I absolutely fell in love with New Brunswick in Canada. I spent 8 wonderful days in this stunning Canadian province. Every day I saw fantastic and photogenic sights, ate fantastic food (and at least one lobster roll per day) and constantly encountered some of the genuinely nicest people I have ever met!
My trip took me up the Acadian Peninsula and along the Bay of Fundy and my camera was going mad! Here are 26 Instagrammable things to do in New Brunswick Canada!
⇒ Here’s a map of New Brunswick to help you plan your Instagram stops!
1. Instagrammable Things to do in New Brunswick – Visit Kingsbrae Garden in Saint Andrews
This 27-acre garden has over 50,000 perennials, shrubs, and trees. Kingsbrae Garden also has an award-winning restaurant where Llamas often visit at lunchtimes! I only had time to visit the sculpture garden which was very instagrammable! Kingsbrae Garden New Brunswick has been named one of Canada’s top 10 public gardens.
2. Instagrammable Places to visit in New Brunswick – Get a snap of The Blockhouse in Saint Andrews
St Andrew’s Blockhouse was built as a coastal border defense during the war of 1812 and is now a national historic site. It was one of 12 remaining blockhouses built by the townspeople who were fearful of an American invasion. The St Andrew’s Blockhouses were quickly constructed with a focus on security which is what created their distinctive shape.
I also got some lovely shots of St Andrew’s Blockhouse New Brunswick around here on the beach at low tide. I was down there at about 830am on a summer morning so it wasn’t particularly early. But the light against the ocean floor was just gorgeous.
3. Instagrammable things to see in New Brunswick – Drive the Ocean Floor to Ministers Island near Saint Andrews
When it comes to what to do in nb, experiencing the ocean floor is one of the top things – in many different ways! Ministers Island is just a stone’s throw outside St Andrews. This small island can only be reached at low tide when it is possible to drive across the ocean floor – which is beautiful!
The turn off for Ministers Island New Brunswick is either just before you arrive into St Andrews or just after you leave St Andrews! Do be careful driving over to Ministers Island. I was in a 4 wheel drive and still found it a bit tricky. I saw standard 2 wheel drive cars heading over so it is possible – just avoid the sandy areas.
And of course, it is possible to walk over to Ministers Island. The ocean floor itself is very photogenic particularly with the island in the background – this is definitely one for your New Brunswick Bucket List!
Upon arrival, it is necessary to pay to get access to Ministers island. You will also be advised what time you need to leave the island in order to escape getting stuck once the tide comes up!
Ministers Island was the home of the rather eccentric and quite amusing Sir William Van Horne. Van Horne is best known for being the man who built the Canadian Pacific Railway. He bought land on Ministers Island in 1891 and then made sure he had an easy commute!
The Van Horne family home, Covenhoven, is in the south of Ministers island (when I say south if it is about a 4-minute drive!). The home is beautiful – so many rooms! Van Horne only slept 4 hours a night so he had a little bedroom at the front of the house. There are regular free tours of the Van Horne house on Ministers Island.
At the other end of Ministers island is the old barn which is also a beautiful building and it has tours as well. Van Horne was quite the character – when he noticed that his workers in the barn were looking out the windows when they should have been working he had the windows raised so they couldn’t see anything!
The house and the barn on Ministers Island are very photogenic – particularly the barn.
4. Take a New Brunswick day trip to Campobello Island from Saint Andrews
Campobello Island is most well known as the childhood summer home of US president Franklin Delano Roosevelt. He and his wife Eleanor and their children continued to travel to Campobello island New Brunswick and visited a couple of times after he became the US president. Thanks to the Bay of Fundy the island is much cooler than many other islands in the area so it is a great place to escape the heat.
Campobello Island is part of Canada but can only be reached from Canada by sea. However, the island has a highway bridge that connects it to Lubec Maine – the United States! There are many stories as to why Campobello Island is part of Canada rather than the US – mostly involving a few too many drinks! But hey it is. After FDR died Eleanor asked JFK to turn their old summer home into a memorial to FDR and have it free.
Campobello international park is jointly administered by the United States and Canadian government and was established in 1964. Part of Campobello island was converted into a National Park where it is possible to cycle and/or hike and the Roosevelt Cottage was restored and turned into a living museum.
There is a visitor’s center next to Roosevelt Cottage Campobello Island which has loads of information and a couple of films. They have a restaurant in the Prince’s house and I had a lovely lunch of lobster roll and seafood chowder sitting on the veranda.
