Bay of Fundy: Whales, Tides, and the "Greatest First Lady"

Trip Overview

Come with us in August 2018 to one of Canada’s best-kept seacoast secrets, New Brunswick's Bay of Fundy. Explore Atlantic Canada’s undiscovered coastline on this one-of-a-kind AdventureWomen journey as we traverse this breathtakingly beautiful landscape by land, on water, and across the ocean floor!

Like a leviathan, the Atlantic Ocean surges twice daily up into, and back out of, the Bay, creating the greatest tide range on Earth. The sea level rises and falls as much as 60 feet vertically, and advances and retreats a mile or more laterally. Canada’s first incorporated city, Saint John, is your introduction to the Bay of Fundy and the highest tides on earth. The delightful port architecture makes the perfect backdrop to stroll along the waterfront and take in the many shops and cafes along the way. Learn about the rich history of Saint John and the surrounding area at the New Brunswick Museum, then travel to the Irving Nature Park for a leisurely hike.

You will make your way to the coastal village of St. Martins and the UNESCO Fundy Biosphere Reserve. Enjoy a historic walking tour, visiting the historic Quaco Harbour, twin covered bridges, and the the St. Martins Sea Caves. Relax and enjoy the quaint fishing village which is the gateway to the Fundy Trail Parkway. As you explore St. Martins, you'll travel through the longest stretch of coastal wilderness on the Eastern Seaboard. UNESCO designated this area a biosphere reserve because of its unique marine and coastal diversity. Over 500 ships were built in the area and at the height of the shipbuilding boom, St. Martins was one of the richest communities in the British Commonwealth. Walk along the Fundy Trail and explore the many beautiful lookouts, waterfalls, beaches, and flowerpot rocks along New Brunswick province’s newest park.

Next we enjoy a beach-cooked meal prepared over an open fire. Try grilled Atlantic salmon or local chicken and vegetables while watching the tides and listening to local musicians. Mingle with locals and listen to stories about their remarkable- but largely forgotten- cultural heritage; about a time when New Brunswick stood as one of the world’s most active centers for ship-building; about trappers and lumberjacks; the rise and fall of their once-great fisheries- of halibut, herring, and cod; and about the region’s most dominant feature, a force around which all life revolves: tides.

Campobello Island, a unique island archipelago, with its rich marine biodiversity and fishing culture will be sure to amaze you. Get up close and personal with the local whale, seal, porpoise, and shorebird residents as you travel by ferry, kayak, and boat and enjoy whale-watching.Campobello Island is famous for being the beloved island and summer home of Franklin D. Roosevelt who spent many enjoyable vacations here hiking, canoeing, and sailing its shores. The Roosevelt Campobello International Park is preserved as a memorial and is a symbol of the close friendship between Canada and the United States.

We'll explore scenic islets and this rich marine ecosystem in double kayaks in the company of eagles.You’ll learn about Bay of Fundy fog, a feature that only serves to heighten the region’s beauty. When it rolls in off the Bay and nestles along the shore like a soft, white shroud, distant fog horns join the sounds of waves breaking, seals braying, and porpoises puffing as they surface for breaths of air. Learn about the extraordinary life of summer resident, First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt and her amazing accomplishments; before a fresh Atlantic salmon dinner.

We'll pack a picnic lunch and take a whale watching excursion with one of the top whale and wildlife outfitters, Mackie Green. He will teach you about whale behavior while looking for humpbacks, finbacks, minkes, and the North Atlantic Right whales, along with grey and harbour seals, porpoises, and a variety of shorebirds, which all make their home in the Bay of Fundy.

At low tide, we'll walk out across the ocean floor to the lightstation. Meet the Friends of the Head Harbour Lightstation, a group of local residents who have worked tirelessly to preserve and protect this irreplaceable piece of history. You'll enjoy a traditional Bay of Fundy lobster boil. Learn tips on how to cook, crack, and eat the lobster from a local member of a fishing family.

Your last stop on your Canadian Bay of Fundy adventure is St. Andrews by-the-Sea. St. Andrews represents one of the best-preserved examples of colonial heritage in North America. The town is full of beautiful architecture, unparalleled scenery and rich marine life.

This Bay of Fundy seacoast adventure vacation with kayaking, hiking, whale watching and seafood will allow you to discover one of the few wild places left on the Atlantic seaboard!

