23245
New Brunswick

Best of New Brunswick: Three Cultures, Three Shores

Embark on a journey through New Brunswick, Canada’s only bilingual province, to explore the rich blend of British, French Acadian and Aboriginal cultures across three sea shores.
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Program No. 23245RJ
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10 days
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10 days
9 nights
21 meals
9 B 6 L 6 D
DAY
1
Arrivals, Registration, Welcome Dinner & Orientation
Saint John
D
Delta Brunswick

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel. Plated dinner with tea, coffee, water. Additional drinks can be purchased.

Evening: Orientation provided by Group Leader

DAY
2
New Brunswick Museum, Saint John's Historic District.
Saint John
B,L
Delta Brunswick

Activity note: Guided exploration of Saint John's historic sites will involve a walk of about one mile. Terrain will be level except for one hill of approximately two city blocks.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: The program begins at the New Brunswick Museum, Canada's oldest museum, housing an array of diverse collections and exhibits. Meet museum curators and expert interpreters to learn about the rich human and natural history of Saint John and area. Begin your exploration and understanding of the Bay of Fundy tides and this unique ecosystem. Learn and how hundreds tall ships were built and launched from these shores to sail the world and make this one of the wealthiest communities in the British Empire. Learn about the unique geology along the Bay of Fundy that has enabled the area to become designated as North America's first International Geopark.

Lunch: Lunch provided at the museum

Afternoon: In the afternoon, with a local historian, explore Saint John's acclaimed Trinity Royal Preservation District. Learn about the landing of over 14,000 Loyalists and how they established Canada's oldest incorporated city. Study six different styles of Victorian architecture, finishing at Saint John's historic City Market. Explore the waterfront area and the Port of Saint John, the largest volume port in all of Canada. Learn how over hundreds of years, shipping continues to connect this small city to the entire world.

Dinner: Dinner on your own. During your afternoon exploration of Saint John, a number a great restaurants will be noted. A map and list of restaurants will be provided.

Evening: Evening at leisure.

DAY
3
Travel to Hopewell Rocks, Bouctouche and Miramichi
Miramichi
B,D
Rodd Miramichi

Activity note: Hopewell Rocks will involve up to two miles of walking over the uneven surface of the ocean floor. It will be necessary to descend and ascend about 95 stairs to and from the ocean floor. The site can be viewed from above for those who do not wish to walk the ocean floor.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: Depart Saint John for Hopewell Rocks through rolling countryside and the highlands of Fundy National Park. After a a comfort stop at Park Headquarters by the Bay of Fundy. Passing through the charming fishing village of Alma arriving at Hopewell Rocks. With a park interpreter, explore the ocean floor at low tide and learn about the unique geology and marine life of the Bay.

Lunch: Lunch on your own in the Hopewell Rocks Restaurant.

Afternoon: In the early afternoon depart Hopewell Rocks to journey along the Petitcodiac River and observe a watercourse that experiences extreme influences of the tides. Travel to the charming Acadian town of Bouctouche on another New Brunswick shore, the Straight of Northumberland. Arrive at Le Pays de la Sangouine, a reproduction of a fishing village from early Acadian life and the literary creation of acclaimed Acadian author, Antonine Maillet. Experience a whirlwind of music and dance that is Acadian joie de vivre. Time permitting, as we depart the area, a short stop at Bouctouche Dunes will offer an opportunity to learn about this beautiful, unique ecosystem on this second New Brunswick shore. Continue on to the town of Miramichi, the largest city in northern New Brunswick at the mouth of the Miramichi River. This city will be our base from which to explore the Acadian Peninsula and the beautiful communities on Bay of Chaleur, New Brunswick's third coast.

Dinner: Three course dinner overlooking the Miramichi River

DAY
4
Village Acadien, Lameque, Miscou Islands on Bay of Chaleur
Miramichi
B,D
Rodd Miramichi

Activity note: This sweeping journey along the Bay of Chaleur will entail a total of four hours on the bus, but will be broken up at regular intervals by stops in beautiful seaside communities along the way to meet local historians, families and to visit historic and natural sites.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: This morning journey to the Bay of Chaleur, the third New Brunswick shore, stopping enroute at the New Brunswick Aquarium and Marine Centre in Shippigan. Discover the fish and invertebrate species that live in the waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence and Atlantic Canada's lakes and rivers. Continue on to Lameque, home of the Lameque International Baroque Music Festival where the greatest baroque music performers from around the world gather each year. As you visit the grand church in which the festival is held learn about the history and the perfect acoustics for music. Continue on to the Bay of Chaleur and the vibrant seaside town of Caraquet. for lunch.

Lunch: Lunch on your own on the seaside boardwalk of Caraquet.

Afternoon: Spend the afternoon in nearby Village Historique Acadien. The village depicts the life of Acadians through artifacts, demonstrations of various traditional trades and by cultural and fold events. Late afternoon travel back to Miramichi.

