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!
- 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
- Boat Cruise
- Local Delicacies
- National Parks
- Natural History
- Whale Watching
- Wildlife Viewing