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- Location: Eastern Canada
- Capital: Fredericton
- Language(s): English, French
- Population: 753,758
- Total Area: 72,908 sq km
- Curious Alcohol Fact: The legal drinking age is 19.
- Most Popular Drink(s): Beers, wines and maple syrup
- What You Must Do in New Brunswick: New Brunswick is home to the longest covered bridge in the world and a drive across it is the ultimate thrill.
Classified as one of the maritime provinces of Canada (the others are Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island), New Brunswick is not too far from the American state of Maine which lies to its west. To the north of the New Brunswick is the province of Quebec and to the east, there is the famous Gulf of St. Lawrence and the equally well-known Northumberland Strait. The name of the province oozes royalty –it was named after the ruling house of Brunswick. Even the capital city of Fredericton was named after a prince. New Brunswick is unique in the sense that of all the provinces in the country, it is the only one that is officially bilingual with French and English being the official languages. New Brunswick has cold and snowy winters but respite comes during the mild summers. However, the best time of the year to visit this province is during the fall when most days are sunny and clement.
Like in the other provinces that I visited, New Brunswick has a number of indigenous North American tribes (or Indians) and these people are known as the First Nations. Expectedly, there is a large proportion of French and English residents while others are German, Italian, Dutch and Spanish. Asians are also residing in New Brunswick and are mainly from China, Korea, India and the Arabian Peninsula. As stated in the earlier sections, English and French are the two official languages although other ethnic groups like the Chinese and the First Nations have their own native tongues. Most of the people of the province are Christians adhering to the teachings of the United Church of Canada, Roman Catholic Church, Anglican Church or the Baptist Church. Many New Brunswickers are into farming, fishing and forestry. It is always interesting to accompany your hosts on a fishing trip or a noisy lumbering activity in the coniferous forests.
If you want the tastiest and the freshest seafood in Canada, New Brunswick should be your destination. Tourists are always tempted to savor the delightful lobsters of the Bay of Fundy and as if that is not enough, you can always order for haddock, clams, trout, mussels and salmon at all times. The preparation depends on the way you want it –fried, steamed, boiled, smoked or even dried. As for me, I always have an attraction for the fried! However, steamed oysters and scallops are my favorites once in a while.
With two large breweries (Pumphouse Brewery and Moosehead Breweries), New Brunswick is a place to drink all that is ‘drinkable’. However, you need to be at least 19 years before you can pop that can of beer. After a fine or casual dining, you can also round off with a bottle of Canadian wine.
- New Brunswick is the only province in Canada in which French and English have the same status.
- King crabs are harvested in large quantities in the province.
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