New Brunswick Trans-Canada Highway information

Saint John River in New Brunswick

Why Visit New Brunswick?

New Brunswick is a small province with a wide range of scenery: the St John River in the west, the Fundy shores and ties in the east, and the Northumberland Straits looking across to PEI in the north. The province is also famous for its many covered wooden bridges, the longest in the world located at Hartland.

Here is the route of the Trans-Canada Highway from east to west:

Swallowtail Lighthouse at North Head In New Brunswick, the Trans-Canada Highway (known here as the #2 Highway) runs 523 km though the province and passes through several cities and two-dozen towns, moving travellers from Nova Scotia (and PEI) to eastern Quebec.

The New Brunswick port of the highway is "twinned," providing four lanes of driving along its entire length. The highway starts at Sackville, on the Nova Scotia border and then passes through Moncton.

After leaving the Bay of Fundy tidal lands (the Fundy National Park -- with its 50 foot/13 metre tides -- is a worthwhile detour to the southeast), it turns southwest before on an overland route and crosses the Saint John river to Fredericton, the provincial capital, The Trans-Canada continues up the length of the Saint John River to the Quebec border.

Downtown Fredricton, viewed from Walking Bridge Kings Landing Historic Settlement (a few minutes north of Fredericton at Exit 259), is a living history museum of early rural life in New Brunswick, showing the pioneer life of the Loyalists, who were refugees from the American Revolution.

The area north of Fredericton is known as "the Rhine of North America," and in Hartland, the river is crossed by the longest covered bridge in the world (covered bridges were invented in new Brunswick to prevent snow build-up on bridges). The highway goes past several charming towns like Florenceville, and Grand Falls. The highway leaves the province just north of Edmunston in the northest corner of the province.

The highway has a number of convenient exits (depending on direction of travel) to the province's biggest city, Saint John. Saint John is the location of the famous reversing falls at the mouth of the Saint John River.


To travel the Trans-Canada route to Prince Edward Island, take Highway 16 at the Nova Scotia/New Brunswick border, and drive 36 miles to the new Confederation Bridge, opened in 1997 (you pay a toll when you leave PEI).

History of the Trans-Canada in New Brunswick

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Trans-Canada Highway Website Features for New Brunswick:

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New Brunswick Highway Features & Points of Interest

Cities to Visit

Here are some featured New Brunswick cities & towns along or near the Trans Canada Highway:

Fredericton, New Brunswick Travel InformationFredericton, New Brunswick Travel Information

NB: Fredericton is the capital city of New Brunswick, with a population of 81,000, and lies on the St. John River, and the Trans-Canada Highway, only 100 km from the US border.

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Routes & Itineraries

Here are some featured itineraries of New Brunswick segments of the Trans Canada Highway:

New Brunswick: Highway #2 from Fredericton to Moncton, New BrunswickNew Brunswick: Highway #2 from Fredericton to Moncton, New Brunswick

NB: Here is the itinerary for the 187 km along Highway #2 from Fredericton to Moncton, via Grand lake, Sussex, and Fundy National park

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

NB: Here is the itinerary for the 214 km along Highway #2 between Grand Falls and Fredericton, via Florenceville, Hartland, Woodstck

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