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is where the great Canadian forest, sliced by sweeping river valleys
and modern highways, meets the sea. It's an old place in New World
terms, and the remains of a turbulent past are still in evidence
in some of its quiet nooks. Near Moncton, for instance, bees gather
nectar, and wild strawberries perfume the air of the grassy slopes
of Fort Beausejour, where, in 1755, one of the last battles for
possession of Acadia took place- the English finally overcoming
the French. The dual heritage of New Brunswick (35% of its population
is Acadian French) provides added spice.
than half the province is surrounded by coastline- the rest nestles
into Quebec and Maine, creating slightly schizophrenic attitudes
in border towns. The dramatic Bay of Fundy, which has the highest
tides in the world, sweeps up the coast of Maine, around the enchanting
Fundy Isles at the southern tip of New Brunswick and on up the province's
rough and intriguing south coast. To the north and east, the gentle,
warm Gulf Stream washes quiet beaches.
Brunswick is still largely unsettled - 85% of the province is
forested lands. Inhabitants have chosen the easily accessible
area around rivers, ocean, and lakes, leaving most of the interior
to the pulp companies.