Surrounded by Passamaquoddy Bay, St. Andrews
by-the-Sea's relaxed pace can be linked to the rhythm of powerful tides that
can rise over 28 feet. The intertidal zone is an ever-changing landscape that
nourishes a rich diversity of marine creatures. A guided walk over the tidal
flats will prepare you to explore the area's many coves and islands.
Covered bridges and lighthouses lure painters and
photographers into the surrounding countryside. Saint Croix Island - site of
Sieur de Monts and Samuel de Champlains' 1604 settlement - is a must for
Ministers Island and the estate of railway
magnate Sir William Van Horne can be reached, at low tide, by driving across
the ocean floor on your guided tour. There are convenient day trips from St.
Andrews to the nearby islands that will take you by road and ferry past coastal
scenery that is too picturesque for words. Our community's latest attraction is
the spectacular Kingsbrae Horticultural Garden. This 27 acre site is located at
the top of the town overlooking Ministers Island and will be in full bloom each
The Touch Pool at the Huntsman Marine Aquarium
is a favorite with young visitors, as is the in-stream aquarium at the Atlantic
Salmon Centre. Sunbury Shores Arts and Nature Centre offers children's programs
which encourage them to explore nature and express their discoveries through
art. The St. Andrews Creative Playground - the first in Canada designed by
renowned playground architect Robert S. Leathers - offers fun and exercise for
children of all ages. Children will also enjoy supervised swimming in the tidal
pool at Katys Cove or beach-combing along the never ending and diverse
"adventure" sound to you? The murmur of a sail boat carving through salt water
.. the hum of fishing line being ripped off a reel ... or the lazy buzz of a
picturesque riverside garden?
answer, St. Andrews' Day Adventure Centres open the door to a world of
excitement. Guided tours in a sea kayak or on a bicycle, showcase the natural
beauty and abundant wildlife for which our coastal landscape is known. Or head
out into the Bay to see whales from aboard a square-rigged cutter, a catamaran
cruiser or a high speed Zodiac.
New Brunswick's Day
Adventure Program provides visitors convenient access to the unique attractions
in every part of the province. In St. Andrews, the three centres are: in the
Chamber of Commerce Welcome Centre next to the arena; at the Adventure
Destinations Centre near the town wharf; and in The Algonquin's main
Shopping in St. Andrews
means a pleasant stroll exploring the many unique shops that line Water Street.
The commercial district has a distinctive character and appearance which can be
attributed to the fact that it has not changed significantly since the 1800's.
The wares being offered here however have changed, and today you will find a
diverse selection of interesting goods. From quality apparel to gifts with a
local flavor, there is something for everyone.
St. Andrews also
boasts many well known artists whose work is created in a variety of forms, be
it in sculpture, pottery, glass, wood, jewelry or on canvas. You will be able
to observe many of these artists at work in their studios, or see their
offerings at one of several local galleries.
St. Andrews was
settled by United Empire Loyalists in 1783 following the American Revolution.
Some of the settlers had dismantled their homes in Castine, Maine and brought
them here aboard barges where they were reassembled and can still be seen
today. The main town plat of St. Andrews has been designated a National
Historic District and many of the more than 250 homes that are 100 to over 200
years old, have been marked with descriptive plaques by the St. Andrews Civic
Trust. Around the turn of the century St. Andrews by-the-Sea flourished as
Canada's first seaside resort town and attracted many of the East's more
prominent families. The famous architects, Edward and W.S. Maxwell of Montreal,
are responsible for many of the grand summer "cottages" of that era. In
addition, the Ross Museum, Sheriff Andrews House, the Blockhouse and Court
House, and the many historic churches offer visitors a glimpse into the town's
past. Walking tours of these historic sites are available daily.
Like any true resort, St. Andrews caters to every
taste. Quaint bed and breakfasts, historic and modern inns, cottages and an
ocean front campground, all welcome visitors.
Fairmont Algonquin - a renowned resort hotel once belonging to Canadian Pacific
- is St. Andrews' dominant landmark and its spectacular setting, overlooking
the peninsula, features a wealth of recreational facilities - including an 18 -
hole seaside golf course. The town's restaurants range from old world elegance
to a more today's style diner atmosphere. Several offer fresh seafood, many
overlook the Bay and they all feature the friendly hospitality of St. Andrews