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New Brunswick's Two Cultures, Two Sea Shores

Program Number: 20714RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/1/2013 - 9/7/2013; 6/28/2015 - 7/4/2015; 8/30/2015 - 9/5/2015;
Duration: 6 nights
Location: St. Martins, New Brunswick
Price starting at: $1,157.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 14; 6 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Salt    

Based in the seaside village of St. Martins on the Bay of Fundy, explore how two beautiful coastal areas of New Brunswick were settled by very different peoples Acadians on the north shore and British Loyalists on the south. Witness the dramatic Bay of Fundy tides, walking with a naturalist on the ocean floor out to sea caves. Spend two nights in the French town of Bouctouche, where history comes alive with vibrant music, food, theater and dance. Return to the Bay of Fundy and St. Martins to learn how British Loyalists built more than 500 great wooden sailing ships and launched them worldwide.




Highlights

Enjoy specially prepared meals drawn from Acadian and British Loyalist culinary traditions.
In St. Martins, stay at a historic inn just 150 feet from the high-tide line.
Learn about the human and natural history of New Brunswick's two seashores.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to 1.5 miles, uneven terrain on ocean floor.



Itinerary Summary

Arrival St. Martins, 2 nights; coach to Bouctouche, 2 nights; coach to St. Martins, 2 nights; departure.




St. Martins

The serene Village of St. Martins on the Bay of Fundy is nestled on miles of unspoiled beaches. The highest tides in the world sweep in and out each day carving sea stacks and caves into the rugged red cliffs that surround the village. As the gateway community to the spectacular Fundy Trail, the village provides easy access to a range of walking, hiking and biking trails.



Accommodations
St. Martin's: Historic inn with private baths. Bouctouche: Hotel on Bouctouche Bay, private baths.
Meals and Lodgings
   Tidal Watch Inn
  St Martins, NB 2 nights
   Auberge Bouctouche
  Bouctouche 2 nights
   Tidal Watch Inn
  St Martins, NB 2 nights
 Tidal Watch Inn
Type: Inn
  Description: The Tidal Watch Inn is just 150 feet from the beaches of the Bay of Fundy where the world's highest tides rise and fall at the front doorstep. This historic 15 room Inn is located in the heart of the Village of St. Martins.
  Contact info: 16 Beach St
St Martins, NB E5R 1C7 Canada
phone: 506-833-4772
web: www.tidalwatchinn.ca
  Room amenities: Hair dryers, coffee makers, cable TV, wireless internet available in main building All rooms have private baths. Some rooms have whirlpool baths, fireplaces and views of the Bay. These rooms, when available are assigned on a random basis.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: $90-$150 Special Road Scholar Rates available
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $90-$150 Special Road Scholar Rates available
  Check out time: 11:00 AM

 Auberge Bouctouche
Type: Hotel
  Description: Centrally located, Auberge Bouctouche is a 38 room hotel overlooking Bouchtouche Bay. As the largest facility in Bouctouche capable of accommodating groups, this newer facility offers rooms equipped with refrigerators, microwaves, wireless high speed Internet, a large breakfast room with deck for outdoor dining weather permitting.
  Contact info: 50 Rue Industrielle
Bouctouche, NB E4S 3H9 Canada
phone: 506-743-5003
web: www.aubergebouctoucheinn.ca/ -
  Room amenities: Microwaves, refrigerators, high speed wireless Internet.
  Smoking allowed: No


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3:pm You will be staying at Tidal Watch Inn that night.
  End of Program:
9:AM You will be staying at Tidal Watch Inn the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Free parking available in the Tidal Watch Inn parking lot
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  St Martins, NB
  Nearest city or town:  Saint John
  Nearest highway: Route 111
  Nearest airport:  Saint John
  From End of Program
  Location: St Martins, NB
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Saint John

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Tidal Watch Inn
phone: 506-833-4772
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$20
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1/2 

 

Distance:

 

