Welcome! To my part of Canada located in Coastal Charlotte County of New Brunswick. Saint Andrews is nestled away by the seaside just 20 minutes from the St.Stephen/Calais border and one hour from major cities as Saint John and Fredericton. Saint Andrews calls travellers from near and far, word of the natural beauty spreads throughout the travelling community to come and take in the many festivals and events or to simply enjoy the healing of the salt water air. Our town has awoken from the long Winter slumber and is waiting to greet visitors. These are the 10 reasons to visit Saint Andrews.
- Kingsbrae Gardens: http://www.kingsbraegarden.com/
Kingsbrae Gardens is one of Canadas top ranked gardens, let me explain why they have earned this title. Upon walking through the gates you may want to phone a friend from an original pay phone box brought from England or continue down the garden paths that will either lead you to the Garden Café that serves local in season fare or arrive to find friendly animals like Alpacas, goats and rabbits that are a hit with the young and young at heart. Strolling through you will also find modern iron sculptures as well as handcrafted chainsaw carvings and more animated as peacocks roam the gardens with you. Many events are held there in Spring to early Fall.
2. Algonquin Hotel, Spa & Golf Course: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/ysjak-the-algonquin-resort-st-andrews-by-the-sea-autograph-collection/
The Hotel originally built in the late 1890s has underwent extensive renovations and still manages to take your breath away when you look atop the hill overlooking Saint Andrews. This hotel has everything you would be looking for such as a state of the art fitness center which includes an indoor pool with a slide that will lead you both indoor and outdoor. The grounds have another pool with fireplaces located close by to quickly warm up, still in fitness mode there are tennis courts also. If relaxation is more what the body needs “ The Spa” is the place to find that with a wide range of services. A good laugh is what you seek? Check out their website for Yuk Yuks dates throughout the year. The Golf Course is just a quick 5-minute drive from the town, this is a top ranked 18-hole course that allows visitors to take in stunning views while enjoying their sport. After a hard day on the green the Clubhouse serves fanfare with 5-star quality plating, that is a must try. Another short walk you will find a manmade salt water lake with a white sand beach with a playground, and canteen for all your hot summer days’ needs.
3. Ministers Island: http://www.ministersisland.net/
Ministers island is a natural wonder in itself as the road that leads you to the island only becomes accessible at low tide. Once you reach the island you will drive back in time to find Sir William Van Horne’s family summer home; along with many other buildings on the island like his invention of a natural bathhouse that filled with the tide and warmed inside the stone structure to his underground electricity system and in home milk pipeline. The milk was pumped to the house from the massive barn where he kept his prize winning cows and personal creamery. Since the passing of the Van Horne’s the New Brunswick provincial government maintains and provides tours of the island. When you enter the home you will be left in “Ahh” with the architecture that Van Horne chose himself from marble imported from Italy and the paintings in every room which he produced himself. The island is also covered with walking trails that leave you with unforgettable views in every direction of the Passamaquoddy Bay. This island should be a must stop on everyone’s list when coming to Saint Andrews.
4. Whale Watching, Shark Fishing & Deep Sea Fishing: http://www.jollybreeze.com/
While in Saint Andrews most want to experience sea life up close by Whale Watching. With many chartered tour companies there is no problem to get a seat. The big decision is do you want to leisurely cruise to watch sea life or get there now. Some of the vessels you could find yourself aboard are a handcrafted replica tall ship The Cory built in New Zealand before making Saint Andrews its home, and being renamed Jolly Breeze, this vessel is for those who enjoy a leisurely sail and appreciate the character aged boat for all its majesty. Ever wanted to be aboard a custom built cruiser? We have just the one for you Island Quest Marine will get you there and guarantee a whale sighting, but even the avid bird enthusiast will love this cruise; this is a family friendly vessel with onboard touch tank. Next up is The Fundy Tide Runners, Calling all Adrenaline Seekers! This Zodiac Hurricane is able to get your group to sighting areas and up close with the beautiful mammals everyone is seeking quicker, but rather it be leisure and beauty, sightings like no other, or your need to get there now are all locally owned and operated companies who do sincerely appreciate all of their visitors each season. If you ever wanted to experience Deep Sea Fishing, Spears Fishing and Charter will help you with that. Owned and Operated by a lovely husband and wife team they will help you with that big catch; if you are a seafood lover but love being on land they have you covered as they operate the fish market. They will cook it for you or take home fresh, and even serve up a small menu of local favorites. So stop by Market Wharf and see where you go.
