Some New Brunswick Travels

20Jun08

The last time I was in Moncton, New Brunswick,  it was as a layover on my way back from PEI Agri-Insurance Research Conference. I spent the night in a “smoking room” because that was all that was left and as I registered I thought how bad could it be? Turns out it was awful and I will never do that again – the smoke permeated everything and seemed to get worse and worse as the night progressed.

 

I returned last week to Moncton  to attend another Agri-Insurance Research Conference. This time my stay was much better – for starters I was in a non-smoking hotel.  I stayed at the Delta Beausejour in the “tourist section” of Moncton. The hotel was fine, although the hallway and street noise could get a little loud occasionally. The hotel was within easy walking distance to a scenic and long walkway along the Petitcodiac river. The Petitcodiac connects to the Bay of Fundy about 30 km away. Because of this connection I got to see a “tidal bore” several times over the week. During a tidal bore the leading edge of the incoming tide forms waves of water that travel up the river against the direction of the current. The Petitcodiac has the nickname of “the chocolate river” because of its colour. A picture I took of the Petitcodiac during the tidal bore phase follows:

 

Petitcodiac During June Tidal Bore 

As part of the conference we got to spend part of one day touring some of the agriculture and aquaculture of New Brunswick. We went Verger Belliveau Orchards and saw the apples in bloom and toured their apple packing facility and fruit beverage cellar.

 

Apples floating

 

We then toured Captain Dan’s Lobster Plant while they were processing lobsters. Most of the processing is still done manually so there were a lot of workers on the factory floor. HACCP standards were applied so everyone was dressed in lab coats and hair nets and no cameras or jewelry were allowed. We then went to the Village Bay seafood oyster farm and packaging facility and were lectured on how the New Brunswick innovative cage system is used for oyster cultivation and harvesting. We also toured the oyster cages by barge.

 

Inverted Oyster Cages

 

We then drove through the Bell Mills Cranberry Farm and saw examples of the new cranberry bogs that New Brunswick would like to further enhance as an industry in their province. It would have been nice to get out and see the bogs but the producer was unavailable and we were running behind time.

 

\"Dry\" June Cranberry Bog

 

Finally we ended the day on a Shediac Bay Lobster Tales Boat tour. The crew were entertaining and there were live musicians. We socialized and learned about the lobster’s life cycle and how to eat them “the acadian way”. Lobster can be quite tasty even without garlic butter.

 

Lobster Demo

 

As you can tell it was a very full day and very educational. The following is a picture of the Dieppe region near the Moncton airport showing the Petitcodiac river from my airplane window as I left Moncton.

Moncton Airport Region

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