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Fox pups in protected wetlands in Atlantic Canada.

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Fox pups in protected wetlands in Atlantic Canada.

10 fun things to do in coastal New Brunswick, Canada

Dine, golf or explore nature in St. Andrews & Campobello, near Maine

 

Americans looking to travel abroad often consider Europe, Mexico, the Caribbean, Australia and Asia. But your neighbor to the north offers some intriguing options. 

 
  DAY TRIPPING
 
What to do during your visit
 
 

We've already taken a look at top things to do in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador. Today we'd like to offer a glimpse of St. Andrews by-the-Sea — just across the strait from Maine — and Campobello, which President Franklin D. Roosevelt took a fancy to and used as the family's summer home.

Here are 10 fun things to do in coastal New Brunswick, Canada.

 

Go whale watching on a tall ship during your visit to Saint John, New Brunswick.
Courtesy of Cruise Atlantic CanadaGo whale watching on a tall ship during your visit to New Brunswick, Canada.

Go whale watching

 

St. Andrews & Campobello, New Brunswick

 
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For several months in the summer, whales come to the Bay of Fundy — between New Brunswick and Nova Scotia — to feed. And when they come this way, professional whale watching organizations are in business to take people out to witness these majestic animals. The sight of these amazing creatures in the wild is a soul moving event that never fails to bring gasps, cheers and even tears to the eyes of people who see them. If you haven't gone whale watching in recent years, this is as good a bet as it gets. 

 

Blooms in Kingsbrae Garden in St. Andrews by-the-sea.
Etolane / Creative Commons By NC NDBlooms in Kingsbrae Garden in St. Andrews by-the-sea. (Click to enlarge.)

Smell the flowers in Kingsbrae Garden

 

St. Andrews, New Brunswick

 
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Discover 27 acres of public gardens at the sprawling Kingsbrae Garden in St. Andrews by-the-Sea in New Brunswick. You'll find Canada’s largest sculpture garden, a Wollemi Pine tree called a “Jurassic living fossil,” a one-third scale Dutch windmill, alpacas and more than 50,000 trees, shrubs and perennials. There is a small art gallery and a cozy cafe serving light meals also right on premises.

 

A girl and a seal have a stare-down in the Fundy Discovery Aquarium at the Huntsman Marine Science Centre in St. Andrews, Canada.
Courtesy of St. Andrews by-the-SeaA girl and a seal have a stare-down in the Fundy Discovery Aquarium in St. Andrews, Canada.

Get immersed at Fundy Discovery Aquarium

 

St. Andrews, New Brunswick

 
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There's plenty for the whole family to see and do at Canada’s newest aquarium, the Fundy Discovery Aquarium and its Huntsman Marine Science Centre. The Harbour seals Loki and Snorkel are in their spacious home and enjoy interacting with the public in the windows of the public viewing area, and there is a gigantic new touch pool as well as a touch pool just for skates, a fish that looks like a stingray. On the main floor you'll find educational interpretative pylons focusing on Canada’s east coast marine ecology, marine-based economy and the history of the Bay of Fundy.

 

 The Algonquin Golf Course offers scenic views of the bay in St. Andrews-by-the-Sea, Canada, just across the strait from Maine.
Courtesy of St. Andrews by-the-Sea The Algonquin Golf Course offers scenic views of the bay in St. Andrews-by-the-Sea, Canada, just across the strait from Maine. (Click to enlarge.)

Golf the other St. Andrews

 

St. Andrews, New Brunswick

 
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The Fairmont Algonquin Golf Course in St. Andrews-by-the-Sea is a seaside jewel! When you golf St. Andrews — not to be confused with the Old Course at St. Andrews in Scotland that hosts the Open each year — you'll enjoy breathtaking views and a gentle breeze as you play on this historic course. For more than 100 years, golfers have traveled to this charming New Brunswick resort to test their skills. Redesigned in 2000 by the renowned Thomas McBroom, the course will delight and challenge golfers of every level.

