Postcards from New Brunswick

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Words by Dalene Heck / Photography by Dalene & Pete Heck

Our friend Alison grew up in New Brunswick but for a long time lived in Europe. Recently, she returned home and shared a view that many expats or long-term travellers have: that of a new appreciation for that place from which she came. That included the realization of how exceptional her home province is, in all of its beauty, and specifically the unique shapes accorded by the strength of the Bay of Fundy tides. “I never thought about the tides as special before,” she said. “They were just there.”

I get it. I have said the same thing about growing up with the constant opportunity to see the northern lightsThey were just there. It wasn’t until I left that I learned what a remarkable phenomenon they truly are.

For us, like it is for many who see the northern lights for the first time, the tides of the Bay enraptured us completely, day after day. It wasn’t enough to view them, we photographed them from every angle and bounced around in kayaks on top of them. In fact, their effect grace so many of our final photos from the province that you may believe that is all we did.

But our newfound love extends beyond the shoreline — it’s in the charming cities, the welcoming people, the animals who wowed us, and the nourishing energy we felt. The production of every single one of our photos and words come from a place of pure and sincere admiration. Our awe of New Brunswick may be new to us, but this most certainly will not have been our last visit.

Fredericton Twilight, New Brunswick
Swallowtail Lighthouse - Grand Manan, New Brunswick
Hopewell Rocks, New Brunswick
Tides Out - New Brunswick
Tidal Bore - Moncton, New Brunswick
Morning Paddle - Blacks Harbour, New Brunswick
Lobster Traps, New Brunswick
Grand Manan North Head
Fredericton Walking Bridge
Fredericton Farmers Market
Deep Cove Beach - Grand Manan, New Brunswick
St. Martins, New Brunswick
Grand Manan Sunrise
Grand Manan Whale Watching
Kouchibouguac National Park
Hopewell Rocks Sunrise
Early Rise - Grand Manan, New Brunswick
Grand Manan Seal Cove
Long Beach Fog, New Brunswick
Long Beach, Bay of Fundy
South Head Cliffs - Grand Manan, New Brunswick
Blacks Harbour Ferry - New Brunswick
Pays de la Sagouine - New Brunswick
Lobster Trap - Acadian Style

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  1. Great postcards! The sunset of Hopewell Rocks is my favorite of the bunch.

    I grew up in New Brunswick, but lived in Calgary, Alberta for 10 years before moving to San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua. I’ve been there for almost five years now. Like your friend Alison, when I return to Canada for visits I have a completely new appreciation for all the beauty in my home country.


  2. Beautiful. Simply beautiful.

    I grew up in Fredericton so I’m partial to those photos, but they are all great and remind me of many happy memories from growing up there and from my trip back home a week ago.

    Currently I’m living in Texas so I don’t get back to NB very often as I’m often out exploring other parts of the world when I do get vacation time. This past trip though really reminded me of the beauty of my own country and province and I appreciated it (and miss it!) more now then I ever have in the almost 20 years since I’ve been gone.

  3. What a stunning tribute to NB guys. I’m so glad you discovered what I’ve been (re)discovering; New Brunswick really is Canada’s hidden gem.

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