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Along the TCH-2 (Trans Canadian Highway, but only a two-lane road ...) you can visit Grand Falls (Grand-Sault in French), which prides itself on having the largest waterfalls in New Brunswick. From a nearby bridge, one has a good overview on this attraction. Alas, after having visited the Niagara Falls (Toronto), or the Falls of Montmorency (Quebec), any comparison in size doesn't really do justice to these falls... Apart from that, the scenery is indeed attractive.
The road to Frederickton runs through a hilly and beautiful landscape. Overtaking another car is only possible on certain stretches of road with an extra lane, and the speed is limited to 100 km/hour. A little past Kings Landing, and about 20 kilometers before Fredericton, the road again becomes a four-lane-highway.
Kings Landing presents a reconstruction of a settlement from the 1800's. There are some 70-odd restored buildings to visit, and most of them contain antique crafts and costumed residents.
St Andrews is situated on a bay with the melodious name of Passamaquoddy Bay. The Visitor Center presents tons of documentation. Its first attraction is a rabbit farm. Here the animals cajole around freely, and visitors can watch and even caress them.
Ministers Island was purchased in 1890 by Sir William Van Horne, who became rich with the construction of railroads. He built a luxurious villa on it, with fifty rooms, but what is remarkable is that this island is only accessible from the mainland at low tide! It can then be accessed over a path, that is completely submerged at high tide.
Near the Bay of Fundy, the sea level changes more than 12 meters from one tide to another! In the Bay of Fundy itself, the total water volume of the rising tide is effectively larger than the total flow of all the rivers in the world in a 24-hour period!
We drove to St John over the scenic road along the coast. St John is New Brunswick's largest port, and it is also the place where the Saint John River flows into the ocean. The main local attraction is undoubtedly the Reversing Falls of Saint John.
The first phenomenon to observe upon arrival, is without doubt the penetrating bad odor of the Irving Pulp paper processing plant, which is located on the river bank. This plant has processed pulp since 150 years, and has probably smelled up the environment for just as long ...
The Reversing Falls are a very exceptional natural phenomenon, partly resulting from the locally huge sea level variations of the tides. In St John, the 700 kilometer long river joins the ocean. But at high tide, the level of the ocean is higher than that of the river, so that the water starts running upstream!
At this specific location there is a kind of platform, so that at low tide a waterfall is formed towards the ocean, and at high tide a waterfall is formed towards the land. Now, the word "fall" may be a big word for a difference in level of about 110 centimeters, but the phenomenon is certainly spectacular!
Another remarkable aspect is the navigability of this river. For about twenty minutes between high and low tide, the two volumes of water temporarily keep each other in balance. Then the river is locally navigable ! However, when the tide changes, the two bodies of water come together and mingle, and this creates wild vortexes in the water, and then the river becomes virtually unnavigable. Very special!
Some say that the name Moncton originated as Monk town, as the French brought in many monks during their colonization, to "educate" the Indians.
A far more convincing explanation from Greg Agnew is that the city was named after Robert Monkton, a British military man. When the papers for incorporation were filed with the provincial administration, the letter K was inadvertently changed to a C, and it stuck!
In Moncton you'll find Magnetic Hill, where (supposedly) a car drives uphill when put in neutral ! Magnetic Hill has actually become a theme park, with a zoo, a water park, and of course several shops and restaurants. It is always extremely busy.
We immediately wanted to try out Magnetic Hill, and so we impatiently drove halfway up the hill. We put the car in neutral, and took our foot off the brake. Of course the car started rolling backwards, which is completely logical...
However, if you look forward, you'll get the optical illusion of riding uphill, by seeing a seemingly down sloping landscape in front of you. Except of course for the fact that you won't be looking forward, since you're driving backwards...
The Fisherman's Paradise restaurant in Dieppe Avenue, Moncton, is particularly famous for its Lobster menu's.
Former Belgian Prime Minister Verhofstadt and former French President Chirac have been honored guests.
Albeit that the Lobster dinner probably wasn't at their own expense...
In Bore Park, the Petitcodiac River majestically flows through the city. At this location, twice a day the Tidal Bore can be observed. It produces a small wave (in the summer), or a larger wave (in spring and autumn), that suddenly but forcefully climbs upstream. Behind this wave, the river level rises significantly. This phenomenon is caused by the strong tides, and by the fact that the river forms a funnel at this spot.
On the coast of the Northumberland Strait lies Shediac, the Lobster Capital of the World. It is a very touristic seaside village, overwhelmingly visited by tourists, and the traffic usually advances bumper against bumper. In the city center you'll find a statue, that was specifically created to honor Shediac's main product ; a huge lobster, lying on a rock !
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