Two weekends ago we went for a short overnight backpacking trip on a section of the International Appalachian Trail (IAT) in New Brunswick. We have tried really hard to find things to like about New Brunswick, but so far - from a hiker/backpackers perspective - we have yet to find anything that really woos us.
The reason we chose New Brunswick this time is that the trail head was relatively close to where we live (a big plus when you are just doing a short trip), and there are no camping fees - the IAT in Quebec would cost us around $40 or $50 per night. There are other places where we could have gone around here that would not have cost us anything, but we decided against it considering it was in the middle of hunting season. So, New Brunswick it was.
We went in with no expectations other than the fact that we would be spending two days in the bush. Having no expectations turned out to be a good thing since the section of trail we had picked - unbeknownst to us - was built on an old rail bed (i.e. flat, wide, and doesn't go over any peaks). In other words, dull.
We still had fun, enjoyed the fall leaves and a morning snowfall, and managed to get a few decent photos. Not every trip has to be spectacular, what is important is getting out and doing it.