Fall has arrived and I have to admit, it is my favourite season. There are so many fun family activities to enjoy in the cooler weather. We’ve compiled a list of 6 Fall Family Activities in New Brunswick to help you explore our beautiful province this Fall!
Visit A Farmer’s Market in New Brunswick
It is the perfect time of year to visit a Farmer’s Market in New Brunswick. In addition to the lovely weather, there is a good selection of seasonal items available. Apples, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, and butternut squash are among the things available during autumn.
Check out our list of New Brunswick Farmer’s Markets, including a map and details.
Go Apple Picking
There are many apple orchards that are open for u-pick beginning in late August and continuing into October. Be sure to plan ahead and learn what varieties are available at the time you plan to go. There are some excellent apple recipes you can try, or simply pick to eat as a snack.
Pick Your Pumpkin At A Pumpkin Patch
Pumpkins are a universal sign of Fall! In addition to decorating, carving, and eating them, picking out your own, right from the field can be a fun family outing. There are several options for Pumpkin U-Picks in New Brunswick.
- Aulac – Trueman Blueberry Farms has u-pick pumpkins and all kinds of other fall fun! They are located at 255 Etter Ridge Road in Aulac Sackville.
- Memramcook – Petits Fruits de Pré-d’en-haut offers a pumpkin u-pick from late September until after Thanksgiving. Open weekends, they offer a wagon ride out to the pumpkin patch and are located at
- Belleisle Creek – Pope’s pumpkin u-pick is open Oct 1st and 2nd at Belleisle Farms located at 843 route 870 Belleisle Creek.
- Cocagne – Le Verger Goguen offers a u-pick pumpkin patch as well as apples, located at 401 Whites Settlement Rd in Cocagne.
- Keswick Ridge – Coburn Farms has a pumpkin u-pick, many lovely displays (including a pumpkin house), other produce to pick or purchase, and more.
Have Fun In A Corn Maze
Visiting a corn maze is a classic Fall family activity. New Brunswick has many options, and we are sure there are some large and small options close to you. Here are just a few from around the province:
- Aulac – Truman Blueberry Farm offers a corn maze, potato launcher, jumbo jumper, bakery, wagon rides, pumpkins, corn, and more! Located at 255 Etter Ridge Road, Aulac Sackville, NB
- Salisbury- Green Pig Corn Maze is located at 2927 Fredericton Road in Salisbury. The Salisbury Corn Maze will be open daily from 10 am to 5 pm starting September 30th until the end of October.
- Florenceville-Bristol – Hunter Brothers Farm is open Monday to Friday from 10 am to 6 pm for their corn maze and weekends offering wagon rides and their Adventure Farm of 20 activities for families to enjoy!
- Miramichi – Fletchers Farm has 2 corn mazes, located at 99 Rasche St., Nelson-Miramichi. Open most days 11am to 6 pm (click the link for daily updates). In addition to the corn mazes, they are offering wagon rides, a petting farm, pedal carts, and giant straw mountain and tunnel slides.
- Keswick – River View Orchard offers a corn maze, apple picking, wagon rides, pumpkins and more, located at 251 Rt. 616 in Keswick, NB. They are open daily 10 am to 6 pm, and 10 am to 5 pm on Sundays.
- Sussex – Freddy’s New Frenchy’s corn maze is located at 18 Wheeler road Sussex, NB
- Keirsteadville – The Bates Family Orchard is located at 1222 Route 850, Keirsteadville offers Apple u-pick with plenty of photo-worthy displays and a corn maze. Visit their Facebook page for up-to-date information on times and activities.
- Dawson Settlement – The Milton Mile Farm located at 800 Dawson road, Dawson settlement, offers a corn maze on Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 5pm.
- Hillsborough – Farmer Brown’s Greenhouse offers a straw bale maze (not a corn maze, but still loads of fun!). They are located at 371 Osborne Corner Rd in Hillsborough. Plus, they have a Halloween bash for the kids, check out ore info on our Halloween Post!
Enjoy Family-Friendly Hikes to Fall Colours in New Brunswick
Hiking in the Fall has many advantages, including, cooler temperatures, fewer bugs, and breathtaking scenery and foliage! Below are a few ideas for some family-friendly Fall hikes in New Brunswick. Peak fall foliage viewing is usually from late September thru early October.
