6 Fall Family Activities In New Brunswick

Fall is definitely my favourite season! The cooler weather and all the fun family activities just make it so special. I wanted to share with you some great ideas for exploring our beautiful province this autumn. We’ve put together a list of six fall family activities in New Brunswick that are sure to be a hit!

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

If you’re looking for a fun activity this fall, consider visiting a U-pick apple orchard! Make sure to plan ahead and check what apple varieties will be available during your visit. And don’t forget to try out some delicious apple recipes, in addition to snacking on the fresh apples.

Find New Brunswick Apple U-Picks near you (including an Interactive Map!). Visit our Apple Recipe Idea Board on Pinterest.

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.

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. Open Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. Open every weekend till Halloween. The bounce pad, straw mountain, and play are open as well.
  • Florenceville-Bristol – Hunter Brothers Farm is open weekends from 10 am to 6 pm for their corn maze, wagon rides, and their Adventure Farm of 20 activities for families to enjoy! Order tickets online in advance to avoid disappointment.
  • Miramichi – Fletchers Farm has a corn maze, located at 99 Rasche St., Nelson-Miramichi. Open most days 11 am to 6 pm (click the link for updates). Admission includes access to two mazes, a sunflower field, one free sunflower per customer (while supplies last), unlimited pedal karts, access to the farm park, and wagon rides!
  • 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 Rd 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 weekends. (Not updated for 2023 yet)
  • Hillsborough – Milton Mile Farm corn maze is located at 800 Dawson Road. Admission is $5 a person. They take debit, credit, and cash. The sunflowers are starting to go but they still have lots of beautiful blooms $1 a flower.
  • 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.

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 17 – Open Farm Day In New Brunswick New Brunswick farms will host the 23rd annual Open Farm Day event, inviting you to explore and experience their farm. Check the link to see participating farms.
  • September 14 – 17 – Saint-Antoine Fall Colours Festival The Saint-Antoine Fall Colors Festival is an annual festive event that has been very successful since the beginning. The organizing committee, composed of citizens of Saint-Antoine and representatives of various community organizations, organizes a variety of recreational activities for all age groups.
  • September 22 – 24 – Riverview Harvest Fest  Check out the full schedule of activities, workshops, and business specials for more info.
  • September 23 – Annual Harvest Festival which takes place at La Promenade Waterfront in Bathurst. More Info
  • October 5 thru 8th, 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 – The Neguac Giant Pumpkin Provincial Festival. The current record to beat is 1721 lbs!!
  • October 4 – 8: 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. 
  • October 7 & 8 – Fall Festival of Colours, Crabbe Mountain
  • October 14 & 15 – Pokeshaw Cranberry Festival – A two-day festival surrounding the cranberry fields in Pokeshaw. Bilingual tours of the Canwick Cranberry fields on Saturday and Sunday. At the Pokeshaw recreation centre: food and desserts made by local crafters are available on both days, and a music and activities night.

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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