It is only possible to visit Roosevelt Cottage New Brunswick on a guided tour but these run every 15 minutes and are free. And there is also an afternoon tea with Eleanor on offer if you would like to learn more about Mrs. Roosevelt.
Some of my favourite photos from Campobello Island Canada are those showing lovely Lubec Maine! This super cute village looks great with the water in the foreground – as does the bridge linking Campobello island and the US mainland.
Of course, Campobello Island has a very cute red and white lighthouse that is begging to be photographed! And Liberty Point provides some nice shots.
Campobello Island is one of the most beautiful places to go in New Brunswick. I took a water taxi from St Andrews to Campobello Island which took about 35 minutes. There are many beautiful spots on the island and some lovely beaches. There are also great views of the picture-postcard town of Lubec Maine.
I took a tour of Campobello Island with lovely local Peter Harwerth. He drove me around and filled me in on his island home. Check out Peter’s blog and contact him to take you around Campobello island here.
It is possible to stay the night on Campobello Island but there are not many choices for hotels. Renting a cabin is the best option – check out the Sea Urchin Cottage. Try The Pier near Wilson’s Beach for a meal and The Porch Campobello Island is known for great blueberry pie!
5. Instagrammable Attractions in New Brunswick – St Martins Harbor
St Martins is a village at the heart of the Bay of Fundy and a bit of a photographer’s dream! The first part of St Martins you will encounter is its very photogenic harbor. Do look to time your visit to St Martin’s harbour to be there for either high or low tide – and then plan your trip to the St Martin’s sea caves and the Fundy Trail further down the road so when you return the water level will be different so you will have a couple of tide options!
St Martins harbor contains very photogenic and colourful boats. And as if that wasn’t enough there are also two covered bridges! Personally, I arrived at St Martins New Brunswick for low tide which I do think has the best shots as it is more impactful to see the boats essentially sitting on the seafloor.
I then came back about 3 hours later and there was some water in St Martins harbor – enough for kayaks to head out – but it wasn’t at high tide. It did still make for some good contrast photos – in my opinion! Check them out here and see what you think!
6. Instagrammable New Brunswick Attractions – St Martins Sea Caves
After you have driven through the harbour continue along the road and you will reach the stunning St Martins Sea Caves. At low tide, it is possible to walk along the beach and into the caves – with a small amount of water to cross. The St Martins Sea Caves New Brunswick are extraordinary – the colours reminded me of Petra in Jordan! To call the colours red or pink just seems insufficient – they are deep and rich. In my opinion, this is one of the best things to do in New Brunswick.
It is possible to walk through quite a few St Martins Sea Caves if you do arrive exactly at low tide. I wore flip flops and they worked quite well in terms of having to walk through some water but the floor can be quite slippery.
After seeing the St Martins Sea Caves at low tide I went and had lunch at The Caves Restaurant. The Caves restaurant St Martins is known for its seafood chowder which was very flavorsome and very very creamy! It is quite a casual set up with seating on the deck with great views across the sea caves. I also had a lobster roll which was, of course, fantastic because I was in New Brunswick!
After lunch, I headed to the Fundy Trail (see below). I then pulled back into the St Martins car park on the way back and got some shots of the St Martins sea caves at what I would call mid-tide!
7. Instagrammable New Brunswick Tourist Attractions – The Fundy Trail Parkway
The Fundy Trail Parkway is a 6,323-acre park which has a 30 km drive with stunning views! The trail is so well set up! The Fundy Trail Parkway New Brunswick is accessed through the lovely little town of St Martin’s above. Keep driving past the St Martins Sea Caves and you will arrive at the entrance (you will need to pay to enter).
After entry, you are essentially on a long road with fantastic views and loads of great places to stop. There are 18 different well sign-posted viewpoints on the Fundy Trail and many have picnic tables and facilities. It is very easy to drive in and take a quick photo or head into one of the parking bays if you are keen to go for a walk.
The first stop on the Fundy Trail Parkway is Fownes head where there are flowerpot rocks. It is not possible to see these from the viewpoint – a 1.5km walk down is necessary to get to the beach and the shot. I was short on time so I wasn’t able to get down to Fownes Head on the Fundy Trail but do email me and let me know if it is worth visiting and I will update this post!
