Where to find covered bridges?
I've heard New Brunswick area is known for its covered bridges. Is there a website or does anyone know where to find them as we travel? Are any close to the trans-canada - i.e. not far off our route?
A really good resource
I did a review of <a href = "http://www.roadtripamerica.com/read/Covered-Bridges-Across-North-America.htm">Covered Bridges Across North America<a/> back in July, 2004. It really is a good book and although I can't find my copy (to look up the listings in New Brunswick) I am sure you will find plenty to check out.
I do know that Hartland is the home of the world's longest covered bridge. <a href = "http://www.roadtripamerica.com/OnTheRoad/On-the-Road-with-Garry-Sowerby.htm">There is a photo of it<a/> in Garry Sowerby's article.
Covered bridges on your way
Here is a link to a listing of the 64 covered bridges in NB :
You might as well consider Vermont and Quebec, there are plenty of covered bridges in some areas. The North eastern part of Vermont (Richford, Montgomery, Troy, etc. US105, US118) is filled with these little wonders.
There are 91 covered bridges in Quebec. In the eastern part of the Eastern Townships in Quebec, you'll find many of them : Cowansville, Notre Dame de Stanbridge, Brigham (2), St. Armand (all in the same area). Further east : Potton, Ascot, Compton, Eaton, Lingwick. The main road in the Townships is I-10, if you want to visit those and get back to I-20 (Trans-can) quickly, you could take I-10 from Montreal to Sherbrooke and then head north on I-55.
On your way to NB, in the Lower St. Lawrence not far from I-20 : Mont Lebel, St. Anaclet de Lessard, Les Boules (in english "the Balls"), Matane surroundings (2), Amqui (on SR132). And depending on what route you plan to take and how much time you have, there are many more on your way. If you have some extra time, go around the Gaspe Peninsula, it's definitly worth the detour, expecially the Perce and Gaspe areas. At low tide, walk to Bonaventure Island to watch the migrating birds and go around the Rocher Perce (Pierced Rock). For a nice campground, head to Forillon Park on the St. Lawrence waterfront.
If you go through St. Simon, go to Chez Choiniere B&B (50-60$/night). The owner is very friendly, he makes excellent pancakes and his house is an authentic ancestral house with huge baths in each room. Stop by Baie des Sable for a cod dinner at Le Capitaine (not to be mistaken with Capitaine Homard :oP), for 10$ you get to eat a fresh cod filet with lots of "à côtés" and pudding chomeur (a typical Quebec desert).
If you have specific questions about VT or QC I'd be happy to help you!
Thanks for so much detail! I'll have to research which of the many are close to our route.
(Barrie, Ontario to Fredericton (see folks), Hopewell Rocks & Fundy Nat'l Park, PEI, Newfoundland, Halifax, Peggy's Cove, around bottom of NS to Yarmouth, take Cat Ferry to Bar Harbor & Acadia Nat'l Pk, then to New York City, and back home)
When you are in Maine, <a href = "http://www.roadtripamerica.com/journals/Number20.htm">Stonington Harbor<a/> on Deer Isle is one of our favorite places.