Thursday, June 14th 2018 - New Brunswick Natural Wonders Statement
Hon. Rose-May Poirier: Honourable senators, with summer approaching, I want to invite you to come and spend some time in my beautiful province of New Brunswick. I will tell you about 10 beautiful natural wonders that you can explore there this summer.
New Brunswick has over 50 beaches, which are all open to the public. The five most popular are the beaches and dunes in the Kouchibouguac National Park, which is very close to where I live in Saint-Louis-de-Kent; the Bouctouche Dunes, which are, of course, located in Bouctouche; Parlee Beach in Shediac; Grand-Anse Beach on the Acadian Peninsula; and finally Miscou Beach on Miscou Island, which is also on the Acadian Peninsula. The beautiful July sun, clear blue water, and white sand beaches are waiting there for you.
Not only do we have magnificent beaches, but we have other wonderful and unique attractions. Magnetic Hill in Moncton is a prime example of an optical illusion known as a gravity hill.
Drive to the end of the road and, with your car in neutral, you can roll backward to the top of the hill. That is a true story.
While you are in Moncton, you have to see the Petitcodiac River tidal bore, which is one of the most impressive tidal bores on the planet. It rivals the tidal bores in the Hooghly River in India and in the Brazilian Amazon. The waves in the Petitcodiac River can reach up to two metres in height and travel at speeds of up to 13 kilometres an hour.
If you continue your journey south, you will arrive at the Hopewell Rocks on the Bay of Fundy, where you can explore the ocean floor and walk among the huge flowerpot rocks. Just be careful because the tide comes in very quickly.
As the ninth attraction, Reversing Falls in Saint John, where underwater ledges roll the water in two directions at the same time, is quite impressive. The narrow gorge empties into the Bay of Fundy, and the tides force the flow of water to reverse against the current when the tide is at its peak.
Last, but not least, is our best asset: the people of New Brunswick.
Our warm welcome will make you smile. Whether you are just passing through or staying for a little while, come and see us, “v’nez nous ’ouaire,” as La Sagouine would say. New Brunswick welcomes you.
Some Hon. Senators: Hear, hear!