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Exploring the Fundy Trail

Program Number: 2691RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/22/2014 - 6/27/2014; 9/7/2014 - 9/12/2014; 10/5/2014 - 10/10/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: St. Martin's, New Brunswick
Price starting at: $939.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Walking/Hiking Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Salt    

Explore the rugged beauty of the Bay of Fundy along diverse coastal trails that range from the groomed paths of the Fundy Trail to remote tidal beaches, ocean floor, sea cliffs, woodland and salt marsh. Experience a week of hiking that is built around the rhythm of the world's highest tides. At low tide walk the ocean floor out to explore sea caves carved into red sandstone cliffs by crashing waves. Hike up to sea cliffs to watch the incoming high tide erase your footsteps and fill the caves with water. Explore the Fundy Trail, a hike along the last undeveloped stretch of coastline on the Eastern seaboard. In North America's first Global Geopark, walk through 1 billion years of history learning about the geological forces, ages and giant tides that have shaped the land and seascapes around the Bay of Fundy.




Highlights

Based in beautiful St. Martins, hike to secluded beaches, along sea cliffs and across the ocean floor.
During an afternoon hike, learn about the logging settlement that flourished in the early 1900s on the Big Salmon River.
Pay a visit to the Quaco Museum to learn about the shipbuilding industry that once made St. Martins the second-wealthiest community in the British Empire.



Activity Particulars

Hiking up to five miles a day on varied terrain.




St. Martin's

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
Historic country inn on the shores of the Bay of Fundy.
Meals and Lodgings
   The Tidal Watch Inn
  St Martins 5 nights
 The Tidal Watch Inn
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 allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: $85 to $125 Cdn. Please ensure when booking that you advise that you are coming for an Elder Hostel Program as this is a Special discounted rate that includes breakfast.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $85 to $125 Cdn. Please ensure when booking that you advise that you are coming for an Elder Hostel Program as this is a Special discounted rate that includes breakfast.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
After 3 p.m. St Martins You will be staying at The Tidal Watch Inn that night.
  End of Program:
Check out after 11:00 a.m. St Martins You will be staying at The Tidal Watch Inn the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. A Passport is required to re-enter the U.S.
  Parking availability:
Free onsite parking
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  St Martins
  Nearest city or town:  Saint John
  Nearest highway: Route 111
  Nearest airport:  Saint John
  From End of Program
  Location: St Martins
    (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's treelined driveway and parking lot on your right, about 3 driveways past the Irving 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: Arrive at Tidal Watch Inn
(Sunday, September 7)
   
 Arrive To: 3 - 6 p.m. Registration
 Dinner: 6:30 p.m. Dinner
 Evening: 7:45 p.m. Orientation
   
Accommodations: The Tidal Watch Inn
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Served at Tidal Watch /Hiking Tidal Landscapes/Lunch on the beach/Tides & Ecology of the Bay/Dinner at the Inn/The Fundy Trail Dream
(Monday, September 8)
   
 Breakfast: Includes cold buffet and hot entree each day
 Morning: The program begins with a guided hike past the village harbour, along the beach and across the ocean floor out to sea caves at low tide. Your Naturalist guide will talk about the geological structure of the caves and the ecology of the Bay of Fundy and its tides along the way.
 Lunch: Picnic lunch
 Afternoon: After lunch, as the tide rises, hike up above the sea caves to trails along the top of the cliffs. Enjoy spectacular views of the Nova Scotia coastline across the Bay. Watch the tide come in and fill the sea caves where you walked just hours earlier in the day. Hike back to the Inn during mid afternoon for a classroom session with your guide and a detailed presentation on the tides and ecology of the Bay of Fundy. (Please note that the schedule for this day will vary with the timing of the tides.)
 Dinner: Full service, three course candlelight dinner
 Evening: This session explores the development of the Fundy Trail and how it has moved from dream of one man to reality. Details for the next day's hike on the trail are provided.
   
Accommodations: The Tidal Watch Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Hiking The Fundy Trail/Picnic Lunch/The Fundy Trail to Salmon River/Dinner at the Inn
(Tuesday, September 9)
   
 Breakfast: Cold buffet with hot entree each morning
 Morning: The morning is spent hiking and exploring the first section of the Fundy Trail. Your guide will take you on groomed trails along the cliffs overlooking the Bay, past a flowerpot rock, several beautiful tidal beaches and a waterfall to your picnic spot overlooking secluded Pangburn Beach.
 Lunch: Lunch at picnic area overlooking Pangburn Beach
 Afternoon: After lunch, hike down into the Big Salmon River delta to the park Information Centre. In a session with park staff, learn about the logging settlement that flourished in the early 1900's on the river. Return to St. Martins and travel out to the salt marshes and the Quaco Head Lighthouse.
 Dinner: Full service, three course candlelight dinner
   
Accommodations: The Tidal Watch Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Breakfast at the Inn/The History & Heritage of St. Martins/Hikes to Backcountry Beaches
(Wednesday, September 10)
   
 Breakfast: Cold buffet with hot entree each morning
 Morning: The morning begins at the Quaco Museum in a session conducted by the curator and a local genealogist. Learn about the arrival of the Loyalists and the shipbuilding industry that at one time made St. Martins the second wealthiest community in the British Empire. Take an opportunity to explore the museum exhibits and archives.
 Lunch: Lunch
 Afternoon: The afternoon hike takes participants out to remote beaches rarely seen by visitors to the area. The first hike along an historic, abandoned coach road accesses a spectacular, remote beach that is surrounded by massive sea cliffs. The beach is bordered on one side by the Bay of Fundy and on the other side by a beautiful fresh water lake. Travel on foot later in the afternoon to another sandy, tidal beach.
 Dinner: Full service, three course candlelight dinner
 Evening: The Living Tides of Fundy presentation gives participants an overview of the entire Bay of Fundy ecosystem.
   
Accommodations: The Tidal Watch Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Breakfast at the Inn/Hiking Options/Hearst Lodge/Sea Captains Burial Grounds/Salmon River Hike
(Thursday, September 11)
   
 Breakfast: Cold buffet with hot entree served each morning
 Morning: Participants are offered two options for the day. The first option, the Hearst Lodge offers a rigorous full day hike up to an old fishing lodge beyond the end of the Fundy Trail. This trail works steadily uphill over a rough trail to the lodge which overlooks the salmon pools. The second, easier option is a guided walk through the historic Sea Captains burial grounds.
 Lunch: Lunch served on the trail
 Afternoon: Hearst Lodge group continues their hiking loop back out to the Salmon River. The group on easier second option hike with a Naturalist to explore the Salmon River area, the suspension bridge, learning about the historic settlement that once flourished in this area.
 Dinner: Full service three course candlelight dinner
   
Accommodations: The Tidal Watch Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Breakfast at the Inn and Check-out
(Friday, September 12)
   
 Breakfast: Cold buffet and entree served each morning
 Morning: 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: 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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