Passing Through New Brunswick

Trip Start Nov 14, 2011
Trip End Feb 28, 2013

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Flag of Canada  , New Brunswick,
Friday, October 19, 2012

Mary's Impressions:
Leaving Maine, we were determined to cover good distance to reach our destination Percé, Quebec on the Gaspé Peninsula. Unfortunately the distances being too great (about 700 kilometres or 11 hours of driving) we had to make a stop along the route to rest and stretch our legs.  The spot we chose was Campbellton, New Brunswick – right on border to Quebec.

To make the trip through New Brunswick a bit more interesting, we did make some stops – one being in Hartland, to see the longest covered bridge in the world.  This bridge at 1,282 feet in length is a single lane bridge with a stop sign on either end.  We were amazed and impressed that the traffic runs so smoothly without any traffic light to control the traffic.

The route we took through New Brunswick was along the western end of the province.  The area is sparsely populated.  The main employer seemed to be logging and sawmills.  We were reminded of how sparsely populated the area was by the number of highway signs warning us of possible moose crossings.  There were also signs warning commuters to slow down at night when moose crossings may be harder to detect.

We were very happy to finally arrive at Campellton at 7:30 p.m. (we lost an hour due to Eastern time change once we crossed the border into New Brunswick).  Campbellton is on the Restigouche River and surrounded by the Appalachian Mountains.  We will have a look around the area tomorrow.  I'm really interested to see more of the Golden Tamarack trees (a needle bearing tree that turns gold at this time of year and then drops their needles – something new that I learned coming through New Brunswick).
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