This post is sponsored by Envision Saint John

Let’s be honest, there is no shortage of things to do in Saint John. You can explore the city’s historic uptown, visit its’ many parks, and check out some of the best restaurants in Atlantic Canada. But what about when you are ready to leave the uptown and explore beyond the city limits?

Well, buckle up – literally and figuratively – because you can pick any direction to drive and discover something amazing. Whether it is a quick 45-minute trip to the St. Martins Sea Caves, or a hop on the ferry to spend the day exploring the antique shops (with a stop at Yip Cider) on the Kingston Peninsula, this area has something for everyone. 

Hampton

Hampton Brewing Company

This small town is packed with historic charm and tucked away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Hampton offers many different types of outdoor activities for those looking for a little adventure. One of the province’s oldest towns, it’s an excellent place to settle down or visit on weekends where there’s almost something for everyone. Nestled on the shores of the Kennebecasis river, Hampton has some amazing restaurants and breweries like the Red Brick Pub, Hampton Brewing Co., Ole Foggy Distillery and other local shops that are a must see!

St. Martins Sea Caves and Fundy Coastal Drive

St Martins Sea Caves

When we moved to Saint John, almost everyone said we needed to check out the sea caves in St. Martins. As someone who is easily influenced by the prospect of beautiful seascapes, the quick 45-minute trip was a no-brainer. The sea caves extend along the coast of southern New Brunswick. If you can time it right, the caves are best viewed at low tide. But during high tide, they can be accessed by boat or kayak. If you want to see the power of mother nature, this is the place to go. 

During the summer months, you can continue your drive to the Fundy Trail Parkway, a low-speed auto parkway along the Bay of Fundy with more than 20 scenic lookouts. This is a place you will find yourself coming back to time and again. There is hiking, waterfalls,  bike trails, and stunning views, not to mention the breakfast and lunch options offered at the cookhouse. What more could you want?

Rothesay

Located in between Hampton and Saint John, you’ll find Rothesay and if you’re looking for a place to take in some of the area’s most historic homes, you’ll love it here. It’s also quickly becoming the hub for local breweries in New Brunswick, Foghorn Brewery, Long Bay Brewery, Hammond River Brewing Company, all within a few seconds of each other.   And if you ask our dog, he likes checking out the breweries and Rothesay’s beautiful parks too! 

New River Beach

New River Beach

One of my favourite places to go is New River Beach, with its pristine white sand beaches, perfect for swimming and building sandcastles. To me, it is the perfect place because while it is beautiful during any season, it is rarely so busy that you cannot carve out your own little space of solitude and watch as the world’s largest tides come in and out. During the summer months, there are great little restaurants and shops along the way.


Mike Morrison