16533
New Brunswick
Power of the Fundy Tides: Sea Caves, Reversing Rapids and Coastal Walks
Gain a deeper understanding of New Brunswick and the people that live here, walking coastal trails, learning about the world's highest tides and exploring historic towns and harbors.
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Program No. 16533RJ
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7 days
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7 days
6 nights
16 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
St Martins, NB
D
Tidal Watch Inn

Dinner: 6:00 p.m. Welcome Reception followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. Meet on the hotel's main floor for a welcome reception. Meet and mingle with your fellow participants while enjoying local appetizers and non-alcoholic punch; other beverages available for purchase. Move into the dining room for three more courses of dinner served overlooking the Bay of Fundy.

Evening: 7:45 p.m. Orientation The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date Daily Schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures including contact numbers for key staff, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have.

DAY
2
Hiking Tidal Landscapes,Tides & Ecology of the Bay
St Martins, NB
B,L,D
Tidal Watch Inn

Activity note: The walk through the village to the sea caves and across the ocean floor will be two miles return. A shuttle will be available for those wishing walk a shorter distance. The terrain through the village is flat. The walk across the ocean floor is uneven.

Breakfast: Cold buffet plus 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 harbor 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. 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: A short 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.

DAY
3
Historic Highlights of Saint John
St Martins, NB
B,D
Tidal Watch Inn

Activity note: 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.

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: 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.)

Dinner: Full service, three course candlelight dinner

Evening: Free Evening

DAY
4
Quaco Museum, Sailing Ships, Acadian Dykes & Marshes
St Martins, NB
B,L,D
Tidal Watch Inn

Activity note: The afternoon walk will be two miles along the beach and up onto the marsh where there is a dry even trail throughout, that leads up over what are thought to be the remains of Acadian dykes.

Breakfast: Cold buffet with hot entree each morning

Morning: This morning begins at the Quaco Museum learning about the rich history of the area. In a session conducted by the museum curator to 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: 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.

DAY
5
Lighthouses, back road and beaches, Black Loyalist Settlers
St Martins, NB
B,L,D
Tidal Watch Inn

Activity note: A short hill leads down both to the Lighthouse and to the beach walk. Surface once on the beach is fairly even.

Breakfast: Cold buffet and hot entree served each morning

Morning: The morning is spent on couple of beautiful walks out around the historic Quaco Head Lighthouse and then out to a remote, seldom visited tidal beach. Learn about the ships that ran aground on the offshore reef and how the turbulence of what is known as "the race" continues to create an area that requires careful navigation by ships and boats in the area. ( Please note that the timing of these walks may vary with the tides.)

Lunch: Lunch at the Inn

Afternoon: An afternoon lecture on the Black Loyalist families that settled in the area provides insight into the struggles and challenges that this group faced as they settled in the area. There will be a few free time hours in the afternoon.

Dinner: Full service three course candlelight dinner

Evening: Presentation - The Amazing Tides Of Fundy

DAY
6
Evaluations & Check-out
St Martins, NB
B,L,D
Tidal Watch Inn

Activity note: This day features highlights of the Fundy Trail. Participants will walk up to two miles in total over the most even sections of the trail.

Breakfast: Cold buffet and entree served each morning

Morning: Explore highlights 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.

Lunch: Picnic lunch overlooking the Bay

Afternoon: Continue along the Fundy Trail to the Salmon River delta. Through a presentation by Park staff learn about the logging settlement that once flourished in this area. Time permitting we will drive up to the newer section of the park to enjoy a series of lookouts over the Bay.

Dinner: Full service three course dinner

Evening: Farewell/Wrap-up/Celebration of the week.

DAY
7
Program Concludes
St Martins, NB
B

Breakfast: Cold buffet and hot entree served each morning

Morning: Farewell and check-outs by 11:00 a.m. Late check-out can be arranged to fit with travel plans.






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