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Miramichi River Route, New Brunswick

Take it to the top, over the ridge and into a world like no other. With the Maritimes' highest peak, Mount Carleton, piercing the sky, action-packed Sugarloaf looming in the distance, and splashtastic coastal fun to the north, it's time to catch your breath and jump into four seasons of adventure. Summer skies and green alpine meadows give way to crimson leaves and autumn splendor. Hike it, climb it, kayak it, as long as you experience it!

Climb to the Top of the Maritimes

The Appalachian Mountains stretch for almost 3200 kilometers - from northern Alabama to the Cape of Gaspe. They have stood resolute against time and history, shaping diverse cultural groups and forming a celebrated series of geographical wonders from the Great Smokeys in the south to the tip of Mount Carleton in New Brunswick. And now we proudly introduce you to New Brunswick's spectacular Appalachian Range Route.

Highest Peak in the Maritimes

Our portion of the Appalachians begins with the pure majesty of Mount Carleton. At 820 metres, Mount Carleton is the highest summit in the Maritimes. It continues up to Campbellton, where you'll find "A Year-round Activity Destination" - Sugarloaf. This mountaintop playground has exciting alpine slides, rollerblading, hiking and biking trails and lots more family fun! Campbellton is also home to the famous annual Salmon Festival.

The scenic drive continues on to Dalhousie where the local Visitor Information Centre is modeled after the once famous Inch Arran hotel, built in the late 1800's by the Intercolonial Railway; it was once frequented by Sir John A. MacDonald. There is lots of activity happening at Inch Arran Park and at nearby Charlo. The natural beauty of the Eel River Sand Bar is worth the stop.

Follow our River to Adventure

And if you thought it was dramatic up above, you haven't explored the adventures below. The vast woodlands and peaceful waters of the Restigouche and Kedgwick rivers will lead you through the province's fascinating timber history. To learn more about New Brunswick's largest industry, a trip to the Kedgwick Forestry Museum is in order where you'll even get the chance to experience what life in a 1930's lumber camp was like. Kedgwick's Fall Festival takes centre stage each year to celebrate the spectacular autumn colours and harvest. Nearby is the largest western festival in the Maritimes at Saint-Quentin!

Appalachian Keepsakes

With the Appalachian forests as inspiration, you'll find plenty of unique keepsakes in this region - from hand-sculpted wooden decoys to intricate large-scale carvings. Visit the Galerie Restigouche for a glimpse of the region's creations by local artists.

Delicious Traditional Cuisine

The woods and waters of the Appalachian Range Route also serve up some delicious traditional dishes like salmon suppers and fiddleheads on the side. (These little river ferns, shaped like the head of a violin, are marinated and sold in local stores to be enjoyed later at home.) And for dessert, the rolling hills of Kedgwick and Saint-Quentin produce some of the finest maple syrup on the continent. Visit a family-run sugar bush to get you own freshly made maple candy, sugar and fudge.

Where else in the world can you find adventure as majestic as the mountains and culture as distinct as our rivers, It's only on New Brunswick's Appalachian Range Route!