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Grand Falls

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Grand Falls/Grand-Sault is a city of 5,300 people (2016) in the valley of the Saint John River in New Brunswick.

Understand[edit]

The town derives its name from a waterfall created by a series of rock ledges over which the river drops 23 m (75 ft).

Three main industries reside in Grand Falls: potato farming, potato processing and tourism. The town is also a local commercial centre for Victoria County, catering to the surrounding communities of Plaster Rock, Perth Andover, Blue Bell, and New Denmark.

History[edit]

The area is the traditional territory of the Maliseet First Nations (Aboriginal) people. French settlement began in the late 1600s, and there is mention of. French fort there in 1693. In 1763, the region passed into British hands and its French population diminished due to the deportation of the Acadians. In 1783, the Loyalists settled in Acadia and the province of New Brunswick was created the next year. In 1785, the Acadians in Fredericton and nearby were evicted from their land and in June 1785, a group decided to establish the region of Grand Falls and the rest of Madawaska with the agreement of the Maliseet First Nations people.

In 1791, Thomas Carleton, then Governor of New Brunswick, built a fort at Grand Falls. The Madawaska region was then disputed between Quebec, New Brunswick and the United States. The War of 1812 showed that the area's roads were not safe and in 1875, the colonial government of New Brunswick decided to build a road from Woodstock to Grand Falls. The territorial differences culminated in the Aroostook War in 1838. The Webster–Ashburton Treaty in 1842, gave Grand Falls to the province of New Brunswick.

Get in[edit]

Grand Falls is 210 km northwest of Fredericton, and 65 km southeast of Edmundston, on the Trans-Canada Highway (#2).

  • 1 Grand Falls Airport (5 km NE of Grand Falls). A private airfield with no scheduled service. Grand Falls Airport (Q3914036) on Wikidata Grand Falls Airport on Wikipedia

Get around[edit]

See[edit]

Grand Falls Gorge
  • The Grand Falls Gorge, 25 Madawaska Rd., +1 506 475-7750, toll-free: +1-877-475-7769, . Interpretive display, gift shop, canteen and a small campground at the top of the cliff.
  • New Denmark Memorial Museum, 6 Main New Denmark Road, New Denmark (15 km east of Grand Falls on Route 108), +1 506 553-6897, . The collection includes portraits, farm machinery, small tools, clothing, china, books and many other artifacts belonging to the original Danish settlers of the area. Dates of operation: June 19 to September 2.

Do[edit]

Many activities are only open during the summer tourist season.

  • Zip Zag, 25 Madawaska Road, +1 506 473-4924, toll-free: +1-888-4-ZIPZAG (947924), fax: +1 506 473-4995, . Zipline rides across the gorge and back. 2 lines. $30-40.
  • Grand Falls Golf Course
  • Kahoutek Ski Club, a cross-country ski club, with many kilometres of groomed trails adjacent to the Golf Club.
  • Kayaking, canoeing, boating in Saint John river
  • Regional Potato Festival. This event coincides with the end of June and beginning of July, during the Canada Day weekend. It includes a carnival, a Broadway block party, a bistro with live entertainment, the Miss Grand Falls Gala, fireworks and several other events.

Buy[edit]

Downtown stores
  • Giant Tiger, 200 Broadway Boulevard, +1 506 473-3026. M-W Sa 8AM-9PM, Th F 8AM-9:30PM, Sa 10AM-5PM. Discount store
  • La Rochelle Gift Shop Boutique, 1 Rue Chapel. Daily 10AM-6PM. La Rochelle provides camping sites, access to the gorge via stairwell and a pontoon-boat ride that goes through the gorge.
  • The Grand Falls Farmers Market, 68 Madawaska Road. Saturdays from May to October: 8AM-1PM.

Eat[edit]

Drink[edit]

Sleep[edit]

  • Falls & Gorge campground, 120 Manse Rd, +1 506 475-7769, toll-free: +1-877-475-7769. 12 June - 4 Sept. Wooded nature, rumble of the falls, a spectacular gorge. Bilingual staff. The campground is located just above the cliff in the heart of downtown and near the season falls and gorge. Lookouts along the gorge offering panoramic views are available at all times. $30 - 40.
  • Cote's Bed & Breakfast, 575 Boulevard Broadway West, +1 506 473-1952, toll-free: +1-877-444-2683, . All rooms have private, en suite bathrooms, king or queen size beds, TV/DVD, CD players air conditioning, a small refrigerator and high-speed Wifi. They are also smoke-free. Doubles from $95.
  • Motel Leo, just off the Transcanada Highway, Exit 75 Eastbound and exit 77 or 75 Westbound, Route 144, +1 506 473-2090. Restaurants a few minutes away and approximately 3 mi (4.8 km) from the waterfalls, Comfortable accommodation in an executive suite or in a spacious family unit. Warm, modern decor, cable TV, air conditioning and many other amenities. Non-smoking rooms available. Doubles from $90.
  • Hill Top Motel, 131 Chemin Madawaska, +1 506 473-2684, toll-free: +1-800-496-1244, . Restaurant on site. Breakfast included. Doubles from $93. Children under 12 free. Discount for 65+.

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Routes through Grand Falls
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