For the Victoria Day long weekend me, Joel and some friends ventured to the beach in Grand Barachois, just outside of Shediac, NB (thanks for organizing, Sara!). We rented Chalets Lombard Beach Cottages (there are 6 in total). We were greeted warmly by owner Judy when we arrived and she quickly set us up in our cottage. We were blown away by the fantastic view just in front of the cottages of the sand dune and Northumberland Strait just beyond.
The cottages are set up great for families. All 6 are identical with three small bedrooms, a bath and kitchen, all furnished with everything you need for a weekend getaway (you do have to bring your own linens). The cottages are located at the very end of the road leading into a campground, so there is little traffic and plenty of space for young ones to run around unfettered. There is also a little play set there that the little ones really seemed to enjoy playing on, even when one of our beach days got rained out. Each cottage has its own picnic table and fire pit and there are two BBQs to share between the cottages. Our only complaints with the cottages were that a BBQ for each cottage would be more convenient and there were some minor issues with some cottages not getting enough hot water vs too much.
We spent the glorious Saturday afternoon exploring Gagnon Beach, which is a wonderful beach with soft, fine sand. It was great to feel the sand between my toes and the warm of the sun again. It felt like summer. We waded through the tide pools, flew kites, hunted for shells and found hermit crabs to show the kids. It was heaven along the Northumberland Strait. When we returned to the cottages, in true Maritime fashion, we had a feast of lobster and then sat around the campfire and enjoyed some time spent together and a few tasty beverages.
Our second day was not nearly so nice, but we made the most of it. The kids didn’t seem to care as they were happy to run around the yard in their rubber boots most of the day. Joel and I slipped into Shediac to get a quick snap with the world’s largest lobster and Joel was super excited to get some bread and chocolate croissants from La Boulangerie Francaise. Later on that evening, the rain finally stopped and we enjoyed a gorgeous sunset and one more campfire before turning in.
We thoroughly enjoyed our weekend and highly recommend Chalets Lombard Beach Cottages, especially for groups or families who want to have a reunion/get together. Here are some images from our weekend:
If you would like to know more about Chalets Lombard Beach Cottages, here’s some info: