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Brunswick Heads is the new Byron Bay

If you live in the Gold Coast region of Australia or have simply ever driven south along the scenic M1 Highway, then you almost certainly are familiar with Byron Bay. Well-known and ideally situated on the beautiful east coast of Australia, Byron Bay has become something of a local Mecca for tourists and sun seekers. Far less crowded than any beach on the Gold Coast, Byron Bay used to be the go-to spot for individuals seeking to get out and away from the crowds and bustle of the city.

What Happened to Bryon Bay?

Cleaner skies, less traffic, and an overall idyllic landscape – Byron Bay used to have it all. However, as its fame has increased, unfortunately so too has the number of people vacationing there. With the rise of popularity, Byron Bay has lost many of the qualities that brought people there in the first place – peace, tranquillity, and empty beauty that individuals seeking to get away from the hustle and bustle used to enjoy.

Even finding parking in Byron Bay is becoming increasingly difficult at certain times of the year. As the inevitable result of more tourism due to more individuals coming to Byron Bay is the simple law of economics that pricing for everything went up as well. Byron Bay is no longer the quiet, affordable, seaside town that it used to be. Individuals now find difficulty in getting affordable hotel reservations, and, at certain times the year, even crowding at local restaurants. The fact is, Byron Bay is simply not the place that it used to be. However, don’t give up those vacation plans just yet because a few miles north of Byron Bay is someplace you probably drove through and never even realized was someplace worth stopping.

Brunswick Heads – the new Byron Bay

Brunswick Heads is a few miles north of Byron Bay, which already is better positioning itself because of the shorter drive to reach it from the Gold Coast region. At a local level, it is also becoming something of an insider spot for small businesses doing digital marketing and SEO well. With just a few thousand people in the town, it is both large enough to accommodate the needs of any family or vacationer, and yet small enough to have a small town feel and the safety that goes with a community who know each other and care about their city.

Brunswick Heads is an ideal spot to get away from it all and do so with the affordability that used to be a staple of Byron Bay. At nearly all times of the year, it is quite easy to get affordable lodging at Brunswick Heads, as well as not having to jostle for position at local restaurants or beaches. Brunswick Heads is one of those small towns that reminds people of the simple beauty of Eastern Australia. Many people drive through and few stop to admire all the things that the area offers. Don’t be one who is tempted by greater reputation because Brunswick Heads is the go-to spot for people who seek to enjoy Australian relaxation as it used to be.

A Day at the New Brunswick Races

The ancient Greeks and Romans considered harness racing to be the highest form of horse racing. The driver in his chariot careening around an oval track and doing battle with his fellow competitors. The drivers risk life and limb, as the horses charge toward the finishing line. It is a test of nerve and strategy; with mud flying back from hooves and wheels. Whips are cracking and the sulkies rocking like Achilles at Troy, dragging the defeated body of Hector behind him. Only one can win: and you can back your choice to win big.

A Day at the New Brunswick Races

New Brunswick harness racing at Fredericton Raceway (Canada’s oldest horse racing track) and Exhibition Park Raceway (Saint John) delivers the thrills and spills that only this kind of horse racing can. Come along and experience a great day of racing with all the family and see these beautiful horses compete for the glory of victory. A day at the New Brunswick Races will ring some bells and get your blood pumping. High speed horse racing raises the temperature and while in New Brunswick why not have a few bets on local horse racing to make it interesting.

The Winners Lounge at Fredericton Raceway is a great place to enjoy a few drinks and hosts one of the top-rated Chinese restaurants in town. Spend some of your winnings on something sweet and sour and get a few egg rolls to go with that grin on your face. Nothing excites like picking winners and being rewarded for your skill, and dare I say luck. Life is good when you can share the buzz of horse racing with those near and dear to you. Take a loved one or, perhaps, someone you would like to soon be a loved one.

Horse racing, they say, is the sport of kings (and their queens I am sure). Enjoy swanning about amid the fashions and the glamour. A day at the New Brunswick Races may bring manna from heaven to your wallet or purse. The Sulky Room at Exhibition Park Raceway is a great place to share the joy and get your bets on at tracks all over North America. Standard bred racing is great to watch and fun to bet on. Make sure that you add this experience to your bucket list, it is a must. Feel the fever and chant your horse’s name, as they charge down the straight toward that finishing line.

