Arts & Culture
Florenceville-Bristol has a vibrant Arts and Culture scene with many venues and events to keep your creative juices flowing.
The Andrew & Laura McCain Library is situated in the heart of downtown Florenceville. It is the place to get your choice of the best books, magazines, newspapers, CDs or DVDs. They’ve got something for all ages, including activities and workshops.
Also in the Library is the Andrew & Laura McCain Art Gallery. It boasts the best of New Brunswick visual arts in the St. John River Valley. Enjoy their many exhibits, workshops, guest speakers and artistic events.
Not far down the street is an extension of the Art Gallery called the River Arts Centre & Studios. It is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to increase access, awareness and appreciation of art in our community. It provides affordable working studio space for artists to create, exhibit, teach art, and provide a place for the community to gather, learn and participate in the experience of art.
Another creative venue is Second Wind Music Centre, which provides opportunities to learn an instrument, a venue to perform, and listen to live music and other community musical activities. Check their Facebook page for the current lineup of musical entertainment. https://www.facebook.com/secondwindmusiccentre/
At the Shogomoc Railway Site, you can enjoy a guided tour of a restored 1914 CPR train station, a train car renovated into a fine dining restaurant, along with two other cars that have been renovated into an inn. Next door is the Welcome Centre, which offers a gift shop filled with local products, souvenirs, artisan crafts and artwork throughout the summer months.
On the Shogomoc Railway Site, you’ll also find Fresh Fine Dining. It is uniquely located on a 26-seat rail car, and gives diners a chance to savour flavours, to sample great wines, and to be treated a little extra special. During this nearly 3-hour long dining experience, you’ll be treated to dishes crafted by the talented chef, while being served with friendliness and class by the owner herself. Reservations are necessary, so be sure to book ahead to get your seat in a dining car that’s unlike any other!
Rail cars # 2 and 3 have been renovated into the Shamrock Train Inn, providing unique accommodations whether you’re looking for romance or adventure. In the Romancing the Rails car, there is one queen bed, an electric fireplace, en-suite washroom, a kitchenette with continental breakfast and everything you need for that romantic Train get-away that you have always dreamed of. The Adventure on the Rails car has everything needed for an exciting adventure with a group of family or friends. Encompassing an entire train car, there are two double bunkees and one queen bunkee, a kitchenette with continental breakfast, a private bathroom and a sitting area with games.
The Carleton Victoria Arts Council regularly host musical performances at the Weldon Matthews Theatre located in the Carleton North High School. Check the schedule on their website for an up-to-date schedule of events at http://cvarts.ca/.
The New Brunswick Potato World Museum is full of state-of-the-art, hands-on displays as well as antique machinery from the agricultural industry, and offers guided experiential tours to its guests. It is also home to the Potato World Hall of Recognition, which acknowledges the extraordinary achievements and contributions of New Brunswickers to the potato industry.
Throughout our Town, you’ll find Heritage Buildings and Sites with interesting architectural details and history associated with each. Fifteen sites have been locally designated under the Provincial Local Historic Places Program. These sites have been recognized with an interpretive plaque, so you can discover Florenceville-Bristol’s Heritage on your own:
Old Baptist Church, 4710 Juniper Road
Marich House, 8 Curtis Road
Bristol Shogomoc Railway Site, 9189 Main Street
Meeds Lane, Main Street
Riverside Park, 9173 Main Street
E.R.Marich Building, 9160 Main Street
Bristol House Hotel, 9135 Main Street
Dr. Sommerville’s Office, 9133 Main Street
Dr. Somerville’s House, 9129 Main Street
Church of the Good Shepherd, 8772 Main Street
Old Florenceville Bridge, Main Street
Florenceville-Community Hall, 8696 Main Street
Buttermilk Creek, East Side Florenceville-Bristol
Baptist Meeting House, Riverview Drive
Andrew and Laura McCain House, 95 Riverview Drive
The Saint John River not only offers a beautiful view from shore, but also has a lot to offer on the water too. Enjoy great fishing or a new perspective of the Town’s landscape from a kayak, canoe or tube, with rentals available locally from Riverview Outfitters. Be sure to watch overhead for many bald eagles soaring through our skies too.
Florenceville-Bristol is home to many trails for any activity you want to enjoy, but be sure to bring a camera along to capture the picturesque scenery and wildlife along the way. The Shiktehawk Trail is perfect for walking or hiking. The NB Trail runs from one end of Town to the other, and is available for snowmobiling through the winter months, and non-motorized use through the summer. Many other trails are available through local ATV clubs to get you exploring in the summer. Visit the NB ATV Federation website for more details of trails in our area.
Muddy Boots is a new outdoor learning centre located at the Florenceville end of Town. It is a not-for-profit group that is creating an accessible community outdoor classroom and park in Florenceville-Bristol. This has been a community project where students from grades 3 to 5 started by planting 100 trees on the green space.
Outdoors & Adventure
There are many other outdoor activities nearby like hunting, skiing, snowshoeing, and golfing. You won’t need to travel far to enjoy your favourite outdoor activity!
Downhill skiing: https://www.bigrockmaine.com/
Snowshoeing, cross country skiing: http://valleyoutdoor.ca/
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