Known as the “Lobster Capital of the World”, Shediac hosts an annual lobster fishing festival and is also home to an iconic lobster landmark. The waterside town overlooks Shediac Island and boasts a sandy beach, historic buildings and a downtown core with seafood restaurants and local boutiques.
Things to do in Shediac
Embrace the lobster lifestyle in Shediac by snapping a photograph of the beloved Giant Lobster sculpture. You can also time your visit for the annual Shediac Lobster Festival, which takes place in summer and features live music, delicious lobster tastings, family-friendly magicians and storytellers and the Midway carnival.
If you’re visiting Shediac during summer, follow the crowds down to Parlee Beach Provincial Park, where you can swim and sunbathe at the sandy beach. Dine on fresh seafood at Restaurant Parlee Beach or pack a picnic to enjoy on the grassy areas. Don’t forget to snag a table at Sandbar before sunset, a popular restaurant and bar that overlooks Shediac Island.
Need some retail therapy? Head to Mall Centre-Ville in the middle of Shediac, which boasts local fashion boutiques and discount stores. Venture further down Main Street to find a strip of international and local restaurants, such as Norm's Pizza and Jan's Resto-Pub, while China Garden Restaurant dishes up sumptuous Chinese specialties.
Drive about 20 minutes from Shediac to Irishtown Nature Park to explore the 890-hectare park, which boasts hiking and biking trails along with a lake for kayaking. Keep driving into the neighbouring city of Moncton to visit the renowned Pump House Brewery, known for its house-brewed craft beer.
Getting around Shediac
Shediac is under 20 minutes’ drive from Greater Moncton Roméo LeBlanc International Airport and is connected to Moncton via Acadian Bus Lines. Parts of Shediac are easily explored on foot or bicycle, while hire cars are best for venturing further.