Next up was the Long Beach – which is very well named!!!! I thought the best photos were from the viewpoint after the long beach lookout – the actual lookout was blocked by trees. I was short on time so I didn’t head all the way down to the end of the beach but I think this may have offered some nice views.
Fuller Falls is a cute little waterfall that is a very short hike from the viewpoint. As you head along the Fundy Trail you will come across the Interpretation Centre. From here it is a fairly short walk to the photogenic suspension bridge. The river itself is beautiful with almost pink rocks, trees, sky and gosh wow. Very Canadian! The suspension bridge photographs well and it is also possible to take some nice shots from it.
I would allocate a good couple of hours to explore the Fundy Trail – more if you want to do some hikes or cycle. And it is continually being extended so check out what is on offer and how far you can go along the trail before you go! It is a great stop on any New Brunswick road trip.
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8. McKay’s Blueberries
I was given a tip by a local to visit McKay’s Blueberries. McKay’s blueberries New Brunswick is near St John New Brunswick. If you’re heading down the main road it is a short diversion and well worth it!
Not only are there fun blueberry signs and blueberry people there are many blueberry products available for purchase! McKays Blueberries are best known for their pies and their shortcake. I tried the shortcake and it was rather fantastic!
McKays Blueberries also have blueberry wine, jams, and many other blueberry based products which looked pretty fantastic! The signs, the stall, and the products are all extremely photogenic and rather delicious!
9. The Reversing Falls of Saint John
Another way to experience the unique tides of New Brunswick! The Reversing Falls are in Saint John New Brunswick. They are conveniently located just off the main road so very easy to visit! The Reversing Falls New Brunswick are created by the collision of the Saint John River and the Bay of Fundy.
At low tide, the Saint John River empties into the Bay of Fundy which causes a series of whirlpools and rapids. In between the tides, the Reversing Falls rapids are peaceful and like a lake in appearance. When high tide comes the whirlpools and rapids start up again – but this time they go in reverse! This can generate large waves as well.
The tide cycle of the reversing falls is roughly 12.5 hours. The moon has the largest effect on the rapids. A full moon can produce swings in the water level of 9 metres!
In terms of capturing the best photos of the Reversing Falls Rapids, it is ideal to visit at high or low tide or near those times. A peaceful lake is lovely but it does not make for great photos!
There are several ways to experience the Reversing Falls Rapids Saint John. It is very easy to get to the visitor area by car as it is just off the highway. It is difficult to see the phenomenon clearly from the car park. The visitor center has a Skywalk. I got fantastic views here! And they show a video on the falls for more tide geekiness!
Or best of all, get up close with this amazing phenomenon of nature on a speed boat!
Alma New Brunswick is an extremely cute and very photogenic town at the entrance to Fundy National Park. It is essentially one long photogenic road! Here are some of the highlights:
⇒ Buddha Coffee/Holy Whale Brew Pub – these are both in a very cute old church building
⇒ Molly Kool – known for kitchen parties, being able to walk straight out onto the ocean floor at low tide and good sunsets
⇒ More lobster roll photos at the Alma Boathouse – voted number one lobster roll in New Brunswick by me!
⇒ Cute signage at Kelly’s Bakery – and try one of their famous sticky buns
- The Alma Lobster shop – fantastic for all forms of lobster photos – from the real things pre-cooking to a large plastic lobster out the front
⇒ Tipsy Tails – a great sign, a fantastic deck that is perfect for taking photographs of the very photogenic Alma harbor at low tide. Disappointingly, there were no lobsters working behind the bar at Tipsy Tails Alma when I visited despite the quite frankly misleading sign! They also have great seafood.
11. Fundy National Park
Fundy National Park sits on the Bay of Fundy. This means that Fundy National park New Brunswick not only has 80 square miles of gorgeous parkland, but it also has the fantastic Fundy Coastline, hiking trails, the highest tides in the world and 25 waterfalls!!!!
When you enter Fundy National Park there are two roads. If you head right you will be on the main road which runs through the park and takes you on to St Andrew’s. Along this road, there are several stopping points. Some are lakes and some are the base points for walks to explore the park.
There is just so much to do at Fundy National Park! Of course hiking but also kayaking, bike hire and even a saltwater pool for swimming!
From a photography point of view, I had three highlights. The first was the wonderful and colourful Adirondack chairs which have been placed at all the key viewpoints in the park. They make for a nice foreground or fun selfies!
