Since one third of the world’s frozen French fries are poduced by New Brunswick’s own McCain Foods, if there were any justice, you would walk into a pub in Bangkok and order a burger with Canadian fries. You can however visit Potato World, a quirky roadside attraction that celebrates everything potato, revealing how the funny-shaped tuber has become the world’s most popular snack. The adjacent cafe lets you sample unusual potato dishes, in all it’s mushy, delicious glory.
Length of Trip : 1-3 hours
Cost : Self guided tours are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $3 for students under 18. The experiential tour is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $6 for students under 18.
Best time to go :
Summer Hours: In June, July & August the museum is open Mon-Fri. 9am to 6pm and on Sat-Sun 9am to 5pm
Fall Hours: From September to-Mid October the museum is open Mon-Fri. 9am to 5pm
Café is open Mon.-Fri from 11am to 4pm until end of September, but is closed in October.
Wheelchair friendly : Yes
Family friendly : Yes
Where to eat : The museum’s Harvest Potato has an interesting menu, heavy on the potato! Try the gourmet fries, and potato desserts.
Where to Stay : If you’re spending the night in Florenceville-Bristol, consider the Florenceville Motor Inn, the restored 19th century Shamrock Suites or the great views from the Tannaghtyn Bed & Breakfast For more info on Florenceville-Bristol, visit: www.florencevillebristol.ca
Note from Robin : Local boy done good Harrison McCain was born and raised in Florenceville. He co-founded McCain Foods, developed the French fry market, and over 45 years built the company into the world’s largest producer of French fries.
Photo: Asma Regragui