Woodstock, New Brunswick’s First Town, is rich with more than 155 years of history and heritage and is home to some of New Brunswick’s pioneers. Settled on the banks of the Meduxnekeag and St. John Rivers at the intersection of the Trans-Canada Highway and Interstate 95, Woodstock boasts the finest 19th-century homes, churches and civic buildings.
Tracing your family tree? The on-site genealogist at the L.P. Fisher Public Library will be glad to help, as will the Carleton County Historical Society, housed in the newly renovated Hon. Charles Connell House, where the “Connell Stamp” is displayed. Take a stroll on Woodstock’s Historical Walking Tour to capture the work of this Victorian-era architect.
Celebrating more than 60 years, Old Home Week brings together the past and the present. This family event is home to the Annual Miss New Brunswick Pageant and the traditional country fair (animals, fairground rides, harness racing), with modern attractions (demolition derby and live entertainment). The week ends with a spectacular fireworks display.
Dooryard Arts Festival is a gathering of artisans to showcase their wares and talents along the two riverbanks. Four days of music, art, theater, workshops, and an open-air market in downtown is a festival to add to your vacation list this year.
The Annual Bass Tournament in Woodstock is renowned as one of the premier places in North America for catching smallmouth bass because the waterways are a natural breeding ground for this frisky fish. Walk along the Greenway, a 10-km (6.2-mi.) recreation trail that leads to the Meduxnekeag Nature Preserve, a tract of wilderness with stands of centuries-old Appalachian hardwood with abundant flora and fauna.
Stop by the Woodstock Farm & Craft Market open daily, Monday to Saturday, to purchase one of Carleton County’s creations, or pick up a sweet snack to enjoy along the way. Shop the unique boutiques and shops in the downtown.