 

 

 

Main Attractions

  • Experience the highest and lowest tides in the world at the Bay of Fundy
  • Hike in the UNESCO Fundy Biosphere Reserve, seeing waterfalls, beaches, and “flowerpot rocks” along the way
  • Explore the Fundy Isles by sea kayak
  • Go on a whale watching excursion around Campobello Island
  • Explore the historic town of Saint Andrews by-the-Sea, one of the best-preserved examples of North American colonial heritage

What You'll See and Do

  • Architecture
  • Boat Cruise
  • Kayaking
  • Local Delicacies
  • National Parks
  • Natural History
  • Sightseeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Bay of Fundy: Whales, Tides, and the "Greatest First Lady"

Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Wednesday, August 15 - Arrive in Saint John
Canada’s first incorporated city is your introduction to the Bay of Fundy and the highest tides on earth. The delightful port architecture makes the perfect backdrop to stroll along the waterfront and take in the many shops and cafes along the way.

Meet your guide either at the Saint John airport or at the HIlton Saint John.

Enjoy a welcome dinner and group orientation this evening.
Welcome Dinner

Overnight: Hilton Saint John

Hilton Saint John offers a magnificent location on the harbor – part of the Bay of Fundy and a UNESCO Global Geopark Site. Most of the city’s best attractions are within walking distance and the hotel is even connected to the Inside Connection Pedway, allowing you to explore the city.

Day 2

Thursday, August 16 - Saint John to St. Martins
Saint John has a rich Loyalist history that goes back centuries. Marvel at the Bay of Fundy tides as the ebb and flow moves 100 billion tonnes of water twice a day.

After breakfast, stroll over to the New Brunswick Museum to learn about the rich history of Saint John and the surrounding area. Walk through the uptown streets and visit the City Market, Canada’s oldest public market.

Hop on the bus and travel to the Irving Nature Park for a leisurely hike. After your hike, visit Rockwood Park for lunch at Lily’s Cafe along the shores of Lily Lake.

After lunch, make your way to the coastal village of St. Martins and the UNESCO Fundy Biosphere Reserve. When you arrive, enjoy a historic walking tour, visiting the historic Quaco Harbour, twin covered bridges, and the the St. Martins Sea Caves. Relax and enjoy the quaint fishing village which is the gateway to the Fundy Trail Parkway.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: St. Martins Country Inn

Situated in the heart of the magnificent Bay of Fundy, this heritage Inn (circa 1857) has a commanding view of the ocean in the historic fishing village of St. Martins New Brunswick. The St. Martins Country Inn offers sixteen uniquely furnished guest rooms with a combination of antiques and contemporary amenities.

 

Day 3

Friday, August 17 - St. Martins
Explore the longest stretch of coastal wilderness on the Eastern Seaboard. UNESCO designated this area a biosphere reserve because of its unique marine and coastal diversity. Over 500 ships were built in the area and at the height of the shipbuilding boom, St. Martins was one of the richest communities in the British Commonwealth.

After enjoying breakfast at the inn, drive to the Fundy Trail to explore the many beautiful lookouts, waterfalls, beaches, and flowerpot rocks along the province’s newest park. Enjoy a trailside lunch along the shores of Big Salmon River.

Enjoy walking in the Village of St. Martins on your own. Take a walk on the two mile beach, visit the local shops and cafe, visit the Quaco Museum, explore the Sea Caves, or relax and enjoy the view from the inn.

Enjoy a beach-cooked meal prepared over an open fire. Try grilled Atlantic salmon or local chicken and vegetables while watching the tides and listening to local musicians.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: St. Martins Country Inn

Day 4

Saturday, August 18 - St. Martins to Campobello Island
This unique island archipelago with its rich marine biodiversity and fishing culture will be sure to amaze you. Get up close and personal with the local whale, seal, porpoise, and shorebird residents as you travel by ferry, kayak, and whale-watching boat.

After breakfast, drive about an hour and a half to board the Deer Island ferry. Enjoy the 30-minute ride to the island.

Meet your sea kayaking guides and begin with a safety briefing. Explore this rich marine ecosystem in double kayaks. As you experience the ebb and flow of the Bay of Fundy tides, learn about island life and the local fishing industry. Enjoy lunch on a secluded island.

Take a ferry to Campobello Island, where Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt kept a summer home. Learn about Eleanor’s amazing accomplishments and stories of her life before a fresh Atlantic salmon dinner.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Roosevelt Cottages

Stay in a cottage on Campobello Island, where Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt had their summer home. Enjoy stunning views as you unwind after a day of exploration.

