Monday, July 16, 2018

Our road trip through Drummondville to Edmundston and Grand Falls, New Brunswick

new brunswick botanical garden
After our stay in Parc Omega, we stayed a night in Drummondville, Québec before heading to Edmundston, New Brunswick. This year we took a different route compared to our last visit to New Brunswick. We were able to see different parts of New Brunswick by taking the Fundy Coastal drive and entered through Edmundston, which is near the borders of Québec and Maine, USA.

Places we stayed...
drummondville quebec quality suites
In Drummondville, Québec we stayed at the Quality Suites in a newly renovated two queen bed suite. We highly recommend this hotel, if you choose to do a stopover here. We didn't do any activities in the area, just relaxed at the hotel before we headed to Edmundston. 
drummondville quebec quality suites
The two queen beds were separated by a door. The room with the bed further away from the door is close to a window that over looks the parking lot. This room has an office table and chair. The other bed area has a television, relaxing chair, table with two bar chairs, a kitchenette with a microwave, fridge, coffee maker, dinnerware, and cutlery. The bathroom has all the standard equipment such as a hair dryer and iron. At the reception area they have complimentary tea, hot chocolate, different types of coffee, and juice. The complimentary breakfast buffet has a good selection. They have an indoor pool and a fitness room. If you are planning to travel from Ontario through Québec to the Atlantic provinces, this hotel would be a good spot to relax.   
days inn edmundston
On our way into Edmundston we stayed at Days Inn. This hotel was a little dated, and the rooms were basic. The upstairs room we stayed at didn't have a microwave, but we were welcome to use the one at the breakfast area. There is a fridge and a coffee machine in the room. The beds were okay, and the bathroom had all the basic equipment. There were not many options for breakfast.
new brunswick best western plus edmundston
On our way back to Edmundston from Prince Edward Island, we stayed at Best Western Plus, which we prefer over the Days Inn. Although, Best Western Plus was a little crowded, we found the beds to be more comfortable. The room is equipped with a microwave, fridge, coffee machine. We used the self service laundry area in the hotel, and they only had one working washing machine and dryer which were a little old. The Best Western Plus breakfast is also complimentary and had more options.   

Places we visited...
new brunswick botanical garden
Beside "de la République" provincial park we visited the botanical garden and the antique automobile museum.
new brunswick botanical garden
We spent a couple of hours to explore the garden, and enjoy its serene space. We started our journey through their small indoor space dedicated to butterflies. 
new brunswick botanical garden
new brunswick botanical garden
new brunswick botanical garden
new brunswick botanical garden
new brunswick botanical garden
new brunswick botanical garden
new brunswick botanical garden
new brunswick botanical garden
The garden has a variety of flowering annuals, perennials, roses, culinary garden with medicinal plants and aromatics, alpine garden, shade garden, coniferous, and flowery brook. 
new brunswick botanical garden
We enjoyed visiting and checking out the awesome woodcarving by Luc Cyr the resident artist, sculptor, and storyteller. He showed how he does the carvings using different tools, and made a pencil topper for all of us to have as a souvenir. 
new brunswick botanical garden
new brunswick botanical garden
We enjoyed sitting inside the gazebo and watching the geese. 
new brunswick botanical garden
Passing the woodcarving artists gazebo, there is a celestial garden, which is a contemporary stone circle with 12 monoliths called the Khronos. 
new brunswick botanical garden
There are lots of water features throughout the garden. The different colours and fragrances of the flowers felt rejuvenating. 
new brunswick botanical garden
Cafe Flora has home-style food, which we can enjoy inside or in their patio that overlooks the garden.   
new brunswick antique automobile museum
The antique automobile museum is an informative place for children and adults to learn the advances of the automobile industry. This museum was opened by the provincial government in 1976. 
new brunswick antique automobile museum

new brunswick antique automobile museum
new brunswick antique automobile museum
The museum has one of the 2880 Bricklins built during the 15 months that New Brunswick's only car manufacturing plant was functioning. There are cars, two fire trucks, an International tractor, farm machinery, and a collection of model cars.  

new brunswick antique automobile museum
We can see how the engines worked, and the simple beginning of motor vehicles. They had used materials like wood and shoelaces in the exterior of cars. 
new brunswick antique automobile museum
We learned about different types of vehicles from the 1800s and 1900s. We saw the early road signs, and licence plates. It was amazing to see how far we have come, and the difference technology has made.   
new brunswick antique automobile museum
During our drive from Edmundston to Miramichi, we went through Grand Falls. It has the largest waterfall in New Brunswick, and the roaring waters have created the gorge.
new brunswick grand fall gorge
The changing waterfall during the spring freshet gets six million litres of water, which is 9/10ths of Niagara Falls fall every second. A few months later all the water is diverted to the power plant. There are a few different activities like zipline over the gorge, a museum, and more to do at the Grand Falls area. 
new brunswick grand fall gorge
Read about what we did in Miramichi, New Brunswick in our upcoming post.

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6 comments:

  1. Ohhh I love the botanical gardens!

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  2. What a unique place to visit. I love the accomodations.

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  3. The botanical garden is so beautiful! I grew up in Edmundston. MY parents are no longer with us but my sister still live there. It is a very small city.

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  4. beautiful areas! love to visit one day!

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  5. I have always wanted to go on a road trip out East and visit my roots and have sea food.

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  6. Debbie White-BeattieOctober 18, 2018 at 4:50 AM

    This looks like such a beautiful place and I love the history they have on display

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