23557
New Brunswick

Phenomenal Fundy: Marine Biology Camp With Your Grandchild

Tap into your inner oceanographer with your grandchild experiencing a learning adventure amid the planet’s highest tides in New Brunswick's incomparable Bay of Fundy.
Program No. 23557RJ
Length
7 days
Starts at
1,699 / ADULT
1,199 / CHILD
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7 days
6 nights
15 meals
6 B 4 L 5 D
DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Welcome Dinner & Orientation
Saint John
D
Delta Brunswick

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration. After you have your room assignment, join us at the Road Scholar table in the lobby to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing the up-to-date schedule that reflects any changes, other important information, and to confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in.

Dinner: At the hotel, we will enjoy a plated meal, served with tea or coffee. Water included.

Evening: Orientation. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. This is a Road Scholar Grandparent program. Grandparents are responsible for their grandchildren. If/when separate age group activities are conducted concurrently, program staff will supervise. Minors are never to be left unsupervised. Periods in the schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

DAY
2
NB Museum, City Market, Amazing Race at Rockwood Park
Saint John
B,L,D
Delta Brunswick

Activity note: Walking about 1 mile through Saint John's historic sites on mostly even surface at the waterfront except for one hill of approximately 2 city blocks. The Amazing Race will be a series of activities involving water sports and hiking. Comfortable shoes and active wear strongly encouraged.

Breakfast: At the hotel, we will have a plated meal, with tea and coffee. Water included.

Morning: We will travel by foot a few blocks to the New Brunswick Museum, Canada’s oldest museum, housing an array of diverse collections and exhibits. From expert interpreters, we will learn about the rich human and natural history of Saint John and area, including the Bay of Fundy tides and how this unique ecosystem has been designated as North America's first International Geopark. We will also learn how hundreds of 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. Shipping continues to connect this small city to the entire world.

Lunch: At the museum, we will enjoy a buffet meal.

Afternoon: We will explore Saint John's beautiful waterfront to learn how 14,000 Loyalists landed in this harbor from the United States to establish Canada's oldest incorporated city. We’ll continue walking through the historic district to explore Saint John's vibrant City Market. We will then travel to Rockwood Park by minibus to a large urban park encompassing trails and beautiful lakes. We will take part in the Amazing Race, an outdoor learning and team building exercise that incorporates hiking and water sports, which will be assigned.

Dinner: At Rockwood Park by the lake, we will have a plated dinner with tea, coffee, water. Additional beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
3
Saint Martins Sea Caves, Fundy Trail, Saint Andrews
St Andrews
B,D
Anderson House

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach; driving under 1 hour to Saint Martins, about 2 hours to Saint Andrews. Schedule based on tidal predictions and may be reworked or moved to another day. Exploring the sea caves will involve walking over the uneven surface of the ocean floor. There may be small stream crossing for which water shoes are recommended. Walking on the Fundy Trail up to 2 miles on groomed trails.

Breakfast: Plated hotel meal.

Morning: We will depart Saint John for Saint Martins by motorcoach, arriving in the historic shipbuilding village of Saint Martins to walk out to sea caves and explore the ocean floor at low tide. We will learn about the unique geology and marine life of the bay from our local naturalist.

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Afternoon: We will continue along the coast by motorcoach to explore the beautiful coastal Fundy Trail Park, walking along groomed trails to visit waterfalls, a suspension bridge, and several tidal beaches. We will depart mid-afternoon for the drive to Saint Andrews. Later, we will arrive in Saint Andrews for a late afternoon check-in at Anderson House on the Huntsman Marine Center Campus.

Dinner: At Anderson House, we will have a buffet dinner with tea, coffee, water.

Evening: We will meet with our hosts at the Huntsman Marine Center for an orientation to our upcoming activities on the campus.

DAY
4
Fundy Discovery Aquarium, Plankton Lab, Research Vessel
St Andrews
B,L,D
Anderson House

Activity note: Pre-breakfast early morning bird banding activity. Getting on/off 12-passenger research vessel; due to this size limit, half of the group will go out while the other half visits Discovery Centre & Plankton Lab.

Breakfast: Anderson House buffet.

Morning: Before breakfast, early risers can assist research station staff with bird banding. After breakfast, we will be split into two groups and swap activities after lunch. Due to the 12-passenger limit of the center’s research vessel, half of the group will visit the Huntsman Marine Science Centre Discovery Aquarium and then proceed to the plankton lab, while the other half of the group go out on the Bay of Fundy in the research vessel to study subtidal animals. We will all be joined by an expert who will lead us on our activities.

Lunch: Anderson House meal.

Afternoon: Our groups will swap activities.

Dinner: At a restaurant in Saint Andrews, we will have a plated dinner, with tea, coffee, water included. Other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: We will enjoy a concert of maritime music with local musicians.

DAY
5
Whale & Seabird Presentation, Whale Watch Cruise, Free Time
St Andrews
B,L
Anderson House

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach; driving to Saint Andrews harbor. Getting on/off catamaran for whale watch. Sailing for about 2 hours aboard a fully equipped catamaran with washrooms.

Breakfast: Anderson House buffet.

Morning: After a pre-trip presentation on whales and seabirds on the Huntsman Marine Campus, we will head out via motorcoach to the Saint Andrews harbor to board a whale watch vessel and spend the morning exploring the Bay of Fundy. We will watch and learn about whales and other wildlife of this unique ecosystem.

Lunch: At a restaurant in Saint Andrews, we will have a plated meal with tea, coffee, water. Other beverages can be purchased by participants.

Afternoon: Free time in Saint Andrews. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Dinner: On your own in Saint Andrews.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Intertidal Biodiversity Reversing Falls, Saint John
Saint John
B,L,D
Delta Brunswick

Activity note: Activity for this day may change with tidal predictions. Getting on/off motorcoach; driving 1 hour to Saint John.

Breakfast: Anderson House buffet.

Morning: We will travel by motorcoach on a field trip to Indian Point with a Huntsman Marine biologist to explore the ocean floor and the intertidal biodiversity.

Lunch: At a seaside restaurant, we’ll have a plated meal with tea, coffee, water included. Other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: We will depart from Saint Andrews by motorcoach to return to Saint John, visiting Reversing Falls en route. Our Group Leader will lead us on a walk along the falls and explain how the tide rises each day to reverse the course of this major river, creating rapids and tidal effect up to 60 miles upstream.

Dinner: We will have a plated farewell dinner at a restaurant in Saint John, with coffee, tea, water included. Other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
7
Program Concludes
Saint John
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out by 11:00 a.m.

Breakfast: Plated hotel breakfast. This concludes our program.

Morning: If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on another rewarding program in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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