The Saint John River dominates the stretch from Grand Falls to Fredericton

Why Travel between Grand Falls and Fredericton?

This stretch of the Trans-Canada follows the Satin John River. Part of the river forms the Canada-US border, and then, as the highway moves away from the river, you pass the potato farms and french fry factories of McCains, the Hartland covered bridge, and the Confederation-era Kings Landing Historical Settlement, created from early pioneer farms flooded over by the Mactaquac Dam.

Grand Falls Gorge, on the upper St John River

Here is the itinerary for the 214 km along Highway #2 between Grand Falls and Fredericton:

This stretch of the Trans-Canada Highway follows the wide and majestic Saint John River. The river has eroded its path through gravel banks left behind by the glaciers of the last Ice Age. At spots you can see the terraces of gravel left behind alongside the river, and on the flatter areas large deposits of sand and silt have made the upper Saint John River valley ideal for growing potatoes. International potato (and frozen vegetable) giant McCain Foods is headquartered at Florenceville. The firm started with one farm in 1957 and today processes nearly one-third of the world’s French fries, with 22,000 employees at 55 facilities on six continents

Boyce Farmers Market, in FrederictonThe river also has a number of power dams, to provide power for the province’s residents and large industries. The dams also make water levels more stable after rain storms, and during Spring floods. These dams are at Grand Falls, Tobique (on the Pokiok River tributary), Beechwood (bout 64 km S of Grand Falls), with the largest being the Mactaquac Dam, about 20 km west of Fredericton, with a provincial park using the waters behind the dam, a marina, a campground, golf course, and a craft village.
Mactaquac Dam, west of Fredericton
The other feature characteristic to New Brunswick is the covered bridge. These were built to protect the long wooden bridges crossing the area’s wide rivers. With the amount of rain and snowfall in the region, the roof protected the bridge’s understructure from rot, and also reduced snow clearing effort and provided privacy to young couples who called them “kissing bridges”. (for info) There are 64 covered brides still standing, with the world’s longest being 391 metre (1282 ft) bridge across the Saint John River at Hartland, just south of the Trans-Canada’s crossing of the river.

World's Largest Axe, at NackawicJust west of Fredericton, is Kings Landing Historical Settlement, a historical re-creation of am 1860s era New Brunswick village, at the time the province was joining Confederation. The village has 70 restored buildings (many moved from lands that were later flooded by the Mactacuac Dam), complete with artifacts and period machinery, staffed by costumed re-enactors.

Elevation Chart - Grand Falls to Fredericton

Elevation Chart - Grand Falls to Fredericton

Trans-Canada Highway Itinerary Map

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-23Shirley Rd underpass (no access) (Oromocto59.1

 

-20Exit #306: junction Highway #7, S to Geary (5 km), Saint John (103 km) (Oromocto) 31.4

 

-19Route 660 underpass (no access) (Oromocto) 20.4

 

-17Exit #303: Miramichi Rd, Oromocto and access to CFB Gagetown (Oromocto) 22.6

 

-15Exit: #301: Waasis Rd, access to CFGB Gagetown, highway 102 access to Fredericton Airport (Oromocto) 21.6

 

-14.5Bridge over Oromocto River (Oromocto) 4.9

 

-14Hwy 655 Wilsey Rd (no access) to Fredericton airport (Oromocto) 9.8

 

-11Exit #297: Nevers Rd, access to Fredericton airport, all services (Fredericton21

 

-10Exit #294: junction #7 Vanier Highway, WB access N into Fredericton, all services (Fredericton) 38.1

 

0Exit: #285: junction #101, S to New Maryland (2 km), N into Fredericton, all services (Fredericton) 105.2

 

2Highway 640 Hanwell Rd underpass (no access) (Fredericton) 105.8

 

3Exit #280: junction highway #8, N into Fredericton, all services (Fredericton94.2

 

5Deerwood Drive overpass (no access) (Fredericton) 140.5

 

12Exit #271 Mazerolle Settlement Rd, access to highway #640, W to Kingsclear Indian Reserve 6 (Fredericton) 111.6

