Kayaking amongst Hopewell Rocks in Fundy National Park

Why Travel between Fredericton and Moncton?

East of the Saint John river, you pass by Grand Lake, well-known for a water sports playground, and then cross overland to Moncton. Depending on schedule, you can pass into Fundy National Park and if you time it for the low tide, you can see the rocky cliffs, mudflats, and fishing docks left bare by the 50 feet (16 meters) of receded tide.

What you’ll see along the 187 km of Highway #2 from Fredericton to Moncton:

The Trans-Canada Highway in this section has been recently re-aligned (in 2003) to reduce the highway by 30 kilometres and dramatically reduce and driving time, by diverting through traffic from a two lane highway passing through a number of small communities (including Sussex) to a twinned bee-line highway from Grand Lake to Moncton highway.

Cyclists are highly recommended to take the older routes, which follow a more level route, now lightly travelled, with local traffic moving less quickly. And passing through the more historical areas and small communities.

Fredericton is the provincial capital of New Brunswick, and has a number of historical sites in the downtown core. For those passing by, a quickie stop at Regent Street will give access to a selection of shopping and all services (take Exit 280 eastbound and Exit 294 westbound).
St John River, at Fredericton

Just east of Fredericton’s airport is CFB Gagetown at Oromocto. Built in 1952, this 1100 square kilometer base is the largest in the British Commonwealth, and was built on land that used to be farms and forest. Just east of the exit for Oromocto is the junction with  Highway 7 south to Saint John on the Fundy coast

The Trans-Canada Highway crosses the Saint John River at Jemseg. Grand Lake, just to the north of the highway, drains over 3800 square kilometers and is a recreational playground with a largely rugged shoreline. Around the lake are sites of early European settlement and very old First Nations archeological sites. The forests east of Grand Lake grow on Pre-Cambrian and Mississippian formations, and since the spruce budworm attacks of the 19670s decimated the dominantly spruce forests, they have been replaced by maple, beech, birch, white pine, and hemlock on the hills, and with white pine and jack pine in sandier areas.

Fundy National Park showcases the world's highest tidesSoutheast of the highway-and definitely a detour, via Route 114–is Fundy National Park. The Bay of Fundy has the world’s highest tides of over 16 metres (50 feet), which must be seen to be believed. High tide and low tide are about 6 hours apart (and tide times change daily), so with a full day side-trip and a picnic lunch, you can observe the full magnitude of the tides. You can see the Hopewell Rocks, large flowerpot formations at the mouth of the Petitcodiac River. Travellers in a hurry can catch the tidal bore, when the inbound tide is approaching with such force and speed it arrives with a leading wave, along the Petitcodiac River passing right through Moncton.
Hopewell Rocks in the Bay of Fundy

Moncton is both the transportation hub of the Maritimes, being the point where roads to PEI, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia all connect. The community is also the hub of the area’s French-speaking Acadian community, facilitated by the Universite de Moncton and the Acadian Folk Museum.

Elevation Chart - Fredericton to Moncton

Elevation Chart - Fredericton to Moncton

Trans-Canada Highway Itinerary Map


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0Exit #467/#19a Junction of Highways #15 & #2. West to City of Moncton 1/2 km. E to Shediac, N to Bathurst, Campbellton and Quebec’s Gaspe Region, NE to Province of Prince Edward Island… (Dieppe) 52.4

 

1.5Exit #465, Shediac Rd Southwest to Dieppe (Dieppe) 43.9

 

2Railway overpass (Dieppe) 45.4

 

4.5Exit #462, Harrisville Blvd South to Dieppe, New Brunswick Community College (Dieppe) 34.7

 

6.9Railway overpass (Dieppe) 31.7

 

7.5Exit #459 Highway #115 (Elmwood Dr) N to Irishtown, S to Downtown Moncton (closest highway exit) and Dieppe (Dieppe) 36.9

 

8.5Point of Interest Overpass Mclaughlin Rd (Hwy #490) north to Bass River38.1

 

