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ST. MARTINS, NEW BRUNSWICK

Power of the Fundy Tides: Sea Caves, Reversing Falls and Coastal Walks

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Program #16533RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Jun 2 — Jun 7, 2013

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Type: Inn

Description: The Tidal Watch Inn, formerly the Quaco Inn is located on the Bay of Fundy just 150 feet from a three mile long beach. The highest tides in the world rise and fall at the front doorstep of the Inn. All 12 guestrooms in this luxurious, historic country inn are different and appointed with unique furnishings and decor.

Contact info:
16 Beach St
St Martins, NB E5R 1C7 Canada
phone: 888-833-4772
web: www.tidalwatchinn.ca

Room amenities: All rooms have private, four piece baths. Hairdryers. Some rooms have whirlpool baths and fireplaces. Please note that the assignment of these rooms is random.

Facility amenities: Full service dining room and decks overlooking the Bay. Licensed for the service of alcohol.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $100.00 to $125.00 CDN.
Road Scholar pre-post rate is a special discounted rate that includes breakfast. Complimentary connecting nights are offered to participants taking back-to-back programs at this location.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, June 02 - Arrive at Tidal Watch Inn
Arrive To: 3 - 6 p.m. Registration

Dinner: 6:30 p.m. Dinner

Evening: 7:45 p.m. Orientation

Lodging: The Tidal Watch Inn

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: The Tidal Watch Inn, formerly the Quaco Inn is located on the Bay of Fundy just 150 feet from a three mile long beach. The highest tides in the world rise and fall at the front doorstep of the Inn. All 12 guestrooms in this luxurious, historic country inn are different and appointed with unique furnishings and decor.

Contact info:
16 Beach St
St Martins, NB E5R 1C7 Canada
phone: 888-833-4772
web: www.tidalwatchinn.ca

Room amenities: All rooms have private, four piece baths. Hairdryers. Some rooms have whirlpool baths and fireplaces. Please note that the assignment of these rooms is random.

Facility amenities: Full service dining room and decks overlooking the Bay. Licensed for the service of alcohol.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $100.00 to $125.00 CDN.
Road Scholar pre-post rate is a special discounted rate that includes breakfast. Complimentary connecting nights are offered to participants taking back-to-back programs at this location.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, June 03 - The Legacy of Loyalists & Shipbuilders/Tides & Ec...
The Legacy of Loyalists & Shipbuilders/Tides & Ecology of the Bay/An Introduction To Saint John

Morning: This morning begins at the Quaco Museum learning about the rich history of the area. In a session conducted by the museum curator and a local genealogist learn how Loyalists and shipbuilders made St. Martins the second wealthiest community in the British Empire. Take the opportunity to explore the museum exhibits that showcase some of the 500 sailing ships that were built and launched from the beaches of St. Martins to sail the world.

Lunch: Lunch at the Inn

Afternoon: An afternoon walk on the beach with a naturalist guide provides an introduction to the Bay of Fundy's giant tides. Learn about how the geological foundations of the Bay, how its shape and the cycles of the moon and sun produce the highest tides in the world.

Dinner: Full service, three course candlelight dinner

Evening: An evening session provides some background for your visit the next day to Saint John, Canada's oldest incorporated city.

Lodging: The Tidal Watch Inn

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: The Tidal Watch Inn, formerly the Quaco Inn is located on the Bay of Fundy just 150 feet from a three mile long beach. The highest tides in the world rise and fall at the front doorstep of the Inn. All 12 guestrooms in this luxurious, historic country inn are different and appointed with unique furnishings and decor.

Contact info:
16 Beach St
St Martins, NB E5R 1C7 Canada
phone: 888-833-4772
web: www.tidalwatchinn.ca

Room amenities: All rooms have private, four piece baths. Hairdryers. Some rooms have whirlpool baths and fireplaces. Please note that the assignment of these rooms is random.

Facility amenities: Full service dining room and decks overlooking the Bay. Licensed for the service of alcohol.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $100.00 to $125.00 CDN.
Road Scholar pre-post rate is a special discounted rate that includes breakfast. Complimentary connecting nights are offered to participants taking back-to-back programs at this location.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, June 04 - Historic Highlights of Saint John/Fundy Trail
Breakfast: Cold buffet & hot entrée offered each day

Morning: Travel by bus from St. Martins over scenic country roads to the historic port city of Saint John. A walk through the city's Trinity Royal Preservation district, one of the best in Canada, will take you past many historic sites and some grand examples of classic architecture. Explore Saint John's bustling harbour as you walk along the waterfront boardwalk and newly created Harbour Passage. Giant cruise ships now come and go from this busy port where the Loyalist settlers made their historic landing in 1783. The morning ends with lunch at the City Market, the oldest common market in Canada.

Lunch: Lunch on your own at Saint John City Market

Afternoon: Return to St. Martins in the afternoon to explore the Fundy Trail with a Naturalist Guide. Walk on groomed trails along the cliffs overlooking the Bay, past a flowerpot rock, beaches, panoramic lookouts and a waterfall. Travel down to the Big Salmon river delta for a session with park staff to learn about the logging settlement that flourished in the early 1900's on the river. Explore the Salmon River environs walking out to the mouth of the estuary.