 

25Exit #258 Junction of Highway #3 & highway #102. E to community of Kingsclear, city of Fredericton. W on highway #3 to community of Harvey & St. Stephen. E via highway #102 Mactaquac Provincial Park77.4

 

30Exit #253 Junction of Highway’s #635, #636 Kings Landing Settlement, living-history exhibit about United Empire Loyalist settlers, on the banks of the majestic Saint John River (Kings Landing) 94.8

 

37Community of Prince William Access from highway47.5

 

42Community of Dumfries Services at highway, fuel (Dumfries) 39.9

 

49Community of Hawkshaw Access from highway40.5

 

51Exit # 232 Community of Pokiok. Services at highway. Access to highway #105. NE to community of Nackawic (Pokiok) 34.4

 

51.2Crossing Pokiok Stream (Pokiok) 33.8

 

53Roadside Highway Turnout With view point. North side of highway41.8

 

62Access to Charlie Lake123.4

 

71Junction of Highway #122 S to community of Canterbury (12 km)83.5

 

75Exit #212 W to community of Benton80.5

 

75.6Crossing the Eel River36

 

76Community of Meductic, services at highway (Meductic) 46

 

81Access to Community of Debec West side of highway57.6

 

84Exit 199 Junction of Highway #103 North to town of Woodstock.34.1

 

87.5Hodgdon Rd intersection89.3

 

88Passing through Woodstock 23 Indian Reservation97.8

 

90Exit #191 (old #94) Beardsley Road Access to Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park camping121.6

 

93.4Exit #188 Junction of Highway #555 East to town of Woodstock

Town of Woodstock (Woodstock) 

89.6

 

94Exit #187 to community of Houlton, Maine and access to U.S.A. Interstate 95, W (Woodstock) 81.4

 

95bridge across Meduxnekeag River (Woodstock) 61

 

96Highway 550 interchange (Woodstock) 89.6

 

96.5Exit #185 E to community of Woodstock (4 km)& Bloomfield. Services at highway. Highway 2 is twinned from this point south. (Woodstock) 105.2

 

99Junction of Highway #560 East to community of Woodstock. North to community of Hartford (Woodstock) 126.2

 

107Roseville Rd, community of Lakeville, services at highway101.5

 

108Community of Waterville East side of highway120.7

 

112Junction Hwy 103, S to services, Hartland covered bridge across Saint John River ( 1 km)73.2

 

112.5Bridge crossing the Saint John River42.1

 

113Exit #170 Junction scenic highway #105, S to town of Hartland, all services and accommodation44.5

 

114Junction of Highway #104 East to community of Coldstream103.6

 

119Exit 164: Landsdowne Rd Interchange150.3

 

121Chemin Lumber intersection122.5

 

126Allison Rd intersection121

 

128Exit #153 Access to highway #105 (Florenceville57

 

129Bridge across Saint John River (Florenceville) 55.5

 

130Exit #153 Junction of Highway #110 E to communities of Florenceville, Bristol (5 km), Glassville (18 km) W to community of Centreville (8 km) (Florenceville) 65.5

 

133Stacey Road West side of highway, access to campground, via Stacey Road (Florenceville) 59.1

 

134Noah’s Park Campground76.2

 

137Roadside Turnout with viewpoint on south side97.8

 

143Dam Rd, E side of hwy, view of dam72.2

 

144Spencer Rd, and view of Florence Lake60

 

147River Country Campground88.4

 

150Junction of Highway #560 E to community of Riviere de Chute, W to US border crossing (Riviere de Chute) 91.1

 

152Community of Bairdsville, access from highway100.3

 

159Services at highway91.1

 

166.3road on W side132

 

168Route 190 s exit to Perth-Andover (Perth-Andover128

 

171Exit #112 Route 190, E to community of Perth-Andover, all services. W to US border. Access to scenic route #105 on E bank of Saint John River (Perth-Andover) 124.7

 

176Highway 2 is divided highway to south from this point107.6

 

179Exit #104 Community of Aroostook, all services, east side of highway, access to Tobique 20 Indian Reservation to east (Aroostook) 121.9

