Miramichi, New Brunswick is a very quaint and picturesque city that is located on the shores of one of the most infamous rivers for fishing Atlantic Salmon and many species of trout, including brook, or speckled trout. The Miramichi river flows into the Northumberland Straight, the body of water that separates New Brunswick from Prince Edward Island. The city of Miramichi, New Brunswick, as a travel destination is much more suited for the outdoors enthusiasts, as indoor activities are few and far between in this outdoorsmen’s paradise.
The city of Miramichi lays at the beginning of a long, spreading harbour that houses many ports, docks, cottages and homes. From one of the main bridges that cross the harbour, the smart fisherman knows right away that they are in trout country. The Miramichi river is one of the more sought after locations for the Atlantic salmon, sea trout, speckled (or, brook) trout and brown trout fishermen. These are the fish of choice for this iconic river, and trophies have been caught on a regular basis for each species, with many heads of state for other countries, rock stars, movie stars and other public figures flying into Moncton, New Brunswick, and flying or driving to Miramichi for some of the best fishing, be it from shore or on a boat.
However, since the mi-1980’s, the Miramichi river has been under a moratorium, where fishermen have to buy a special license, not use barbed hooks, nor use any minnows other than those species already present, as well as only keep one fish, not one fish per species but one fish. It becomes a very expensive expedition for the fisherman wanting to feed his family, but the avid sporting fisherman will find himself in heaven with the quality of fishing and the amazingly beautiful scenery.
From snowmobiling in the Winter to water skiing in the Summer, the sportsman will find an endless array of activities to keep them well occupied. From the small, regional airport, skydiving and sightseeing expeditions can be arranged. From the one road that travels from the mouth of the Miramichi river, through to the bridge where the pulp and paper plant is located, there are few businesses that cater to the tourist. You can, of course, buy knick knacks from local artisans, foods from local bakers and restaurants, as well as the usual, small town tourist shops.
In Miramichi, there are a few riverside seafood restaurants with balconies overlooking the infamous river, but most businesses are on the main thoroughfare, which meanders along with the river. The city of Miramichi is reminiscent of a typical, small, harbour town whose best days are either in the past, or in the near future. For those who are not into fishing, a day’s worth of fun would most likely involve a few hours’ drive in either direction along highway #11.
If you want to fish for world class Atlantic salmon or any of the species of trout that make the river their home, Miramichi should be one of the cities on your to do list of places to visit.