Afternoon: From 3-6 welcome and registration at the Inn
Dinner: Welcome Reception & Dinner
Evening: Orientation & Introductions
Activity note: This first day hike begins right at the Inn and will be over fairly level terrain. The walk out over the ocean floor will be uneven and wet in places. Water shoes would be useful in crossing a small stream. Approximately 4 miles return, options offered with shuttle.
Breakfast: Includes cold buffet & hot entree
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: Lunch at the Inn
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. A lecture on the tides, ecology and history of the Bay of Fundy provides in depth understanding of the human and natural history of the area. (Please note that the schedule for this day may be adjusted for tidal predictions.)
Evening: Tides Trails and Terrain.
Activity note: Approximately 4 mile walk over the rolling terrain of the Caledonia Highlands of Fundy National Park.
Breakfast: At the inn, includes cold buffet & hot entree
Morning: Depart St. Martins by motor-coach and travel through rolling countryside to Fundy National Park. The next few days are spent in Fundy National Park which encompasses some of the last remaining wilderness in southern New Brunswick. Late morning and through to early afternoon enjoy a hike in the conifer dominated Caledonia Highlands.
Lunch: Picnic Lunch in Caledonia Highlands, Fundy National Park
Afternoon: Descend through Fundy National Park from the highlands to the Bay of Fundy for a late afternoon presentation by Park staff before checking in at our hotel in the Village of Alma.
Dinner: Enjoy a fresh seafood dinner at the hotel overlooking the fishing harbour.
Activity note: Hikes will be over fairly level coastal terrain and will total five miles.
Breakfast: Breakfast at the Inn
Morning: Today explore the breathtaking coastline of Fundy National Park on well groomed trail.
Lunch: Lunch on the trail
Afternoon: Continued exploration of Coastal Trail before departing for Cape Enrage, a historic lighthouse perched on towering cliffs above the Bay Of Fundy. Learn how this 140 year lighthouse, the oldest on the Bay Of Fundy has guided mariners over the years and how restoration of the site became a successful student community project.
Dinner: Dinner on your own in the Village of Alma
Activity note: A staircase of about 100 steps will take us down from the cliffs to the ocean floor. If tides allow, walk the uneven surface of the ocean floor around the flower pot rocks.
Breakfast: Breakfast at the Inn
Morning: Depart Alma and travel along scenic roads by the Bay of Fundy to arrive at Hopewell Rocks in about 45 minutes Walk the ocean floor with a naturalist guide. Tides permitting, explore the distinctive flowerpot rocks, 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 along the tidal Petecodiac River to the Acadian Coast of New Brunswick and the beautiful town of Bouctouche.
Dinner: Dinner at an Auberge overlooking the Strait Of Northumberland.
Activity note: Level coastal terrain along the dunes. Boardwalk and groomed woodland trails.
Breakfast: Continental Breakfast at the Inn.
Morning: Travel a short distance out from the Inn to the Bouctouche Dunes Eco-Centre for a guided walk with a Park Naturalist The park was created to preserve one of the last great dunes on the northeastern coast of North America. Learn about this unique ecosystem of dunes, salt marsh and beach that changes with every storm.
Lunch: Picnic Lunch on the Dunes
Afternoon: In the afternoon options will be offered to walk portions of a woodland trail from the Dunes back to Bouctouche arriving mid afternoon to explore Arboretum network of trails and gardens in the heart of Bouctouche. Finish the day with guided exploration of the historic Kent Museum which preserves the history heritage of early life in Acadia.
Dinner: Dinner on your own in Bouctouche or nearby Shediac.
Activity note: Groomed trails, level terrain, coastal hiking.
Breakfast: Continental buffet at the Inn
Morning: Just a half hour drive from the hotel is Kouchibouguac National Park, a fascinating mosaic of bogs, salt marshes, tidal rivers, sparkling freshwater systems, sheltered lagoons, abandoned fields and tall forests which characterizes the Maritime Plain Natural Region. Natural wonders abound in this Park that boasts the second largest tern colony in North America. As well, the 25 kilometres of shifting sand dunes are home to the endangered piping plover and witness to colonies of both harbour and grey seals that frolic in the sunshine on certain sections of the dunes. A presentation by National Park staff is followed by a coastal hike through Kouchibouguac Park.
Lunch: Lunch on trail
Afternoon: Continued hiking in Kouchibouguac Park returning to Bouctouche.
Dinner: Dinner at a Bouctouche Restaurant
Breakfast: Continental breakfast at the Inn overlooking the Bay
Morning: Depart Bouctouche and travel to Saint John to witness the tidal power of the Reversing Falls. Move into the heart of the city for time in the historic preservation district and the Saint John City Market, the oldest common market in Canada.
Lunch: Lunch on your own in Saint John City Market
Afternoon: In the afternoon explore a coastal nature preserve with a Naturalist Guide before returning to St. Martins.
Dinner: Dinner at Tidal Watch Inn
Evening: Enjoy folk and celtic music with local musicians.
Activity note: A bus transfer of 10 minutes from the Inn takes participants up to the well groomed Fundy Trail. It will follow along cliffs overlooking the Bay and traverse up and down hills to beaches, waterfalls and eventually to the Salmon River. Participants can hike the entire trail up to seven miles with plenty of options via shuttle to skip portions and hike the distance that is comfortable.
Breakfast: Cold buffet with hot entree
Morning: The morning is spent hiking and exploring the first section of the Fundy Trail. Hugging cliff tops above the world’s highest tides, the Fundy Trail winds its way along one of the last remaining coastal wilderness areas between Florida and Labrador. 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: Picnic Lunch on the Trail
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. Time permitting travel further along the roadway to explore the new sections of the park.
Dinner: Festive, farewell dinner at the Inn
Breakfast: Cold buffet with hot entree at the Inn
Morning: Check-outs and departures.