Trip Overview

Come with us 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.

St. Martins & Campobello Island

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 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.

Whale Watching & St. Andrews By-The-Sea

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 harbor 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 light station. 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 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 in 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.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

Trip Itinerary

Day 1

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.

Arrive at St. John Airport (YSJ) before 5 PM. Take the shuttle to the hotel.

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

Enjoy a welcome dinner and group orientation this evening.

 

Dinner

Overnight: Hilton Saint John

Day 2

Saint John to St. Martins

After breakfast, walk through the uptown streets and visit the City Market, Canada’s oldest public market.

Hop on the bus and travel to 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 St. Martins Sea Caves. Relax and enjoy the quaint fishing village which is the gateway to the Fundy Trail Parkway.

Later today, enjoy a fireside chat with Lynette Davis, a local entrepreneur and the owner of the St. Martins Country Inn.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: St. Martins Country Inn

Day 3

St. Martins

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 a guided sea kayaking tour around the St.Martins Sea Caves at high tide.

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

St. Martins to Campobello Island

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.

Drive about an hour and a half to board the Deer Island ferry. Enjoy the 30-minute ride to the island. A picnic lunch will be provided.

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

Day 5

Campobello Island

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 light station. 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.

Meet with Moe Brown who will discuss the endangered Atlantic Right Whale and their presence in the Bay of Fundy. She will also talk about the Whale Rescue Crew and what they do to support the 12 different whale species that come to the Bay for feeding.

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 lobster from a local member of a fishing family.

 

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Roosevelt Cottages

Day 6

Campobello Island to St. Andrews by-the-Sea

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 onboard, keep a watch for the phenomenal Bay of Fundy marine life as you cruise into Passamaquoddy Bay.

Enjoy 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 at 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

Day 7

St. Andrews by-the-Sea and Depart


Say goodbye to your new AdventureWomen friends as you transfer to the airport in Saint John for your flights home.

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Breakfast

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

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

Traveling to Bay of Fundy



Arrival and Departure Information

August 7, 2023 Departure:

Arrive: Arrive at Saint John, New Brunswick (YSJ) on August 7, 2023 before 5:00 pm.

Depart: Depart Saint John, New Brunswick(YSJ) on August 13, 2023 after 2:00 pm.

We are happy to help you make your flight and travel arrangements. 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.

Preparation and Packing  

Please use the following guides as a reference when preparing for your adventure. We also encourage you to adapt the guides to your travel style as well as the destination’s forecasted weather.  

Gratuities  

Gratuities are highly trip-dependent and details will be provided to you prior to departure. As a general reference, AdventureWomen suggests $200-250 (or more) for gratuities on most trips. As always, tipping is at your discretion. 

Activity Level

We rate this trip as 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. Please note that this is a general description of what you might encounter; for specific details about your trip, please consult the itinerary.

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

Health Considerations

Make an appointment with a travel clinic. There are no immunization requirements for travel to Canada, however, your local travel clinic may have recommendations for you based on your age, health, and past vaccination history.

For more health information, go to www.cdc.gov/travel and navigate to the page about Canada.

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.

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

The deposit for this trip is $800, and is nonrefundable and nontransferable. Once you book, you will need to fill out and return to AdventureWomen:

  • Information Form
  • Booking Conditions Form
  • Copy of Flight Information
  • Supplemental Release for COVID

Final payment is due to AdventureWomen in a cash form (check, money order, or wire transfer). A maximum of $1,500 per person can be put on a credit card, which includes your deposit.

August 7, 2023 Departure Final Payment Due Date: May 9, 2023

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

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

What's Included

Included

  • Accommodations as per itinerary based on double occupancy
  • All meals as listed in the itinerary
  • All ground transportation
  • Guided sightseeing and activities as indicated in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees
  • Gratuities for hotel staff, luggage porters, and waitstaff

Not Included

  • Airfare to and from Canada
  • Optional activities
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Alcoholic beverages (unless otherwise specified)
  • Fees for passport, visas, immunizations, or travel insurance
  • Cost of hospitalization or evacuation
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities for head guide and drivers

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

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

Accommodations

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.

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.

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.

The Algonquin Resort

The Algonquin is one of Canada’s most luxurious and legendary resorts. Rich in history, meticulously restored to its original splendour, 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.

Amenities: Limited amounts of soap, shampoo, conditioner, hair dryer; Wifi

Please note that all amenities were current when written and are subject to change at any time.

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

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686