A Foodie’s Roadtrip through Miramichi (5 Days)

The Miramichi brings together an eclectic mix of Acadian, Irish, Scottish & Mi’kmaq flavours. Savour fresh ingredients like wild blueberries or fresh from the wharf lobster.

Day One (Upper Miramichi)

Arrive at the 4.5 star Ledges Inn and relax while taking in splendid views of the river or perhaps even try angling. Everyday has its own menu-du-jour, so you can order à la carte from the seafood and non-seafood options. Start the evening with pre-dinner drinks and hors d’oeuvres whilst mingling in the Great Room. Order your choice of gourmet entrée and main course. Finish off with a scrumptious dessert (it’ll be difficult!) and for the “Grande Finale”, Chef Luke prepares a very spectacular flambéed coffee.

Day Two (Metepenagiag)

Stop at the Village Family Restaurant for old fashioned molasses cookies for the road. On Saturdays you can drop by the Doak Historic site where you can “preserve a memory” with demonstrations of traditional picking, preserving and butter making; or take a stroll through the community garden. As you continue along route 8, you’ll come down a hill with a sharp turn, named “Molasses Hill” (we’ll let you guess why!)
In the afternoon, arrive in Metepenagiag and experience Ookdotaan. Your personal, guided tour of the 3,000 year old Aboriginal community begins with the heavenly aromas of the cooking fire and traditional foods. View the exhibits and learn more about the lives of the people who called this land ‘home’. Then, gather fresh ingredients for the tea that will be served with food prepared in an outdoor cooking shelter. Sample seasonal fish or summer game with wild rice, bannock bread and fragrant cedar tea. Don’t forget to linger around the campfire to hear more stories about this ancient way of life.  
That evening, choose where to rest your weary head and full belly; in the comfort of the Outdoor Lodge or perhaps opt for the Tipi Retreat Experience. Sleeping under the stars, in the fresh air, surrounded by such a rich history is sure to take your understanding and appreciation of the culture to a whole new level. Not to mention, you’ll be disconnected from the noise of everyday life, and at peace with nature, making it a truly spiritual experience.

Days 3 & 4 (Miramichi)

If the sun is shining and you want to spend the day on the water before heading to your next stop, Stewart’s Tubing is just a six minute drive from Metepenagiag.
Make your way into the city, if you aren’t in a rush, take the scenic route along the riverbank and arrive at the Rodd Miramichi. Watch the sunset over the Miramichi river from the 1809 Restaurant Patio; try local favourites like a pint of Timbership Brewing or Maison Beausoleil Oysters.

Must Dos for Foodies

  • Savour a glass of wine and learn about the history of our region while aboard Max Aitken river boat. 90-minute tours depart Ritchie Wharf at 2 p.m. and other times throughout the day.
  • Bask in the sun in the beer garden at one of Miramichi’s most historic locales, O’Donaghue’s Irish Pub.  We’d recommend giving the Lobster Arancini a try!
  • Try the delectable German baked goods from the Napan Bay-kery on Water St. Even better, make your goods part of a picnic to enjoy on a tour of Beaubears Island.

Fun Detours

  • Visit the market – on Friday’s (Newcastle) and Saturdays (Water St., Chatham).
  • Explore the quaint shops of Water Street
  • Try the zipline or wander the trails of French Fort Cove
  • Experience tea with Lord Beaverbrook. (Mondays by Reservation)
  • An afternoon of cones and Mini-Putt at Mauries

Day 5 – Tabusintac

Few things are more refreshing than jumping off the dock into the cool river on a warm summer’s day. You can do just that at Tabusintac Chalets. Contact the Chalets before hand about organizing a guided boat trip or a “straight from the wharf” lobster boilup.  For the perfect appetizer, swing by Maison Beausoleil in Neguac for a carton of freshly harvested oysters.
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In August you can forage along the banks in front of the Chalets for wild blueberries (if you “accidentally”  pick more than you eat, you can grab wild blueberry muffins at Tazza Cafe). July is for choosing those perfect strawberries at the U-Pick.
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After you’ve had the chance to indulge in Mi’Kmaq and Irish favourites this week, finish off with Acadian favourites like a heaping portion of fried bar clams; tortiere (Chez Raymond) or Poutine Rapee (Pub 981, Saturdays).
 