9.5Point of Interest Crossing Halls Creek, view of McLaughlin Road Reservoir to north (Moncton) 31.1

 

14.5Exit #452, Gorge Rd North to Atlantic Baptist University campus, SE to Mountain Road, access to downtown Moncton, and #15 access to Riverview (Moncton) 28.3

 

16.5Exit #450, Junction of #126, Mountain Rd (SE) is west access to downtown Moncton, NW to Magnetic Hill Park. Both directions, all services & accommodation (Moncton) 58.5

 

20.5Exit #446, Junction of #128 (Christie Rd) North to #126 and Canaan (20 km) and Miramichi (106 km) (Moncton) 64.9

 

33.5Exit #433, Junction Highway #112 NW to Canaan Forks (covered bridges), SE to town of Salisbury(3 km), and #114 along Petitcodiac River, The Rocks Provincial Park (57 km) and Fundy National Park…65.5

 

40Homestead Rd underpass47.9

 

43.5Exit #423, Junction of Highway #1 Southwest to Sussex, Hampton and Saint John, access to highway #114 to Fundy National Park (53-72 km)50.9

 

52.5Exit #414, Junction of #885 north to Thavelock and New Canaan (covered bridges), south to Petitcodiac and shortcut to Route #1 and Fundy National Park45.1

 

67.5Overpass route 880185.6

 

78.5Canaan River crossing4.3

 

83.5Exit #365 Junction of #10 West to Young’s Cove on Grand Lake, North to Chipman, southeast to Sussex (39 km), access to #112 to covered bridges at Canaan Forks36

 

101.5Exit #347, Junction of Scenic River Route #105 N to Lakeside PP, town of Mill Cove on Grand Lake, S to Cambridge Narrows15.5

 

127.1Overpass Reardon Rd (no access)39

 

127.5Exit #339 Access to Town of Jemseg, Scenic River Route #105 to Grand Lake, and #715 along west shore of Saint John River to Cambridge Narrows30.5

 

133.5Exit #333 Junction of Scenic River Route #105 West to west shore of Grand Lake & Fredericton, east along east shore of Grand Lake4.3

 

134.5Crossing Saint John River, SE side5.8

 

136.5Exit #330, Scenic River Route 102 South to Gagetown (ferry), Hampstead (ferry) and Saint John21

 

142.2Passing Swan Creek Lake on S side of hwy5.2

 

158.5Shirley Rd underpass (no access) (Oromocto) 59.1

 

161.5Exit #306: junction Highway #7, S to Geary (5 km), Saint John (103 km) (Oromocto) 31.4

 

162.5Route 660 underpass (no access) (Oromocto) 20.4

 

164.5Exit #303: Miramichi Rd, Oromocto and access to CFB Gagetown (Oromocto) 22.6

 

166.5Exit: #301: Waasis Rd, access to CFG Gagetown, highway 102 access to Fredericton Airport (Oromocto) 21.6

 

167Bridge over Oromocto River (Oromocto) 4.9

 

167.5Hwy 655 Wilsey Rd (no access) to Fredericton airport (Oromocto) 9.8

 

170.5Exit #297: Nevers Rd, access to Fredericton airport, all services (Fredericton) 21

 

171.5Exit #294: junction #7 Vanier Highway, WB access N into Fredericton, all services (Fredericton) 38.1

 

181.5Exit: #285: junction #101, S to New Maryland (2 km), N into Fredericton, all services (Fredericton) 105.2

 

185.5Highway 640 Hanwell Rd underpass (no access) (Fredericton) 105.8

 

186.5Exit #280: junction highway #8, N into Fredericton, all services (Fredericton) 94.2

 

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0Exit #280: junction highway #8, N into Fredericton, all services (Fredericton) 94.2

 

1Highway 640 Hanwell Rd underpass (no access) (Fredericton) 105.8

 

5Exit: #285: junction #101, S to New Maryland (2 km), N into Fredericton, all services (Fredericton) 105.2

 

15Exit #294: junction #7 Vanier Highway, WB access N into Fredericton, all services (Fredericton) 38.1

