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New Brunswick Explorer

  • Halifax
  • Shediac
  • Saint John
  • St Andrews
  • Fredericton
  • 11 nights from
  • £1,549 per person
  • Trip Code: 711

Holiday Overview

New Brunswick Explorer - An Atlantic Canada fly drive holiday

 

A superb 12-day road trip showcasing the best of New Brunswick with the added attraction of a couple of nights in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Visit Shediac, the Lobster Capital of the World, explore Fundy Bay and view the magnificent Hopewell Rocks, stay at Saint Andrews and take a whale-watching cruise.

New Brunswick Explorer includes:

  • Return flights from the UK
  • Car Hire (We recommend adding Sat Nav)
  • 11 nights hotel accommodation
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Day 1 - Fly UK to Halifax

Arrive in Halifax and pick up your hire car. Take a short drive from the airport to your downtown hotel.

Featured accommodation

Cambridge Suites Halifax

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Day 2 - Halifax to Shediac

Travel from Halifax to Shediac, via Moncton (approx 3 hours) Town of Shediac: The Lobster Capital of the World Cracking open a juicy lobster is just the beginning of your stay in Shediac… a vacation paradise nestled along New Brunswick’s spectacular eastern seashore. Known as The Lobster Capital of the World for lobster fishing, processing plants, live-lobster tanks and the famous Lobster Festival, this is where you’ll find The World’s Largest Lobster – Stop and have your picture taken with it! Take a dip in the finest saltwater beaches in Eastern Canada! With waters peaking at 24 degrees Celsius (75 degrees Fahrenheit), it’s some of the warmest water north of Virginia. Boating, windsurfing, golf and hiking are just a few of the attractions on or near its pristine, sprawling beaches. About town, there are many fine restaurants serving succulent seafood to tempt your palate, from scallops to Atlantic salmon to lobster, of course! Stroll through the Corridor of Lights… a special touch to downtown Shediac. Stop for a rest at an outdoor café, or search for that special trinket in the many shops, boutiques and art galleries.

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Day 3 - Shediac

Day at leisure exploring Shediac and nearby area. Why not let us pre-book you the Lobster Tales: Culinary Cruise. Relax on the upper deck of the Ambassador, enjoy a light breeze and take in the views of Shediac Bay. Enjoy the Acadian hospitality served up by our captain and crew, including perfectly chilled local beer and award-winning local wine. Before indulging in a mouth-watering lobster feast, we’ll demystify the star of the meal. Learn to tell the difference between a male and female lobster, hear stories of the local fishery and help a fisherman haul in a trap. Then dive into your meal, learning how to crack and savour freshly cooked lobster right on-board the boat. You’ll remember this special corner of the world wherever you enjoy lobster next! Daily departures at 10:30 a.m., 1:15 p.m., 4:15 p.m. and 7 p.m. Homarus Eco-Centre; This is a unique opportunity to learn about the life of the lobster in all of its ages and stages. Biologists at the Ecocentre will answer any questions and give you an explanation of the lobster’s lifecycle, from baby larvae to full blown crustacean. Reach into the touch tank, where you can see and feel the lobsters - big, small (even blue) along with other marine life from the bay. Uncover important facts about the Shediac Bay ecosystem and understand how a micro-hatchery works. Wildabout Wampum Studios Owned and operated by Acadian artisan Marcia Poirier and husband Dave Francis, this gem of a workshop and boutique will amaze and inspire you. Through infinite patience and attention to detail, they transform the unremarkable shell of the Quahog clam into miniature works of wearable art. Wampum is an aboriginal term, originally referring to tubular beads carved from the rock-hard shell of the Quahog, centuries ago. These were used as ceremonial symbols and later for trade, as a type of currency. In addition to scouring the boutique for that perfect piece for a gift or for yourself, you can watch the creative process unfold and speak with the artist about how she came to discover an art form which dates back 1,000 years or more. Overnight in Shediac

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Day 4 - Shediac to Saint John (Fundy Bay)

There is a lot to see and do along the Fundy route so there are options along the way to Saint John such as Hopewell Rocks, located on the shores of the Bay of Fundy at Hopewell Cape. This attraction is one of the Marine Wonders of the World, and is the site of some of the World’s Highest Tides. Walk on the ocean floor in the shadows of the majestic flowerpot rocks, unique formations carved by erosion over thousands of years. Experience tides rising up to 4-storeys high, making it possible to kayak, at high tide, over the same area you may have recently walked at low tide. 100-billion tonnes of seawater gush in and out of the bay twice a day. The time span between low and high tide is 6 hours and 13 minutes, meaning you can experience both in one day.

Here are a few of our key Bay of Fundy tidal locations to explore.

Cape Enrage Designated by Frommer's Guide as the Best View in Canada, we have the undisputed best view of the Bay of Fundy at this award-winning attraction! From atop the 46-m (150-ft.) cliffs, you’ll see a panoramic view of the entire bay from Apple River to Dorchester to Quaco. Winner of American Travel Writer's Phoenix Award, Cape Enrage is a complete Fundy Adventure waiting for you

Fundy National Park of Canada ( a designated Dark Sky Preserve) - Alma At Fundy National Park the giant tides of the Bay of Fundy mark nature's subtle cadence. Take advantage of the park's natural setting, explore the forest, and discover the creatures of the inter-tidal zone. Spectacular panoramic views of the Bay of Fundy, coastal cliffs and rolling forested hills. This 206-sq.-km (80-sq.-mi.) park protects a significant example of the Maritime Acadian Highlands Natural Region of Canada with its rugged shoreline, inland forests and unique eco-systems.