New Brunswick By Night: Yes We Have Nightlife!

New Brunswick rocks out at night with surprising nightlife stimulating even the most jaded clubber. There are some large and well-equipped facilities in New Brunswick, with ambience and style. Alternatively, there are plenty of quirky and cute bars with unique characteristics.

PO Box 3045, Stn B, Fredericton, New Brunswick

506 450 8786 ext 2.

A massive music complex, which is located on Cityview Avenue in the North of Fredericton and featuring “the Plex”. This amazing live music and performance center hosts national acts, a music store, a music school, rehearsal studio, lighting and sound production. Atlantic Canada’s largest music facility and New Brunswick’s pride and joy.

The Grad House

676 Windsor Street, Fredericton, New Brunswick

453 4757

University of New Brunswick is home to The Grad Bar, where grad students hang out and party. Live entertainment, poetry readings, events and private functions are all at home in this groovy bar. Quirky and cute corners to gravitate towards during an evening at The Grad Bar.

Vintage Bistro & Lounge

14 Centennial Road, Saint John, New Brunswick.

506 832 1212

Possibly has the finest reputation for live music in New Brunswick. Experience intimacy and hot licks at one of Canada’s top night spots. Music features several nights a week. Delicious food on the menu and a guaranteed great night out. Check out the newsletter and website for more information on the scheduled line-up of acts.

The Hollywood Star Room

1560 Route 690, Fredericton, New Brunswick.

506 357 8304

Fairly new on the New Brunswick scene, The Hollywood Star Room features live bands on weekends. Classy joint that is perfect for special stuff like events and private functions. Autographed wall is a clue to the awful name of this venue. Come on Canada don’t we hate Americans. Ladies of the night rock out here.

Mama’s Pub Restaurant

On Brookside Drive, (used to be on Main Street), North Fredericton, New Brunswick.

Small cosy joint that rocks out and serves great food as well. Loungebars and live music venue.

Compulsion Bar and Nightclub

383 King Street, Fredericton, New Brunswick.

506 472 5082

800 Main Street, Moncton, New Brunswick.

506 860 6927

Live music, great bars, what more could you want. Get along and check out this super venue.

Club Cosmo

700 Main Street, Moncton, New Brunswick.

505 857 9117

Check out Club Cosmo, the most amazing entertainment complex, which consists of dance nightclub, an alternative band section and the lounge bar. Mounties can mount up at Club Cosmo.


Health Retreats: New Brunswick Day Spas & Healthy Options


Life can get busy but taking the time to unwind is an important part of staying healthy and vibrant. Here’s a list of New Brunswick day spas and healthy options for your health retreats that will surely help you relax and rejuvenate.


Absolute Serenity Spa & Wellness
25 Winter Street Sussex, New Brunswick
Phone:  506-433-2772
Renew yourself in the serene and tranquil setting of Absolute Serenity Spa & Wellness. This full service spa is the sanctuary of pure relaxation. It’s one of New Brunswick day spas’ best. They have friendly aesthetician to cover all your spa and wellness needs. Their list of men and women treatments includes facials, manicures, pedicures, make-up, waxing, hot stone massage and body treatments.

Element5 Spa
1 Market Square, 2nd LevelSaint John, New Brunswick
Phone: 506-642-7725
All your 5 senses will be engaged at Element5 Spa. The welcoming and comforting tea, free personalized sensory rituals and their signature treatments are guaranteed to give you a deeper guest experience. Their individual consultation will determine which element most influences you then they will prescribe a service and product regime to help restore your skin, your wellbeing and all your 5 elements.

The Spa at The Algonquin
184 Adolphus Street St. Andrews by-the-Sea New Brunswick
Go ahead and indulge at The Spa at The Algonquin. They promote rejuvenating and therapeutic services attheir seaside location to give you the much-needed break you deserve. The Spa is your haven for complete wellness. Retreat to their newly renovated spa and rejuvenate your mind and body by relaxing with an organic Aveda comforting tea while surrendering to their Aveda experts. Your stress will surely melt away in this health retreats place and enter the world of balance, wellness and relaxation.

