Pedagogical Activities in Each Region
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Acadian Peninsula Region
New Brunswick Aquarium and Marine Centre
Visit the New Brunswick Aquarium and Marine Centre in Shippagan - the largest public aquarium in the Atlantic provinces - and see all the wonders of marine life of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Observe more than 100 species of fish and invertebrates. Plunge your hands into the touch-tank, filled with molluscs, sea cucumbers and other astonishing species. See blue lobsters, odd fish, and even adorable Harbour seals that go wild when the dinner bell rings! Watch an audiovisual presentation on the history of the fishery. Take the captain’s helm in a modern wheelhouse. Near the museum, you will find a 19th-century lighthouse.
L'Éco-Musée de l'huître
Oyster culture farm located at 675 West Saint-Pierre Boulevard, in Caraquet. The Musée tells everything about the oyster, its biology, how it is commercialized. The general store shows a variety of old items belonging to Family Dugas.
Musée Acadien de Caraquet
The Musée has an important collection of documents collected from families of the region and features the culture of the Acadian Peninsula from the arrival of the first settlers up to the present day.
The Popes’ Museum
This museum is the only one of its kind in North America! Open in 1985, it relates the history of papacy from its beginning up to modern religious orders, and relates the role of the Roman Catholic Church in the development of Acadia. You will learn about 2,000 years of Christian history, the 262 popes who have been at the head of the Church and the considerable artistic works associated with the papacy. The museum also has an impressive replica of St. Peters Basilica in Rome.
Ecological Park of the Acadian Peninsula
A place where you can roam the trails in solitude or with a guide and experience the wonder of nature. Start at the Interpretation Centre, where computerized screens explain the fragile nature of the ecosystem around you. Then make your way outside where there are so many things to do... you'll want to try everything. There's an observation tower, a footbridge and a boardwalk, which stretches across an estuary and into the forest. Stop at the lookout along the way and use the telescope to do a little bird watching.
Village Historique Acadien
Meet interpreters as they go about their chores in period buildings; view fields and farmyards stocked with animals that the early Acadians used to raise. The atmosphere and authenticity of the site’s historical reconstruction assure you of memorable moments in a pastoral setting, evoking the living conditions of the Acadians. This attraction has won a number of prestigious awards, including the Phoenix Award for its authentic character. It brings to life the ancestral customs and traditional trades of Acadians from 1770 to 1939.
Royal Canadian Legion War Museum
Artefacts from the First World War, Second World War, Korean War and Gulf War. It also has a First World War trench exhibit.
The artefacts represent life in the area many years ago. Photos, archives, genealogical and historical documents depicting First Nations culture, as well as the life of ordinary people of the region in the early days may be seen. There is no precise theme running through the museum, but the past comes alive for many visitors and locals as they tour the museum.
The Sentier NB Trail network runs through the city and surrounding area, offering scenic views and wonderful photographic opportunities.
360 Douglas Ave., Bathurst
The Point is alive with wildlife and especially birdlife. The field trail leads visitors through fields and pastureland. The various trees and shrubs are typical of growth on abandoned land which is slowly becoming woodland.
Irving Eco-Centre : La Dune de Bouctouche
Irving Eco-Centre : La Dune de Bouctouche was developed to preserve and restore one of the few remaining great sand dunes on the north eastern coastline of North America. At the same time, the centre provides opportunities to learn more about the dune and its ecology. An excellent experience for students! The sand dune that stretches 12 km (7.5 mi.) across Bouctouche Bay is the result of the constant interaction of wind, tides and sea currents since the last ice age; it is believed to be more than 2000 years old. After every major storm its shape changes. This environmentally significant area is the habitat for a rich variety of marine and aquatic plants and animals, shorebirds and migratory birds.
Kent Museum Inc.
Surrounded by fields and bordering a sparkling blue bay, the Second Empire-style building was built in 1880. A visit takes you back to the turn of the century as guides dressed as boarders enthrall you with true stories about life in the convent, and the history and architecture of this former educational institution, now a museum with several permanent exhibits on life in Acadia during the olden days. The neo-gothic chapel is an architectural treasure.
K.C. Irving Riverside Park / Monument
Visitors to this riverside park are invited to retrace the footsteps of K. C. Irving at the site where the Irving family store stood for generations. Kenneth Collin Irving, memorialized in bronze at the site, was born March 14, 1899, to a family of Scottish stock. A diligent worker, K. C. was already the head of the family store by the age of 22.
