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You had me at Saint John!

After our little trip to Fredericton…we drove and headed to Saint John (New Brunswick). I’ve always wanted to go there but never actually made it until today with my favorite person in the world; my husband. Saint John was just beyond words. Describing it and writing about is just not enough, you have to see it! It’s gorgeous. The weather was a little bit colder for us and it was a little windy but it was worth it. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay there. We ended up sleeping there in a little Motel…I stopped there to go to the loo but my husband was touched by the owner’s kind gesture of letting me in one of the rooms to use her washroom that he decided we should sleep there. Total win and no regrets! Hillcrest Motel is literally 1 minute drive from downtown Saint John. We didn’t struggle to find anything and the sleep was super comfortable…to use it was just a wonderful place to sleep in and the view was phenomenal. For the price, we were pretty content.

Our first stop there was the Irving Nature Park and it was beyond words…just acres and acres of beautiful land and colorful trees…600 to be exact and this park had the most beautiful view of the shore and we had a chance to snap picture of the trees and the water since the water levels were lower the time we arrived. The sand was magical…the ripple marks were like a mesmerizing painted canvas and I couldn’t help but snap photos of that too!

We then headed off to the Reversing Falls and that’s where my husband just went bananas! He couldn’t believe the view and was laughing his head off in admiration (of course) and awe. I swear, it’s like watching a baby take his first steps or something…it’s super freaking adorable and super touching <3

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So basically…there are 3 different types of tides and a series of rapids that meet to create the reversing effect. The waters go through a narrow gorge before emptying into the Bay of Fundy and so the “falls” are created. It’s quite fascinating actually and a little bit scary…when you seriously think about it and wonder how the hell you would ever get out of there if you’d ever fall! After walking around a bit and going up the bridge and over…we decided to head on over to our next little stop before the sun set. We had enough time to drive over to see a little bit of that sunset over at Fort Howe National Historic Site. I know there wasn’t much to do but enjoy the view…but this exactly what we did. The view of Saint John was magical and the harbour was super impressive…especially with the massive boats and all the yachts. It’s definitely a view to remember.

The fort was built in 1777 by the British to protect Saint John from American raids. There was a little block house but unfortunately it was closed…so we couldn’t get inside. Nonetheless, we got to touch and see a little bit of history.

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We got a little hungry after walking around the city and decided to finish off our days in a little bit of a walk around downtown Saint John. The houses were so colorful, little and just overall cute. It made me want to live there! Just so I can own a pink house (haha!).

Walking around the port was very romantic and cold..but we finished off our night on a high note and we made plans to come back to Saint John because it has a little special place in our hearts.

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Next stop…Fredericton

…..our second stop in our little honeymoon was Fredericton! The capital of New Brunswick. We were thrilled to have finally crossed the little border from Quebec to NB and we could’t wait to discover what’s out there. Fredericton was a new for both him and I. We slept in Fredericton and so we took more time to walk around and although I don’t have many pictures to show its beauty…we still had loads of fun. It wasn’t the highlight of our trip but we for sure are super grateful to have discovered it!

We went on a little bit of a hike in Odell Park, it was sunny and perfect. The air smelled like fall…you know that yummy leaves scent…ugh, I can’t get over it! There were loads of people hiking as well…so it wasn’t too Blair Witch-y. It’s obviously a huge park and so we wouldn’t have had the time to walk around it all, but we got it out of our system. It was a little weird for hubs at first, because he kept hearing the animal’s voices/sounds and so he kept asking what everything was..so cute! We then got a chance to see the Fredericton Botanic Garden. This garden was founded and created by the wonderful people of Fredericton as a community project and 50 years later it’s still going strong and it’s always open!

We then hopped in the car to get to downtown Fredericton the sightsee around the city and go see the lighthouse. Hubs was obviously excited because he saw the justice/court house (he’s a lawyer ps) and couldn’t help but take photos of everything related to his job around our trip.

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The lighthouse was super cute…the city was clean and the weather was amazing and so we enjoyed everything we saw. Canada is super filled with history and we both learned a lot during our visit to Fredericton. We can totes see how Canadians are very proud of their heritage.

We were on a schedule to get to Saint John and had spent too much time walking around town and checking out the mall a little…so we decided to hop to our last stop in Fredericton and get to our last stop there; the Mactaquac Dam. I know that there were loads of mixed reviews on Tripadvisor but I was super glad we took the time and detoured to see it. The sight is pretty scary and amazing all at once. I mean there’s only the dam that you can see but it was totes worth it. We got to sit for a little and enjoyed the view…then we headed to our next destination.

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I think Fredericton is beautiful and has nice spots to visit but…I mean you can skip it. I am glad we took the time to put it on our list nonetheless…it made the trip super exciting, because we got to compared cities and decide which one we loved most and which one we’d visit again.

So…thank you Fredericton for having us and for being nice to us!!!