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Here Are N.B.’s Top Tourist Attractions (And What People Think of Them)

Hopewell Rocks (Image: flickr user bensonkua)

It will be peak tourism season soon and as people from across Canada and beyond pack their kids, pets and copious amounts of deep woods bug spray into campers and station wagons, many are heading to the same popular spots.

Here are a few of the most visited attractions in the province, along with some colourful reviews, in order of visitors per year with last year’s data from Tourism New Brunswick.

Village Historique Acadien (54,207)

As a living museum portraying the daily lives of the Acadians from 1770 to 1949, Village Historique Acadien attracts visitors to its hotel, restaurants and historic reconstructions from June to September for its regular season and September to October for its fall season.

Kouchibouguac National Park (107,376)

This national park extends over 238 square kilometres along the province’s Acadian Coast. Nature sights to see include salt marshes, peat bogs, freshwater systems, Acadian woodland and sandy beaches. The park offers opportunities for hikers, cyclists and beach lovers.

But watch out for the mosquitos. Just ask Claude:

Roosevelt Campobello International Park (153,877)

Another park on the list, this one is located on Campobello Island and is jointly administered, staffed and funded by both Canada and the United States. The park’s main attraction is Franklin D. Roosevelt’s 34-room summer home, which has been preserved as a memorial.

Though Chuck felt their multimedia was not up to snuff:

Hopewell Rocks Provincial Park (243,963)

As most New Brunswickers (unlike those Ottawa folk) have known since birth, the Hopewell Rocks are 40 to 70 foot-tall rock formations caused by the tidal erosion of the highest tides in the world. Between tides, visitors can walk on the ocean floor that’s buried under water twice a day.

Many, like this visitor, are impressed with the sight:

Others, like Richard, have articulated their disappointment:

Fundy National Park (271,385)

It’s the big one. Fundy National Park encompasses 20 kilometres of shoreline, more than 100 kilometres of hiking and biking trails through 206 square kilometres of Acadian forest with waterfalls, lakes and river valleys and campgrounds.

This is more than enough for users like Wendy:

Not so much for others with interesting accommodations preferences:

How would you rate these attractions? Are there ones you love that didn’t make the list?