Waterfall Detail: Melanson Falls is another of New Brunswick’s hidden gems near the highways and byways of our beautiful province. The McQuade Brook has etched a deep ravine into the pastoral landscape north of Moncton in the Irishtown and Scotch Settlement communities on its journey to the Shediac River and the Northumberland Strait.
To see these falls take the Elmwood Drive exit off the TCH in Moncton and then drive northeast away from the city on Route 115 through Tankville and Irishtown continuing towards Notre Dame. Look for the sign indicating Cove Road. Take this road until reaching a steel trestle bridge over McQuade Brook. There is a short trail on the left hand side of the road just past the bridge leading to the ravine and the falls. A sign indicating private property is posted at the beginning of the trail.
Visit Detail: I received an email from Colin Leger of Moncton with a Google Map attached indicating the location of these falls. There was no name attached but only a promise that if I drove out to the falls I would find something special. Well, today I was in Moncton and took the time to drive out to the brook. Colin’s directions were bang on and I had little trouble finding the falls. Over the centuries the brook has etched a steep sided ravine into the landscape and the result is a very beautiful ravine and waterfalls.
I recently spoke with Linda Evans who’s family lived next to the brook and waterfalls for many years. Linda recently informed me that the waterfalls is known as Melanson Falls.