Finding the best place to anchor for a bite to eat is one of the most satisfying things that a boater can do. These locations are among New Brunswick’s best for all types of water activities, and offer stunning moorages where you can drop anchor and enjoy a meal on or by the water. If you haven’t gone boating to any of these waterways, be prepared for some serious travel inspiration!

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Miramichi River

Head over to the thrilling Miramichi River with your crew to explore the islands along the waterway. This area is rich in fishing opportunities, boasting some of the best salmon fishing in the province. It has been said that the river’s ability to produce wild Atlantic Salmon is unmatched, so if salmon is your calling, so is the Miramichi River. If you haven’t tried fly fishing but have been desperate to try, this is a great place to get started. For a delicious bite to eat and a stunning riverside view, head upstream to 1809 Restaurant & Bar for their world-class breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

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Kedgwick River

Connected to the Restigouche River, another river famous for its salmon fishing, this river has been visited by many angling enthusiasts. Amongst those visitors has even been a former US President! Float lazily down the river and admire the natural scenery around Narrows Mountain and Crabbe Mountain. The waters and surrounding hills create a diverse biome for many species of wildlife such as the Black Bear. For boaters who want to linger by Kedgwick River for longer, check out some of the fishing lodges available for rent in the area. After your boating adventures, enjoy a filling bite to eat at the Cantine Yum Yum in the village of Kedgwick for a true taste of the local New Brunswick culture.

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Lake Utopia

Nestled in the quiet town of St. George, Lake Utopia looks just as gorgeous as it sounds. This lake is where the river meets the sea, leading to a diverse collection of fish to be caught in their pristine waters. Boaters can also enjoy waterskiing, jet-skiing or sailing either across the lake or out on the open ocean If you’re spending the day on the water, grab some tasty take-out from the Harbour Road Pub and Eatery and keep an eye out for the mysterious and illusive Lake Utopia Monster – or “Old Ned” as the locals call him.

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St. John River

Travelling along the St. John River is one of the most enjoyable pastimes in New Brunswick. You can moor your boat at one of the many marinas in the area while you rent a stand up paddleboard, or  go for a spin along the Bay of Fundy’s coastline. There are tons of planned tours and activities to take part in along the river, including a kayak tour of the St. Martins Sea Caves and Fundy Trail coastline. For the freshest and best lunch around, check out Jodi’s Country Kitchen for a quick bite or takeout to enjoy on the water. After you’ve chowed down on lunch, you can get back on the water to enjoy wakeboarding or jet skiing with the locals.

Do you want to go boating yet? Take a trip to one of these waterways, or find your own location to anchor and eat. All you need is a Pleasure Craft Operator Card and a sense of adventure. Take the Transport Canada approved boating safety course and get out there


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