Leaving us so soon?

We’re sad to see you go! Continuing your New Brunswick roadtrip? Here are some of our suggestions!
  • A distillery tour of Fils du Roi [Pacquetville] and a day at the Acadian Village (Lafayette)
  • Fresh seafood with your toes in the sand at La Terasse a Steve and a visit to the lighthouse on Miscou Island
  • A wine tour and tasting at Richibucto River Wine Estates
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Mulligans

Mulligans can be found in the Miramichi Golf and Country Club. Mulligans features locally sourced dishes like Siddall’s Burgers and Sirloin along with classic pub favourites like Spinach Dip. There are also vegetarian and gluten friendly options.  More Details

O’Donaghues

O’Donaghue’s Irish Pub offers upscale pub-style dining in the Historic Williston House. Here you’ll find local favourites like fish cakes and international flavours like Pad Thai. The menu offers diverse gluten free and vegetarian options. You’ll love tapping your feet to their regularly scheduled live music. The outdoor beer garden is the perfect place to […]  More Details

Tazza Caffe

Tazza Caffe prioritizes their guests comfort and well being offering hot coffee, muffins, pastries; and light, healthy meals.  Relax in the cozy bistro area with sofas, free wifi and even board games!  More Details

Pub 981

With a philosophy like “cooked here, made here”, what’s not to love? Founded by two young, local entrepreneurs, Pub 981 serves local favourites along with eclectic dishes from coast to coast. Pub 981 often hosts live entertainment, find their upcoming events on Facebook.  More Details

Chez Raymond

If the Village of Neguac is considered the gateway to the Acadian Peninsula, Chez Raymond is the gateway to eating well in the region.  Founded in 1947, by Raymond and Alvina Breau, after changing hands a few times, Jean-Guy Kenny has been the owner since 1999. A true family operation, his daughter Sonia Kenny now […]  More Details

Halcomb’s Moose Barn

Debbie & Dale Norton have five generations of experience behind them in creating unique travel experiences. Their most recent venture, The Moose Barn offers guests hot, hearty, homestyle meals with a side of their world famous hospitality. Don’t want to leave? You don’t have to! Call ahead to reserve your stay. Described as a snowmobilers […]  More Details

KC & Son’s Fish & Chips

Whether you’re hitting the snowmobile trails or out for a leisurely weekend drive, the Colepaugh family is happy to serve you a delicious, hearty meal! Try their crisply battered haddock, whole clams famous hangover poutine. Join them on Wednesday evenings for steak night, Thursdays for wings and Fridays for nachos!  More Details

The Vogue Theatre

Opening for the first time early in 1950, the Vogue Theatre was touted as “Chatham’s newest and most modern theatre.”  With seating for nearly 500 people, it was the place to see the newest blockbuster release of the day. For the next 50 years, the Vogue Theatre ran as a daily showing movie theatre to […]  More Details

Creative Grounds Cafe

Located in Miramichi East, Creative Grounds Café is a cozy hideaway. Providing comfortable furniture along with free Wi-Fi, they also offer the perfect space to catch up on emails, play board games or meet up with an old friend. Drop by and enjoy an espresso-based specialty drink, coffee and tea from famed Atlantic roaster Nova […]  More Details

Capers Pub & Eatery

Located just off of Route 11, you will love Capers Pub and Eatery. Drop in for freshly fried fish in a light crispy batter made complete with a specialty poutine! While the winter months bring easy access to the trails for snowmobilers, the summer months bring the opportunity to catch the sunset from their expansive […]  More Details