 

184Bridge across the Aroostook River121.9

 

185.7Old Route 2, gas & services121

 

188Services at Highway Gas & diesel. Spring Water campground, west side of highway.160

 

191.7Highway 375 (W) to town of Limestone, Maine (9 km), E Limestone Siding Rd, access to highway’s #105, #375181.7

 

195.3Kelly Rd (E)197.2

 

198Gillespie Rd (W) Argosy Rd (E), gas & services176.8

 

199McCuskey Road Access to Mulherin Campground & R V Park220.4

 

201.8Exit #78 route #130 (Portage Road) Access from highway (Grand Falls214

 

202.8Michaud Rd intersection, access W to Rapid Brook Camping (Grand Falls) 182.6

 

205WB Exit #78 Oullette St W of hwy, Belanger St E of hwy, and Harley Hill Rd access to downtown Grand Falls (Grand Falls) 211.5

 

206EB Exit #78 Oullette St W of hwy, Belanger St E of hwy, access to downtown Grand Falls (Grand Falls214

 

207Hwy #218 W to Hamlin, Maine, and #130 E into downtown Grand Falls (Grand Falls) 152.1

 

207Hwy #218 W to Hamlin, Maine, and #130 E into downtown Grand Falls (Grand Falls152.1

 

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0Hwy #218 W to Hamlin, Maine, and #130 E into downtown Grand Falls (Grand Falls152.1

 

0Hwy #218 W to Hamlin, Maine, and #130 E into downtown Grand Falls (Grand Falls) 152.1

 

1EB Exit #78 Oullette St W of hwy, Belanger St E of hwy, access to downtown Grand Falls (Grand Falls) 214

 

2WB Exit #78 Oullette St W of hwy, Belanger St E of hwy, and Harley Hill Rd access to downtown Grand Falls (Grand Falls) 211.5

 

4.2Michaud Rd intersection, access W to Rapid Brook Camping (Grand Falls) 182.6

 

5.2Exit #78 route #130 (Portage Road) Access from highway (Grand Falls) 214

 

8McCuskey Road Access to Mulherin Campground & R V Park220.4

 

9Gillespie Rd (W) Argosy Rd (E), gas & services176.8

 

11.7Kelly Rd (E)197.2

 

15.3Highway 375 (W) to town of Limestone, Maine (9 km), E Limestone Siding Rd, access to highway’s #105, #375181.7

 

19Services at Highway Gas & diesel. Spring Water campground, west side of highway.160

 

21.3Old Route 2, gas & services121

 

23Bridge across the Aroostook River121.9

 

28Exit #104 Community of Aroostook, all services, east side of highway, access to Tobique 20 Indian Reservation to east (Aroostook) 121.9

 

31Highway 2 is divided highway to south from this point107.6

 

36Exit #112 Route 190, E to community of Perth-Andover, all services. W to US border. Access to scenic route #105 on E bank of Saint John River (Perth-Andover) 124.7

 

39Route 190 s exit to Perth-Andover (Perth-Andover128

 

40.7road on W side132

 

48Services at highway91.1

 

55Community of Bairdsville, access from highway100.3

 

57Junction of Highway #560 E to community of Riviere de Chute, W to US border crossing (Riviere de Chute) 91.1

 

60River Country Campground88.4

 

63Spencer Rd, and view of Florence Lake60

 

64Dam Rd, E side of hwy, view of dam72.2

 

70Roadside Turnout with viewpoint on south side97.8

 

73Noah’s Park Campground76.2

 

74Stacey Road West side of highway, access to campground, via Stacey Road (Florenceville) 59.1

 

77Exit #153 Junction of Highway #110 E to communities of Florenceville, Bristol (5 km), Glassville (18 km) W to community of Centreville (8 km) (Florenceville) 65.5

 

78Bridge across Saint John River (Florenceville) 55.5

 

79Exit #153 Access to highway #105 (Florenceville) 57

 

81Allison Rd intersection121

 

86Chemin Lumber intersection122.5

 

88Exit 164: Landsdowne Rd Interchange150.3

 