Day 5

Sunday, August 19 - Campobello Island
Campobello Island is famous for being the beloved island and summer home of Franklin D. Roosevelt who spent many enjoyable vacations here hiking, canoeing, and sailing its shores. The Roosevelt Campobello International Park is preserved as a memorial and is a symbol of the close friendship between Canada and the United States.

Begin your day by enjoying breakfast overlooking the grounds of Prince Cottage. Pack a picnic lunch and take a whale watching excursion with one of the top whale and wildlife outfitters, Mackie Green. He will teach you about whale behavior while looking for humpbacks, finbacks, minkes, and the North Atlantic Right whales, along with grey and harbour seals, porpoises, and a variety of shorebirds which all make their home in the Bay of Fundy.

Enjoy a picnic lunch overlooking Head Harbour.

At low tide, walk out across the ocean floor to the lightstation. Meet the Friends of the Head Harbour Lightstation, a group of local residents who have worked tirelessly to preserve and protect this irreplaceable piece of history.

This afternoon, you will have the option to hike the trails of the park with your guide. Enjoy the views along the coastline. Alternatively, go back to the cottages to explore the grounds or visit the museum on site.

Have a traditional Bay of Fundy lobster boil. Learn tips on how to cook, crack, and eat the lobster from a local member of a fishing family.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Roosevelt Cottages

Day 6

Monday, August 20 - Campobello Island to St. Andrews by-the-Sea
St. Andrews represents one of the best-preserved examples of colonial heritage in North America. The town is full of beautiful architecture, unparalleled scenery and rich marine life.

After a relaxing morning at the Roosevelt Cottages, travel back to the mainland by a boat shuttle through the Fundy Isles to the historic resort town of Saint Andrews. While on board, keep a watch for the phenomenal Bay of Fundy marine life as you cruise into Passamaquoddy Bay.

Enjoy a lunch on your own and an afternoon to explore the many shops and restaurants around the waterfront. Your guide will be available if you’d like to visit Minister’s Island and low tide or the Huntsman Marine Center.

Celebrate the end of an exceptional trip with a farewell dinner at one of the area’s top culinary destinations. Located at the base of Chamcook Mountain with views of the historic Minister’s Island, the Rossmount Inn focuses on locally-harvested ingredients that are thoughtfully designed and prepared for you to enjoy.
Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight: The Algonquin Resort

The Algonquin is one of Canada’s most luxurious and legendary resorts. Rich in history, meticulously restored to its original splendor, and complete with every modern comfort you could desire, this year- round destination truly offers the best of the past with contemporary amenities. The iconic building and its grounds are an oasis.

Day 7

Tuesday, August 21 - St. Andrews by-the-Sea and Depart
Enjoy one last morning in St. Andrews before saying goodbye to your new AdventureWomen friends as you transferring to the airport in Saint John for your flights home.
Breakfast

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Bay of Fundy: Whales, Tides, and the "Greatest First Lady"

Traveling to Canada



Traveling to Bay of Fundy

Arrive: Arrive at Saint John, New Brunswick (YSJ) on August 15, 2018 before 3:00pm

Depart: Depart Saint John, New Brunswick(YSJ) on August 21, 2018 after noon.

We are happy to help you make your flight and travel arrangements. Please contact us at:

(800) 804-8686 or (617) 544-9393
email: info@adventurewomen.com

If you’d like to do anything prior to or following the AdventureWomen trip, we’d be delighted to help you arrange any trip extensions you’re interested in.

Note: The recent trend in travel is for travelers to finalize their plans much closer to departure time than was customary in the past. While we try to be as flexible as possible booking last-minute registrants, we must release hotel rooms two to three months prior to departure! Please keep this in mind when making your travel plans.

Passports and Visas

Citizens of the United States must have a passport valid for six months beyond your travel dates with at least two blank facing pages. If you do not have a passport, please apply now!

Health Considerations

We rate this trip as easy to moderate. You should be able to walk comfortably for two to three hours at a time as well as climb down steep ladders and stairs at low tide.

We have a partnership with FitForTrips, a company that will design an individualized fitness plan for you to ensure that you are prepared for the trip.
Visit https://fitfortrips. com/partners/adventure-women/ for more information.