Village Family Restaurant

Located in the heart of Upper Miramichi, Betts’ Village Family restaurant is a place where locals and visitors alike can gather to enjoy a cup of coffee, a hearty breakfast, or a traditional home cooked dinner. You can even find delicious sweets, like warm from the oven old-fashioned molasses cookies to take with you on […]  More Details

Jane St. Grill & Rotisserie

Located in the Howard Johnson Hotel the Jane St. Grill and Rotisserie overlooks the Mighty Miramichi River. Enjoy a cold beverage on their patio and take in the view. Enjoy their diverse selection of both local and international flavours. Every Wednesday evening is “Jerk Chicken” night available in traditional Jamaican spicy or Miramichi Mild.   More Details

Chatters Pub & Eatery

Chatters is Miramichi’s newest pub and eatery, located downtown Newcastle, next to Econolodge and across from Royal Bank. Chatters is dedicated to offering the freshest of Asian, Canadian and Korean cuisine.  Beautiful pub & eatery where great conversations never end.Choose from fresh, healthy, and delicious Canadian, Korean and Asian menu items with a variety of beers, […]  More Details

Pita Pit

At Pita Pit, what goes into the pitas is just as important as what gets left out. Nothing’s deep-fried, battered or grilled in fat. No added salt unless you say you want it.  There are some great vegetarian options like the much-loved falafal pita! Bring the whole family in on Tuesdays, when kids eat for free! On the […]  More Details

Newcastle Farmers’ Market

Come check out the Newcastle Farmers Market every Friday from 10am to 2pm.  Meet locals who sell their creations, from handmade jewellery, to homemade cookies and jam. Along with purses, wood crafts and tupperware.  It’s always a good idea to get some lunch while shopping at the market. The Farmer’s Market offers eat in or […]  More Details

Boston Pizza

Boston Pizza Miramichi offers a casual dining setting while serving gourmet pizzas made with their signature hand pressed dough. They’re also known for their mouth-watering pasta selections, wide variety of appetizers, salads, entrées and desserts. With a separate sports bar area, Boston Pizza is the perfect place to catch the big game! During the summer […]  More Details

Middle Island

The Miramichi River Valley received a significant number of Irish immigrants in the years before and during the potato famine. Many early Irish settlers came for the economic opportunities promised by the lumber industry, but there were many others who were far less fortunate. On June 3rd 1847, the Looshtauk out of Dublin, Ireland arrived at Middle Island, which […]  More Details

1809 Restaurant

Miramichi’s premiere dining destination! Let the chefs at 1809 wow you with their carefully curated dishes. Start your day off with a signature breakfast with mouth-watering options like smoked salmon Eggs Benedict. During the dinner hour, you’ll want to savour every bite of the farm to table feature, which showcases locally sourced ingredients. Friday evenings, […]  More Details

Tran’s Palace

Tran’s palace is a local favourite go-to for Chinese food! Family owned and operated, the Tran family is known all around the river for their excellence in customer service. Some of the delicious menu offerings include: fall off the bone spare ribs, perfectly crispy egg rolls, moo-goo gai pan and more! Their “Dinner for…” options […]  More Details

Water Street Farmers’ Market

The Water Street Farmers’ Market is open Saturdays from 9am-1pm.  There is many food vendors as well as a kitchen staff who offer a hearty home-cooked breakfast. After having a bite to eat, why not check out all the small-town vendors who showcase their goods.  You may see locally grown organic meats and vegetables, handmade […]  More Details

Portage Restaurant

The Portage Family Restaurant is proud to feature a comfortable and warm atmosphere, a full menu with delicious and healthy selections the whole family will enjoy.  The Portage has been a family tradition for over 30 years in the beautiful city of Miramichi.  Whether it’s a full hearty breakfast, a delicious lunch, or a wonderfully […]  More Details

Napan Bakery

Specializing in German baked goods, the Napan Bakery is the place to stop for pastries, cakes, and breads. Sip on a hot coffee while you dive into a good book or even people watch in this comfortable café on Miramichi’s Historic Water Street.   More Details