October 31, 2018
New Brunswick is known for its unique charms. From the high tides of the Bay of Fundy, to the Reversing Rapids in Saint John, to its absolutely breathtaking National Parks, this province is full of sites to see. That said, for all its natural beauty, there are several surprising attractions in New Brunswick that continues to draw visitors from all over the world—covered bridges! Over 50 of these beautiful relics from a bygone era are still in use here in New Brunswick, and many are within a short driving distance from Saint John and the mv Fundy Rose. If you have your heart set on checking out one of these wonderful bridges, you’re in luck! Here are 10 covered bridges located within a short driving distance of Saint John.
This darling of a bridge is a favourite of photographers. Since being built in 1914, this bridge has helped connect the residents of Darlings Island to the mainland. Located to the northeast of Saint John, the Darlings Island Bridge is a quick 20-minute drive from downtown.
Swimmers and sunbathers will love paying a visit to the Smithtown Bridge near Hampton. That’s because this 104-year old bridge is above a very popular swimming hole in the area. Come see this lovely piece of history, and then go for a relaxing dip in the water. Sounds like a perfect day to us!
Originally built in 1910, the Little Lepreau River Bridge near Mill Pond is no longer in service, but it’s still standing and waiting for you to visit. Located about 28 minutes southwest of Saint John, the Little Lepreau River Bridge is over 100-feet long.
91-years old and 94-feet long, the Tynemouth Creek Bridge is located approximately 40 minutes east of Saint John. Time your visit to coincide with the tide being out for an opportunity to get a unique look at the bridge—from below!
If you’d like to see two covered bridges on one trip, make your way to Saint Martins, about one hour east of Saint John. Here, you’ll find the Vaughn Creek Covered Bridge, as well as the Hardscrabble Covered Bridge. These bridges are short and sweet, but you won’t find any closer together in the entire province!
Bayswater Bridge is located in Kings County—the covered bridge capital of Atlantic Canada—about 40 minutes northwest of Saint John. Built in 1920, the Bayswater Bridge is over 200-feet long and is still used on a daily basis by locals and tourists alike.
The Bloomfield Creek Bridge, located 30 minutes northeast of Saint John, is a 101-year old beauty that is driven daily by hundreds of commuters. At 146-feet in length, it’s a great example of the appealing design of these turn-of-the-century bridges.
Adventure is waiting when you pay a visit to the Moosehorn Creek Bridge, located just over 30-minutes northeast of Saint John. That’s because this 103-year old bridge is located in the Stonehammer UNESCO Global Geopark, making it the perfect spot to discover even more of New Brunswick’s rich history.
We couldn’t write about covered bridges in New Brunswick without mentioning the Hartland Covered Bridge National Historic Site. After all, at over 1,200-feet, this is the longest covered bridge in the world! Not far from the bridge, you can visit the Covered Bridge Potato Chip Company. Named after—you guessed it—the Hartland Bridge, the factory offers tours for those interested in how potato chips are made, and a gift shop for those who would rather just eat them!
Known as “kissing bridges” because they were the perfect spot for young lovers to sneak a quick kiss in the old days, covered bridges offer a special glimpse into our region’s past. Come visit one for yourself today in New Brunswick—starting with a trip aboard the mv Fundy Rose of course! And be sure to share all of your favourite covered bridge photos with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. We can’t wait to see them!