Hartland, NB, incorporated as a town in 1918, population 947 (2011c). The Town of Hartland is located at the mouth of Becaguimec Stream, 124 km upriver from Fredericton on the Saint John River.
The Hartland Covered Bridge is a must-see if you are visiting here. Known as the World’s Longest Covered Bridge, this century-old bridge is 1,282 feet (390.75 m) long and was declared a National Historic Site in 1980. An engineering marvel in its time, it has a colourful history, and still survives today, continuing to serve as part of the regularly travelled highway. You may want to pop in at the Covered Bridge Potato Chip Company and take a tour. As you find out how potato chips are made, you will be able to sample a few, hot off the line! The town’s unique International Garden is patterned after the course of the Saint John River and features more than 50 species of trees and shrubs from around the world will welcome you. The trees and blooming plants make this a most enjoyable place to stop and experience rural New Brunswick at its best.
Hartland Community School is a K-12 school serving the town and surrounding areas. Opened in 2007, HCS features a multi-purpose cafeteria & auditorium, two gyms where you can catch “Huskies” sporting events, and a large woodshed for hands-on classes.
Although the town’s main street has been considerably altered by fire and flood in the last few decades, Hartland is steeped in history. Three New Brunswick premiers (James Kidd Flemming, Hugh John Flemming and Richard Hatfield) have hailed from here. The 391 m Hartland Covered Bridge is the longest covered bridge in the world, attracting visitors from around the world. Potatoes are still the staple of the economy. At the middle of New Brunswick’s Bible belt, Hartland is the home of the New Brunswick Bible Institute.