Olivier Soapery (Canada's Soap ECONOMUSEUM®)
Visit North America's first and largest micro-soapery : Canada's Soap Economuseum! Guided tours explain the history, the art and the evolution of beauty and hygiene. Our lively and entertaining shows take you through the history of the Acadians and you will learn all about beauty, cosmetics and skin care. Olivier Soapery is a living museum, a library, an art gallery and a boutique... a delicious treat for all your senses, humming with life and laughter.
Seawind Buffalo Ranch
This ranch is allowing observation of buffalos and offering visitors many ways to learn more about these impressive animals and their habits. The Seawind Buffalo Ranch is a living, breathing buffalo ranch, the largest in Atlantic Canada. Founded in 1990, the ranch is home to over 400 buffalos who roam freely in a natural setting. The facilities and activities on-site include a petting zoo, an interpretation Center (with a family of naturalized buffalos, murals, a 20- minute video about buffalos).
Campbellton - Dalhousie Region
It offers a wide range of regional and national exhibits. Inquire about the gallery's special events such as concerts, workshops, theatre, and more. Its permanent display, based on the Athol House site, tells the exciting story of the Micmac, French, Acadian and Scottish heritage of the Restigouche region.
Part of Sentier NB Trail network. Twenty-five km (15 mi.) from Campbellton to Robinsonville Bridge.
The New Brunswick Botanical Garden
A splendid range of colours, fragrances and classical music are waiting for you in this peaceful and relaxing setting. It is an oasis in the heart of the legendary Republic of Madawaska. Enjoy the exuberance of eight thematic gardens spread over an area of seven ha (17 acres) along the river. Discover our mosaiculture and the beauty of the floral garden.
Railroad Interpretation Centre
The museum, a replica of a garage where locomotives were repaired in the 1920s, was built in 2006-2007. Part of the collection is permanent; every year a new theme having to do with the lives of railroad workers is featured. The workers’ wives are represented as well. To date, the museum has more than 700 items.
The Chandelles artisanales boutique, located in the entrance of the New Brunswick Botanical Garden, gives you the opportunity to learn about the candle making process in the company of interpreters.
Antique Automobile Museum
The museum showcases vintage and antique automobiles and other equipment related to the history of transportation and communication.
Madawaska Museum and Galerie Colline
Galerie Colline features the work of local and regional artists as well as travelling exhibitions. Museum features a permanent exhibit of unique items.
As a centennial project, the University of New Brunswick brought to the campus and restored a one-room schoolhouse, that was located for more than a hundred years at Burden Cove, York County. The schoolhouse museum was officially opened in May 1967.
"School Days" Museum
This museum contains an eclectic collection of artefacts, archival material, books and furniture that were used in the public schools, for teacher training, and in the New Brunswick Department of Education, dating as far back as the mid-19th century. Access the museum through the Annex side door to the right of building (next to the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design).
York Sunbury Museum
Exhibits reflect the history of Fredericton and surrounding area. The museum has First Nation, Loyalist and Acadian displays of domestic and military history. Audio guides, DVDs and interactive programming for adults and children.
For over 10 years Science East has been engaging people in the wonders of science. It has more than 150 hands-on science exhibits, an insectarium, an outdoor playground, the Dungeon Museum, and many summer camp programs for children. Science East runs two science shows each day throughout the summer and has become one of the best little science centres in Canada by creating a unique approach to science through hands-on exhibits. Science East is a place for the curious of all ages to play, discover and learn.
New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame
The museum has three galleries of exhibits and memorabilia related to New Brunswick sports history and the Hall's honoured members, including a collection of original charcoal portraits of the inductees. A Sports Heritage Research Centre is open by appointment for those interested in research. Activities and special events are organized throughout the year. There is also a small gift shop on site.
Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick
The Legislative Assembly has been the seat of government in New Brunswick since 1882. The stone building, created in the "Second Empire" style, with a magnificent dome, reaches up 43 m (140 ft.). It is a designated Provincial Historic Site.
Kings Landing Historical Settlement
Nestled in a majestic setting in the St. John River valley, Kings Landing Historical Settlement is a living history museum that depicts life over a 100-year span; a young colony transforming into a vibrant nation.
