St. Andrews by the Sea - New Brunswick
The drive along New Brunswick’s south eastern coastal highway can be an exercise in patience. Lined mostly with softwood and powerlines, this route will tease you with fleeting glimpses of the pristine Bay of Fundy while hiding its full majesty from unimpeded view. That is, of course, until you come close to St. Andrews by the Sea.
St. Andrews by the Sea is a small New Brunswick town nestled into the rolling hills of the coastal maritime landscape. The aforementioned drive really should be considered payment for the experience to come: breathtaking scenery, immaculate coastline, historic architecture, and the country’s best seafood ... hand's down!
St. Andrews is a time capsule of sorts. Established by sailors and traders of yesteryear, it maintains a presence due to a slew of spring and summertime tourists, and for good reason. Picturesque, instagrammable locations dot the landscape and the relaxed vibe has the tendency to turn even the most entrenched city dweller into an honorary maritimer - takin’ it easy; waving to passers by (99 percent of whom are complete strangers); and relaxing on the porch, drink in hand, as the evening sea air ushers in the coolness of night.
The grid upon which the town was built serves to keep directions simple and straightforward. And the lack of incline (at least, in the downtown portion of the town) allows for easy walking or biking between locations. Water Street is often considered the “main drag”, with enough ice cream shops, cafes and local eating establishments to hold any visitor’s attention. As well, the coastline, boating scenery, and the town’s central wharf is never far from view.
This area also boasts the Algonquin Hotel (one of the most photographed buildings in the province), the Algonquin Golf Course (18 holes of high calibre golfing heaven), and some of the best whale watching that Canada has to offer. But more than that, the region offers the chance for some pretty epic exploration, which, as always, is free.
To learn more about St. Andrews, or to plan your own excursion, visit check out www.tourismnewbrunswick.ca.
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All photos by Caleb Hunt - used by permission