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New Brunswick Province, St John, St Andrews and Passamaquoddy Bay

"The province of New Brunswick is roughly 200 miles or 320km long and 150 miles or 240km wide. Forested uplands make up the bulk of the province, with long river valleys that have furrowed the landscape.

The Saint John River snakes a tortuous route to the Bay of Fundy at the busy port of Saint John. Along with most of the settlements of southern New Brunswick, Saint John and Saint Andrews were founded by United Empire Loyalists, who were loyal to the British Crown and flied from what is now the United States during and after the Revolutionary War.

Their descendants, mingled with those of earlier British colonists, account for around sixty percent of the province's 725,000 inhabitants. Almost a third of the population are descendants of the early French Acadian settlers.

Some 130,000 people live in Saint John, making this the province's big city - it's much larger than Fredericton, the provincial capital - and although hard times have left the place frayed at the edges the city boasts a splendid sample of Victorian architecture.   While industry has scarred the Fundy coast hereabouts, there's still no denying the rugged charms of Saint John's setting, and within easy reach are the more pristine land and seascapes of Fundy National Park.

In the southwest corner of New Brunswick, abutting the state of Maine, lies Passamaquoddy Bay, a deeply indented and island-studded inlet of the Bay of Fundy whose sparsely populated shoreline is a bony, bumpy affair of forest, rock and swamp. The Fundy Islands archipelago are found at the mouth of Passamaquoddy Bay.

The prettiest of the region's coastal villages is Saint Andrews, a Loyalist settlement turned seaside resort, 85 miles or 135km south of Fredericton. Saint Andrews was once a busy fishing port and trading center but it is now a leafy resort with a laid-back, low-key air that makes for a restful place to spend a night. 

The town is at its best amongst the antique clapboard houses flanking King Street - which leads up the hill from the busy and the squat, minuscule Saint Andrews Blockhouse, a replica of the original wooden fort built in 1813 to protect the area from the Americans.

Here, accessible from the US by road and by ferry from mainland New Brunswick (via Deer Island), lies Campobello Island, the site of Franklin D. Roosevelt's immaculately maintained country home.

Finally, stuck out in the bay two hours by ferry from the Canadian mainland, is the far larger Grand Manan Island is a much wilder and more remote spot noted for its imposing sea cliffs and variety of bird life."

The information on this page was taken from:Canada Address:http://travel.roughguides.com/content/2963/10550.htm

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Canada: The Rough Guide
Tim Jepson, Phil Lee and Tania Smith 1998. Written and researched by Tim Jepson, Phil Lee and Tania Smith, with additional contributions by Kirk Marlow.

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