- Restaurant’s: https://www.tripadvisor.ca/Restaurant_Review-g182147-d764163-Reviews-Gables-Saint_Andrews_New_Brunswick.html
In Saint Andrews there are many restaurants that all serve local seafood dishes but all uniquely different but share the same great atmosphere at each. The Gables is the perfect place for a relaxed dining as you can be served on their deck while you take in the view if it is a cool breeze the have perfect blankets for you to wrap up in. Olde Tyme Pizza is a great place to stop by and grab a slice or if you dare try their triple decker burger. Lobster Bay is our local pub where everyone gathers to take in game and they have just added a beautiful new patio. Lumberjacks Café is more than just a sub shop, moments after entering the aroma of fresh baked bread and pastries fill the air, don’t forget to ask about the homemade soup of the day. The Red Herring is another great pub that offers Vegan menu options for those who may be looking. The Kennedy Inn originally built in the late 1800s still operates as an Inn and offers licensed dining indoors and deck where you might be entertained with singers or buskers while you dine. For those looking for Asian cuisine we have Fusion with all the hit Asian and Canadian dishes, but sorry no sushi here. Station on King a newly added restaurant to town last summer, serves gourmet food at café prices. Directly across the road Europa Inn serves up 5-star dishes prepared by chef/owner Marcus always with a smile. After dinner take a stroll throughout to view his Wife Simones artwork and maybe take a piece home. Honeybeans serves unique speciality coffees. For all Tim Hortons lovers, we also have Timmy’s located on your way into town to start your adventure or on your way to the next destination.
- Health and Fitness: http://www.offkilterbike.com/
Welcome, to unlimited adventures at your demand. Saint Andrews has many hiking and biking trails but you do need a vehicle to get to most. Starting in town there is the ongoing development of the Van Horne trail which is paved most of the way, on this trail you will see woods and a guaranteed deer sighting and Ocean views as you enter the Barr road, this is a easy trail. Another Hiking and Biking trail is a shared secret amongst locals and travellers as there is no signs and a disguised road that leads you through someone’s driveway but its ok they don’t mind. This trail can be found on route 127 in Bayside just a minute past the Ghost Road you will see and green house and an old blue farmhouse the trail is found between these houses; this leads you straight to the top of Greenlaw Mountain that has panoramic views of the Saint Croix, this is a moderate trail. Next trails located on opposite side of the highway on Route 127 in Bocabec you will see posted signs of the Sam Orr’s Pond on the right side of the road this trail requires good hiking shoes or a rugged mountain bike. It is a well kept trail with bridges, birds and a memorial atop of an engineer who loved that place as his own. On The left side of the highway Chickahominy Mountain filled with ups, downs, twists and turns but once reaching the destination you will see views of three lakes from one 360-degree spot. If you wish to have a guided unique mountain bike experience Off Kilter tours is the right stop, you will get a personal tour of all the best trails while embracing your Scottish roots or just for the story to tell afterward you get to wear a kilt while cycling. There are other businesses in town who rent bikes for you to use at your own leisure. Other things you may rent to try are found at Eastern Outdoors, kayaks and rental can include guided tour at request, same as paddleboards and for the daring they offer sunrise yoga on paddleboards to start the day off right.
This town does not lack on Traditional Colonial Architecture, there is history here with The court of Queens Bench court house, the old Gauley jail, the blockhouse that once defended our town and Homes preserved in time. Looking down Water Street next to an old photograph some new buildings have been added but original buildings still intact and some such as Home Hardware, Cockburn’s Corner Drug Store, and the Kennedy Inn still operate today, as the same shops they were built to be in the 1800s. If you rival in ghostly tales, then this town has some waiting for you to decide; there are even ghost walks hosted daily in summer month’s that will take you back in time to relive trials and uncover mysteries.
Water Street is where you will find all shops from the usual souvenir shops to the unique boutiques. The Crazy moose has all of your Saint Andrews apparel. Tooses Bijoux with silver jewellery and clothing for a night out. The Leather House has all you leather needs and then some, it is a must stop. Kilt and Kaboodle has gorgeous woolen sweaters for the whole family, plus any Celtic tartans to find your families. The Whale Store, another must stop as it has something for everyone! If you love culture and handmade products Tradewinds welcomes you to check out their marvellous store where all goods are handmade in Indonesia. Scrooge and Marleys with their homemade fudge and other apparel. Saint Andrews gifts and more has more homemade fudge and other gift needs. Worth a Wiggle, Gelato anyone? Water Street has so much these great places and so much more to offer like Farmers Market on Thursdays’ in Market square starting at 8am, a yoga studio with drop ins welcome, many hair salons, and just the stroll down water street with the salt water in the air makes the perfect day.
- Campgrounds: http://islandviewcampground.com/
If you are coming to Saint Andrews and are searching for Campgrounds there are two options. First we have Island View, they are the great family friendly campground that has two pools and both RV and tent spaces available, downside if you are searching for wifi the farther away you are from the office you will not. However, they do host a series of events that range from BBQs, music, and games ongoing all summer to keep you entertained, paired with their top notch friendly service you will be happy here. The next on the list is Kiwanis Oceanfront Camping, you will be amazed at the grounds from the moment you drive in and the panoramic view. Located a quick 10-minute walk from the downtown it is a number one choice amongst campers. They do offer wifi here that covers the whole park. If you are coming for rest and relaxation this is the campground for you as if it close to all amenities and allows a quiet atmosphere to sit out and enjoy the evening with a fire and the ocean to take you away.
- Good for your Soul:
Upon coming to Saint Andrews for the first time, you come with a perception it is just another stop on your travels to check it out, but most stay longer and find themselves coming back time and time again. The small town charm and friendly faces mixed with salt water leaves you wanting more. Look forward to your visit.