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.
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.
- The Grand Falls Gorge, 25 Madawaska Rd., ☏ , toll-free: , ✉ Fallsgor@nbnet.nb.ca. 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), ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Many activities are only open during the summer tourist season.
- Zip Zag, 25 Madawaska Road, ☏ , toll-free: , fax: , ✉ email@example.com. 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.
- Giant Tiger, 200 Broadway Boulevard, ☏ . 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.
- Le Grand Saut Ristorante, 155 Broadway Blvd, ☏ . Su-Th 10:30AM-10PM, F Sa 10:30AM-10:30PM. Pizzas, steaks, ribs and seafood from the grill, salads and desserts.
- Jack Fries, 233 Broadway Blvd, ☏ . Burgers, poutines, wraps, fish and chips.
- Tresor et Delices, 264 Broadway Blvd, ☏ . Canadian, Indian and Mauritian cuisine. Samosas, mussels, curries.
- T & F Dunster's Restaurant & Pub, 240 Broadway Blvd, ☏ . W 11AM-11PM, Th F 11AM-2AM, Sa 10AM-2AM. Finger foods, drinks & beer on tap. Karaoke Fridays and Saturday nights. Live music some nights.
- Falls & Gorge campground, 120 Manse Rd, ☏ , toll-free: . 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, ☏ , toll-free: , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. 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, ☏ . 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, ☏ , toll-free: , ✉ email@example.com. Restaurant on site. Breakfast included. Doubles from $93. Children under 12 free. Discount for 65+.
|Routes through Grand Falls|
|Rivière-du-Loup ← Edmundston ←||W E||→ Jct W → Perth-Andover → Woodstock|
|END ←||W E||→ New Denmark → Jct N S|