Summer 2017 New Brunswick Destinations Bucket List RECAP

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Last summer, I shared my 2017 New Brunswick Destinations Bucket List and the response was pretty incredible. Initially, I thought it would serve more as a personal reminder to myself of all the places I wanted to see last summer, but it turned into so much more than I could have imagined.

In fact, in a matter of days, over 30,000 people had checked it out. HOW CRAZY IS THAT?

Obviously, there is going to be a Summer 2018 list (that’s coming next Monday) but I thought I’d take this opportunity to share a look at what I was able to check off my 2017 list – I got through half of the list! 

My hope is that some of these may inspire your 2018 summer adventures!

ROADTRIP TO CAMPOBELLO ISLAND

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Campobello Island was MAGICAL. So magical, that I have already booked a family trip to head back in July. I share more about my trip here, but believe when I say, it’s a New Brunswick destination worth adding to your summer travel plans.

HANG WITH PUFFINS ON MACHIAS ISLAND

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Machias Island was an experience of a lifetime. Seriously, if you ever have the chance to visit, do it. If you’re adding Machias Island to your summer travel plans, you will have to plan a trip to Grand Manan (which is an absolute must and also one of my favorite spots on the East Coast) and book through Sea Watch Tours. Book EARLY because the Puffin tours sell out.

You can check out my post on Machias Island here.

THE TALLEST WATERFALL IN NEW BRUNSWICK

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Fall Brook Falls in Boiestown, New Brunswick is considered to be the highest waterfall in New Brunswick and it’s totally impressive to see in person. You can get details on how to hike to it via Hiking NB but if you have any questions, you can always email me for tips!

VISIT SAINT GEORGE

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Visit Saint George and get a photo of the famous Saint George gorge? Done! In fact, I not only had the chance to visit Saint George in the summer, but we stopped in November on our way back from the Algonquin Resort. Read more about my first visit here.

It’s beautiful and there is so much wildlife there to entertain you. Keep an eye out for the beautiful bald eagles that call it home.

DRIVE TO MINISTER’S ISLAND AT LOW TIDE

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OK, so you can probably tell from my jacket that this was definitely not in the summer BUT we did make it there before the end of the year while in St. Andrews for our anniversary trip.

I would LOVE to go back in the summer to actually be able to explore the island. It was closed for the season so we couldn’t venture too far once we drove across the ocean floor.

VISIT THE IRVING NATURE PARK

Irving Nature Park 7Irving Nature Park is absolutely stunning. We did more of a drive-by since we were on our way back home after a night in Saint John for Area 506, but what I did see of the park was beautiful. You can read more about our little visit here.

GO BACK IN TIME AT KINGS LANDING

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We were invited to check out Kings Landing for a day last year and we had so much fun! You can read about our day here, but believe me when I say if you have a chance to visit with your family this summer, do it!

HIKE TO WALTON GLEN GORGE

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I saved the best for last because if we’re being honest, hiking to the Walton Glen Gorge was definitely one of the highlights of my summer and was a life-changing experience for me. It is a MUST. It’s hard, it will hurt, but it’s oh so perfectly worth it. 

Read about our adventure here and if you’re planning to attempt it this summer, please let me know! I’m happy to share some advice that was extremely helpful to us!

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I would LOVE to hear if any of these are on your Summer 2018 Bucket List AND if you’re curious to know what’s on my 2018 list – come back to the blog next Monday OR subscribe to be the first to know when new posts go live!

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