New Brunswick: Highway #2 between Grand Falls and Fredericton, New Brunswick



Grand Falls Gorge, on the upper St John River

Here is the itinerary for the 214 km along Highway #2 between Grand Falls and Fredericton:

This stretch of the Trans-Canada Highway follows the wide and majestic Saint John River. The river has eroded its path through gravel banks left behind by the glaciers of the last Ice Age. At spots you can see the terraces of gravel left behind alongside the river, and on the flatter areas large deposits of sand and silt have made the upper Saint John River valley ideal for growing potatoes. International potato (and frozen vegetable) giant McCain Foods is headquartered at Florenceville. The firm started with one farm in 1957 and today processes nearly one-third of the world's French fries, with 22,000 employees at 55 facilities on six continents

Boyce Farmers Market, in Fredericton The river also has a number of power dams, to provide power for the province's residents and large industries. The dams also make water levels more stab le after rain storms, and during Spring floods. These dams are at Grand Falls, Tobique (on the Pokiok River tributary), Beechwood (bout 64 km S of Grand Falls), with the largest being the Mactaquac Dam, about 20 km west of Fredericton, with a provincial park using the waters behind the dam, a marina, a campground, golf course, and a craft village.


Mactaquac Dam, west of Fredericton The other feature characteristic to New Brunswick is the covered bridge. These were built to protect the long wooden bridges crossing the area's wide rivers. With the amount of rain and snowfall in the region, the roof protected the bridges understructure from rot, and also reduced snow clearing effort and provided privacy to young couples who called them "kissug bridges". ( for info and for photos) There are 64 covered brides still standing, with the world's longest being 391 metre (1282 ft) bridge across the Saint John River at Hartland, just south of the Trans-Canada's crossing of the river.

The river also has a number of power dams, to provide power for the province's residents and large industries. The dams also make water levels more stab le after rain storms, and during Spring floods. These dams are at Grand Falls, Tobique (on the Pokiok River tributary), Beechwood (bout 64 km S of Grand Falls), with the largest being the Mactaquac Dam, about 20 km west of Fredericton, with a provincial park using the waters behind the dam, a marina, a campground, golf course, and a craft village.

World's Largest Axe, at Nackawic Just west of Fredericton, is Kings Landing Historical Settlement, a historical re-creation of am 1860s era New Brunswick village, at the time the province was joining Confederation. The village has 70 restored buildings (many moved from lands that were later flooded by the Mactacuac Dam), complete with artifacts and period machinery, staffed by costumed re-enactors.