93Junction of Highway #104 East to community of Coldstream103.6

 

94Exit #170 Junction scenic highway #105, S to town of Hartland, all services and accommodation44.5

 

94.5Bridge crossing the Saint John River42.1

 

95Junction Hwy 103, S to services, Hartland covered bridge across Saint John River ( 1 km)73.2

 

99Community of Waterville East side of highway120.7

 

100Roseville Rd, community of Lakeville, services at highway101.5

 

108Junction of Highway #560 East to community of Woodstock. North to community of Hartford (Woodstock) 126.2

 

110.5Exit #185 E to community of Woodstock (4 km) & Bloomfield. Services at highway. Highway 2 is twinned from this point south. (Woodstock) 105.2

 

111Highway 550 interchange (Woodstock) 89.6

 

112bridge across Meduxnekeag River (Woodstock) 61

 

113Exit #187 to community of Houlton, Maine and access to U.S.A. Interstate 95, W (Woodstock) 81.4

 

113.6Exit #188 Junction of Highway #555 East to town of Woodstock Town of Woodstock Info (Woodstock) 89.6

 

117Exit #191 (old #94) Beardsley Road Access to Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park camping121.6

 

119Passing through Woodstock 23 Indian Reservation97.8

 

119.5Hodgdon Rd intersection89.3

 

123Exit 199 Junction of Highway #103 North to town of Woodstock.34.1

 

126Access to Community of Debec West side of highway57.6

 

131Community of Meductic, services at highway (Meductic) 46

 

131.4Crossing the Eel River36

 

132Exit #212 W to community of Benton80.5

 

136Junction of Highway #122 S to community of Canterbury (12 km)83.5

 

145Access to Charlie Lake123.4

 

154Roadside Highway Turnout with view point. North side of highway41.8

 

155.8Crossing Pokiok Stream (Pokiok) 33.8

 

156Exit # 232 Community of Pokiok. Services at highway. Access to highway #105. NE to community of Nackawic (Pokiok) 34.4

 

158Community of Hawkshaw Access from highway40.5

 

165Community of Dumfries Services at highway, fuel (Dumfries) 39.9

 

170Community of Prince William Access from highway47.5

 

177Exit #253 Junction of Highway’s #635, #636 Kings Landing Settlement, living-history exhibit about United Empire Loyalist settlers, on the banks of the majestic Saint John River (Kings Landing94.8

 

182Exit #258 Junction of Highway #3 & highway #102. E to community of Kingsclear, city of Fredericton. W on highway #3 to community of Harvey & St. Stephen. E via highway #102 Mactaquac Provincial Park.77.4

 

195Exit #271 Mazerolle Settlement Rd, access to highway #640, W to Kingsclear Indian Reserve 6 (Fredericton111.6

 

202Deerwood Drive overpass (no access) (Fredericton) 140.5

 

204Exit #280: junction highway #8, N into Fredericton, all services (Fredericton) 94.2

 

205Highway 640 Hanwell Rd underpass (no access) (Fredericton) 105.8

 

207Exit: #285: junction #101, S to New Maryland (2 km), N into Fredericton, all services (Fredericton) 105.2

 

217Exit #294: junction #7 Vanier Highway, WB access N into Fredericton, all services (Fredericton) 38.1

 

218Exit #297: Nevers Rd, access to Fredericton airport, all services (Fredericton) 21

 

221Hwy 655 Wilsey Rd (no access) to Fredericton airport (Oromocto9.8

 

221.5Bridge over Oromocto River (Oromocto) 4.9

 

222Exit: #301: Waasis Rd, access to CFB Gagetown, highway 102 access to Fredericton Airport (Oromocto) 21.6

 

224Exit #303: Miramichi Rd, Oromocto and access to CFB Gagetown (Oromocto) 22.6

 

226Route 660 underpass (no access) (Oromocto) 20.4

 

227Exit #306: junction Highway #7, S to Geary (5 km), Saint John (103 km) (Oromocto) 31.4

 

230Shirley Rd underpass (no access) (Oromocto) 59.1

 

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