With its strategic location, Port Elgin is the perfect spot to stay while you visit the rest of Atlantic Canada. Virtually all highway traffic going to and coming from Prince Edward Island passes through the local landmark of the ‘Port Elgin Traffic Circle’. Just minutes from major divided highways or even quiet, scenic backroads, Port Elgin is your home away from home.
The Confederation Bridge, which opened in 1997, is the longest continuous span over ice-covered water. It’s located just a short 20-minute drive from Port Elgin, making it possible to enjoy the Charlottetown Festival, the Cavendish Beach Area, or the other beautiful areas of Prince Edward Island, and still return to Port Elgin by nightfall. For a spectacular view of Confederation Bridge, we recommend taking Highway 16, exit onto the Abegweit Road (which is the ‘old road’ to the ferry terminal), through captivating Cape Tormentine, and linking back to beautiful Bayfield for access to the Bridge itself. Don’t forget your camera for those unforgettable pictures!
Greater Moncton Area
By travelling less than an hour by car, some of the many attractions that you can visit in the Moncton area include the Capitol Theater, Magic Mountain, and Magnetic Hill Zoo. Hopewell Cape and the world’s highest tides at the Rocks are also a pleasant 1-hour drive.
Cumberland County, Nova Scotia
If Nova Scotia is tickling your fancy; Jost Vineyards near Tatamagouche, the Joggins Fossil Cliffs, the Fundy Geological Museum in Parrsboro, and the Anne Murray Centre in Springhill are all within a one-hour drive. Also, a short 10-km east of Port Elgin is the scenic diversion linking two of Nova Scotia’s tourist routes; the Sunrise Trail and the Glooscap Trail. These are located at Tidnish, NS, home to the Chignecto Ship Railway.
Nature Conservancy’s Shorebird Reserve and Interpretive Centre in Johnson’s Mills, just minutes from the Village of Dorchester, massive flocks of migrating shorebirds frequent the tidal flats from late July to early August each year. Semipalmated sandpipers, Semipalmated Plovers, Least Sandpipers, Short-billed Dowitchers and Black-bellied Plovers stop to rest and fatten-up on their way from Canada’s low Arctic breeding grounds to winter in South America.
Sackville Waterfowl Park Route 935 joins Highway 106 at Sackville. Nestled in the heart of the downtown, this 55-acre award-winning wetland park features miles of trails and boardwalks and an array of songbird and waterfowl species.
Immortalized in Sir Charles G. D. Roberts’ famous poem, Tantramar Revisited, these vast marshlands offer inspiration and an excellent opportunity to view marsh hawks.
Tintamarre National Wildlife Area is one of the best canoeing and bird-watching spots in the province and contains several rare species of orchids. Cape Jourimain National Wildlife Area, off Route 955, is another outstanding birding location.
Located just off Route 2 at Aulac, NB, Fort Beauséjour attracts up to 50,000 visitors a year. Visitors can explore underground storerooms and climb the ramparts for a panoramic view of the marshlands and the Bay of Fundy.
Since 1987 Live Bait has been bringing high energy, entertaining theatre to the Tantramar area. That’s many seasons of auditions and rehearsals, openings and closings, reviews and interviews. Twelve seasons of highs and lows. And why do we keep doing it? For the magic. A group of strangers sits expectantly in a darkened theatre. Actors take to the stage. For a little while we’re all taken someplace else. Anything can happen. We laugh. We cry. We feel. We think. We come together. It’s magic. It’s live. It’s theatre. We invite you to take the bait again this year and help us make magic.
The Memramcook Theatre has exceptional acoustic qualities and hosts celebrations, cultural activites, and musical events. The Acadian Odyssey is displayed at the Museum. The Memramcook Valley Resort features the "Au Vieux College restaurant", a Class A 18-hole golf course, and a nature trail through LeBlanc Park.