There are numerous reasons why I booked a room for a month in Rothesay -- its proximity to water, green space and a small historic city. Time-wise, I needed a few weeks to get bike miles in, work a bit, catch up on emails, and start travel planning for early fall. This is my one stop before I begin camping along the Acadian Coast, and take myself away from the "to do list" till mid-August. Somehow it's been two weeks already, but I'm making progress all the way around! My only challenges have been weather (too many rainy days), and I need to burrow in & out of the house.
A Little History
Loyalists received land grants in Rothesay as early as 1790. It then developed as a shipbuilding center, but it wasn't until the early 1850's that the European and North American Railway opened it up as a residential area for the nearby city of Saint John. Located on the eastern side of the Kennebecasis River, it was first known as Kennebeccasis Bay, then renamed in honor of the Prince of Wales, Duke of Rothesay, after his visit in 1860. Today, Rothesay is a community of summer residents, commuters and retirees, with one of the top 5 richest neighborhoods in New Brunswick. Billionaire James K. Irving and family reside here (yes, Irving Oil).
So Much To Do
When I'm not hobnobbing at the country club (ha ha!), I am thoroughly enjoying the views -- every morning at the window with a cup of coffee in hand, and late evenings for stunning sunsets. I'm literally living at the riverfront with two waterfront parks within walking distance. Cycling takes me along Rothesay Road east along the Kennebeccasis most of the way, then to the Gondola Point Ferry in Quispamsis. Rockwood Park in Saint John, just 8 miles west, has become a favorite spot already, with multiple lakes and nearly 35 miles of walking trails (can I do them all?). And, while I've spent an afternoon in historic uptown Saint John, I must return.
Next update before I roll on July 15th!
Cyclist, writer, teacher, avid reader, bike/ped advocate, nomad, pie lover