Fall-ing in Love with the Miramichi

Fall-ing in Love with the Miramichi

With the fall comes cool crisp mornings, cozy cardigans and pumpkin spice everything. Birch and maple trees tower over the roads all throughout the Miramichi region and in late September, their leaves begin to turn majestic hues of red and yellow. We’ve got some tips, tricks and ideas to help you make the most of your fall getaway! (For even more fun, check out our list of fall events happening in the Miramichi region.) 

Leaf Peep In Style

Tired of admiring our colourful scenic vistas from the car window? Of course not! But you may be ready to take your leaf peeping to the next level. Few things compare to the reflections of the trees over the water; paddle your way down the river with a canoe / kayak rental from Storeytown Cottages or for an even more relaxing experience, hop aboard the Max Aitken for a river cruise. 

We all know few things can beat a cool fall day on the river, casting for that prized Atlantic Salmon, choose from any number of world class outfitters. 

Going Further Into the Forest

We know the true outdoor enthusiast loves exploring the deep woods; take a hike to New Brunswick’s tallest water-fall, or grab your mountain bike and enjoy the many miles of pristine mountain biking and hiking trails at French Fort Cove.

 More of a night time explorer? On September 14-15, head to Kouchibouguac (a dark sky preserve) for their fall star fest or grab your running shoes for 10k under 10 million stars on September 22. 

The Miramichi region is also a sportsman’s paradise if you’re seeking an exhilarating way to spend a fall morning, the Ledges Inn offers upland bird hunting and a private pheasant preserve.

A successful upland bird hunt at the @ledges_inn [📸: Andrew Clarke]

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Family Fun

Whether you are a kid or a kid at heart, you’ll love these fun family friendly fall activities (say that one three times fast!). Get lost in the corn maze at Fletcher’s Farm, climb their hay bale pyramid or take in a traditional wagon ride. While some people turn pumpkins into lattes, APEG NB turns pumpkins into projectiles. Join them at Waterford Green on September 29th for their annual pumpkin fling. If small pumpkins just don’t cut it, head to the Giant Pumpkin Festival in Neguac on September 30. For an experience both young and old will love, visit the Beaubear’s Island Interpretive Centre at two pm on Sundays through to September 23 for Music at Midday featuring local musicians on the river bank. 

Fulfil Your Need for Speed

The weekend of September 8-9 head to the Miramichi Dragway for their annual Fall Brawl. If you’re looking for a more hands on experience, explore the wooded trails from the comfort of an ATV with Country Haven, keep an eye out for wild animals like black bear or moose. 

Get Spooky

From the Headless Nun to the Dungarvon Whooper, we have our share of ghosts and ghouls. For a scaring-ly good time, head to the Woodmens’ Museum on October 19-20 for their Haunted Lumber Camp Tour or take in the haunted maze at Fletcher’s Farm October 19, 20, 25, 26, 27.

For those looking to fulfill their inner Halloweentown dreams, take a road trip to Lafiouk Restaurant in Kouchibouguac where you’ll find over 150 inflatable Halloween decorations! 

Don't me!!!! 😨😨😨 #ghostbuster!

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Get Stuffed

On October 13th, join Change Miramichi for their second annual Food Truck Feast-Ival on Waterford Green. It’s no secret that with Fall comes delicious harvest vegetables, giving you the perfect excuse to wander our markets (Newcastle Farmer’s Market – Fridays 10AM-2PM, Water St. Market Saturdays 9AM-1PM).

If you’re more of a do-it-yourselfer, head to McAllistar Farm (4460 Route 108) for a day of picking apples and snapping those perfect Instagram shots.

After all of that fall fun, you’ll probably want to warm up with a cozy cafe experience, grab your PSL at Creative Grounds and enjoy a board game or try sweets from the Napan Baykery crafted by their award winning pastry chef. 

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