 

16Exit #297: Nevers Rd, access to Fredericton airport, all services (Fredericton) 21

 

19Hwy 655 Wilsey Rd (no access) to Fredericton airport (Oromocto) 9.8

 

19.5Bridge over Oromocto River (Oromocto) 4.9

 

20Exit: #301: Waasis Rd, access to CFG Gagetown, highway 102 access to Fredericton Airport (Oromocto) 21.6

 

22Exit #303: Miramichi Rd, Oromocto and access to CFB Gagetown (Oromocto) 22.6

 

24Route 660 underpass (no access) (Oromocto) 20.4

 

25Exit #306: junction Highway #7, S to Geary (5 km), Saint John (103 km) (Oromocto) 31.4

 

28Shirley Rd underpass (no access) (Oromocto) 59.1

 

44.3Passing Swan Creek Lake on S side of hwy5.2

 

50Exit #330, Scenic River Route 102 South to Gagetown (ferry), Hampstead (ferry) and Saint John21

 

52Crossing Saint John River, SE side5.8

 

53Exit #333 Junction of Scenic River Route #105 West to west shore of Grand Lake & Fredericton, east along east shore of Grand Lake4.3

 

59Exit #339 Access to Town of Jemseg, Scenic River Route #105 to Grand Lake, and #715 along west shore of Saint John River to Cambridge Narrows30.5

 

59.4Overpass Reardon Rd (no access)39

 

85Exit #347, Junction of Scenic River Route #105 N to Lakeside PP, town of Mill Cove on Grand Lake, S to Cambridge Narrows15.5

 

103Exit #365 Junction of #10 West to Young’s Cove on Grand Lake, North to Chipman, southeast to Sussex (39 km), access to #112 to covered bridges at Canaan Forks36

 

108Canaan River crossing4.3

 

119Overpass route 880185.6

 

134Exit #414, Junction of #885 north to Thavelock and New Canaan (covered bridges), south to Petitcodiac and shortcut to Route #1 and Fundy National Park45.1

 

143Exit #423, Junction of Highway #1 Southwest to Sussex, Hampton and Saint John, access to highway #114 to Fundy National Park (53-72 km)50.9

 

146.5Homestead Rd underpass47.9

 

153Exit #433, Junction Highway #112 NW to Canaan Forks (covered bridges), SE to town of Salisbury(3 km), and #114 along Petitcodiac River, The Rocks Provincial Park (57 km) and Fundy National Park…65.5

 

166Exit #446, Junction of #128 (Christie Rd) North to #126 and Canaan (20 km) and Miramichi (106 km) (Moncton) 64.9

 

170Exit #450, Junction of #126, Mountain Rd (SE) is west access to downtown Moncton, NW to Magnetic Hill Park. Both directions, all services & accommodation (Moncton) 58.5

 

172Exit #452, Gorge Rd North to Atlantic Baptist University campus, SE to Mountain Road, access to downtown Moncton, and #15 access to Riverview (Moncton) 28.3

 

177Point of Interest Crossing Halls Creek, view of McLaughlin Road Reservoir to north (Moncton) 31.1

 

178Point of Interest Overpass Mclaughlin Rd (Hwy #490) north to Bass River38.1

 

179Exit #459 Highway #115 (Elmwood Dr) N to Irishtown, S to Downtown Moncton (closest highway exit) and Dieppe (Dieppe) 36.9

 

179.6Railway overpass (Dieppe) 31.7

 

182Exit #462, Harrisville Blvd South to Dieppe, New Brunswick Community College (Dieppe) 34.7

 

184.5Railway overpass (Dieppe) 45.4

 

185Exit #465, Shediac Rd Southwest to Dieppe (Dieppe) 43.9

 

186.5Exit #467/#19a Junction of Highways #15 & #2. West to City of Moncton 1/2 km. E to Shediac, N to Bathurst, Campbellton and Quebec’s Gaspe Region, NE to Province of Prince Edward Island… (Dieppe) 52.4

 

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