Nine must-do family activities in the Charlotte Coastal Region

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The Charlotte Coastal Region of New Brunswick is a fantastic place for creating memories on your next family vacation. Here are nine activities you and your family shouldn’t miss when you visit us!

The Alpaca Walk at Kingsbrae Garden

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At 12:30 pm each day, the alpacas of Kingsbrae Garden go for a walk! These award-winning gardens are a paradise for hide and seek, playhouses, secret trails – a wealth of inspiration for the imagination! In addition to the alpacas, you can release real ladybugs and participate in their daily children’s activities, or participate in a variety of festivals all summer long. Learn more at their website!

Salt Water Swimming in the Bay of Fundy

a green bucket beside a small sand castle on new river beachTake the plunge into the Bay of Fundy!  You can find beautiful sandy swimming beaches at New River Beach in Pocologan and the Anchorage on Grand Manan. If you find the water a little cold, we highly recommend Katy’s Cove in St. Andrews, which has a beach, playground, picnic area, and most of all, warmer water!

Take a Hike

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Admit it, we’ve all wanted to tell our kids to take a hike at some point. Now you can make good on your word! The Charlotte Coastal Region is rich with walking and hiking trails for people of all ages and abilities. From the accessible Van Horne Trail in St. Andrews to the extensive hiking trail network created by rescuers and scavengers on Grand Manan, to the shore and forest walks of the Ganong Nature Park, you and your family will find your way through our amazing local scenery and history.

Explore the Ocean Floor

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The Bay of Fundy’s world-record tides flow in and out of the bay twice each day, exposing a whole new world for you to explore! Each community and island has unique tidal zones to explore – sandy beaches, pebbles, shingles, bedrock, tide pools, and rocky formations of all shapes and sizes!  You can even book a jeep tour and explore the beach with a local biologist if you’d like answers to all those questions your kids ask.

Those turbulent tides wash treasures up on the shores, and hunting for sea glass is a fantastic way to spend a day. Locals recommend the shores of Black’s Harbour, Campobello Island, and Grand Manan Island as sea glass hotspots!

St. Andrews Community Adventure Playground

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Do your kids want to visit every playground you drive by? Well, you won’t want to miss this one! The St. Andrews Community Adventure Playground was entirely built by volunteers and is a great place to bring your younger children to burn off energy. They’ll love the towers, twisty slides, musical pieces, and accessible swings.

Get close to marine life at the Fundy Discovery Aquarium

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Get hands-on with marine life at the Fundy Discovery Aquarium in the large interactive touch pool. The Aquarium features daily seal and sea horse feedings, summer explorer camps, and fantastic children’s activities. It’s a perfect way to take a break from the elements and learn more about the aquatic life of the Bay of Fundy.

Get even closer to the whales on a whale watching adventure

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Whales, Whales, Whales! You can take in a whale watching adventure from Grand Manan, Campobello, and St. Andrews. Depending on your family’s preferences, you can choose to dress like pirates on a tall sailing ship, brave the waves in a zodiac, ride aboard a catamaran or a lobster boat!

Munch your way through the Chocolate Museum

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St. Stephen is known as Canada’s Chocolate Town – home to Canada’s oldest family-owned chocolatier, Ganong. The Chocolate Museum is all about chocolate – and many, many samples! Munch your way through the exhibits and watch the amazing “hand dippers” work their magic, creating chocolates by hand as they have done for over 100 years.

Explore the St. Croix River by Canoe

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The St. Croix River stretches from the lakes that form its headwaters near McAdam all the way to St. Andrews, forming an international border between the province of New Brunswick and the State of Maine. This famous water way is perfect for family paddling or tubing adventures, whether you’re comfortable with flat water or the occasional rapid, a day out or a week long camping expedition. Best of all, there is a series of campsites along both shores from East Grand Lake to Kellyland/Grand Falls, the majority of which are free to use! Learn more about the river and camping at the St. Croix International Waterway Commission.

The Charlotte Coastal Region of New Brunswick is an ideal place for your most memorable family vacation ever. Start planning your visit today!