Chance Harbour Nature Spa
110 Cranberry Head Road Chance Harbour New Brunswick
Phone: 506-659-6060
Enjoy the spacious wood-fire sauna and steam room at the Chance Harbour Nature Spa to rid your body of unwanted toxins. Your nervous system will vibrate in amazing delight as you continue your Thermotherapy experience by taking a plunge in the Bay of Fundy or releasing a bucket of water over your head. You can also warm up and relax your bones by soaking the 103ºF / 39.5ºC hot pool nestled on the edge of the hill beside the beautiful waterfall. You can spend your whole day exploring and enjoying this totally and completely unique and scenic destination of nature.

Sheila’s Day Spa
129 Champlain Drive Saint John, New Brunswick
Phone: 506-696-1476
Sheila’s Day Spa provides a rejuvenating spa experience for men and women by combining advanced medical skin care treatments for the face and body with full spa services and laser therapies. They combine effective solutions to aesthetic concern through a digital skin analysis and customized treatment plans. Their beautiful and private facilities provide a discreet, nurturing and relaxing environment for clients of all walks of live.

A NU U Day Spa
199 Chesley Dr Suite 108 Saint John, NB E2K 4S9
Phone: 506-653-0703
A NU U Day Spa offers a relaxing atmosphere from the moment you walk in the door. Their peaceful and private place will help you to leave your worries and stress behind you. They have friendly practitioners who are passionate and educated about they do. They will provide you with customized services to suit your needs for your optimum experience. Their personalised services will complement your menopause treatment and leave you looking and feeling your absolute best.

Spa 654 Club
654 Bishop Drive, Fredericton, New Brunswick
Phone: 506-474-1772
Immerse yourself at Spa 654 Club Fredericton’s only full service medi-spa, day spa and hair salon. This dynamic salon has award winning staff,  trend setting services and sublime spaces. They offer laser hair removal, accent radio frequency, medical services, hair services, massage and different spa services and packages. Spa 654 is a one stop shop for your aesthetic and wellness needs.

Sorella Spa
440 King st. Kings Place Fredericton, New Brunswick
Phone: 506-450-8000
Visit Sorella Salon&Spa, they offer a range of facial and skin care treatments, products and aesthetics services. They also offer Moroccanoil, mineral makeup and Yonka products. Sorella take immense pride in the range of beauty, aesthetics and skin care services and products they provide their clients. They are open on weekdays and Saturday from 10am to 5pm but all weekday evenings can be available by pre-booked appointment.

Posh Day Spa
63 Cobblestone Dr Quispamsis New Brunswick
Phone: 506-849-7674
Relax, revitalize and rejuvenate at Posh Spa. They offer full Aesthetics and Hair services from the anticipated manicures and pedicures (including artistic gel nails, French polish) to exceptional hair styling, colour techniques and treatments. They also offer body treatments such as sea salt body scrub, sea mud body wrap and back treatment. Posh Day Spa also offers mobile make-up for Weddings or Special Occasions, whether that happens to be in the comfort of your own home, a hotel room near your venue or anywhere.

Elaine Miguel Spa
536 McLaughlin Dr Moncton, NB
Phone: 506-204-6292
Elaine Miguel Spa never disappoints when you need a day spa that will treat you right. You will be welcome in their nice, clean and inviting place. If you need a massage to relax, they will give you the best deal every time. Their expert hands will unlock the knots in your muscles and melt away your aches and pain. In addition to excellent massages, they provide pedicures and manicures to make your nails shine. Plus they also offer body waxing to give you smooth skin and facials to rejuvenate your face.












Starting Up a Bed & Breakfast: Things You Need To Know

Bed & Breakfast business is growing in popularity and has received its fair share of the spotlight over time. The reason behind this is that travels today may become more streamlined which help pave the way to an increase of tourists all over the world. Business owners find this to be a very good opportunity to start their very own B&B business for themselves and here a few things they can use for to back their endeavors up.

Just like any type of business there are also certain skills needed in running bed and breakfast business. Natural skills such as the enjoyment of being surrounded by new people to the extent you’re unphased by having strangers in your home every day can be a plus. Great customer care skills is also needed and also the thought of looking for others being happy to go the extra mile. Cooking is also a skill that comes handy to acquire in the present. Training seminars help business owners develop such skill making them great supplementary materials.

