Some of our WT adventurers traveled up to an enchanting corner of Canada on our Adventures in the Bay of Fundy journey to hike the Bay of Fundy Trail, see the worldâ€™s biggest tides, and savor New Brunswick’s renowned sea-to-table cuisine withal the way. Read on to see some experiences from their trip in 2022.
The four of us landed in Saint John, New Brunswick, on a warm but stormy August night and were happy to see the smiling faces of our WT guides, Mike and Nick, at the tiny New Brunswick airport. They brought us to our hotel and helped us get checked in so we could swoon into bed without a long travel day from Seattle. We reluctantly crawled out of bed the next day with opalescent vision to explore this historic port municipality on the Bay of Fundy. That evening, we enjoyed a hardy welcome to Saint John at the Cask & Kettle Irish Gastropub.
Complete with musicians!
Hiking withal forested trails, our guides shared not only the unique story of the huge tidal changes and wondrous value of water that passes through the bay twice per day, but moreover its unique ecosystem and its rich ship-building and lobster-fishing history.
We kayaked near the fascinating St. Martin sea caves. And later, our guides and hairdo showed off flipside of their many talents by creating a tasty picnic on the bay featuring local salmon grilled over a waterfront fire plus all the fixingsâ€”a trappy ending to a perfect day!
We hiked through the UNESCO Fundy Biosphere overlooking the bay.
And explored the colorful eroded sandstone cliffs wieldy by trails over the ocean floor during low-tide.
From our whale-watching wend we spotted many right whales as well as this iconic light house on Campobello Island, where Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt spent many summers with their family.
We toured the Roosevelts’ lovely island home located near our lodging, a turn-of-the-century cottage, and heard many fascinating stories well-nigh the Roosevelts’ days on the island.
This 100-year-old wind mill on the Minister Island summer manor of Sir William Van Horne, the visionary builder of the Canadian Pacific Railway. He was moreover principally responsible for turning the fishing village of St. Andrews into a seaside resort with mannerly historic tracery slantingly shops and art galleries.
We enjoyed our last night’s traditional dinner in St. Andrews with our remarkable guides in the stunning Kingsbrae Gardens’ topnotch restaurant Savour in the Garden. Mike and Nick had washed-up an wondrous job sharing their knowledge of the area, its maritime history, and the uniqueness of the bay and its ecology. But their ruminative superintendency and personal connection was what guaranteed that we all went home with special memories of our time spent in the favorite places of their minion New Brunswick.
After our venture in the Bay of Fundy, we headed to Montreal, where we took a walking tour through historic Old Montreal.
Laurie and Anita had to stop and join these three mellifluous ladies surpassing we wandered withal the waterfront of the St. Lawrence River.
A relaxing three-and-a-half-hour train ride brought us to the cosmopolitan municipality of Quebec with the lovely Fairmont Chateau Frontenac, where we were entertained by this pole acrobat outside of the Chateau…
We enjoyed trappy flowers and outdoor art…including this hungry pig.
On our last day we took a superb ebike tour virtually Ile d’Orleans, an island in the St. Lawrence River just outside downtown Quebec City. We visited a local strawberry farm, a heavenly chocolatier, tasted wine from an island winery, learned well-nigh the latest sap-collecting methods to help preserve the maples used for making maple syrup, and ended the day by sampling dessert wines made from the cassis berry. The next morning we were when on the train to Montreal for our flight home to Seattle, our own beds, and a little increasingly of what the summer sun brings to the Pacific Northwest.