Stuart Forster discusses New Brunswick travel photography and shows images from Saint John, the Hopewell Rocks and elsewhere in the province.
August provided an opportunity for a road trip in New Brunswick, Canada.
New Brunswick travel photography
My first stop was at Hopewell Cape, on the Bay of Fundy, the location of the world’s highest tides.
After freshening up at the Innisfree Bed and Breakfast, within a farmhouse built in 1847, I headed to Hopewell Rocks to meet up with local photographer Kevin Snair, of Creative Imagery, for a night photography session. Kevin runs the sessions, for photographers of all levels, when the tide is low, allowing people to get down onto the shoreline at night.
The following day I took a look at the Hopewell Rocks during the day, meeting up with guide Paul Gaudet, for a walk on the ocean floor.
I then drove via Cape Enrage, where fog limited visibility, to the village of Alma, where the sun was shining. Like many locations in the Canadian Maritimes, Alma is proud of its seafood, including lobster rolls and lobster dinners.
Exploring Fundy National Park
From there it was a short drive in Fundy National Park. Parks Canada has set up red chairs, ideal for selfies, at scenic locations in its parks.
I wandered over to some of the clifftop seats to admire the view of the Bay of Fundy.
Visiting Saint John
In Saint John I met a number of lovely people, including Wendy Papadopoulos, the head brewer at the Big Tide Brewing Company. The Canadian craft beer scene is in the ascendancy, so it was fascinating to chat with Wendy and taste some of her creations.
From there I drove on to Deer Island, which is aptly named. A deer bounded across the highway 50 metres in front of my vehicle. I drove across the island for a kayaking excursion before heading to Campobello Island.
Out to Campobello Island
Before being elected as the 32nd of the United States of America, Franklin Delano Roosevelt regularly spent his summers on the island.
In 1964 the Roosevelt Campobello International Park was established under the joint jurisdiction of the USA and Canada. The park hosts FDR’s former home, which is open to visits.
Shrouded in fog, I found Campobello Island looked beautiful.
Travel photography in Canada
Travel photography, after all, is about capturing a sense of place and not everywhere is characterised by blue sky, even in summer.
My last port of call was the town of St Andrews by-the-Sea.
The famed railway builder, Sir William Van Horne, spent his summers on nearby Ministers Island, which can only be visited when the tide is low. Van Horne helped ensure that the Canadian Pacific Railway was completed ahead of schedule.
Eating and staying in St Andrews by-the-Sea
I stayed at the stylish Algonquin Resort, which has in- and outdoor swimming pools.
From there it was a short drive to the Rossmount Inn, which is renowned for its high quality seafood.
Chef Chris Aerni’s menu can change by the day, to feature the region’s freshest produce. It was a lovely location for a last supper on the soil of New Brunswick.
Take a look at the Tourism New Brunswick website to find out more about the province.
The Destination Canada website is also a good source of ideas about travel to New Brunswick as well as elsewhere in the country.
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