The second was Dickson Falls. Take the road to the left when you enter the park and you will be heading for Dickson Falls New Brunswick. It is quite a short walk to get there. Do take the option of heading all the way to the top of Dickson’s falls as this is where there are the best views.
The final spot for photography is the Point Wolfe Red covered bridge. This was my photographic highlight of the park! Cross the bridge and park and then cross the road to be on the same side as the bridge. There is then a path that leads out and down towards the bay (it is very short).
Take this path and walk to the bottom. From there, your shot will show the Point Wolfe Red covered bridge “floating” in the air. This was my favourite perspective on the bridge.
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12. Instagrammable Things to do in nb – Harvey Bank Heritage Shipyard Park
When it comes to what to see in New Brunswick, the Harvey Bank Heritage Shipyard Park doesn’t show up on any lists! It is on the little 915 road that takes you from Hopewell Rocks to Cape Enrage. The shipyard park is also home to the Andersen Hollow Lighthouse. This lighthouse was built in 1889 and has been relocated several times.
Shipyard Park New Brunswick was built in 2006 as a monument to this area’s shipbuilding past from the 19th century. In addition to Andersen Hollow lighthouse, the park has a wharf and a nearly full-scale replica ship. Very insta friendly!
13. Instagrammable New Brunswick Attractions – Cape Enrage
Cape Enrage has been sitting at the southern tip of the New Brunswick side of the Bay of Fundy for 140 years. The name Cape Enrage comes from the ferocity of its nearby reef. As the Cape Enrage lighthouse is located at a tip the views are fantastic and 180 degree.
The lighthouse itself is also extremely photogenic with its red top. The restaurant at Cape Enrage is also white in body and red on top so they work nicely together in a shot. And they have a shop and even a Cape Enrage zip wire!
14. Instagrammable New Brunswick Things to do – Waterside Beach
Just past Cape Enrage on the 915 road heading towards Alma is what is called Waterside on the map. I hadn’t read anything about Waterside before I drove past. It is a community of just 100 people. But wow what a beach!!!!
Waterside Beach is absolutely stunning! the colours, the rocks, the views – wow wow wow! Park the car and get snapping!
15. Hopewell Rocks
Hopewell Rocks are visited by millions each year and are one of the best places to visit in New Brunswick. The park is open from Mid May to the middle of October. There is a lot to do – and multiple visits required to really experience Hopewell Rocks! I highly recommend visiting Hopewell Rocks New Brunswick at both high tides and at low tide for photos. Both will result in very different shots.
The easiest way to experience Hopewell Rocks at low tide is to head to the park and walk down the staircase. Once low tide has been reached it is possible to walk between the rocks and get some nice shots. The appearance of Hopewell Rocks is most dramatic when low tide is at its peak.
Kayaking Tours in Hopewell Rocks
A great way to experience Hopewell Rocks at high tide and get some great photos is to go on a kayaking tour. This allows you to get in and out of the rocks and provides some great angles. Plus the kayaks themselves look great against the water and the rocks.
The tour has lots of stops so there is plenty of time to get your kayak stable and take photos.
All of the Hopewell Rocks kayaking tours are run by Baymount Outdoor Adventures. I was very impressed with how professional and organized they were as on operation.
Hopewell Rocks Night Photography Tour
The third way to experience Hopewell Rocks is through a night photography tour. This was such a special experience! The Hopewell Rocks night photography tour is guided by the amazing Kevin Snair. Not only is Kevin a very talented photographer, he actually works at Hopewell Rocks and runs their social media!
He is so passionate and knowledgeable about Hopewell Rocks. And he is a brilliant teacher! I learned new things about a camera that I have owned for 15 years!
I met Kevin just outside the Hopewell Rocks gate as the sun was going down. We were then able to go into the park – the only people in there! After parking, we walked down to the ocean floor and set up our tripods and watched the moon rise and took different shots of Hopewell Rock.
We moved around to a few positions which of course Kevin knew and he had brought a specialist light to help with getting the lighting just rocks. This was such a special and unique experience and for me one of the top things to do in New Brunswick.
If you are interested in photography I highly recommend you take this wonderful tour – click here to read more reviews which are just as positive!
The ability for the Hopewell Rocks night photography tour New Brunswick to run is very much weather dependent. To begin with, there are only a few days each fortnight where the tides allow for the tour to happen. And then if the weather is too cloudy the tour won’t go ahead as without seeing the moon there isn’t much to photograph.