You should come with a flexible, adventurous, and enthusiastic spirit, and a wonderful sense of humor that adventure travel requires.

Money

The currency in Canada is the Canadian Dollar. As of May, 2017, US$1 = CAD$1.35. You will be able to use credit cards and ATMs throughout this trip.

Suggested Gratuities: We will provide gratuity suggestions closer to the trip.

How to Register

Call the AdventureWomen office at (800) 804-8686 to determine space availability and register for this trip. We can complete your registration, including taking your credit card deposit over the phone. As a courtesy, we can hold your space for five days while you are making personal and travel arrangements.

If you prefer, you can register online by clicking "Sign Up for this Trip" on the trip page.

Please be sure to read the AdventureWomen policies before registering!

Forms and Final Payment

Once you book, you will need to fill out and return to AdventureWomen:

  • Information Form
  • Booking Conditions Form
  • Copy of Flight Information
  • Copy of Issuing Page of Passport (photo page)

Final payment is due to AdventureWomen in a cash form (check, money order, or wire transfer) on or before May 17, 2018.

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Bay of Fundy: Whales, Tides, and the "Greatest First Lady"

Included

  • All hotel accommodations throughout the trip
  • All meals as listed in the itinerary
  • All ground transportation
  • Fully-guided sightseeing as indicated in the itinerary
  • All entrance fees
  • Guides throughout the trip
  • One AdventureWomen Associate

Not Included

  • International airfare to and from Canada
  • Optional activities as listed in the itinerary
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Fees for passports, visas, or immunizations
  • Cost of hospitalization or evacuation
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Bay of Fundy: Whales, Tides, and the "Greatest First Lady"

What to Bring

The climate is typical of Atlantic Canadian coastal area and can change easily throughout the day. Mornings may be cool and foggy, but once the fogs rolls out, the day can be sunny and warm. Evenings tend to be cool. In August, coastal temperatures range from 52F in the evenings to 77F during the day. You should plan on dressing in casual clothing and in layers to account for weather changes.

Clothing and Gear:

  • Duffel bag or small suitcase
  • Daypack
  • Comfortable walking or hiking shoes
  • 3-4 short sleeve shirts (quick dry recommended)
  • 1-2 long sleeve shirts (quick dry recommended)
  • 1 medium weight fleece sweater/jacket for cool evenings
  • 1-2 pairs of pants
  • 1-2 pairs of shorts
  • 1-2 sets of nicer clothes for dinner
  • 1 bathing suit
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Waterproof pants
  • Hat for sun protection
  • 5-7 pairs underwear
  • 5-7 pairs of socks
  • Sandals
  • Sleepwear

AdventureWomen Essentials:

  • Travel documents (passport, airline tickets, money)
  • 2-3 spare passport photos (in case of lost passport)
  • Write down/print out travel insurance number
  • Locks for your suitcase/duffel bag
  • Travel alarm clock with spare batteries
  • Headlamp or small flashlight with spare batteries
  • Binoculars (8x40/42 models are excellent choices; center focus models are easiest)
  • Digital camera, memory cards, battery charger
  • Power adapters
  • Sunglasses, case, and strap
  • Spare glasses, contact lenses, cleaner, saline, etc.
  • Money belt or neck pouch
  • Your AdventureWomen insulated bottle (good for hot or cold drinks!)
  • Sunscreen and lip balm with SPF
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Hand wipes/hand sanitizer
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Soap, shampoo, and conditioner
  • Small packet of tissues
  • Tampons and panty liners (avoid plastic applicators)
  • Earplugs: We recommend Mack’s Pillow Soft White Moldable Silicone Snore Proof Earplugs. Available at most drugstores or at www.earplugstore.com
  • Assortment of stuff sacks and Ziploc bags
  • 1-2 bandanas/Buff
  • Reading material/journal and pens

Personal First Aid Kit:

  • Prescription medicine you usually take (in original containers)
  • Personal epi pen (if you need one, don’t forget to pack it!)
  • Bandages, Gauze, Ace bandage, blister prevention
  • Antiseptic wipes/spray
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Cotton-tipped applicators
  • Oral rehydration tablets/packets
  • Antidiarrheal medication
  • Mild laxative
  • Antacid
  • Cold remedies
  • Ibuprofen/acetaminophen
  • Eye drops
  • Tweezers, scissors (travel size), safety pins

If you prefer to buy a complete kit, we recommend the Smart Travel first aid kit.


If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.