Christ Church Cathedral
With its spire rising almost 61 m (200 ft.) toward the sky, Christ Church Cathedral dominates the Fredericton skyline. This magnificent example of Gothic-revival architecture stands proudly overlooking the St. John River. The Anglican cathedral was built more than 150 years ago and was consecrated on August 11, 1853. It was the first new cathedral founded on British soil since the Norman Conquest of 1066. You can take a guided tour of this magnificent cathedral and view the many art and architectural treasures within its historic walls.
Historic Garrison District
Walk in the footstep of red-coated soldiers, when you tour this National and Provincial Historic Site in New Brunswick. Set behind a wrought iron and stone fence, Fredericton’s Historic Garrison District originally consisted of a two-block area, bounded by Queen, York, Campbell and Regent streets. In 1784, Fredericton became the headquarters of the British military operations in the new province of New Brunswick. This area remained a British garrison until after the Canadian Confederation in 1867, when the responsibility of defence was turned over to the new Canadian government. The first buildings on this site were made of wood and later replaced by stone structures. Several buildings at the site have retained their original heritage architecture and provide a remarkable ‘old-world’ feel in the centre of a modern city. Declared a National Historic Site in 1964, a year later it was designated a protected Provincial Historic Site by the Province of New Brunswick. Visitors will find a variety of attractions and activities in the Historic Garrison District, including museums, art galleries, craft shops, daily "Changing of the Guard", tours, music performances, outdoor film, storytellers and live theatre.
The Beaverbrook Art Gallery
The gallery enjoys an international reputation for its outstanding collection of British paintings from the Elizabethan to the modern era, including works by Thomas Gainsborough and John Constable. You can get lost for hours gazing at works from the late Renaissance period, Aubusson and Gobelin tapestries, and European furniture and decorative arts. The gallery also houses an impressive collection of work by major Atlantic Canadian artists, including Molly Lamb Bobak and Bruno Bobak (who live in Fredericton), Mary Pratt and Alex Colville. Contemporary Acadian artists such as Nancy Morin and Yvon Gallant, among many others, are also represented.
Ingrid Mueller Art and Concepts
Ingrid Mueller Art and Concepts, represents major established and emerging Atlantic Canadian artists. Situated in the heart of downtown Fredericton, the gallery displays paintings, sculptures, pottery and jewelry.
Directly across the street from Old Government House is Wilmot Park. Beautifully landscaped, the park boasts immaculate lawns, walking trails, lighted tennis courts, a basketball court, lawn bowling, a bandstand, a children’s playground, and a huge wading pool.
Odell Park & Odell Arboretum
Odell Park is a 175-ha (432 acres), year-round park within the heart of Fredericton. The park is home to the Odell Arboretum and New Brunswick Species Collection; no natural resource being more present in New Brunswick than the trees that make up our great forests.
Miramichi Salmon Conservation Centre
Discover the different life stages of the Atlantic salmon. Learn about the biology of the species at Canada’s oldest fish hatchery, which grows Atlantic salmon for enhancement.
W.S. Loggie House & Cultural Centre
The 18th-century Victorian-style home houses artifacts of 1850 to 1900 and 2000 including an original World War I Victory flag. Portrait of Francis Peabody, the famous painting by H.W. Hoyt hangs in the hall. The house tells the history of the Loggie Family, general local merchants of the time.
French Fort Cove Nature Park
Boat rentals, hiking and mountain-bike trails, large public playground, boardwalk and covered bridge.
London-Wul Fibre Arts (Hand-spinning ECONOMUSEUM®)
Join in the bustling fibre arts centre that is London-Wul. Visit the hand-spinning museum, working studio, natural-dye garden, boutique, and gallery. Watch as raw fibres are expertly prepared, dyed, and spun with traditional techniques to produce an outstanding collection of artisanal yarns, hand knits, hand woven, and felted works.
Centre d'études acadiennes, Université de Moncton
The Centre d'études acadiennes, established in 1968, collects and preserves all relevant documentary material concerning the Acadians and Acadian society.
Greater Moncton's unique saga of growth and survival is vividly depicted through artefacts and photographs from the Moncton Museum's own Heritage Collection. Travelling and in-house exhibitions.
Lutz Mountain Heritage Museum
The Museum is a heritage building built in 1883. Pioneers’ artefacts, genealogical records and funeral objects of early permanent settlers of Moncton can be seen.
Notre-Dame-du-Sacré-Coeur Heritage Room
The Notre-Dame-du-Sacré-Coeur Heritage Room is a museum which relates the history of the Congregation of Notre-Dame-du-Sacré-Coeur in Acadia, from its beginnings in 1924 up to the present.
