St Andrews
Credit: Tourism New Brunswick


  • sea kayaking
  • hiking
  • rock climbing
  • wildlife viewing
  • SCUBA diving

Why Go? Think quaint Maritime town and St. Andrews by the Sea will fit the image. At the end of a peninsula—deep inside the Bay of Fundy and across a passage of water from Maine—it’s a town dominated by the tides. Indeed, sea kayaking and whale watching should not be missed here. But there are also a couple of excellent hikes, a rock climbing bluff and whitewater paddling, too.

Play: Every May, the town hosts Paddlefest NB, a sea kayak and music festival. The organized trips led by local guides are a good reference for the best tours: The St. Croix River back to town, passing St. Croix Island, where Samuel de Champlain and Pierre Dugua set up the first French settlements in North America; out and around Navy Island right in front of town; and across Passamaquoddy Bay to Deer Island’s geologically interesting shoreline. Most of the whales hang out beyond a sea kayak day-trip. Instead, hop aboard the Jolly Breeze, a tall ship whale-watching cruise. On land, enjoy a 360-degree view of the peninsula, the bay, into Maine and the interior of New Brunswick by hiking up Chamcock Hill or scaling the cliffs at Greenlaw Mountain.

St AndrewsTourism New Brunswick

Stay: There are plenty of places in town to stay, but none more memorable than the historic (and possibly haunted) Algonquin Resort. 

Eat: The Red Herring is not only the best spot to take in live music and a fun pub atmosphere, it also serves the best fish and chips in town. For the daily java fix, hit Honeybeans Coffee, Tea & Treats. And to sample wild edibles and local produce, try the restaurant at the Rossmount Inn, right at the base of the hike to Chamcock Hill.