Shediac, New Brunswick is a family vacation paradise nestled along New Brunswick’s spectacular eastern seashore. It’s known as the Lobster Capital of the World for lobster fishing, live-lobster tanks and the Lobster Festival. It’s also where you’ll find The World’s Largest Lobster. But lobster isn’t the only thing you’ll find in Shediac. You can take a dip in the warm saltwater beaches, kayak in one of the lakes or the ocean, enjoy local cuisine, visit local artisans and explore the vast spaces. We spent a day in Shediac and came up with a family-friendly itinerary for one of the most beautiful regions of Atlantic Canada.
Arrive in the Town
The drive to Shediac from Moncton is about 25 minutes so it could easily be a day trip from the city, although you may want more than one day once you see how many fantastic things there are to experience in and around the town. Take NB-15 E heading to New Brunswick 2/Airport (Moncton) and exit at 31B toward Shediac/Miramichi/Kouchibouguac. Take exit 1 for NB-133 toward Shediac to arrive at your first stop – The Giant Lobster.
Photo Op at The Giant Lobster
One of the most photographed attractions in New Brunswick is Shediac’s Giant Lobster. It stands 35 ft. in length, 16 ft. in width and 16 ft. in height, and weighs in at 90 tonnes. Athena and I quickly climbed on the monument to have our photo taken. There were tons of other people there with the same idea but we enjoyed checking out the intricacies of the sculpture. There is ample parking at the monument and a few shops with local crafts and souvenirs.
Playground and Swings at The Giant Lobster
Athena loved the swings and the playground at The Giant Lobster as well. Most of the other children were French, but language is usually not a barrier for children. She played with another little girl and they took turns going down the slide. Then, we rocked quietly on the swings while looking out over the river. Athena sang songs and watched the birds flying over head.
Kayaking at The Giant Lobster
While visiting the Giant Lobster, you can rent a kayak and take it out on the Scoudouc River. They offer life vests and the water is calm. Athena and I loved the gentle waves and the soft breeze on our faces. We used one kayak and Nanny used another one. We splashed each other with the paddles and searched for fish below the kayak.
Lunch at Le Menu Acadien
There are a number of fantastic restaurants in town but Menu Acadien is my favorite for lunch. It’s minutes from Parlee Beach and The Giant Lobster and specializes in homemade cooking. The food is authentic Acadian food and they are most popular for their Poutines Rappees, the most traditional Acadian meal in New Brunswick. I opted for a regular poutine and Athena had a grilled cheese. We finished off our meal with an ice cream from Ultramar on the corner of Main Street.
An Afternoon at Parlee Beach
One of North America’s finest beaches, Parlee Beach boasts the warmest salt water in Canada. There are a variety of activities offered including a supervised swimming beach, volleyball, football, a sand-sculpture competition and daily scheduled sports activities. On-site, there is a restaurant, canteen, amphitheatre, change houses, showers, washrooms, playground, picnic area and ample parking. It costs $11 for parking and it’s valid for the entire day.
As soon as we arrived, Athena took off her shoes and ran in the soft sand. It was clean with minimal rocks or seaweeds. The recent rain showers made it damp just below the surface and fantastic for sandcastles. We sat and played while looking out at the calm ocean.
When we did get in the water, it was extremely warm in comparison to the cold Pacific. As if that wasn’t enough to put a smile on our faces, it was shallow for hundreds of feet. Athena ran, splashed and played and I didn’t need to worry about her going out over her head.
Dine at Captain Dan’s Seafood Patio Bar
Located directly on the Historic Pointe du Chene wharf, Captain Dan’s Seafood Bar & Grill is renowned for its delectable seafood menu, maritime cheer and relaxed casual atmosphere overlooking the pristine Shediac Bay.
Our meal was delicious with fantastic service and a spectacular view. Dining at Pointe du Chene wharf reminded me of many days sailing along the bay with Darren as we fell in love. It’s one of my favorite spots in the world.
There are a number of day-trip options from Moncton, but there is no question that were are a beach-loving family. It’s our happy place. With delectable dining options, playgrounds around every corner and one of the most family-friendly beaches I know, Shediac is definitely a town worth visiting. We thought we’d stay in Moncton for our entire vacation and visit other places during the day, but Shediac is quickly moving up our list as the place to be.