach and Hopewell Rocks. These are all great destinations to get outdoors and back to basics. The cities and towns in the South East offer great food, entertainment and shopping.


La Dune de Bouctouche

So many to chose from in New Brunswick. From the stunning beaches and dunes in Kouchibouguac and Bouctouche, to the highly visited beaches in Shediac and Cap Pelé and the prestine shores in Shemogue and Port Elgin.


Third Vault Falls, Fundy National Park

This area is a hiker’s dream. In addition to the national and provincial parks, every town and city has extensive walking trails that are free of charge.

Sackville Waterfowl Park

The Sackville Waterfowl Park has free admission with guided tours from May to August. In addition to the trails and boardwalks, this park is a bird watchers haven with 160 bird species.

Cape Jourimain, Confederation Bridge

Take a walk under the Confederation Bridge at The Cape Jourimain National Wildlife Area in Bayfield. Not only does it offer the best views of the bridge, it is a nature lover’s oasis with its wetland habitats, sand dunes and 12 km of scenic trails. The buildings on site remain closed for the season.

Sandpipers, Johnson’s Mills Shorebird Reserve, Dorchester. Photo Dianne Currie

Take part in the stunning acrobatic show of thousands of sandpipers at the Johnson’s Mills Shorebird Reserve in Dorchester. This area is a critical stop for shorebirds that migrate from the Arctic all the way to South America.  Although the interpretive center is closed, the reserve remains open to visitors.


Magic Mountain, Moncton

Magic Mountain water park is open with guests being required to pre-purchase tickets online for specific days. The Magnetic Hill Zoo is right next door.

Centennial Park, Moncton

For fun zipline adventures in the heart of Moncton, visit TreeGo in Centennial Park. While there, take advantage of the free to use trails, play structures, a large splash pad and a new swimming pool. The pool has fees attached.

Le Pay de la Sagouine, Bouctouche

Be entertained in a historic Acadian village by characters who tell their stories through theatre and music at the Pays de la Sagouine in Bouctouche.

The Hopewell Rocks

There are many opportunities to get on the water whether it’s boating, kayaking or paddle boarding. Boat rentals are available in many parks and some of the more popular waterways with companies like Shediac Paddle Shack, Shediac Bay Cruises and Baymount Outdoor Adventures in Hopewell Rocks.

Magnetic Hill Winery and B&B, Moncton
Usva Spa, Moncton

Do a wine tasting at the Magnetic Hill Winery and enjoy their beautiful view of Moncton.  Cross over to Usva spa which is right next door for a relaxing thermal experience.


Numerous museums offer fun looks into the areas past. Stop by for a spot of tea in Moncton at the Thomas Williams House. Visit an old horse carriage factory in Sackville at The Campbell Carriage Factory museum. Discover the people of the tides at the Albert County Museum and stop by the New Brunswick Railway Museum in Hillsborough on your way. Visit an old convent at the Kent Museum in Bouctouche.

Fort Beausejour Historical Site, Aulac

Fort Beausejour Historical Site is a great outing with the kids and offers a look back at how the area was settled.


Dining options in the South East are plentiful from fine cuisine at Les Brûmes du Coude and Little Louis in Moncton to great casual dining at Bistro Le Chat Bleu in Baie Verte, La Sagouine in Bouctouche, Cinnamon Soul Café and Bakery in Hillsborough, and Baci Italia in Moncton.

We’ve listed a few with their locations but be sure to share your favourite with us.

Bistro Le Moque-Tortue, Shediac

There is also great asian food such as Osaka Hibachi, Mai Restaurant, House of Lam, Red Satay and Oriens Modern Asian Cuisine, all in the Moncton area. For something flavourful and unique try Barakat African Cuisine in Moncton.

Taste and See Restaurant, Sussex
Cinnamon Soul Cafe & Bakery, Hillsborough
Sussex Ale Works, Sussex
Holy Whale Brewing Co, Alma

Seafood lovers must make a stop at the Seaside Grill Restaurant in Rexton,  Paturel’s Shore House Restaurant in Grand-Barachois, Catch 22 and Skipper Jack’s in Moncton.   If your looking for Authentic Italian, Rocco’s Cuccina and Pizza 5 Étoiles are must do’s.   Many of the local craft breweries offer pub fare as well.

Craft Breweries and Distillers

As one of New Brunswick’s fastest growing industries, there are many unique craft breweries and distilleries to visit.


Among the many local accommodations, we’ve listed a few unique ones to help you change things up a little.

Old Church Cottages, Boundary Creek

Stay in a repurposed church at The Old Church Cottages in Boundary Creek.  This couple has a love for saving unused churches and turning them into destinations.

Dorchester Jail, Dorchester
St. Martins Country Inn, St. Martins
Le Griffon B&B, Shediac
L’Ancrage B&B, Saint Louis

Spend a night in jail at the Dorchester Jail BnB, the only privately-owned provincial jail in Canada.

St Martins Country Inn is a beautiful historic building that looks more like a castle with a panoramic view of The Bay of Fundy.

Le Griffon B&B in Shediac offers the best breakfast in town with a menu that changes daily.

Cozy up and relax at L’Ancrage B&B in Saint Louis.

INTERACTIVE MAP : South East NB (Link)

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