St. Stephen – Peticodiac

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What a shame New Brunswick Trunk Route #1 takes up its space on such beautiful landscape along the Bay of Fundy! This high volume, high speed highway with no thought for bicycling runs with landscape brutally cleared away for view planes in all directions, from its start at the U.S.A. border, through to the town of Sussex, to its end near Moncton.

It has a paved has a shoulder, but by no means is this anywhere near a pleasant road road to bicycle on.

From the U.S.A. border moving eastward, you can do options such as Route 127, and 760. At St. George, you reach an oasis for the bicycle tourist. Here, several great routes run southward, and you can enjoy the Fundy Islands – Deer Island, Campobello, and Grand Manan. This area was the first New Brunswick location Atlantic Canada Cycling selected for its beloved Atlantic Canada Bicycle Rally.

Between Musquash and Saint John, there is absolutely no other option. It is ugly. The 790 can take a long distance to give you only a short breather. The 780 is really tough slogging (unless you have a mountain bike). You are faced with no other choices. Traffic moves at 110 kph (at least). The shoulder makes it reasonably safe, but it is not a road you use by choice.

A rather sad feature is that very long sections have been fenced in on both sides, with miles and miles of metal barriers put up to prevent animals from getting on the road (or is it to fence you in?). This harsh metal curtain runs forever along both sides, totally dividing the ecology on both sides of the highway. It’s dispiriting. Supposedly, animals will be different on each side of the highway should civilization extend itself another million years or so.

In Saint John, Route 1 crosses the Saint John River. Here bicycles are NOT ALLOWED  (surprise). You must go through on the old highway. Good Luck. Saint John is a mess, you will get lost, we promise…

Between Saint John and Quispamsis, it is a tough call. Route 100, as its nasty review can attest, is a busy sprawl zone, with all the lack of respect for the cyclist as a city can afford.  At commuting times, this road is fierce. Local Saint John cyclists could tell you of how they use Loch Lomond Road and the 860. This is a bit difficult to follow, as small roads run off in all directions. The highest traffic volumes in the province of New Brunswick run between Saint John and Moncton. If you have lots of time, the 111 is preferred. Route 121 follows the 1 between Hampton and Sussex. At commuting hours, this road can be just as bad as there is no shoulder.

Traffic: High to Very High

Road Conditions: Divided 4 lane; Limited access sections

Terrain: Rolling

Communities On This Route:

Saint George; Saint John