25 miles

 
Driving Directions
  Air Saint John Airport is just 20 minutes from the Tidal Watch Inn. It is served by Air Canada (Jazz) which offers connections from across North America via Toronto, Montreal and Halifax. West Jet offers connections to Saint John from across Canada via Toronto and also from such Florida airports as Orlando, Fort Lauderdale and Tampa. Ground transportation options include taxi service, car rental at the airport or Tidal Watch Inn shuttle. Moncton Airport is 90 minutes from the Tidal Watch Inn and is served by Air Canada, (Jazz) West Jet and Continental Airlines. Ground transportation is car rental at the airport. Fredericton Airport is 90 minutes away from the Tidal Watch Inn and is served by Air Canada (Jazz) and Delta Airlines which offer connections from across North America. Ground transportation is car rental at the airport. Halifax Airport is four hours from the Tidal Watch Inn. It is served by Air Canada (Jazz) West Jet, American Airlines, United and Continental Airlines. Ground transportation is car rental at the airport Bangor Airport is four hours from the Tidal Watch Inn. It is served by Delta (Comair) US Airways, Northwest Airways and Allegiant Air offering connections from across the United States. Ground transportation is car rental at the airport.
  Bus Acadian Bus Lines provides bus service to Saint John from across Canada. Some connections can be made from the US. For more information call Acadian Bus Lines 1-800 567-5151. Transportation from the Saint John bus terminal can be arranged via taxi service or the Tidal Watch Inn shuttle.
  From Saint John Turn right onto Route 111 on exiting the Airport following the sign to St Martins. In St Martins turn right onto Main St at the XTR gas station, continue down Main Street and you will see the Tidal Watch's treelined driveway and parking lot on your right.
  Saint John Airport Turn right onto Route 111 on exiting the Airport following the sign to St Martins. In St Martins turn right onto Main St at the XTR gas station, continue down Main Street and you will see the Tidal Watch Inn Parking lot on your right about 2 blocks past the Rite Stop gas station.
  Train VIA Rail offers service to Moncton, 90 minutes away from the Tidal Watch Inn. A bus ticket from Moncton to Saint John can be purchased from VIA Rail along with your rail ticket. Call VIA Rail for more information at 1- 888-842-7245 Transportation from the Saint John bus terminal can be arranged via taxi service or with Tidal Watch Inn shuttle.
  Travel by Air Saint John Airport is just 20 minutes from the Tidal Watch Inn. It is served by Air Canada (Jazz) which offers connections from across North America via Toronto, Montreal and Halifax. West Jet offers connections to Saint John from across Canada via Toronto and also from such Florida airports as Orlando, Fort Lauderdale and Tampa. Ground transportation options include taxi service, car rental at the airport or Tidal Watch Inn shuttle. Moncton Airport is 90 minutes from the Tidal Watch Inn and is served by Air Canada, (Jazz) West Jet and Continental Airlines. Ground transportation is car rental at the airport. Fredericton Airport is 90 minutes away from the Tidal Watch Inn and is served by Air Canada (Jazz) and Delta Airlines which offer connections from across North America. Ground transportation is car rental at the airport. Halifax Airport is four hours from the Tidal Watch Inn. It is served by Air Canada (Jazz) West Jet, American Airlines, United and Continental Airlines. Ground transportation is car rental at the airport. Bangor Airport is four hours from the Tidal Watch Inn. It is served by Delta (Comair) US Airways, Northwest Airways and Allegiant Air offering connections from across the United States. Ground transportation is car rental at the airport.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Registration, Welcome Reception, Dinner, Orientation
(Sunday, September 1)
   
 Afternoon: From 3pm onwards, welcome and registration at the Inn
 Dinner: Welcome dinner
 Evening: Orientation & Introductions
   
Accommodations: Tidal Watch Inn
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: British Loyalists and Shipbuilders and the Highest Tides in the World
(Monday, September 2)
   
 Breakfast: Includes cold buffet & hot entree each day
 Morning: At the Quaco Museum in St. Martins learn about legacy of British Loyalists and Shipbuilders and how more than 500 sailing ships were built launched on the giant tides of the Bay of Fundy.
 Lunch: Lunch at the Inn
 Afternoon: In a lecture on the beach and in the classroom learn the science of the highest tides in the world, how they have shaped the coastline and the life of people around the Bay over the centuries.
 Dinner: Full service candlelight dinner
 Evening: The evening concert highlights the Celtic influences of the early settlers.
   
