On June 29th 2015, a brotherly friend, Saheed Akinsanya asked if I could publish an article on my blog. I gladly accepted because he is one brilliant write I admire. He had just returned from a 2-week vacation in Canada; in Fredericton, New Brunswick to be precise. He wrote about his experience and tagged the article: Attitudinal Chnage: The Tale Of A Tourist. You can read the article here.
I remember reading the article, I could relate wholly to his write up because I had also experienced touring a developed city. Aside relating to it, I said a word of prayer and hoped to also visit this city he had so well written about. You see, many things I have today or have done/achieved used to be mere wishes before. Whenever I want something someone has or have done/achieved, all I do is to pray to God and work towards achieving such if I so desire it. I hardly get jealous of others, instead I am wholeheartedly happy for people for whatever milestone, achievement or good thing they attain or acquire. So it bothers me when I hear or see people get jealous and negatively envious of others, not knowing how far they had to go to achieve such achievement/feat. My admonition to you today is that there is no need to be unnecessarily envious of others, the sky is wide enough for all birds to fly. Purge your heart of such negativity, it does you no good.
Fast forward to 22nd of July, 2017, I was in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Yes, my Fredericton prayer was granted.
Anyways, my family and I had a blast in New Brunswick (NB). NB is one of the 10 provinces in Canada and one of the closest neighbors of Nova Scotia, where we are residents. New Brunswick is the largest of Canada’s three Maritime provinces. It is located under Quebec’s Gaspé Peninsula and beside the State of Maine in United States of America. New Brunswick was one of the first provinces, along with Ontario, Québec and Nova Scotia, to join together to form the Dominion of Canada in 1867. New Brunswick is the only province in Canada that has two official languages, English and French, which I found surprising when I got to know. If I was to take a guess, I would have said Quebec, considering that there is a large speaking populace that speaks French there. The first province we landed was Quebec and by default, people would say ‘Hello Bonjour’, your response would determine if they continue speaking in English or French. So I guess, almost everyone in Quebec would know both languages.
Our first stop in New Brunswick was Magnetic Hill. One of our mosque Imams’ wife had told me about this place when we were talking about travel some months ago. We click a lot because she is also a travel enthusiast like me. She highly recommended the place, you needed to see her facial expression when she was narrating her experience, this is a woman in her 40s. Her face beamed with so much excitement, so I told my husband that we should make Magnetic Hill our first point of call in NB.
Magnetic Hill is in Moncton, the largest city in NB. New Brunswick’s population now stands at 751,171 in 2011 up from 729,997 in 2006.
According to Wikipedia, The Magnetic Hill Zoo is a 16-hectare zoo located adjacent to Magnetic Hill and the Magic Mountain in the Magnetic Hill Area of Moncton, New Brunswick. The zoo has over 400 animals, making it the largest zoo in Atlantic Canada. In 2008, the zoo was rated fourth on a list of Canada’s top ten zoos. Sadly we were not able to fully tour the zoo as we didn’t have enough time.
We spent most of our first day in NB at Magic Mountain, which is a part of the Magnetic Hill tourist site. Magic Mountain is mainly a water park, which is located in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada. The park is the largest man made tourist attraction in Atlantic Canada. It is said to require more than 800,000 imperial gallons of water to operate which is heated by propane heaters with a capacity of almost 7 million BTUs. Magic Mountain is one of the top 10 water parks in Canada.
Our next stop was in Fredericton which was where the hotel we lodged is located. We partly toured the University of New Brunswick. The city is beautiful and it is the capital of New Brunswick, so the beauty was expected.
Our third and final stop was the Fundy National Park. What a phenomenal place!!! No wonder Bay of Fundy is New Brunswick’s number one tourist spot and also makes the top most visited tourist attraction in Canada. I read that the place gets as much as 1.2 million visitors every year, one can only wonder how much revenue the government generates from there.
Funny National Park is located on the Bay of Fundy, near the village of Alma, New Brunswick. The Park showcases a rugged coastline which rises up to the Canadian Highlands, the highest tides in the world (yes, the hugest tide in the world happens at the Bay of Fundy, a tide as high as a 4-storey building) and more than 25 waterfalls. The Park covers an area of 207 km² along Goose Bay, the northwestern branch of the Bay of Fundy. When one looks across the Bay, they can see the northern Nova Scotia coast. As a way to celebrate Canada’s 150 years, it is free to visit any of Canada’s parks and historic tourist sites all summer long and I think all year round.
One of my favourite spots at Fundy national park is the Dickson Waterfalls. It was nature at its best.
About the last thing we did at Fundy National Park was to visit the Alma lobster shop. I think that was my first time of eating lobster or that much lobster at a go. All the food we had in NB were great but the lobster was definitely the climax.
Below are some pictures from our tour. I particularly loved this road trip because it is our first out of province road trip. The landscape of the roads was fascinating, it was a smooth ride all the way. It was a tour not to forget in a hurry. I am so thankful and grateful to God, we were able to make the trip. If you follow me on Instagram and Facebook, I’ll be sharing some videos there.