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everything from major concerts and incredible shopping, to a unique winery and a zoo! In just two years, 17 murals have been created here as a legacy of Festival Inspire. And, believe it or not, you can watch folks surf the tidal bore right into the city; better yet, do it yourself! ( ). For a walk on the wild side—and a good dose of French Acadian culture—scoot up to Edmundston. In 1949, two enthusiastic citizens invented the concept of the "Republic of Madawaska," including a fl ag, coat of arms, and the Order of the Knights of the Republic. The concept stuck. This small city rocks ( ). THE GREAT OUTDOORS Imagine kayaking among Hopewell Rocks, paddling to Partridge Island, or slipping into sea caves along the famous Bay of Fundy! If you prefer fresh water paddling, you can't beat putting your canoe or kayak in the lazy Green River close to Edmundston. On Sundays, scores of people head to the upper reaches of the river and party downstream. Want to try tubing? Head to the Miramichi. While in the region, hop aboard a voyageur canoe at the Beaubears Island Interpretive Centre and scoot across the river for a tour of this famous island— the only untouched shipbuilding site left in Canada and home to two Parks Canada national historic sites. There are lots of outfi tters in the province who can take you on short or longer expeditions, including wilderness paddling. Hikers will be in hiking heaven anywhere in the province as villages, towns and cities have a plethora of hiking trails. As well, Fundy Parkway Trail opened another section leading to Long Beach, which is 2.5 km (1.6 mi.) long. Close by, climb down a cable ladder to the face of Fuller Falls and enjoy the lookout above the falls. Looking for a signifi cant challenge? Hike the Fundy Footpath—a 41-km (25.5-mi.) continuous wilderness trail ( ). HERITAGE AND CULTURE New Brunswick has many attractions and experiences to showcase its history and diversity. For example, Kings Landing is a living museum with costumed "British Loyalist" interpreters. It spans over 300 acres, houses over 70,000 artefacts, and off ers over 40 exhibits and engaging activities and workshops ( www.kings To get a sense of Mi'kmaq culture— both past and present—the place to be is the Metepenagiag Heritage Park, located in Red Bank on the Miramichi River, where visitors are invited to share their music, listen to stories told by the elders, and view archaeological fi nds from the Augustine Mound and Oxbow national historic sites ( ). Two of the best places to be immersed in Acadian life are: Village Historique Acadien up in Caraquet, where life plays out between 1770 and 1949 ( www.village; and Le Pays de la Sagouine in Bouctouche where guests can view spectacular theatre productions, enjoy authentic Acadian food and foot-stomping kitchen parties ( ). MUST SEE, MUST DO The Magnetic Hill Zoo—the largest accredited zoo in Atlantic Canada—recently opened a new Big Cats Exhibit featuring two new tigers and a leopard ( www. Resurgo Place, home of the Moncton Museum and Transportation Discovery Centre, gives visitors a unique and interactive experience focused on fascinat- ing aspects of history, science and trans- portation ( The Saint John City Market—open six days a week—is one of the oldest continuing farmers' markets in Canada. Be sure to check out Slocum & Ferris, famous for local products such as lobster antipasto, dulse, pickled fi ddle heads, and Ganong's "chicken bones" ( QUICK FACT RON TURCOTTE, A JOCKEY FROM GRAND FALLS, RODE SECRETARIAT TO WIN THE TRIPLE CROWN IN 1973. SPECIAL EVENTS JANUARY – FEBRUARY • FROSTIVAL, FREDERICTON JUNE • ST. MARY'S (SITANSISK) FIRST NATION POWWOW, FREDERICTON JUNE – JULY • CAMPBELLTON SALMON FESTIVAL JULY • BUSKERS ON THE BAY, SAINT JOHN • CANADA'S IRISH FESTIVAL, MIRAMICHI • LAMÈQUE INTERNATIONAL BAROQUE MUSIC FESTIVAL • NEW BRUNSWICK HIGHLAND GAMES FESTIVAL, FREDERICTON • SHEDIAC LOBSTER FESTIVAL AUGUST • CHOCOLATE FEST, ST. STEPHEN • FESTIVAL ACADIEN DE CARAQUET • LA FOIRE BRAYONNE, EDMUNDSTON • MIRAMICHI FOLKSONG FESTIVAL SEPTEMBER • ATLANTIC INTERNATIONAL BALLOON FIESTA, SUSSEX • HARVEST JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL, FREDERICTON OCTOBER • THANKSGIVING FESTIVAL, KINGS LANDING Do/FestivalsAndEvents.aspx FROSTIVAL • FREDERICTON TOURISM NB 118

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