New Brunswick: The Great Trail

New Brunswick contains over 900 km of the Great Trail and connects the PEI, Quebec, and Nova Scotia sections to each other. It is home to some enormous forests and the northern Appalachian Mountains. It is the only province to have both French and English listed as its official languages, and about 1/3 of the province considers themselves Francophone. You can probably get by without speaking fluent French here, but some basic conversational French would surely be an asset.

Fun Fact: New Brunswick’s Arboreal Emblem (AKA provincial tree) is the Balsam fir (Abies balsamea).

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Without any further ado, let’s get on to the trail sections.

Nova Scotia Border to Moncton

 Section Distance (km)  Type  Managing Body
Tidnish Bridge to Baie Verte 7.79 Paved Road None listed
Snowmobile Trail no 52 13.69 Natural Trail, Gravel Trail Chignecto Ship Railway

Liberal News

Chignecto Ship Railway 9.05 Natural Trail Chignecto Ship Railway

Liberal News

The Marshes 66.32 Gravel Trail Sentier NB Trail

Cape Jourimain Nature Centre

Dorchester to Sackville 14.3 Paved Road, Paved Trail None listed
Saint-Joseph to Dorchester 10.33 Paved Road None listed
Sentier de L’Etoile 39.48 Gravel Trail, Paved Road Sentier de l’Étoile
Riverfront Trail 19.5 Gravel Trail City of Dieppe

City of Moncton

Town of Riverview

Sentier NB Trail

Dobson Trail to Riverfront Trail 4.87 Paved Trail None listed
Dobson Trail 57.45 Natural Trail Sentier NB Trail

Fundy Hiking Trail Association

Town of Riverview

Moncton to Fredericton

In this area of New Brunswick, you can find some of the last red spruces in North America (specifically on the Dobson trail and the Fundy Footpath). That section is supposed to be a challenging but beautiful wilderness section of the GT. Areas of the trail along the Bay of Fundy can be quite cool, so be sure to bring appropriate clothing for the time of year.

Fun Fact: New Brunswick is supposedly home to the world’s oldest known red spruce tree, which counts in at over 445 years old.

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The famous Hopewell Rocks. At low tide, you can go out and see these incredible rock formations. They’re gorgeous and I highly recommend going. More info here.

 Section Distance (km)  Type  Managing Body
Fundy National Park 39.4 Natural Trail Sentier NB Trail
Tourism New Brunswick
Parks Canada
Fundy Footpath 43.17 Natural Trail Sentier NB Trail
Fundy Trail Parkway
Fundy Hiking Trail Association
Fundy Footpath
Fundy Trail Parkway 10.2 Gravel trail Sentier NB Trail
Fundy Trail Parkway
Tourism New Brunswick
St. Martins to Fundy Trail 9.84 Paved Road None listed
Hampton to St. Martins 38.85 Paved Road None listed
St. John to Hampton 46.98 Gravel Trail, Paved Road, Paved Trail None listed
City of St. John 23.99 Gravel Trail, Paved Road, Paved Trail Sentier NB Trail
City of St. John – Rockwood Park
City of St. John – Harbour Passage
Town of Grand Bay-Westfield 6.84 Gravel Trail, Paved Road Town of Grand Bay-Westfield
Sentier NB Trail
The Lower River Passage, St. John River 101.42 Water Trail The Lower River Passage
Town of Grand Bay-Westfield
Sentier NB Trail

The end of this section includes a 101-km water section (The Lower River Passage, St. John River). There seem to be multiple routes (guides can be purchased here).

Fredericton to Quebec Border

The northern tip of the New Brunswick Great Trail is located in the northeastern section of the Appalachian mountains.

 Section Distance (km)  Type  Managing Body
Lincoln Trail 22.4 Gravel Trail, Paved Trail City of Fredericton
Sentier NB Trail
Discover the Passage
Keswick Trail 14.54 Gravel Trail Sentier NB Trail
North Side Trail 18.86 Gravel Trail City of Fredericton
Valley and South Riverfront Trails 13.08 Gravel Trail City of Fredericton
Woodstock to Fredericton 97.53 Paved Road None listed
St. John River Trail 118.99 Gravel Trail Sentier NB Trail
Tourism New Brunswick
Grand Falls Connection 7.78 Gravel Trail, Paved Road None listed
Route 144 42.16 Paved Road None listed
City of Edmonston – St. Basile 6.89 Paved Road, Paved Trail Sentier NB Trail
Madawaska First Nation 1.74 Paved Road None listed
City of Edmonston East 0.72 Gravel Trail, Paved Trail Sentier NB Trail
Parc Linéaire Interprovincial Petit Témis 142.23 Gravel Trail, Paved Trail Parc linéaire interprovincial Petit Témis

The Petit Témis trail is made on converted road beds and is a good choice for all skill levels.

Logistics

The New Brunswick section of the GT traces through many small towns and larger cities, so resupply and finding town accommodations there should be easy.

Reservations will be required to camp in Fundy National Park. Other campgrounds in New Brunswick can be found here.

Additional Resources

There is a Sue Lebrecht mapbook for this section of the Great Trail (the Newfoundland one was well-recommended, so I assume this will be equally thorough). Check here for more information about local trail partners.

3 thoughts on “New Brunswick: The Great Trail

    1. Hi! Glad you’re interested in the Great Trail. Until recently, I didn’t know much about it either. It turns out I’d actually done a few sections without even knowing it! There’s lots more to come, so keep tuned.

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