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New Brunswick, Canada

Tourism Information

New Brunswick, the largest of Canada's three Maritime provinces, is nestled under Quebec's Gaspé Peninsula and beside the State of Maine. Its northern border also includes the Restigouche River and the Baie des Chaleurs.

The eastern boundary is entirely coastal - the Gulf of St Lawrence and Northumberland Strait - and delightfully dotted with warm, sandy beaches...the warmest salt water north of Virginia.

Chignecto Bay and the 24-kilometre wide Isthmus of Chignecto, which connects New Brunswick to Nova Scotia, form part of New Brunswick's southern border.

The rest of it is the Bay of Fundy. Its tides - the highest and wildest in the world - have carved a spectacular coastline. New Brunswick is also connected to Prince Edward Island by the world-famous Confederation Bridge.

Area Code

506 - area code must be dialed for long distance calls to areas within and outside New Brunswick.

Customs Inquiries

Sales Tax
The Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) is applied at a single rate of 14 % to a base of goods and services. Visitors to New Brunswick may be able to receive a 14 % tax rebate on eligible sales receipts submitted for accommodations and most tangible goods exported from Canada. Tax Refunds for Visitors to Canada booklets are available at all Provincial Visitor Information Centres and the New Brunswick Duty Free Shop in Woodstock.

Duty-Free Items
For answers to all customs inquiries, please call the information line: 1 800 66-VISIT (668-4748) in Canada or 1 902 432-5608 outside Canada. Or write: Canada Customs & Revenue Agency Ottawa, Ontario K1A 1J5 Canada or visit their Web site at:


Dial 911 for emergency service.

Currency Exchange

Best exchange rates on foreign money can be obtained at major financial institutions. Currency exchange services are also available at certain Provincial Visitor Information Centres located along the Canada-U.S.A. border. These centres are indicated by a blue $ on the New Brunswick Travel Map.

Tourist-Oriented Directional Signs

Watch for these blue and white standardized signs as you travel New Brunswick. These signs feature facility names and universal symbols to show you the way to New Brunswick adventures, attractions and services.

Service Tabs

Each service tab has criteria and the following three, considered essential services, identify the maximum distance of the service from the EXIT where the sign/tab appears. Services or attractions other than fuel, food and accommodations will be found within 10 km of the EXIT.
Gas - Located within three km
Food - Located within four km
Accommodations - Located within five km


New Brunswick is Canada’s only officially bilingual province with approximately 33 per cent of the population French speaking.


Hospitals are marked by a white H on a green background on road signs.

Highways and Byways

Speed limits are posted in kilometres and permit a maximum of 80 km/h on provincial highways and 50 km/h in urban districts unless otherwise indicated.

Seat belts are mandatory for drivers and passengers.
Children under five years of age and under 18 kg must be in an infant carrier or approved child restraint.

Safety Helmets
Certified safety helmets are required by law, when operating a bicycle and a motorcycle in New Brunswick.


Unleaded gas and diesel fuel are available throughout the province and are sold by the litre. There are 3.78 litres in one U.S. gallon.


Legal drinking age in licenced premises is 19 years. Bottled liquor (spirits, wine, beer) is sold in government stores. There are various private stores throughout the province that sell liquor as agencies for the NB Liquor Corporation.

Metric System

Celsius 100 degrees equals 212 Fahrenheit.
Celsius 0 degrees equals 32 Fahrenheit.
A kilometre (km) is five-eighths of a mile.
A kilogram (kg) equals 2.2 pounds.


New Brunswick is on Atlantic Standard or Atlantic Daylight Time. Entering New Brunswick from Maine or Quebec, set your watch ahead one hour.