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-23  Shirley Rd underpass (no access) (Oromocto)  59.1 
-20  Exit #306: junction Highway #7, S to Geary (5 km), Saint John (103 km) (Oromocto)  31.4 
-19  Route 660 underpass (no access) (Oromocto)  20.4 
-17  Exit #303: Miramichi Rd, Oromocto and access to CFB Gagetown (Oromocto)  22.6 
-15  Exit: #301: Waasis Rd, access to CFG Gagetown, highway 102 access to Fredericton Airport (Oromocto)  21.6 
-14.5  Bridge over Oromocto River (Oromocto)  4.9 
-14  Hwy 655 Wilsey Rd (no access) to Fredericton airport (Oromocto)  9.8 
-11  Exit #297: Nevers Rd, access to Fredericton airport, all services (Fredericton)  21 
-10  Exit #294: junction #7 Vanier Highway, WB access N into Fredericton, all services (Fredericton)  38.1 
Exit: #285: junction #101, S to New Maryland (2 km), N into Fredericton, all services (Fredericton)  105.2 
Highway 640 Hanwell Rd underpass (no access) (Fredericton)  105.8 
Exit #280: junction highway #8, N into Fredericton, all services (Fredericton)  94.2 
Deerwood Drive overpass (no access) (Fredericton)  140.5 
12  Exit #271 Mazerolle Settlement Rd, access to highway #640, W to Kingsclear Indian Reserve 6 (Fredericton)  111.6 
25  Exit #258 Junction of Highway #3 & highway #102. E to community of Kingsclear, city of Fredericton. W on highway #3 to community of Harvey & St. Stephen. E via highway #102 Mactaquac Provincialů 77.4 
30  Exit #253 Junction of Highway's #635, #636 Kings Landing Settlement, living-history exhibit about United Empire Loyalist settlers, on the banks of the majestic Saint John River (Kings Landing)  94.8 
37  Community of Prince William Access from highway 47.5 
42  Community of Dumfries Services at highway, fuel (Dumfries)  39.9 
49  Community of Hawkshaw Access from highway 40.5 
51  Exit # 232 Community of Pokiok. Services at highway. Access to highway #105. NE to community of Nackawic (Pokiok)  34.4 
51.2  Crossing Pokiok Stream (Pokiok)  33.8 
53  Roadside Highway Turnout With view point. North side of highway 41.8 
62  Access to Charlie Lake 123.4 
71  Junction of Highway #122 S to community of Canterbury (12 km) 83.5 
75  Exit #212 W to community of Benton 80.5 
75.6  Crossing the Eel River 36 
76  Community of Meductic, services at highway (Meductic)  46 
81  Access to Community of Debec West side of highway 57.6 
84  Exit 199 Junction of Highway #103 North to town of Woodstock. 34.1 
87.5  Hodgdon Rd intersection 89.3 
88  Passing through Woodstock 23 Indian Reservation 97.8 
90  Exit #191 (old #94) Beardsley Road Access to Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park camping 121.6 
93.4  Exit #188 Junction of Highway #555 East to town of Woodstock Town of Woodstock Info (Woodstock)  89.6 
94  Exit #187 to community of Houlton, Maine and access to U.S.A. Interstate 95, W (Woodstock)  81.4 
95  bridge across Meduxnekeag River (Woodstock)  61 
96  Highway 550 interchange (Woodstock)  89.6 
96.5  Exit #185 E to community of Woodstock (4 km)& Bloomfield. Services at highway. Highway 2 is twinned from this point south. (Woodstock)  105.2 
99  Junction of Highway #560 East to community of Woodstock. North to community of Hartford (Woodstock)  126.2 
107  Roseville Rd, community of Lakeville, services at highway 101.5 
108  Community of Waterville East side of highway 120.7 
112  Junction Hwy 103, S to services, Hartland covered bridge across Saint John River ( 1 km) 73.2 
112.5  Bridge crossing the Saint John River 42.1 
113  Exit #170 Junction scenic highway #105, S to town of Hartland, all services and accommodation 44.5 
114  Junction of Highway #104 East to community of Coldstream 103.6 
119  Exit 164: Landsdowne Rd Interchange 150.3 
121  Chemin Lumber intersection 122.5 
126  Allison Rd intersection 121 
128  Exit #153 Access to highway #105 (Florenceville)  57 
129  Bridge across Saint John River (Florenceville)  55.5 
130  Exit #153 Junction of Highway #110 E to communities of Florenceville, Bristol (5 km), Glassville (18 km) W to community of Centreville (8 km) (Florenceville)  65.5 
133  Stacey Road West side of highway, access to campground, via Stacey Road (Florenceville)  59.1 
134  Noah's Park Campground 76.2 
137  Roadside Turnout with viewpoint on south side 97.8 
143  Dam Rd, E side of hwy, view of dam 72.2 
144  Spencer Rd, and view of Florence Lake 60 
147  River Country Campground 88.4 
150  Junction of Highway #560 E to community of Riviere de Chute, W to US border crossing (Riviere de Chute)  91.1 
152  Community of Bairdsville, access from highway 100.3 
159  Services at highway 91.1 
166.3  road on W side 132 
168  Route 190 s exit to Perth-Andover (Perth-Andover)  128 
171  Exit #112 Route 190, E to community of Perth-Andover, all services. W to US border. Access to scenic route #105 on E bank of Saint John River (Perth-Andover)  124.7 
176  Highway 2 is divided highway to south from this point 107.6 
179  Exit #104 Community of Aroostook, all services, east side of highway, access to Tobique 20 Indian Reservation to east (Aroostook)  121.9 
184  Bridge across the Aroostook River 121.9 
185.7  Old Route 2, gas & services 121 
188  Services at Highway Gas & diesel. Spring Water campground, west side of highway. 160 
191.7  Highway 375 (W) to town of Limestone, Maine (9 km), E Limestone Siding Rd, access to highway's #105, #375 181.7 
195.3  Kelly Rd (E) 197.2 
198  Gillespie Rd (W) Argosy Rd (E), gas & services 176.8 
199  McCuskey Road Access to Mulherin Campground & R V Park 220.4 
201.8  Exit #78 route #130 (Portage Road) Access from highway (Grand Falls)  214 
202.8  Michaud Rd intersection, access W to Rapid Brook Camping (Grand Falls)  182.6 
205  WB Exit #78 Oullette St W of hwy, Belanger St E of hwy, and Harley Hill Rd access to downtown Grand Falls (Grand Falls)  211.5 
206  EB Exit #78 Oullette St W of hwy, Belanger St E of hwy, access to downtown Grand Falls (Grand Falls)  214 
207  Hwy #218 W to Hamlin, Maine, and #130 E into downtown Grand Falls (Grand Falls)  152.1 
207  Hwy #218 W to Hamlin, Maine, and #130 E into downtown Grand Falls (Grand Falls)  152.1 

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