- Bathurst – The Elf Trail near Youghall Beach Park at 1135 Youghall Dr in Bathurst is a lovely little walk in the woods with bird feeders, benches, and an elf home for the whole family to enjoy! More info from fellow blogger Jenna from There’s A Shoe For That. Another group of trails that is worth checking out with the family is Daly Point Nature Reserve, located at 2105 Carron Dr in Bathurst. Offering splendid views both forest and coastal for your enjoyment.
- Mount Carleton – Mount Carleton Provincial Park is a hiking paradise. Whether you’re looking for a wheelchair-accessible trail or a challenging climb like Mount Bailey, there’s an adventure for everyone.
- Rivière-Verte – 360 degrees of colours – Take in the colourful fall mountain scenery. On October 8th, hike at the “Mont Pointu” and enjoy family activities. More Details
- Miscou Island – On Miscou Island, which is only 24 km long and 16 km wide, there are 8 peat bogs that cover 45% of its surface area. Larger ones are found around the historic lighthouse in the center of the island. You can hike the Peat Bog Boardwalk area and discover its captivating landscapes that resemble an endless sea of scarlet.
- Miramichi – French Fort Cove Nature Park offers breathtaking colourful displays while walking, hiking and biking the trails and boardwalk.
- Memramcook – Haute de Rouisseau Nature Park offers groomed and ungroomed family-friendly hiking options.
- Moncton – Easy family hiking trails offer fall colour views at Irishtown and Mapleton Nature Parks as well as many family activities at Centennial Park.
- Alma – Fundy National Park offers some lovely family-friendly trails and look offs to enjoy the fall foliage. Check out the Dickson Falls trail for a walk through the forest to a lovely waterfall or stroll the boardwalk and more level trail at Caribou Plain for colourful bogs and various forest views.
- Saint John – Rockwood Park, right in the city offers lovely fall colours, especially around Lily Lake and Fisher Lakes. Or head out to the Kennebecasis Valley and walk along the river trail through Renforth to experience the colours along the river or venture to Spyglass Hill for breathtaking views of rolling hills and the river.
- Fredericton – Explore 120 km of trails in Fredericton. View their Trails Brochure HERE
- Meductic – Just north of Meductic you can explore the Maliseet Trail and Hays Falls for a lovely family hike in the Fall. (This is a trail I did several times while going to college. It is beautiful.)
While these options are all hiking locations, there are many additional Fall Foliage viewing options you can drive through or drive to. Taking the back roads will often reveal glorious fall views. Get out and explore NB!
For more fall foliage guides & viewpoints in New Brunswick, visit Tourism NB.
Fall Family Festivals
Each fall there are many family fall or harvest festivals throughout New Brunswick. Here are a few you can still take advantage of this season.
- September 29th thru October 2nd, 2022 – The Grand Grouille at the New Brunswick Botanical Gardens in Edmunston. The Grande grouille d’automne is a colourful festival. The Garden is completely transformed with enchanting scenery and lots of entertainment. Tickets and more information are available here.
- October 1 – Annual Harvest Festival which takes place at La Promenade Waterfront in Bathurst. More Info
- October 2 – The Neguac Giant Pumpkin Provincial Festival. The current record to beat is 1721 lbs!!
- October 8 & 9 – Fall Festival at Poley Mountain in Sussex, 10 am to 4 pm both days. Ride the lift, hike the trails, photo booth, pumpkin games, live entertainment, and more.
- October 8 – Fall Festival of Colours, Crabbe Mountain
- October 5 – 9: The Kedgwick Fall Festival – There will be concerts, a parade, hunting activities, a lumberjack competition, musical entertainment, and more. The Kedgwick Fall Festival celebrates our local heritage, the culture of the region, and the richness of the people who live there, with an emphasis on diversity and family. More Info
- October 15 & 16 – Pokeshaw Cranberry Festival – A two-day festival surrounding the cranberry fields in Pokeshaw. Bilingual tours of the Canwick Cranberry fields on Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 1 pm. At the Pokeshaw recreation centre: food and desserts made by local crafters are available on both days, and a music and activities night. More Info
- October – Rendez-vous d’automne festival – This fall festival will offer many activities that take place throughout October in the village of Memramcook. Details will be available on their Facebook Page.
We hope you have found some inspiration for Family Activities to do right here in New Brunswick this Fall. We also have some other Fall posts you may enjoy:
Enjoy the Fall season in New Brunswick and be sure to get outside when the colours are bright and the fresh air is cool!
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