It should be noted that are no set-in-stone qualifications required, but it’s advisable that you research this type of business thoroughly before starting up. There are a lot of decisions to make before starting a bed and breakfast. One thing in particular is that B&B guests generally are not looking for a bargain. In fact, they are often willing to pay more for something different and out of the ordinary. As such, before you open your home to guests it is best that you try spending a night in each room as if you were a guest and rate them on your own.

In the age of the internet, bad reviews are there for all to see and the B&B industry is not immune to such reviews. Bad reviews can affect and influence others with regards to the way that they look at your business. As such it is important for one to know how to stop guests leaving bad reviews. This includes striving to give every single guest – from toddlers to retirees – the best possible experience they can have at your B&B. Owners have to know how to deal with their complaint and try to resolve the situation if they want to prevent a potentially bad review

Another area the B&B industry has grown and prospered is in the social media. You will not be f finding any shortage of B&B companies who have integrated their services over the social media today. Using social media for marketing your B&B plays a very important role in catching the attention of your target audience. This is quite apparent with many successful innkeepers, especially in out-of-the-way places, are now using social media with great success for promoting their B&Bs.

A number of B&Bs in New Brunswick come with different features and amenities. For instance, Fundy Heights B&B offers The New Brunswick Room with notable features which include piano, fireplace, Antique scrabble & games table in a spacious common room overlooking the gardens. B&B Industry requires a good amount of funding in order for the business to run smoothly. It is good to hear that start up business loans exists which helps provide owners the much needed resources that they need to be able to star their B&B business with ease.

Marketing Your B&B Via Social Media: Instagram & Facebook

Marketing has undergone several changes and innovation in hopes to better serve its customers. A huge number of companies today are leaning towards the use of digital marketing with its huge reach and scope. The same can also be said with regards to the B&B industry as many social media profiles have appeared which aims to advertise their respective services.

There are has been a lot of innovative ways to advertise your bed and breakfast in the present. It should be noted that customer preference changes over time and it is advised that companies apply the necessary changes to make their services more relevant to their audience. This is especially important today wherein online competition is fierce.

Several B&B industries in the present make use of their own website, online directories, pay per click advertising, customer reviews and of course social media to draw more people to their site. Using Facebook, Twitter and other social networks to market your B&B is indeed a popular practice today and seeing them in the social media feels more natural and less intrusive to its audience. The reason behind this is that fellow social media users themselves share the same relevant post to their friends and followers on a regular making turning it into a normal practice.

Setting up your website for the public however, is just the very first step in marketing your business. Mastering social media for your bed & breakfast is also important and there needs to be more to your social media marketing campaign than simply creating a Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram page for your bed and breakfast and uploading a few photos every now and then. Companies need to engage their customers, encourage them to share their posts and make an effort to go viral resulting to garnering the much needed attention that is directed to your services which increases the likelihood of potential customers. Ideas and resources for marketing your bed and breakfast includes being active on social media and inviting social influencers to stay for free is also a plus. This is a person who gets 1,200 likes on Instagram every time they post which results to free publicity for your website. You have to give them some incentive however to promote your service or perhaps build a strong relation with such person for them to freely advertise your business.

Visuals for B&B on social media also play a huge role in marketing your services to online users especially with regards to your signature photo. As such, companies are advised to choose a single photo that represents the essence of their B&B. Use this photo as your online avatar for every social media profile (Google Places, Facebook, Twitter). This in turn keeps your image consistent, and helps people recognize you across multiple platforms regardless of what site they have seen your business.

For newcomers in the B&B industry, they may not have the timely and pleasantry to pursue digital marketing on a regular basis. Cost-controlled small business marketing however, were able to help manage their resources producing timely and effectively marketing campaigns that is catered specifically to small business owners. As a result, these individuals are able to start marketing campaigns without the need to spend an entire fortune.

