One thing we’ve learned while being summer students for Discover Miramichi, is that there are many areas that are perfect for weekend (or weekday) getaways. Today we ventured off to Tabusintac Chalets, which is located about 45 minutes away from the city. Once we arrived, we were kindly greeted by Rose, who is the manager. While showing us around, Rose informed us that the chalets were built 14 years ago. She then let us take a peek inside one of the chalets so we could scope them out! The chalets are nicely furnished, each with two bedrooms with queen or twin sized beds. There is a pullout bed in the living room as well as satellite TV, and all chalets have a private driveway and wifi. We also walked through a small walking trail to get down to the beach. The water was very calm and peaceful; the perfect place to relax with family and friends. Rose also told us about all the activities that are available such as kayaking, snowmobiling, swimming at the beach, a children’s playground and there is also the Tabusintac Golf Club which is less than a 2 minute walk from the chalets. After thanking Rose for the wonderful tour & visit, we decided to check out the golf club. The Tabusintac Golf Club is situated along the Tabusintac River. It is a 9 hole course which has multiple water hazards as well as bunkers and many well placed traps. They offer many amenities like power cart rentals, pro shop, wheelchair accessibility, lessons, putting green, club rentals and snacks. Nathan and I had the opportunity to take a ride on one of the power carts and check out the golf course. It was easy to tell that the golf club was very well maintained and a place where all golfers are welcome. We also met up with some golfers all the way from Mississauga, Ontario who let us take some actions shots! Once we were finished checking out the golf course, we returned our power cart and thanked the staff before heading off to our next destination.
Since we were in the Tabusintac area, we decided it was the perfect time to visit Cowassaget Brook Farms located along the Tabusintac River and the Cowassaget Brook. The farm was awarded the New Brunswick Soil and Crop Improvement Association “Farm of the Year” Award in 2008. This farm is a Simmental beef cattle and strawberry farm which is open for a few weeks in July. When we arrived, we met some of the staff who was busy selling and packaging the delicious looking strawberries. We then met Helen who provided us with some information and agreed to show us around the farm. She took us to their current popular strawberry picking area, which is where they send most of their customers to pick the fresh strawberries. Helen let us pick and try some for ourselves and they were delicious (Fun fact: make sure to pick the red strawberries and avoid the orange coloured ones. Orange coloured strawberries mean they are not fully ripened). Taking care of a U pick farm is a lot of work, but we learned from the staff at Cowassaget Brook Farms that with the right personality and determination anything is possible.
After our visit to the farm we were getting hungry, so we chose to stop for lunch at Chez Raymond located in Neguac. This restaurant was founded in 1947 by Raymond and Alvina Breau and offers a variety of food such as breakfast food, salads, seafood, Chinese combos, various poutines, pizza, burgers and lots of desserts. I got a chicken poutine and Nathan got the Ray’s special Burger and fries. Both of our meals were to die for and the service was very welcoming. No matter what you’re in the mood for, chances are Chez Raymond has it!
When we were finished with lunch we stopped at Ile-Aux-Foins park also located in Neguac. This park is a great place for outdoor family activities and a picnic on the beach. The park has many walking trails with interpretive signs along the way to learn some interesting facts about the park! There are also physical facilities like bird watching towers and a lighthouse (painted the colors of the Acadian Flag!). Surrounding the lighthouse are multiple picnic tables, a children’s playground, washrooms and changing rooms. We decided to take a walk around the 0.8km boardwalk which contained a few gazebos and a lookout and we also spent some time sitting by the beach. Ile-Aux-Foins is perfect for all ages, and if you like bird watching be sure to check out this beautiful park as we saw many species of birds on our walk along the boardwalk. To end our eventful day we decided to visit MacDonald’s Farm Provincial Heritage Park on the way home located in Bartibog. We checked out the interpretive center and gift shop, and then hopped on the horse-drawn carriage to get down to the farm. Once we got there we went inside the Macdonald Farmhouse and got a tour from one of their summer students. The tour took us back to the 1820’s and told us the story of Alexander Macdonald and his 13 children. One thing that really amazed us was the pair of boots in the room where Alexander and his wife slept, that were said to be Alexander’s real boots. After taking the tour and experiencing what life was like back in the 1820’s, we checked out the rest of the farm. There are many animals located on the farm like cows, goats, pigs, chickens and kittens. The farm doors are also open and you are welcome to walk through and get a feel for the farm life. Since Macdonald’s farm is located in front of the Miramichi River, there is also a small beach area where you can sit and relax. Miramichi really is New Brunswick’s hidden gem. Our region has so much to offer and I hope this blog helps you navigate through all our assets. In just one day we were able to visit 5 different locations, each providing us with an unforgettable experience. Whether you’re in need of a quiet weekend retreat by our soothing river, or a cultural/historical adventure, our region has something to satisfy all your travelling needs!