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Parlee Beach Provincial Park, NB

Wednesday, July 14, 2004 - 3:00pm by Lolo
107 miles and 2.5 hours from our last stop - 1 night stay


After St. Martins, we drove another 3 hours or so to the Parlee Beach Provincial Park on the Northumberland Strait side of New Brunswick--only about 35 miles from Nova Scotia. Parlee Beach is an extremely popular beach destination for New Brunswick families, so we were pretty fortunate to get a site at the Provincial Park Campground. Unfortunately, however, the campground was not near the beach, but almost a 1-mile drive away. This might not sound like much, but after a long day of driving, it would have been nice to be able to just hookup the RV and walk down to the beach. Instead, we had to drive and only returned to the campground around 10:00 that night to sleep. We find that this happens a lot with State Parks in the U.S. and Provincial Parks in Canada. The campground guides tell you there's a beach, but they leave out the fact that it is actually miles away. It makes a big difference.

The beach was quite lovely though and the water was amazingly warm. It was hard to believe that we had started our day in winter jackets on foggy, damp Deer Island and now here we were in bathing suits in the warm waters of the Northumberland Strait. Things were looking up. I had told the kids that a trip to the Maritimes didn't mean we wouldn't be swimming, but after the frigid waters of Acadia, I don't think they believed me; but here we were on a beautiful, sandy beach with 75 degree water--warmer than anything you usually find north of the Carolinas.

After some time at the beach, I convinced the kids to accompany me on an exploratory bike ride. I've got this restless (and somewhat obsessive and annoying) tendency that isn't satisfied until I've checked out everything there is about a place. Herb, who doesn't have this same tendency and had driven for a greater part of the day, decided to stay back and shower and relax with a cocktail.

So off the boys and I went, past the volleyball courts and concession stands and then out of the park into a community of beach homes. Eventually, we found ourselves on a wharf with several bustling restaurants and outdoor cafes. This definitely seemed like the place to be at 7:00 in the evening, hanging out at a cafe watching the fishing boats come in. Also, this area claims to be the lobster capital of the world, so I have a feeling that the seafood is a big draw as well. Satisfied that we had gotten a taste of the area, we pedaled back to the RV, where we found Herb much relaxed and content.

Although Parlee Beach was a bit too developed for our taste, I can see why it is one of New Brunswick's most popular beach destinations--warm water, wide sandy beach, good beach facilities, and great restaurants. It reminded me a lot of some places along the Jersey shore. We, however, tend to gravitate to more remote, unsupervised types of beaches. I'm sure we'll find some; in fact, I have a few planned along the way.


Parlee Beach Provincial Park is located on the Northumberland Strait in the village of Point-du-Chene, near Shediac, New Brunswick. Its long sandy beaches and warm 75 degree waters make it one of Canada's most popular beaches. In fact, the Northumberland Strait has some of the warmest saltwater north of Virginia. Besides the beautiful beach, park facilities include a restaurant, amphitheater, changing pavilion, playground, and volleyball courts. The fee to enter the Park is $8 per vehicle. The Provincial Park also has a 165-site campground located a few miles from the beach.

The nearby town of Shediac, known as the Lobster Capital of the World, has numerous fine seafood restaurants. The wharf at Point-du-Chene also has several restaurants and outdoor cafes from which you can watch the fishing boats come in.

Roger Belliveau on December 13, 2009

I would like to comment please on the article about Parlee Beach , in Shediac ,NB .
It states on your page that the Provincial Campground is 3 miles away from the Beach .
I must say that this is not true . The Provincial Campground (Parlee Beach Provincial Campground ) is 1/8 of a mile from the waters' edge.
I know this for a fact as I live just above the Campground on the main st.
On the other hand , there are lots of Campgrounds around the area and , indeed , some of them are at least 1 and a 1/2 miles away ,(the farthest one from the Beach).
Thank you and greetings to all.

Herb on December 14, 2009

Hi Roger,
Thanks for your comment on the distance to the beach from the Provincial Campground. Even looking at the distance on the map it seems that it is less than 1 mile distance, and not the 3 miles that Lolo originally posted. I'll correct the description.
Safe travels,

Roger Belliveau on December 14, 2009

Many thanks Herb for replying, friend .
Off the record , the Beach used to belong to the Belliveau family here , but in 1960 or there abouts , the Federal Gov. expropriated it and a lot of land leaving the Beach .
The Beach before this was called the Belliveau Beach. We had 3 beach houses (commercial) and a Big dance hall. They tore down everything and started to make a Provincial park , but soon found that they would not have enough land to do what they intended.
So they started the Provincial Park that is now known as "Kougibouguac National Park" further North along the Northumberland Strait .
Enough of that I guess .
Again , thank you very much for the reply .

PS - Here's wishing you and all involved a very Merry Xmas and great health for the new year ..

Herb on December 16, 2009

Thank you Roger for the interesting bit of history. I think it enhances the travel experience when you have some background knowledge that doesn't always appear in the guidebooks.

Your wishes for good health are well timed. I just got home from a double knee arthroscopy yesterday. (I feel better than I have in 8 months!) - And while I was in surgical recovery Lorry got a phone call from her Mom saying she had fallen and couldn't get up. (Turns out she broke her shoulder and was on her way to the same hospital) - So it seems that good health increases in importance with increasing years.

I'd like to wish you and yours a Merry Xmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year as well.


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