Galerie d'art Louise-et-Reuben-Cohen
Contemporary works by Acadian and New Brunswick artists. National and international exhibits.
IMAGO Inc. Artist-run print studio
IMAGO is a non-profit, artist-run print studio. Its mandate is to facilitate, promote, and disseminate contemporary prints. Imago provides facilities for relief printing, lithography, intaglio, and silkscreen.
Stories about this wondrous place have been around since the early 1800s. Magnetic Hill has been puzzling tourists for decades. This attraction is a natural phenomenon - unique to this area. Is it magnetic or is it magic? You decide.
This park offers hiking, horseshoe pitching, tennis, wheelchair-accessible playground, Centennial Beach, canteen, lawn bowling, paddleboats, artificial-turf sports field, Super splash Water Park, picnic areas and the Rotary Lodge.
This 121-ha (300 acres) park offers nature lovers interpretive panels throughout the park, ample bird watching, and features both wide accessible trails and more rustic nature trails.
Points of interest include Bore View Park and the Skateboard Park.
Magnetic Hill Zoo
The Magnetic Hill Zoo has a diverse collection of animals from every corner of the globe, including a variety of lemurs from Madagascar, gibbon apes and tiny-fanged deer from China, cotton-top tamarinds, lions, jaguars, and zebras! Don't miss our daily shows, two animal contact areas and the award-winning Ecodome!
A scenic phenomenon caused by the surging Bay of Fundy tides, the highest in the world, the Bore occurs twice daily. The higher waters in the Bay cause the water in the placid Petitcodiac River to roll back upstream in one wave, which can range in height from 3 cm to 60 cm.
Saint John Region
Irving Nature Park
Just minutes from the city of Saint John is an oasis of forest and marsh, beaches and trails. This attraction contains no less than six different ecosystems within the 243-ha (600 acres) site, a diversity of flora and fauna. There are 11 km (7 mi.) of rugged Bay of Fundy coastline. The geological history of this area is fascinating. There are eight different walking trails of varying lengths, as well as a roadway that encircles the park. Watch the harbour seals and seabirds diving for food. Free entrance and services.
Saint John City Market
The oldest market in North America, it was built in 1876, and withstood the Great Fire of 1877 that burned much of the city around it. It’s like a grand old ship, that just keeps sailing through the years. In fact, if you look up while you’re there, you’ll notice the distinctive rafters. They resemble the inverted hull of a ship! The original wrought-iron gates still stand at both entrances to the Saint John City Market, which is a full city block in length. It runs downhill from the "head of the market" on Charlotte Street, to the Germain Street entrance, 6 m (20 ft.) below. Listen for the market bell which rings out at the beginning and end of every business day.
New Brunswick Museum
New Brunswick Museum (NBM) provides a remarkable introduction to New Brunswick’s rich cultural history and diverse natural environment. Canada’s oldest continuing museum institution, the NBM Exhibition Center opened in 1996 within Market Square in uptown Saint John. There, visitors discover the stories of New Brunswick’s past and present on three floors of creative exhibitions, innovative programmes and fun special events.
Saint John Jewish Historical Museum
The Saint John Jewish Historical Museum tells the story of the Saint John Jewish community from 1858 to the present day. The exhibits include a Hebrew School, Chapel, Mikvah (ritual bath), and religious traditions. Two other galleries portray some aspects of the community's history. One exhibit is devoted to students’ projects on the Holocaust. This is the only Jewish Museum in the Atlantic Provinces.
Historic Walking Tours (self-guided)
The city of Saint John has produced four individually-designed, self-guided walking tours which trace the footsteps of the city's early settlers: Loyalist Trail, Prince William's Walk, Victorian Stroll and Westside Walk and Drive. Brochures are available in the City Visitor Information Centers.
Red Head Marsh
Excellent for viewing waterfowl and other marsh birds such as Pied-billed grebe and locally rare species such as the green-backed heron and least bittern. Across the road in the tidal mud flats, shorebirds may be observed.
Cherry Brook Zoo and Vanished Kingdom Park
This must-see attraction is the first accredited zoo in Atlantic Canada dealing only in exotic and endangered-animal species: tigers, monkeys, zebras, emus. It houses over 38 species and over 100 animals and has exact replicas of extinct birds and animals that can be viewed in a natural setting.