Accommodations: Tidal Watch Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Acadian Museum, Bouctouche and Le Pays de la Sagouine.
(Tuesday, September 3)
   
 Breakfast: At the inn, includes cold buffet & hot entree
 Morning: Enroute to Bouctouchel stop in Moncton at the Acadian Museum on the campus of University of Moncton. Guided exploration of the world's oldest Acadian Museum, founded in 1886.
 Lunch: Arrive in Bouctouche at Le Pays de la Sagouine. Enjoy a hearty Acadian lunch at the Village.
 Afternoon: Experience the French joie de vivre in music, food, comedy, theatre and dance at the Acadian Village, Le Pays de la Sagouine. Created from the imagination of internationally renowned Acadian novelist, playwright and author Antonine Maillet, Le Pays is the island where the Acadians celebrate.
 Dinner: Enjoy a fresh seafood dinner and more Acadian fare in the town of Bouctouche.
   
Accommodations: Auberge Bouctouche
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Experience the beauty of the Bouctouche coast and sand dunes.
(Wednesday, September 4)
   
 Breakfast: Continental breakfast buffet at Auberge Boutouche
 Morning: Experience the beauty of the Bouctouche sand dunes, the few remaining sand dunes on the northeastern coastline of North America. Led by the park's naturalist guide explore the dunes wilderness along a boardwalk from which this unique ecosystem can be viewed.
 Lunch: Enjoy a picnic lunch overlooking Bouctouche Bay.
 Afternoon: Continued exploration of Bouctouche Dunes and then a stop at La Ferme Maury (Les Vins de l'Acadie) to learn about New Brunswick's first co-operative cottage winery. Sample an enticing selection of natural fruit wines. Finish the day in Shediac at a Provincial Heritage Place, a museum and art gallery dedicated to the life and work of Pascal Poirier (1852-1933), a Shediac native, author, patriot and first Acadian senator. The gallery features a fine collection of works by local artists such as paintings, glasswork, pottery and so much more.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own at one of Shediac's or Bouctouche's fine restaurants.
   
Accommodations: Auberge Bouctouche
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Hopewell Rocks & Fundy National Park
(Thursday, September 5)
   
 Breakfast: Continental breakfast buffet at Auberge Boutouche
 Morning: Depart the eastern shores of New Brunswick traveling back to the Bay of Fundy to arrive at Hopewell Rocks. Walk the ocean floor, tides permitting, to explore the distinctive sandstone formations topped with trees carved from sea cliffs.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own at the Hopewell Rocks Restaurant overlooking the Bay.
 Afternoon: Continued exploration at Hopewell Cape. Depart in afternoon to travel through Fundy National Park to St. Martins.
 Dinner: Full service dinner at Tidal Watch Inn
   
Accommodations: Tidal Watch Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Village of St. Martins Sea Caves & Tidal Harbour
(Friday, September 6)
   
 Breakfast: Cold breakfast buffet and hot entree each morning.
 Morning: Experience the Bay of Fundy Tides once again in a walk through the Village of St. Martins, past the tidal harbour where boats sit in the mud at low tide. Walk the ocean floor once again out to sea caves carved by waves and tides into red sea cliffs.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own at one of the beach restaurants overlooking the caves.
 Afternoon: Continued exploration of the sea caves and cliffs on the Bay of Fundy
 Dinner: Full service farewell dinner at the Tidal Watch Inn.
   
Accommodations: Tidal Watch Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7: Departures
(Saturday, September 7)
   
 Breakfast: Cold breakfast buffet and hot entree each morning.
 Breakfast: Departures after breakfast.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

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