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Monica McIntyre
Professional Beach Bum

Escuminac Beach is just one of New Brunswick’s many breathtaking Discovery Beaches. And it’s one that local campground owner and self-professed beach bum Monica McIntyre calls a beachcomber’s paradise. “The beach runs 7 kilometres and it’s pure sand all the way down. Every day you’ll find lots of different treasures, like seashells, beach glass, and driftwood, that the tide brings in.”

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“My little corner of the world is a little gem where I just want everybody to relax and have a good time, breathe the air, feel the serenity and discover things you haven’t discovered before.”

The Fine Art of Beachcombing

5 Tips on Making Beachside Discoveries


Connect with your inner beach bum. With the warmest saltwater in Canada, New Brunswick’s beaches are a little slice of paradise. “You can lose yourself when you’re on the beach. You let go of things, you breathe in the salt air, and you just become one with nature. It’s relaxing.”


Keep your eyes peeled when beachcombing. “Be aware of what’s around you. It’s not where you’re looking; it’s what you see. Some people will look at one thing and it’ll be a treasure to them, whereas somebody else will walk by and won’t even pay attention to it.”


If you’re looking for more than just a sandy spot to relax in the sun, New Brunswick is teeming with sand dunes and Discovery Beaches. Head north from Escuminac to Île-aux-foins Park or south to Kouchibouguac National Park and La Dune de Bouctouche.


Best way to “seas” each day at the beach? Camp close by so you can wake up and walk right to the sand. “There’s not a whole bunch of people crowding around. There’s lots of space, lots of room, lots of beach.”


Lumberjacks and shipbuilders and fishers, oh my! Explore rich history including real tales of seafaring and shipbuilding of the area. And make sure to take a cruise down the nearby Miramichi riverwith an Acadian Captain who’ll give you the inside scoop on all the local yarns.