Road Trip

 
This wood covered bridge in Hartland, New Brunswick is the longest wood covered bridge in the world.

This wood covered bridge in Hartland, New Brunswick is the longest wood covered bridge in the world.

Hi! Celine here!

I am someone who thoroughly enjoys driving, and as such, I do so whenever I get the chance. In fact, I recently went on a road trip with three of my friends from Truro, Nova Scotia. We had a great ride – a classic old station wagon - and family to visit in Kingston, Ontario, so we decided we would pay them a visit!

We started driving early Wednesday morning, with the goal for the day to reach Quebec City and have some fun getting there. We didn’t use our navigation system unless we were really lost. We used as many old highways as possible. When you stay off the highways you see so many more beautiful sights and you come across a lot of fun stops; , and many of those usually only the locals know about - which means you know they are good!

Going “old school” with a map, and without highways, you come across some pretty cool things. We stumbled upon a very cool wood covered bridge. This bridge lies in Hartland, New Brunswick, and is the longest wood covered bridge in the world. This 390 meter (1,282-ft.) bridge was officially opened on July 4th, 1901 and dates back to the time when people were using a horse and carriage to get around. The bridge was covered in 1920-1921 and it was then it became the landmark it is today.

Along our journey, we found some stellar microbreweries. One of the breweries we saw was Railcar Brewing Company in Florenceville-Bristol in New Brunswick. This brewery is a nano-brewery, they offer growler fills for 1L or 2L bottles of fresh beer, a wide selection of craft beer from the maritime and beyond, and a variety of high-quality merchandise. We made sure we decided who was going to be driving next so that the rest could dive into some local beers. We were the only customers since it was still pretty early and we tried some pretty good craft beers. Not only were the beers delicious, we also had a lot of fun and got to hear some great stories from the bartender, who also happened to be the owner!

These are just two of the highlights from our adventure, but two of our favs! We got to see some amazing things we wouldn’t have seen traveling by highway. I highly recommend taking some back roads and old highways once in a while to see what else the areas you’re traveling through have to offer when you travel out of bounds!