This day will involve two miles of walking in an urban and then in a park setting. The historic walk in Saint John will cover about six blocks. The coastal park trail is well groomed, relatively flat loop.
Cold buffet and hot entree served each 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 on your own in the historic Saint John City Market
A visit to the Reversing Falls 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.) Spend the afternoon at Irving Nature Park, a 600-acre coastal park created to protect endangered ecosystems. 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. (Please note that the schedule for this day may be revised to work with tidal predictions.)
Full service three course dinner
Farewell/Wrap-up/Celebration of the week.