Saint John River, New Brunswick

Saint John River, New Brunswick

I went on a fabulous hike today. Okay, well I was driving, but what the heck I covered a lot more ground and my currently ailing right knee thanked me for it. From Edmundston to Fredericton, New Brunswick, I took the River Valley Scenic Road and it’s a trail of splendor. After that glorious smiling-all-the way-inside ride I’ve decided that car hiking is going to be my new thing. Here’s why:

  • Slower pace. Sure you can go a whole lot faster on the major highways but you are dealing with a lot more traffic and eighteen wheelers. At a slower pace (say 60 – 80 km per hour instead of 110 km per hour) you can roll down the windows and feel the wind in your hair.
  • No air conditioning. On this 32 degree Celsius day it was hot hot hot outside (too hot to walk), but I was perfectly comfortable driving along with the windows down. Personally, I prefer an open window to the a/c.
  • Surprises and scenery. On this trip, if I’d taken the fast lane, I would have missed the majesty of the Saint John River and surprises along the way like the longest covered bridge in the world in Hartland, and the largest axe in the world  in Nackawic! Around every bend a new spectacular view.
Longest covered bridge in the world in Hartland, New Brunswick

Longest covered bridge in the world in Hartland, New Brunswick

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Largest axe in the world in Nackawic, New Brunswick

  • Easy to stop for photo ops. If you see a photo op, it’s much easier to pull over on a secondary road in comparison to a major thoroughfare.

The next time you are driving from point A to point B, see if there is a scenic route. Allow yourself more time and feel the wind in your hair. A detour a day keeps your blood pressure at bay.

Waterskiing on Saint John River, New Brunswick

Waterskiing on Saint John River, New Brunswick

Hungry Traveler Tip: In Grand Falls (plan half a day there!) I enjoyed delicious veggie samosas and almond cake at the Saturday Farmers’ Market. I also bought a basket of sweet strawberries at a roadside stand.