Dinner: Dinner at a restaurant enroute to Miramichi. Plated dinner with tea, coffee, water. Additional drinks for purchase.

DAY
5
Beaubears Island, Walking Tour Fredericton.
Fredericton
B,L,D
Crowne Plaza Fredericton

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Discover the beauty, the history, the stories and the magic of the mighty Miramichi River aboard the Max Aitken, a fully equipped river boat. Arrive at Beaubears Island, the gateway into the Miramichi's history where three province's three cultures existed together. Learn how this National Historic site was home to Mi'Kmaq encampment, the site of an Acadian refugee camp and in the 19th century, a centre where British settlers created a wooden shipbuilding industry in New Brunswick.

Lunch: Lunch on Beaubears Island

Afternoon: Depart Miramichi River area and travel to the capital city of Fredericton. Check-in at hotel late afternoon.

Dinner: Dinner at a Fredericton Restaurant. Plated dinner with tea, coffee, water. Additional drinks for purchase.

DAY
6
Walking Tour, New Brunswick Legislature, Free Time
Fredericton
B,L
Crowne Plaza Fredericton

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: The day begins with a walking tour of the city's historic Garrison District providing an introduction to this beautiful city on the Saint John River. Legislative staff guide exploration of the New Brunswick Legislature, the seat of the provincial government since 1882.

Lunch: Lunch at restaurant in Garrison District

Afternoon: Enjoy an afternoon and evening of free time and exploration on your own in downtown Fredericton. Explore the Beaverbrook Gallery that houses an extensive collection of works by renowned Canadian artists, British Elizabethian era and Renaissance paintings for 17th Century Europe. Visit the gallery's prized exhibit of Salvador Dali's painting, Santiago el Grande.

Dinner: Dinner on your own in Fredericton. A list of restaurants will be provided.

Evening: Evening at leisure.

DAY
7
NB Archives/Kingsbrae Gardens/Tour St. Andrews
St Andrews
B,L,D
Algonquin Resort

Activity note: Please note that activities scheduled for St. Andrews may be revised due to tidal predictions to accommodate the trip out to Minister's Island

Breakfast: Buffet Breakfast at Crown Plaza

Morning: Begin the day with a behind the scenes visit to the New Brunswick Archives that house records bearing the history of the province. View the collection of 435 hand-coloured copper engravings of the Birds of America by John James Audubon. Depart Fredericton for St. Andrews. Enroute stop at St. Croix River & Island park and learn about Samuel de Champlain's ill fated first attempt to establish a settlement. Continue to St. Andrews to Kingsbrae Gardens a 27 acre horticultural centre that features over 50,000 perennials.

Lunch: After exploration of the gardens, dine in the Garden Cafe where the culinary team prepare a lunch utilizing fresh ingredients from the grounds and products from across the Province.

Afternoon: With a local historian, become acquainted with this beautiful, historic seaside town. Check-in mid afternoon at the Algonquin Hotel

Dinner: Dinner at a St. Andrews Restaurant. Plated dinner, tea, coffee, water. Additional drinks available for purchase.

Evening: Evening Reception at Huntsman Marine Centre provides an opportunity to meet researchers and staff.

DAY
8
Marine Life Lab Huntsman/Whale & Marine Life Cruise
St Andrews
B,L
Algonquin Resort

Activity note: Whale Watching excursion aboard a stable catamaran boat, fully equipped with washroom and limited food service.

Breakfast: Buffet Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: A morning Lab with Hunstman Marine researchers provides in depth information on the Bay of Fundy tidal ecosystem.

Lunch: Lunch at seaside restaurant

Afternoon: Depart from St. Andrews harbour to explore the Bay of Fundy's abundant marine wildlife. Observe whales, seals, porpoise, bald eagles and seabirds from the comfort of a spacious, fully equipped cruiser or catamaran.

Dinner: Dinner on your own and free time in St. Andrews.

DAY
9
Minister's Island/Reversing Falls/Saint John
Saint John
B,L,D
Delta Brunswick

Activity note: Please note that the timing of the Minister's Island excursion may change with tidal predictions. It may occur earlier in the itinerary.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: Experience living on tidal time as you travel across a gravel bar at low tide to explore the grand Van Horne Estate on Minister's Island. Explore the sprawling summer home, a 50 room cottage with iconic views across the Passamquoddy Bay..

Lunch: Picnic on Ministers Island on the Van Horne Estate overlooking Passamaquoddy Bay

Afternoon: Return to Saint John, visiting Reversing Falls. Check-in at hotel in late afternoon.

Dinner: Farewell Dinner at a Saint John restaurant.

DAY
10
Breakfast/Departures
Saint John
B

Activity note: Check-outs

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Independent departures.






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