I felt very lucky to be able to take this night photography tour as I had only one night in Hopewell Rocks. The other people on the tour had planned several nights in Hopewell Rocks to make sure they would be able to take the tour!
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I am afraid that an iphone doesn’t have the ability to cut it when it comes to night photography. A DSLR or similar level camera is required for the Hopewell Rocks night photography tour – just email Kevin and ask. He will consider loaning out a camera. I borrowed a tripod from him.
And do make sure you wear good solid walking shoes – it is quite rocky and slippery on the ocean floor and the dark highlights this. And bring a warm jacket.
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16. Instagrammable Cultural Experiences in New Brunswick – Village Historique Acadien
Opened in 1977, the Village Historique Acadien was a tourism attraction ahead of its time. The village was opened to celebrate and preserve the way of the life and customs of the Acadians. It is a theatrical village in that all the staff are in character and in costume. Village Historique Acadien New Brunswick really does feel like going back in time!
This Acadian village is now divided into the 19th and 20th centuries and has more than 40 houses. The actors/staff at Village Historique Acadien are each assigned to one house for each summer season.
These actors then learn the actual craft they will be practicing like how to pull apart and die wool, milling grain etc etc. Note that actors from the 20th century are absolutely not allowed to enter the 19th-century area!
There are loads of photographic opportunities at the Village Historique Acadien New Brunswick. The buildings themselves are very attractive. Having the actors inside actually doing the activities makes for some good shots too. And then best of all you can dress up in your own Acadian costume from the time and get a sepia coloured photo taken!
17. Pays de la Sagouine
Author Antonine Maillet wanted to show what it was like to live the Acadian life of New Brunswick and has written over 40 novels. She won the prestigious Prix Goncourt and has an international reputation.
Pays de la Sagouine New Brunswick is essentially a theatrical village that celebrates her works. The village brings to life a traditional Acadian village with its buildings – including the barber’s shop which is original. Plays are then held regularly at Pays de la Sagouine featuring Maillet’s stories and characters.
The Acadian town which is reached via a bridge is very photogenic – particularly the lighthouse. And there are great guides/actors dressed in costume. I was extremely lucky in that Antonine Maillet was actually at Pays de la Sagouine on the day that I visited and I got a photo with here as well! This is one of the slightly off the beaten track New Brunswick Canada points of interest for those looking for nb vacations but well worth doing!
I must confess, I became a bit obsessed with lobster on my trip to New Brunswick Canada. And quite frankly it was in all of its forms! I began my visit to New Brunswick in Shediac – home to the world’s biggest lobster and an immediate photo opportunity! I also enjoyed my first lobster roll in Shediac New Brunswick at the Sandbar.
I pretty much had at least one lobster roll a day whilst I was in New Brunswick and photographed all of them. And I was on the lookout for more giant plastic lobsters to photograph! My next photographic lobster highlight was in Alma on the Bay of Fundy.
The Alma Lobster shop has a wonderfully large and friendly lobster out the front. Once inside, there are loads of pre-cooking lobsters on display. And then, of course, it is possible to eat those lobsters in different forms!
My third and final favourite lobster photo opportunity was in St Andrews at The Gables restaurant. Upon entry to The Gables, you will be greeted by this very friendly-looking lobster. I then enjoyed a lobster roll here – of course – and its location right on the beach in St Andrews made for a very nice shot as well!
19. Bouctouche Sand Dunes
Not far north of Shediac is the beautiful Bouctouche sand dunes. There is a lovely long wooden jetty just made for strolling. The beach at Bouctouche dunes New Brunswick is made for lounging.
It is also the site of the Irving Eco Centre. And of course, it is made to be photographed! I went late morning but I think it would be very much worth heading here for sunset.
20. Grand Anse Lighthouse
Grande Anse sits at the top of the lovely Acadian Peninsula not too far north of Caraquet. Upon entry into the town, you will see the Grande Anse lighthouse which has been painted in the colours and style of the Acadian flag – a photo begging to be taken!
21. New Brunswick Sunsets
I visited New Brunswick in July so sunset was happening quite late. My two hot spots for great sunsets were Shediac on the East coast and St Andrews on the west coast. Shediac had some stunning and deep orange colours across its beach. I took my shots from Shediac’s Point du Chene wharf.
St Andrews offered some beautiful colours across its waters which can be seen whilst whale watching on boats or from the shore.