Pathways & Walking Trails in New Brunswick Canada


New Brunswick is a maritime province on the East Coast of Canada, beside Quebec and right above Maine. It has beaches, falls, rivers, oceans, mountains, cities and small towns. The highest tides in the world can also be found here. If you love walking and hiking New Brunswick has its fair share of pathways and walking trails.  Some are built for walking, hiking and others are designed for adventurous people with expert navigation and wilderness skills. Here are some pathways and walking trails you can take in New Brunswick:

Grand Manan Lighthouse Trail
436 Whistle Rd. Grand Manan New Brunswick, Canada E5G 1B9
Tel: 1-888-525-1655
Grand Manan Lighthouse Trail is the excellent coastal walking trail in New Brunswick which is one of the best places to view whales, seabirds and porpoises as they feed below the cliffs. Other walking trails and pathways can be accessed from this point. A trail guide is recommended for those interested in walking the many trails. It’s available from the visitor information centre or any of the island’s gift shops.

International Appalachian Trail New Brunswick
New Brunswick Chapter
This world famous trail is part of the International Appalachia Trail, which follows a chain of mountains in Canada, USA, Greenland, Europe and North America. The New Brunswick part of the trail system enters through Mount Carleton Provincial Park and up and over the highest point in the Maritimes. You’ll see softwood and hardwood and wildflowers in abundance. There are also several rivers and diverse wildlife population. There are 18 bridges along this route that cross the Grog Brook. Hikers can camp on the side of the trail as there are some campgrounds along the route.

Fundy Foothpath
3 Fundy Trail Parkway Salmon River NB E5R 1W4 Canada
Tel: (506) 833-2019
Fundy Foothpath is listed in the Explore Magazine’s “50 Best Hikes in the World”. The pathways fall within the park but it’s separate from the Fundy Trail Parkway. Fundy Foothpath walking trail is a challenging wilderness that starts at the suspension bridge at Big Salmon River and hugs the coastline to the boundaries of Fundy National Park. All hikers are required to register by calling 1-866-386-3987.

Fundy Trail
3 Fundy Trail Parkway Salmon River NB E5R 1W4
Tel. (506) 833-2019
Fundy Trail is more than just a trail, it’s a 2,559-hectare park with a 19-km (12-mi.) drive hugging the coast which is picturesque like the Loire Valley. There is a new access to Long Beach stretching for 2.5 km along the bay, 3 discovery beaches, a 10-km multi-use coastal trail and several footpaths. The trail also features over 20  lookouts with awe-inspiring views, 60-meter suspension bridge, little flowerpot rock, 600 million-year-old rock formations, a 15-metre waterfall, and kayak tours.

Fredericton Trails
180 Station Rd., Trail Visitor Centre, Northside Fredericton New Brunswick, E3B 1B5
Tel. (506) 460-2041
The Fredericton Trails is comprised of 10 major trails in different length from 1.2 km to 10.7 km, 2 large parks (Odell Park and Killarney Lake Park), and 2 small nature parks. It has more than 85 km of non-motorized, multi-use trails accessible to pedestrians, cyclists, wheelchairs and baby strollers. The trails traverse both sides of the St. John River, joined by the Bill Thorpe Walking Bridge extending to city limits.

Lindsay Valley Trail
Gagetown Military Base
Tel: 506-422-2000
Lindsay Valley Trail is located at Gagetown Military Base. It contains 35 km of trails designed for walking, running, skating and cross country skiing. You can start your 5km route from the chalet and loop around the valley to your start point. Trails are rated easy and intermediate with some difficult sections. Anyone is free to use the trails at any time except when the base is on high alert or shut down.


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Cub Camp Falls Trail
Carleton County New Brunswick
Cub Camp Falls can be approached from both sides of Gibson Creek, it’s only 1.6 km from Route 105 in Northhampton. The creek was formed in a series of rapids and waterfall where Cup Camp Falls is the largest. It drops in the rock outcrop into a generous pool. You can hike along the side of the ravine to climb over downfalls and navigate around the outcrops of granite.

Lincoln Trail
Downtown Fredericton
Lincoln Trail begins at the south end of the Old Train Bridge near the Trans Canada Trail Pavilion and extends toward the city limits in Lincoln. It connects with the Cross Town trail as well as the pathway system through UNB to Priestman St. It’s ideal for walking or cycling. The Lincoln Trail is a minimum 2 hour walk or 40 minute bike ride in each direction. The trail travels through an urban setting, secluded woodland and scenic views of the Saint John River.