Recreation & Tourism
Perhaps the most rewarding recreational amenity in Hampton is it's spectacular natural setting. Nestled on the banks of the Kennebecasis River, Hampton's rolling hills, wetlands and farms are the backdrop for many exciting and diverse activities for all ages and walks of life.
Hampton has sought to promote it's scenic beauty and history though self-guided tours. Known as the Ossekeag Scenic Trails, visitors may take two road excursions to either Saint Martins or to the Kingston Peninsula, each about an hour in length. Guided cassette tapes examining the history and scenic vistas are available at the Hampton Tourist Bureau.
Hamptonians enjoy over 30 acres of parkland including Frost Mountain, one of the highest points, and the newly renovated Dutch Point Park with over 30 kilometres of hiking trails featuring marsh lookouts and picnic areas.
The Hampton wetlands form one of New Brunswick's largest and most diverse marsh systems. These wetlands, covering approximately 2000 hectares (5000 acres), are located along the Kennebecasis River within and around the communities of Hampton, Quispamsis and Nauwigewauk. The marsh hosts a unique variety of vegetation and wildlife that make it one of the most valuable marshes in the province. Commercial boating tours are available or you might just want to paddle it yourself.
In addition to it's own 18 hole course, there are five other challenging golf courses just minutes away. The Hampton Golf and Country Club features 18 holes, driving ranges, a pro shop and entertainment facilities.
Residents of Hampton are community minded, and the fast growing number of service clubs and community clubs are evidence: Canadian Bible Society, The Theatre Committee, The Lions Club, The Red Cross Society, The Astronomy Club and The Order of the Eastern Star.
The Hampton Community Centre is the focus of activity for team sports and contains an arena, baseball field and meeting space. Several sports leagues are active in Hampton and the surrounding area, ranging from hockey and baseball to martial arts and fencing.
Hampton is a short commute, approximately 20 minutes, to the City of Saint John, or in the other direction, the Town of Sussex where residents may partake in world class sports, entertainment and cultural facilities such as: The Canada Games Aquatic Centre, The Cherry Brook Zoo, Poley Mountain Ski Hill, The Saint John City Market and The Irving Nature Park.
Hampton hosts numerous facilities and service to suit every need, from the roving back packer to the retirement vacationer to people either starting out or settled down. Residents and travellers also enjoy the proximity to the largest centre in New Brunswick as well as the vast wilderness. We hope to see you here soon!