Port Elgin and area provides all types of year round accommodations. For spectacular sunsets and some of the warmest waters north of the Carolinas, why not try one of the area’s Bed and Breakfasts located on the shores of Baie Verte or the Northumberland Strait.
Located in Murray Corner, just off route 955, is one of New Brunswick’s best kept secrets. Large, spacious sites, two-way hook ups, a playground and laundry facility make this a wonderful family vacation location.
Heritage architecture awaits you as you stroll along our tree-lined streets. The buildings in our downtown core still whisper of the past, with their styling and the unique experiences that await you as you browse through their many offerings.
The Monro Heritage Centre
The Monro Heritage Centre is one of the oldest structures in Port Elgin. It has been newly renovated, and today houses a trail interpretation centre, a community museum as well as Heritage Canada displays on the history of Fort Gaspereau and the neighboring community of Baie Verte.
Telephone: 1 (506) 538-2109
There is so much to do at Cape Jourimain. Hike the scenic trails and birdwatch. Enjoy a meal in the Restaurant and browse the Gift Shop. Sit on the beach and watch the sunset over the Confederation Bridge.
Fort Gaspareaux was a French fort at the head of Baie Verte near the mouth of the Gaspareaux River and just southeast of the modern village of Port Elgin, New Brunswick, Canada, on the Isthmus of Chignecto.
Nature Trails & Hikes
Port Elgin boasts over 70 kilometres of trails. These greenway corridors offer a variety of both linear and looped trails using abandoned railway lines, logging roads, and paths. Since there are no significant grades, access, whether by hiking, walking, or cycling is relatively easy. They offer the perfect opportunity to study nature, and be one with the environment. These rambling trails allow you to travel through riverside parks, woodlands and open fields. Salt marshes and dykes are alive with the sights, and sounds of native wildlife and plants.
Port Elgin offers a broad range of different types of walking and hiking experiences.
Port Elgin Scenic Walk
The Port Elgin Scenic Walk is a pleasant 2.2 km walking tour through the village’s streets and the Rotary Waterfowl Park, locally known as the Port Elgin Pond.
Ft. Gaspareaux Trail
Beginning at the end of Mill St. through wooded and marshy areas ending at the mouth of the Gaspareaux River.
Parks & Picnic Areas
- Blue Heron Park (East Main Street)
- Centennial Park (Shemogue Road)
- Hon. Fred Magee Park (Station Street)
- Port Elgin Rotary Pond (West Main Street)
- Fort Gaspareaux National Historic Site (Fort Street)
- Riverside Park (Baie Verte)
- Goodwin’s Pond (Baie Verte)
- Murray Beach Provincial Park (Murray Corner)
Bridges & Wharf
The Gaspereau River physically divides Port Elgin, which allows the village to have the unique charm of four bridges that span it. There are two highway bridges, a footbridge, locally known as the “Slab Bridge” and an abandoned railway bridge that forms part of the Trans Canada Trail.
As the Gaspereau is a tidal river, the views are constantly changing. Due to variances in water depth, recreational boating is limited during certain times each day. However, even at low tide, it provides the perfect opportunity to observe the interaction between sea, land, and fresh water habitat. With its sheltered harbor and tranquil water, excellent conditions prevail to allow canoeing and kayaking.
Speckled Trout, Striped Bass, Rainbow Smelt, Atlantic Salmon, Gaspereau, Blueback Herring and American Eels are a sampling of some species of fish that have been recorded in the Gaspereau River.
Located on Station Street is the Village Wharf. During the spring Herring season, there are still a few fishermen seeking the shelter of the harbor to moor their vessels here. It is a spectacular sight! The wharf also features a boat slip, which allows for easy access to the Gaspereau River and Baie Verte for recreational boaters and fishermen.
For an all-day adventure, may we suggest you launch your canoe or kayak, paddle the river, spread a blanket on the riverbank under a shady tree and enjoy a picnic lunch. After admiring the view, from possible sightings of white tailed deer, to bald eagles to ospreys, return down river on high tide. An exhilarating day for you and your family for sure!