Dinner: Full service, three course candlelight dinner

Lodging: The Tidal Watch Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: The Tidal Watch Inn, formerly the Quaco Inn is located on the Bay of Fundy just 150 feet from a three mile long beach. The highest tides in the world rise and fall at the front doorstep of the Inn. All 12 guestrooms in this luxurious, historic country inn are different and appointed with unique furnishings and decor.

Contact info:
16 Beach St
St Martins, NB E5R 1C7 Canada
phone: 888-833-4772
web: www.tidalwatchinn.ca

Room amenities: All rooms have private, four piece baths. Hairdryers. Some rooms have whirlpool baths and fireplaces. Please note that the assignment of these rooms is random.

Facility amenities: Full service dining room and decks overlooking the Bay. Licensed for the service of alcohol.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $100.00 to $125.00 CDN.
Road Scholar pre-post rate is a special discounted rate that includes breakfast. Complimentary connecting nights are offered to participants taking back-to-back programs at this location.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, June 05 - Walking The Ocean Floor/Tidal Harbour/Acadian Dyk...
Breakfast: Cold buffet with hot entree each morning

Morning: A walk through the village with a naturalist guide will take you past historic homes to a tidal fishing harbour where boats sit in the mud at low tide. The walk continues past the harbour through a covered bridge to a spectacular beach dominated by sea caves carved into red sandstone cliffs. Walk the ocean floor at low tide to explore the caves and learn about the geology of the area. Learn how the Bay of Fundy's mighty tides shape the landscape of the area and influence everyday life in the village. The walk continues up to trails on top of the cliffs. Enjoy spectacular views of the Nova Scotia coastline across the Bay of Fundy. Watch the tide come in and fill the sea caves where you walked just hours earlier in the day. (Please note that the schedule for this day will vary with the timing of the tides.)

Lunch: Lunch at the Inn

Afternoon: The afternoon walk involves exploration of tidal flats and nutrient rich salt marshes. The straight lines of dikes built by the Acadians in the 1600's are still visible. Learn how they farmed the marshes as they had in their native France. Your naturalist guide will explain how this very special part of the Bay of Fundy ecosystem nurtures, supports and sustains life.

Dinner: Full service, three course candlelight dinner

Evening: Local musicians provide a relaxing evening of music.

Lodging: The Tidal Watch Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: The Tidal Watch Inn, formerly the Quaco Inn is located on the Bay of Fundy just 150 feet from a three mile long beach. The highest tides in the world rise and fall at the front doorstep of the Inn. All 12 guestrooms in this luxurious, historic country inn are different and appointed with unique furnishings and decor.

Contact info:
16 Beach St
St Martins, NB E5R 1C7 Canada
phone: 888-833-4772
web: www.tidalwatchinn.ca

Room amenities: All rooms have private, four piece baths. Hairdryers. Some rooms have whirlpool baths and fireplaces. Please note that the assignment of these rooms is random.

Facility amenities: Full service dining room and decks overlooking the Bay. Licensed for the service of alcohol.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $100.00 to $125.00 CDN.
Road Scholar pre-post rate is a special discounted rate that includes breakfast. Complimentary connecting nights are offered to participants taking back-to-back programs at this location.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, June 06 - Reversing Falls & Nature Park/Coastal Walking & R...
Breakfast: Cold buffet and hot entree served each morning

Morning: A visit to the Reversing Falls once again allows you to experience the power of the Bay of Fundy's tides. Watch tumultuous rapids form as the tide rises to overwhelm and reverse the flow of the Saint John River, a large river system known as the "Undiscovered Rhine of North America". (If tidal prediction schedules permit, we will try to visit the Reversing Falls at two times during the day, both low and high tide to see the dramatic difference.) In late morning arrive at Irving Nature Park, a 600 acre coastal park created to protect endangered ecosystems. The morning ends with a picnic lunch overlooking the Bay at this park on the western edge of Saint John.

Lunch: Picnic Lunch at Irving Nature Park overlooking the Bay

Afternoon: After lunch enjoy a coastal walk through Acadian Forest with a Naturalist Guide. On the walk learn about the various ecosystems along the coastline as you pass rocky shores, beaches, tidal pools, mud flats and a salt marsh estuary and the breeding grounds of shore birds. A boardwalk extending 300 metres onto the marsh allows you to observe the marsh inhabitants. Finish the walk in the treetops at an observation tower that provides a panoramic view of the land, the seascapes and the park. Travel back to St. Martins along the lush, scenic Saint John River valley.

Dinner: Full service three course candlelight dinner

Lodging: The Tidal Watch Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, June 07 - Evaluations and Check-out
Breakfast: Cold buffet and entree served each morning

Morning: Completion and submission of evaluations. Check-out by 11:00 a.m. Late check-out can be arranged to fit with travel plans.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
5 nights of accommodations
13 meals: 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
9 Expert-led lectures
8 Field trips
3 Hands-on experiences

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4.9
Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

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