Getting there & around
There are tourist information centers at all border crossings and in most towns. These are open from mid-May to mid-October only.
Acadian Lines (800-567-5151; www.acadianbus.com) services the major transportation routes in New Brunswick, with service to Nova Scotia, PEI and into Québec as far as Rivière du Loup where they connect with Orléans Express (888-999-3977; www.orleansexpress.com) buses for points west.
Air Canada has several daily flights from Halifax, Montreal and Toronto into Moncton, Saint John and Fredericton. Moncton has service from Calgary, Toronto and Ottawa on WestJet; and a daily direct flight from Newark on Continental. Fredericton has a daily direct flight to Boston on Delta and beginning in April 2008 direct service to Gatwick on AirTransat May to October. WestJet also flies into Saint John from Toronto three times a week.
For drivers, the main access points into New Brunswick are through Edmundston, Maine at Calais and Houlton, Nova Scotia, or Prince Edward Island (PEI). If you’re going to PEI, there’s no charge to use the Confederation Bridge eastbound from Cape Jourmain – you pay on the way back. Traffic is generally light, although crossing the Maine border usually means a delay at customs.
The Bay Ferries’ Princess of Acadia (506-649-7777, 888-249-7245; www.bayferries.com; adult/child 0-5 yrs/child 6-13 yrs/senior $40/5/25/30, car/bicycle $100/20) sails between Saint John and Digby, Nova Scotia, year-round. The three-hour crossing can save a lot of driving.
From Saint John between late June and early September, departure times are 9am and 4:45pm daily with an additional 12:45am crossing on Tuesday and Thursday. From Digby, departure times are 1pm and 8:45pm with an additional 5am sailing on Tuesday and Thursday. During the rest of the year, ferries run once or twice daily in both directions.
Arrive early or call ahead for vehicle reservations (additional fee $5), as the ferry is very busy in July and August. Even with a reservation, arrive an hour before departure. Walk-ons and cyclists should be OK any time. There’s a restaurant and a bar.
For Fundy Isles ferries, see the section dedicated to the islands. Book ahead where possible and/or arrive early.
VIA Rail (888-842-7245; www.viarail.ca) operates passenger services between Montréal and Halifax six times a week. Main New Brunswick stops are Campbellton, Miramichi and Moncton. Fares from Montréal to Moncton for a coach/sleeper are $197/433 (15½ hours).