St. Martins and St. Andrews By-The-Sea

Our last stops in Canada were these two towns on the coast of New Brunswick.  St. Martin has a great little park near the visitor center where we spent some time relaxing.  There’s a little lake, a covered bridge, and two park areas.  500 sailing ships were built here in the golden age of sail and this history is recorded at the local Quaco Museum.  There are red sea cliffs and caves rising around the village.  The caves can be walked in when the tide is out.
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Our last stop before crossing back into the US was the summer resort of St. Andrews By-The-Sea.  It is one of the oldest towns in the province, having been founded by loyalists in 1783.  The town is quite a bit larger than St. Michael and more upscale.  The downtown had several blocks of typical tourist shops and restaurants and huge crowds.  We drove around town a bit but didn’t stop anywhere.  The Fairmont Algonquin Hotel built in 1889 is very attractive and has lovely gardens.
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Saint John

is the capitol of New Brunswick and Saint is always spelled out to avoid confusion with the capitol of Newfoundland, St. John’s. 
Our first stop in the city was to the Reversing Falls which really is not an accurate name.  It should be called Reversing River. When the high Bay of Fundy tides rise, the current in the river reverses, causing the water to flow upstream.  It looks like rapids when this happens twice a day.   Hint: Don’t use the coordinates in the Garmin GPS attractions to get there.  It will take you to a little parking area on the river a few miles from the actual observation area.  There’s plenty of signs in town to drive to the correction location.  As a bonus, the views of the city are great and there’s room for RV’s to park.
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Our next stop was the heart of downtown.  We made one wrong turn and good old Tulip (with Steve’s help) was able to make a U-turn right on Main Street.  I wanted to go to the City Market but got mixed up when we saw a building that said Market Square. There was a parking lot next to it with no room for Tulip so we created a spot in front of the ticket machine.  We started walking and asked some men where the City Market was and after seeing me limping they said it was a  long walk. They gave us directions but every other sentence was about how far it was.  We entered Market Square which is like a mall but it’s downtown and connects several buildings so you can walk indoors to many shops, restaurants, the library, banks, and finally to City Market.  I ended up walking almost a mile and it hurt so good .  Hallelujah!!  We took a taxi back to the parking lot.
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Hopewell Rocks, New Brunswick

At low tide you can walk on the ocean floor, and just six hours later when the tide is high, the ocean will be 50 feet high. The rocks are unusual erosion formations known as “flowerpots”. The shore is lined with these irregular geological forms, as well as caves and tunnels, all of which have been created by erosion from the great tides. There are several nice walking trails but we took a golf cart type shuttle down to a viewing point above the rocks.
Before we entered the park I jokingly said to Steve that I wondered if the entrance fee would be $7.80.  Everywhere that we have been, fees for parks or museums have been between $7.50 – $9.00 with $7.80 being a popular amount.  I was wrong, the entrance fee was $8.50 each.  Later when we drove through Fundy National Park, we noted their fee was $7.80 if we had elected to visit the park.
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IMG_5856This line of people was very long. They were waiting to wash off their feet and shoes after walking on the ocean floor.
IMG_5861The Fundy Coastal  Drive from Moncton to the entrance of Fundy National Park is beautiful.  It’s worth the drive just to see all the flowers.  

New Brunswick

We drove to the Acadian peninsula but didn’t stay long.  The Acadian village that we wanted to see doesn’t open until June 13th.  Here are the few pictures we took.

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Caraquet fishing boats are known for being colorful

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We had lobster for lunch at the Le Caraquetelle restaurant that overlooked the harbor

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These boats were in dry dock at the harbor in Shippigan which is on an island.  The area is flat with peat bogs and stunted trees from the fierce weather.

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