Province/Territory: New Brunswick

Relive the British Loyalist era in a 19th century rural village

  • 170 costumed interpreters
  • 20 historic homes and buildings
  • 65000 period artifacts

Hitch a ride into the 19th century at a bustling New Brunswick village on the banks of the Saint John River at Kings Landing Historical Settlement. Wind along a country lane listening to creaking wagons pulled by trotting workhorses. Watch women in hoop skirts and men in top hats stroll through town, speaking of kings, queens and politics. Roll up your sleeves in the fields, and help a farmer haul hay with an ox cart. Step into a pioneer kitchen where women cook over an open fire, and spin wool into yarn. In the distance, a fiddler plays a lively tune while the anvil rings. Meet up in a converted barn, bustling with geese and chickens, and clap-along to a lively theatre performance. Mingle with costumed British Loyalists who'll share their journey from America to a new home.

Why you should visit
  • Climb aboard for a ride on the sloven wagon - a low-slung work wagon distinctive to the Maritimes.
  • Treat yourself to a bag of lemon drop candies at the general store at Kings Landing Historical Settlement
  • Check out an 1830’s sawmill run entirely by waterpower.
  • Enjoy live performances including theatre, barn dances, and strolling minstrels.
  • Get hands-on in the period houses – try butter making, dipping candles, and spinning wool. Prepare herbal remedies from the garden plants.
  • Kick up your heels to a lively fiddle tune.
  • Check out the renowned carriage collection and impressive display of antique automobiles.
  • Savour the aroma of homemade goodies like cinnamon rolls, butter tarts, sugar cookies and johnnycake.
  • Listen for the blacksmith's hammer clash and the church bells ring.
  • Chat with costumed "settlers" and learn about rural living in the 19th Century.
  • See how maple candy is made at a sugar bush weekend.
  • Sample New Brunswick-style Salmon Chowder at the King's Head Pub.

Weather

  • Summer (June to August) in New Brunswick is warm and great for exploring Bay of Fundy tides, swimming, paddling and summer festivals. Winters (late November to February) are great for skiing and skating. Fall (September to November ) brings cool, dry temperatures, great whale watching and hiking. Spring (late March to May) sees gardens in bloom and the start of fishing season.
  • Discover local weather information. Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada’s Canadian Climate Normals Website.
Visitor information
When to go
  • Summer in New Brunswick is sunny and warm and a great time to visit the lighthouses at Cape Enragé and experience the extraordinary Bay of Fundy tides.
  • July is typically the warmest month of the year.
  • Popular Fredericton summer festivals include Festival Acadien in August and the Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival in September.
Need to know
  • Plan to spend about 4 hours visiting the site.
  • Wear comfortable footwear; roadway and steps are uneven, and many stairways are narrow.
  • Visitor reception area, gift shop and cafe are all wheelchair accessible. Limited wheelchair accessibility elsewhere.
Getting Here