Originally settled by United Empire Loyalists moving up the St. John River Valley, the Sussex area has grown to a population of more than 35,000. The Town of Sussex, itself, has a population of 4,241 (Census 2006).The town developed as a service centre to surrounding communities. Historically a farming community, Sussex has capitalized on its excellent geography to become a leading transportation, manufacturing, distribution and service centre in Atlantic Canada.
The Town was named in honour of the Duke Of Sussex, son of King George III. The area was settled by a few families before the arrival of the United Empire Loyalists in 1784 from New Jersey. As the settlement of the Loyalists developed, the Parish Of Sussex was established in 1786. Growth continued in the Parish with the development of the agricultural and forestry industry and the opening of the European and American railway line in 1860, thus leading to the incorporation of the Town Of Sussex in 1904.
The Town Of Sussex has and continues to provide services for the needs of the agricultural and forestry sector throughout the years. In addition, from 1939 through the 60’s, Sussex was the location of Camp Sussex. During the war years, Camp Sussex was home to 10,000 troops, thus providing a natural tie with the Canadian Armed Forces.
Today Sussex continues to provide regional services that include health care, education, business, industry and recreation to the rural areas.
To learn about the other Sussex; Sussex – England, visit their Official Tourism Page for the region.
Highlights of our rich, local history are presented in the form of impressive murals, painted on walls throughout our beautiful downtown area by renowned mural artists. Come for a visit and see why we are called the ‘Mural Capital of Atlantic Canada’!
Adding to the charm of Sussex are the many historic buildings in the downtown area. The town has a great variety of shops and restaurants for you to explore. Get a feel of Sussex’s agricultural heritage at the Agricultural Museum or visit the 8th Hussars Military Museum at the Sussex Train Station.
Located in the middle of Kings County, you will see more covered bridges here than anywhere in the country (16 of 60 remaining). The eight covered bridges closest to Sussex are Salmon (at Four Corners), Plumweseep (at Plumweseep), Tranton (Roachville), Urney, Moores Mill (both in Waterford, near Poley Mountain), Oldfields (in Newtown), Centreville (Berwick area, west of Sussex) and McFarlane (Wards Creek, south of Sussex).
Sussex is at the juncture of the River Valley Scenic Drive and the Fundy Coastal Drive, which makes Jonah Place an ideal starting point for your day-trips in Southern New Brunswick. We are also conveniently located at the crossroads of New Brunswick’s three major cities – just 45 minutes from Saint John, 50 minutes from Moncton and 75 minutes from Fredericton. Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia are just a two-hour drive away.
1) From Saint John (Route 1-east), take exit 192. Turn right and follow Main Street towards Sussex Corner. After 3 km, Jonah Place is on your right hand side.
2) From Fredericton (Route 2) take exit 365 to Sussex (Route 10). Route 10 ends after 40 kilometers on Route 1. Follow Route 1-east, take exit 198 to Sussex Corners and veer right on Main Street ending at #977 Main on your left hand side.
3) From Moncton (Route 1-west) take exit 198 to Sussex Corners and veer right onto Main Street ending at #977 on your left hand side.
The town of Sussex has two visitor information centres. The Sussex Tourist Information & Interpretive Centre, located at the Sussex Train Station on Broad Street, and the Kings County Tourist Office, located off Highway 1 (exit 195). The Covered Bridge Information Centre is located off Trans Canada Highway 2, exit 365 (Young’s Cove).
New Brunswick’s thick forests, rolling hills, rushing waterfalls and rocky shores are picture perfect. In fact, these beautiful landscapes have inspired Canadians to call New Brunswick the “Picture Province”. The climate with its warm summers, colourful autumns and beautiful winters makes New Brunswick a year-round tourist destination for travelers from all over the world.
An excellent way to discover New Brunswick’s natural beauty is by bicycle (we have secure lockup for your treasured bicycle).