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Driving through NB from Maine to NS

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Driving through NB from Maine to NS

We'll be driving from Bangor to Parrsboro, NS early in September and are looking for a nice place to stop and have lunch along the way. Since we'll be riding in the car most of that day we'd like to plan for a stop mid-day where we can take a walk and possibly see some nice scenery, but not far off the direct route. Leaving Bangor by 8 am, it looks like we would be somewhere near St. John and that would be about half way. Any suggestions?

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1. Re: Driving through NB from Maine to NS

Hi Syracuse!

If you leave Bangor at 8 a.m. you'll likely round St. John, New Brunswick around noon, Atlantic Time. Here's three suggestions:

1) Lunch at Reversing Falls. There are two nice restaurants actually overlooking the river. To get there, get off the Route 1 freeway at Exit 119 (take the second, or cloverleaf, ramp signed for Reversing Falls) and follow Route 100 eastbound, which passes right over the river.

2) A stroll in downtown St. John is also interesting, and there are numerous restaurants. I'd walk up the hill from the harbor to King Square, the heart of the old city, with its bandshell. Take Exit 122 for Main Street/St. John Center.

3) Three-quarters of an hour east of St. John is Sussex, a country town with several restaurants. The small town itself may interest for strolling. If not, here's a route with two covered bridges you can stop and have a look at. Pay careful attention:

Take Exit 195 off Route 1 and turn north (which is a left turn if you're eastbound) on Route 890. You'll see the old covered bridge beside the paved road less than a mile north of the interchange.

After you've stopped to walk across, drive on continuing north. Take all lefts, and turn left on Roachville Road (these are all paved roads). Now you're heading southwest. The second covered bridge is about 1 1/2 miles southwest on Roachville Road.

Like to make this a trifecta? Continue across the covered bridgeand along Roachville Road until you get back onto Route 1 Eastbound. This time, take Exit 198 and turn onto Route 114 East, which is a left turn off the interchange. A little more than a mile east of the interchange, turn left onto Plumweseep Road toward Plumweseep. The third covered bridge is just ahead about 3/10 of a mile..

Happy travels!

David

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2. Re: Driving through NB from Maine to NS

Thank you so much, David! I've been reading your very informative posts and thank you for sharing all the information. I was hoping to get to St. John by noon.

You are providing a much appreciated service to us first-timers.

Take care,

Angie

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3. Re: Driving through NB from Maine to NS

Thank you so much for your kind words!

David

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4. Re: Driving through NB from Maine to NS

Hi! A couple more questions: Is there parking by the restaurants at Reversing Falls? Where would we park to visit the harbourfront area?

Sussex sounds like a neat town for a walk. Are all the murals located in one area?

Thanks so much!

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5. Re: Driving through NB from Maine to NS

There's ample free parking at Reversing Falls.

Downtown, parking is dearer, but there's still plenty. There are pay parking lots and on-street parking at the meters. If you happen to be coming through on the weekend, including Labor Day which is a national holiday in Canada, downtown parking is plentiful and free.

David

Edited: 1:53 pm, April 22, 2012
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6. Re: Driving through NB from Maine to NS

Saint John.

Not St. John.

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7. Re: Driving through NB from Maine to NS

You say tomayto. I say tomahto.

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8. Re: Driving through NB from Maine to NS

I say tomayto, but don't mind if you say tomahto! LOL!!

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9. Re: Driving through NB from Maine to NS

It's not a question of preference or local quirk. St. John, New Brunswick does not exist.

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10. Re: Driving through NB from Maine to NS

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