By Car and Ferry
The Trans-Canada Highway bisects the province, entering from Québec at St. Jacques. It follows the Saint John River Valley before veering through Moncton and exiting into Nova Scotia at the hamlet of Aulac. The entire distance is about 530km (329 miles).
The fastest route from New York City or New England to New Brunswick is the Maine Turnpike (a toll road). Take the turnpike north to Bangor, Maine, then slice east on Route 9 to connect to Route 1. Continue to Calais, Maine which is just across the river from St. Stephen, New Brunswick.
A more scenic variation is to drive across a bridge onto Campobello Island from Lubec, Maine, then take a ferry to Deer Island, drive the length of the island, and board a second ferry to the mainland.
Those headed to Fredericton or Moncton can speed their trips somewhat by following the Maine Turnpike to its conclusion, then continuing north on I-95 all the way to Houlton, Maine, and beyond; you'll connect with the Trans-Canada after crossing the border.
Bay Ferries (tel. 888/249-7245; www.nfl-bay.com) operates the ferry known as the Princess of Acadia that links Saint John with Digby, Nova Scotia. The ferry sails year-round, with one to two crossings daily (travel time: 3 hours) each way. The peak-season (June through October) one-way fares in 2009 were C$40 for adults, C$30 for seniors, C$25 for children ages 6 to 13, C$5 per child under 6, and C$80 and up per vehicle, plus a C$20 fuel surcharge; fares are cheaper during the rest of the year. Also, adults and kids get a 25% discount on round-trips completed within 30 days (vehicle fare is discounted 15%), so be sure to buy a round-trip ticket if you'll return the same way you came. Reservations for the ferry in summer are advised.
The province's main airports are at Fredericton (the provincial capital), Saint John, and Moncton, all of which are chiefly served by Air Canada (tel. 888/247-2262; www.aircanada.com) and the major car-rental companies. Continental (tel. 800/231-0856; www.continental.com) also flies nonstop from Newark, New Jersey's, Liberty International Airport to Moncton, while WestJet (tel. 888/937-8538; www.westjet.com) links Saint John and Moncton with Toronto.
Canada's government-operated cross-country railroad, VIA Rail (tel. 888/842-7245; www.viarail.ca), offers train service through the province to and from Montréal 6 days a week (no departures on Tues) year-round. The train follows a northerly route to and from Halifax, with stops in Campbellton, Miramichi, and Moncton. Check the VIA Rail website for more details on routes, schedules, stopping times in New Brunswick, and online booking.
By Cruise Ship
Yes, indeed, you read that correctly. Popular Carnival Cruise Lines (tel. 888/CARNIVAL; www.carnival.com) is just one of the major cruise lines to touch down in New Brunswick, with a series of 4-day weekend summertime cruises from New York City to the Bay of Fundy and back. Optional shore excursions during the day and night at port in Saint John (for an extra charge) have included a bike tour of local covered bridges; visits to a dairy farm; kayak trips around the bay; and a visit to a local Brewery. Other big cruise lines also stop in this port -- see the Saint John tourism website www.cruisesaintjohn.com for fuller listings and links to cruise-booking sites.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.