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New Brunswick Staycation Summer ideas in Miramichi

The Staycation Summer Series is all about sharing the best New Brunswick has to offer. From travel tips to restaurant recommendations, this series invites guests from around province to proudly share the hidden gems and must-see spots in their hometowns.

On this episode, Mayor Adam Lordon welcomes us to Miramichi! Like many New Brunswickers, Adam left his hometown after high school, pursuing his studies first at Saint Mary’s University where he was the Valedictorian of his graduating class in 2007, then working in television and media in Toronto (any fans of the Marilyn Denis Show here?), before returning to his roots. He now combines the skills he honed outside Miramichi with his passion for its potential, creating a powerful ambassador who is both a political figure and an entrepreneur. His love for life on the river and in New Brunswick is infectious!

Be sure to listen to the full episode for all the inside scoop, but here are a few of the highlights Adam mentions:

Ritchie Wharf is a fantastic waterfront destination, whether you’re with the family or just enjoying some adult time. Kids will love the splash pad and whimsical playground (a sea monster and a ship!), while foodies will want to head to VERA for some tasty plates to share.

And if food and drink are on your mind, there are lots of great independent cafes, breweries, and more to check out. In the episode we touch on O’Donaghue’s, Gabi’s Pie Shop, and New Maritime Beer, to name a few!

Beaubears Island is a fantastic place to explore shipbuilding and fur trading history, as well as the natural treasures of the area. Enjoy a short ferry ride to the island, as well!

Middle Island acted as a quarantine station for people entering our country, many of whom sadly perished from illness on this site. There is a beautiful memorial cross, interpretive panels, and trails to explore.

There are several family-friendly waterfront hotels in the city, or you might want to head to something a little more secluded, like Storeytown Cottages (dog friendly, with lots of river canoe, kayak, and SUP options!) or the Treehouse & Camping Adventures.

Adam loves to remind folks just how close Miramichi is to Kouchibouquac National Park – just a half-hour drive to enjoy Kelly’s Beach, hiking and biking trails, and all the park has to offer! (For a neat place to stay in this area, check out Séjour Kouchibouguac Resort.)

We might also suggest looking into river boat tours, heading to the Escuminac Wharf, or testing out the Priceville Footbridge.

These are just a few of the great ideas we chat about in the podcast; be sure to listen for all the details and head to Discover Miramichi’s website for even more!

A note for families traveling to the area this summer (2020) and wondering about restrictions: Miramichi has opened its playgrounds and is offering hand sanitizing stations and daily cleaning at some of the main playgrounds (Ritchie Wharf – including its splash pad, French Fort Cove, Waterford Green, Hill Street, and Benson Park), as well as offering two park areas with public eating areas that will be cleaned throughout the day by city staff; you’ll find there at Ritchie Wharf and Waterford Green. socially distanced outdoor dining. These park areas will have city crews on site daily and eating areas will be cleaned by crews after each use. City tennis courts are open, and plans are in place to open both outdoor pools in Miramichi this summer.

Enjoyed this introduction to vacationing in Miramichi? Be sure to listen to our previous episode with Alaina Lockhart about the hidden gems in Sussex and the Fundy Region – and come back next week when Jenna MacDonald brings us to Bathurst!

What other Miramichi region spots would you add to this Staycation Must-Visit List?

Share in the comments; we want to hear them all!


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