Southern New Brunswick
(Courtesy of VeloNB)
This tour uses country roads east of the Town of Rothesay and features some good climbs.
Start at the intersection of Old Hampton Highway Route 100 and Grove Avenue on the Rothesay Common; straight up Grove Avenue; left at flashing light. Right across highway Route 1, bear right onto Dolan Road, bear right to Golden Grove (km 5.6) turn left to Upper Golden Grove (km 6.3) left at fork, straight under highway on Golden Grove Road; pass Kings County line (km 16) sharp left down hill; turn left at stop sign (km 18) Quispamsis limit sign; bear left at yield sign; (km 25) French Village; turn right onto Route 110; (km 29) left at stop sign and continue down hill; finish at Rothesay Common.
This tour covers rolling countryside north of Hampton as well as the waterfront villages of Hatfield Point and Belleisle Bay. There are two tough hills so bring a climbing gear.
Start at Hampton courthouse junction of Main Street and Centennial Drive in Hampton. Follow Route 121 east across bridge. Continue past Route 845 to Bloomfield. Turn left onto Route 855 north to Springfield (km 13.5) Stay on Route 855 then straight at stop sign onto Route 124 West. At Springfield, left on Route 124 to Hatfield Point. In Hatfield Point, bear right on Route 124 then to Evandale (km 34.4) Go left on to Belleisle Bay ferry. After ferry turn right onto Route 850 and follow. At stop sign, bear left to Hampton on Route 845 east. At next stop sign turn left onto Route 121 west. Return to courthouse to conclude your tour.
Starting in the historic village of Gagetown, this tour provides spectacular views of the St. John River & Washademoak Lake. There is only one significant hill, pavement is good & traffic volume light.
Start outside the village at the Gagetown ferry. Exit ferry to Lower Jemseg (km 4) At Lower Jemseg, bear right. At Y, turn right onto Lower Cambridge Road (km 11.8) Turn left to Cambridge-Narrows (km 28.6) At stop sign in Cambridge-Narrows, turn left onto Route 695 to Jemseg (km 42) At Jemseg, turn left to Gagetown just before Trans Canada Highway Route 2 (km 48.9) At Lower Jemseg, turn right to Gagetown Ferry to conclude your tour.
Grand Bay / Crystal Beach (49 km)
This tour offers some great views of the St. John River as it crosses on two ferries as well as the Reversing Falls bridge. There are several moderate climbs and the road surface is excellent.
Start at Harbour Station in downtown Saint John. Exit parking lot and turn left. Turn right towards Route 1. Take a right at traffic lights, cross highway and follow signs for the hospital. Go straight at traffic lights at Somerset and Wellesley. Go right at lights to Sandy Brook Road (km 7). Turn left just before Cherry Brook Zoo. Go left onto Kennebecasis Drive. Turn right onto the Romeo and Juliet ferry. After ferry, climb hill, then turn right to Westfield. Turn left onto Route 845 west (km 13.6) Bear left. (km 22.9) Turn left at stop sign. Take Crystal Beach ferry. After ferry, go left onto Route 177. Take left onto Route 102. Take a left at stop sign onto Fairvale Boulevard (km 43.8) Go straight through traffic lights. Go left at intersection to Reversing Falls bridge. Turn left onto Douglas Avenue. Turn right at stop sign onto Main Street. Take a right onto Station Street. End back at Harbour Station.
South Central New Brunswick Trans Regional Route
The south central area of New Brunswick has some of the province’s most extensive secondary road networks. It is therefore an excellent place for bicycle touring. Route 1 is the major highway in the region and is best avoided. When approaching Saint John from the west, you will be forced to use this route, but turn off at the first city exit.
Cross the city using Route 100 via Fairvale Blvd., the Reversing Falls bridge, Douglas Avenue and Main Street to Rothesay Avenue (bicycles are not allowed on the Harbour Bridge on Route 1). Follow Rothesay Avenue Route 100 through the towns of Rothesay and Quispamsis. From there, travel a short distance to the town of Hampton. At Hampton, exit the highway to the village centre, and turn onto Route 121 at the Hampton courthouse. Route 121 goes all the way to Sussex. At Sussex, you can choose to follow Route 114 to Penobsquis which branches off to Fundy National Park. Or, you can pick up Route 890 off Route 1 at Four Corners (Exit 195). Route 890 will avoid the highway as far as Petitcodiac. Cyclists may also enjoy a trip to St. Martins from Saint John or Sussex via Route 111. Be warned that there are some tough climbs on this route. When arriving in this area from the north, use Route 102 south from Fredericton to Gagetown. At Gagetown, take the ferry to Lower Jemseg and follow signs to Cambridge-Narrows. At the Narrows, take Route 695 south to Norton, then Route 121 east to Sussex or west to Hampton. Cyclists wanting a more direct route from Fredericton to Saint John should follow Route 102 to Route 177 then into the city.
Route 105 (old TCH from Chipman exit)
It should be noted here that the region from Gagetown south to the Kingston Peninsula and east to Cambridge-Narrows and Sussex contains some of the best bike touring roads to be found anywhere. All numbered highways are paved as well as many unmarked routes. Traffic flow is minimal and the scenery is lavish. There are a good number of B and B’s and proprietors will be happy to direct you to the best riding routes. Go ahead and explore.
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