St. Andrews By-the-Sea: A Canadian Maritime Holiday

Visit St. Andrews By-The-Sea. The Bay of Fundy in New Brunswick, Canada can have tides up to 30 feet high. Photo by Carri Wilbanks
The Bay of Fundy in New Brunswick, Canada can have tides up to 30 feet high. Photo by Carri Wilbanks

St. Andrews by-the-Sea is one of those timeless seaside towns, and a top destination for those who like to travel in Canada. Located in New Brunswick on Canada’s eastern coast, St. Andrews by-the-Sea sits on the Bay of Fundy, an area famous for having some of the highest tides in the world. Tides in the Bay of Fundy can reach up to 30 feet high.

The area is rich in history too. Loyalists settled the town in 1783, making it one of the oldest towns in the province. The homes and buildings that many Loyalists shipped over from Castine, Maine during the American Revolution are set up on Water Street, where you can also find boutiques, sweet shops and restaurants housed in buildings with colorful facades.

What makes this region of St. Andrews so unique is that fire never destroyed the main street, which means the buildings are original from the 1700 and 1800s. Today, St. Andrews continues to attract those in search of a quintessential maritime holiday.

What to Do in St. Andrews by-the-Sea

Algonquin Resort in St. Andrews By-The-Sea. Photo by Carri Wilbanks
Algonquin Resort in St. Andrews by-the-Sea. Photo by Carri Wilbanks

Algonquin Resort: Stay Where the History Is

Only the most unique properties become vacation destinations in their own right.  The Algonquin Resort (part of Marriot’s Autograph Collection and the first resort in Canada), is a Tudor-style castle with a red slate roof and timber façade that sits on a hill overlooking the Bay of Fundy.

The property also boasts tennis courts, an outdoor and indoor pool with a water slide and rooftop terrace where you can catch some of the best views of the area.  One of the star amenities, however, is the 18-hole golf course with Passamaquoddy Bay views. It is one of the oldest golf courses in Canada and currently undergoing extensive renovations.

When it comes to dining on property, try Braxton’s, which was named for a former chef at the resort who was the first African-American chef in Canada. The short rib poutine served on gnocchi and the Verdana for Breakfast with the salmon lox bagel became my go-to each morning.

You can also have food delivered to any of the public areas at Algonquin Resort. Another cool offering here are ghost tours led by the resort’s bellmen that talk about the hotels haunted heritage in various rooms.

Dining at Kingsbrae Gardens. Photo by Carri Wilbanks
Dining at Kingsbrae Gardens. Photo by Carri Wilbanks

Kingsbrae Gardens

The hotel is walking distance from Kingsbrae Gardens, where you could easily spend a full afternoon exploring the different paths that lead to everything including a sculpture garden, rose garden and even an edible one. Inside, there are more than 50,000 varieties of trees, shrubs and plants spread over 27 acres.

You don’t want to miss the chance to spot one of the oldest and most rare trees in the world, a Wollemi pine thought to have been extinct for more than two million years.

Or, a visit to the Scents and Sensitivity Garden, designed for the blind, showcasing plants that have an interesting smell or texture and with names labeled in Braille.

To get the most out of the experience, enjoy a meal at the onsite café, Savour in the Garden, where the focus is on both seasonal and regional. A top pick is the lobster roll, which is served toasted and best enjoyed from the restaurants patio where you can watch the alpaca feeding at noon. 

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