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Having made a name for itself as a glamorous getaway for US stars in the early 20th century, New Brunswick has today slipped off the world travel map. Yet visitors who venture to this Canadian province situated between Nova Scotia and Quebec will find the same forests to hunt in and the same rivers to fish that first drew American celebrities. While many pass through the province en route to the likes of Cape Breton, the provincial capital, Fredericton, and the south and southeast coast hubs of Saint John, St Andrews and Moncton are well worth a close look.
The simplest way to see the province is with car hire in New Brunswick. Vehicles can be collected at the airports in Moncton or Fredericton, as well as at smaller locations such as St Andrews. All the usual suppliers have a presence, including Dollar, National and Budget. To secure a vehicle, make a booking after you compare car hire.
Airports in the province don’t see the sort of traffic that other major Canadian airports see, yet Moncton’s international airport has links with the US as well as seasonal flights to the Caribbean and Mexico. Roads come in from Maine, US, and neighbouring provinces Nova Scotia and Quebec, as well as from Prince Edward Island. Trains serve the east coast, including Moncton, while Acadian buses offer access to even the smallest of the province’s communities.
Light traffic conditions make driving in New Brunswick a breeze. Speed traps are in place on some routes so drivers need to adhere to local speed limits to avoid getting a ticket. Winter driving presents unique dangers and sometimes results in road closures, with travellers advised to carry an emergency kit in case of breakdown during the cold months.
The Trans Canada Highway is best toured with car rental in New Brunswick, with diversions to the southern coastal cities of St Andrews and Saint John recommended. St Andrews offers ferry access to Campobello Island, the birthplace and summer home of Franklin D Roosevelt. Meanwhile, the southeast coast is host to Moncton and dozens of Atlantic beaches.
The continental climate sees warm but rarely hot summers (June through August) and mild to cold winters (November through March). Summer temperatures in the south hover around 20°C, while in the winter they rarely fall below -10°C. Rain is most common in the summer in the interior, while the south sees its wettest weather in autumn and winter. The best time to travel here is summer, when outdoor areas of beauty are at their finest and the beaches of the south are open for swimming.