Campbellton area, New Brunswick

Map of points of interest

From the look off of Sugarloaf Mountain, Campbellton, New Brunswick. The town core is a lure and that is my next stop.  I find Sam the giant Salmon in the town square. He has his own pond and fountain and lot of people mill about in the sun.  A young girl slips her fingers in the pool and flicks water at her brother and giggles. Her brother jumps up on the side and starts flicking water back, getting his parents wet. Their mother turns and shouts, “You two stop it now!”  I chuckle and snap a few pictures of the giant  replica fish then wander over to the visitor center to find out if there are any  hidden treasures, things locals know about that are not in the guidebooks.

Sam, the world Largest Salmon
Statue of Sam, roadside attraction, Campbellton, New Brunsiwick

“Bonjour, hello,” the attendant says and I return it with a “Hello.” After an appropriate amount of pause, I say, “I would love to see the start of the international Appalachian Trail, can you  give me directions?” She gives me a local map and says, “It is in Tide Head, continue on 134 to highway 11.”  She also says I may want to see The Battle of Restigouche national historic site, and the Miguasha UNESCO heritage site,  less than an hour away in the province of Quebec.  She circles them on my map and I thank her for her time and go back to my truck and head up the highway following her directions.

Within 10 minutes I am at Tide Head Beach park. I walk the shore from the railway bridge past the playground looking for a sign to tell me I am at the start of the International Appalachian Trail, but I can’t find it and a sense of disappointment sinks in.  I was sure the lady at the visitor information had said it was right here. I cut my losses, shifting into the seat, shut the truck door and start the engine.

Tide head Park
Tide Head Park start of International Appalachian Trail

Pulling  back onto highway 11 west, I come across an unexpected pretty space called Morrissey Rock Park and, checking my rear view mirror, make a quick decision to pull over and get out. It is a small, well-manicured park with a couple of benches and picnic gazebos, but the view is the main draw. I don’t linger long as the morning is waning.  The inter-provincial bridge to Matapedia, Quebec, is only another ten minutes away and that is where I am headed next.

Please join me on my jaunt into Quebec.  Happy travels from Maritime Mac

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    1. I think I spelled it wrong – the song is always sung at get togethers in Glasgow which is not far from Campbeltown. Always slurred and with a glass in hand…🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🥃🥃


  1. I haven’t been to New Brunswick yet but seeing your pictures and reading your post made me realize that I should add it to my bucket list. How many days would be enough to see all the highlights there?


    1. Oh gee, that question is tricky. If I had a week 7 days and liked to drive
      If I was going to come in from Main I would St Andrews, Saint George spend a night on Deer Island watch the whales and seals at the old sow whirl pool, Maybe do hike around Minister, Head to Saint John for some oldest city in Canada experience.need at least a night two days here. then drive to St Martins sea caves drive the Fundy trail parkway for hiking wildlife viewing scenery is stunning. Return on Highway seven bike in Grand Bay, or head up to Fredericton,, it is a beautiful old town need 2 days, then go north BAthurst for a day Miramichi for a day return on the Acadia coastal drive. to Moncton spend last two day look at Hopewell rocks and then Fundy National Park before returning home. New is not big two hours in each direction will get you to a coast but it must be planned out. as a circuit


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