 

A time lapse sequence of Hopewell Rocks, northeast of Saint John, NB, as the tide changes.
Courtesy of Cruise Atlantic CanadaA time lapse sequence of Hopewell Rocks, in the Bay of Fundy, as the tide changes. (Click to enlarge.)

Experience the world's highest tides

 

Charlotte County, New Brunswick

 
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While the area is best known for the towns of St. Andrews by-the-Sea and Campobello, the islands of Passamaquoddy Bay and the Bay of Fundy are a wonderful outposts where nature lovers can revel in the great outdoors. The Bay of Fundy is known for having the highest tidal range in the world, with tides rising and falling more than 40 feet. From bald eagles to harbor seals to the fox pups pictured at top, the area encompasses some stunning scenery with terrific photo opportunities.

 

Roosevelt Cottage includes FDR's office, bedroom and Eleanor Roosevelt's writing room. (Click to enlarge.)
Courtesy of U.S. National Park ServiceRoosevelt Cottage includes FDR's office, bedroom and Eleanor Roosevelt's writing room. (Click to enlarge.)

Visit Roosevelt Campobello International Park

 

Campobello Island, New Brunswick

 
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Roosevelt Campobello International Park is a combination indoor/outdoor site that is renowned internationally. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt spent many enjoyable vacations on picturesque Campobello in the Bay of Fundy. Tour the Visitor Centre, Roosevelt Cottage and flower gardens. The park encompasses 2,800 acres, giving you plenty of room to explore walking trails, beaches, bogs, woods and spectacular ocean headlands - or simply enjoy a picnic with an ocean or lighthouse view. Tours of Campobello are also available. The park straddles the border of Maine. 

 

Scenic downtown St. Andrews on the coast of New Brunswick, Canada.
Courtesy of St. Andrews by-the-SeaTake a walking tour of scenic, historic downtown St. Andrews.

Explore the region's history on foot

 

St. Andrews, New Brunswick

 
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St. Andrews was founded in 1783 and is still one of the best-preserved communities of the Loyalist era. (Many pro-British Americans moved here during the Revolutionary War.) The war of 1812 is also part of the history of the town with the Blockhouse National Historic Site playing a prominent role. The Ross Memorial Museum, Sheriff Andrews house as well as several summer homes designed by Montreal architect Maxwell all make for wonderful walking tours presented as footsteps through time.

 

Saint John, New Brunswick, is known for its fresh lobster.
Courtesy of Cruise Atlantic CanadaEateries in New Brunswick are known for their fresh lobster.

Indulge in culinary treats

 

St. Andrews, New Brunswick

 
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One of the first questions visitors ask is, How do I get lobster around here? The answer is, at restaurants throughout St. Andrews. Tourists are always delighted to find out that in addition to lobster, they can get some of the best salmon, herring, clams and even caviar. Blueberries are harvested in August and chocolates are made locally, too. This area is a food lovers paradise.

 

 A cottage on Ministers Island, off the coast of St. Andrew's, New Brunswick, Canada.
Ashley Coombs / Creative Commons BY ND A cottage on Ministers Island, off the coast of St. Andrews, New Brunswick.

Drive the ocean floor to Ministers Island

 

Off St. Andrews, New Brunswick

 
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Ministers Island is an enchanting place to experience. Lying just off the shore near St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada, this 500-acre island is only a part-time island. You reach it by driving over the seafloor at low tide about one-half mile. Once there, you are immersed in an experience from the late 19th and early 20th century: It was the summer estate of Sir William Van Horne, the first president of and the driving force behind the Canadian Pacific Railway.

 

Shopkeepers in front of their stores on the main street in St. Andrews by-the-Sea, Canada.
Courtesy of St. Andrews by-the-SeaShopkeepers in front of their stores on the main street in St. Andrews by-the-Sea, Canada.

Shop for a special keepsake

 

St. Andrews, New Brunswick

 

10The merchants of the region recognize that visitors look for something to take home that reminds them of the special places they have been. Shops and studios of this area carry both the conventional and the customized gifts that become keepsakes long after the trip has ended. It could be a T-shirt that says it all, however, the hidden gems made by New Brunswick artists and artisans will also tempt the discerning traveller.

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