Featured accommodation

Hilton Saint John

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Day 5 - Bay of Fundy - Saint John area

St. Andrews, or St. Andrews by-the-Sea as it is often called, has long been one of New Brunswick's premier vacation destinations. Located along the Bay of Fundy, this seaside town offers spectacular views, fantastic dining options, incredible whale watching and many other activities.

 

Whale Watching in the Bay of Fundy

The Bay of Fundy has been compared in marine biodiversity to the Amazon Rainforest, known globally for its ecology, geology, tidal energy currents, and habitats.  It is renowned for having the most extreme tides on the planet at 17 metres (50 feet), five to ten times higher than the rest of the world’s tides.     The tides of the Bay of Fundy offer a summer feeding ground for the endangered North Atlantic Right whale, among 12 other species of whales and other marine life and countless birds.  There are a few whale watching operators who offer tours from St. Andrews. 

 

Ministers Island

Just a short drive across the ocean floor at low tide. Visit the residence of the visionary railway builder in Canada, Sir William Van Horne.  The island is named after the Loyalist Anglican minister, Reverend Samuel Andrews, who first settled on the island in 1786. The original stone house where Rev. Andrews lived with his family is still standing.   Ministers Island is an enchanting place to experience. This 500-acre island is only a part-time island. You reach it by driving over the seafloor approximately 1 kilometer (1/2 mile).   Once there, you are immersed in an experience from the late 19th and early 20th century— the summer estate of Sir William Van Horne, the first president of and the driving force behind the Canadian Pacific Railway.   Sir William's vast house, his equally large barn and his bathhouse / artist's hideaway are on view, as are the beautiful carriage lanes through woods and fields.

 

Kingsbrae Gardens

The garden covers a total of 11 ha (27 acres) and sits on a hill overlooking Passamaquoddy Bay in Canada’s premier seaside resort community and National Historic District, St. Andrews by-the-Sea. Pose by the working windmill, sculptures, "flowerpot people" or peacocks. Over 65 species of birds have been found either nesting in the Garden or stopping off there during yearly migrations.  After your self-directed or guided interpretive tour, visit the delightful, licensed Garden Café, either indoors or on the terrace. 

Featured accommodation

Hilton Saint John

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Day 6 - Bay of Fundy to Saint Andrews

Town of Saint Andrews, or St. Andrews by-the-Sea as it is often called, has long been one of New Brunswick's premier vacation destinations. Located along the Bay of Fundy, this seaside town offers spectacular views, fantastic dining options, incredible whale watching and many other activities. Whale Watching in the Bay of Fundy The Bay of Fundy has been compared in marine biodiversity to the Amazon Rainforest, known globally for its ecology, geology, tidal energy currents, and habitats. It is renowned for having the most extreme tides on the planet at 17 metres (50 feet), five to ten times higher than the rest of the world’s tides. The tides of the Bay of Fundy offer a summer feeding ground for the endangered North Atlantic Right whale, among 12 other species of whales and other marine life and countless birds. There are a few whale watching operators who offer tours from Saint Andrews. Ministers Island Just a short drive across the ocean floor at low tide. Visit the residence of the visionary railway builder in Canada, Sir William Van Horne. The island is named after the Loyalist Anglican minister, Reverend Samuel Andrews, who first settled on the island in 1786. The original stone house where Rev. Andrews lived with his family is still standing. Ministers Island is an enchanting place to experience. This 500-acre island is only a part-time island. You reach it by driving over the seafloor approximately 1 kilometer (1/2 mile). Once there, you are immersed in an experience from the late 19th and early 20th century— the summer estate of Sir William Van Horne, the first president of and the driving force behind the Canadian Pacific Railway. Sir William's vast house, his equally large barn and his bathhouse / artist's hideaway are on view, as are the beautiful carriage lanes through woods and fields Overnight in Saint Andrews

Enhance your experience

The Algonquin Resort

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Day 7 - Saint Andrews

Option to do a day trip to Deer Island from Saint Andrews or stay in Saint Andrews for the day Deer Island; Saint Andrews to L’Etete to take the ferry across to Deer Island; A short ferry journey will take you to Deer Island, one of the Fundy Isles, where you can truly relax with a kayaking experience

Enhance your experience

The Algonquin Resort

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Day 8 - Saint Andrews to Fredericton

City of Fredericton New Brunswick’s capital city is rich in culture and riverside beauty. Blessed with lovely Odell and Wilmot parks, you’re sure to find the perfect picnic spot. Or go for a freshwater swim at Killarney Lake Park. Be in downtown’s Officers Square for outdoor concerts, films and theatre – all for free- that will fill your days and evenings with pleasure. Fredericton is a a cultural treasure with the world-class Beaverbrook Art Gallery and The Playhouse… one of the best farmers markets in Canada… and an array of award-winning celebrations such as the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival. You can also indulge your creative urges by treating yourself to learning experiences with renowned instructors through the innovative new edVentures program; Atlantic Canada’s largest learning vacation program. Activities in Fredericton: Kings Landing Historical Settlement - (CTC Signature Experience) Kings Landing Historical Settlement brings the 19th century vibrantly to life with guided tours, theatre performances, heritage dining and 170 people in period costume. Each day during the summer, visitors are treated to a full range of demonstrations and activities. A variety of special events take place throughout the season, which include special weekends, workshops and Theatre in the Barn. Beaverbrook Art Gallery This gallery was a gift to New Brunswick from Lord Beaverbrook, Sir Maxwell Aitken , who was a member of Sir Winston Churchill’s cabinet during World War II. He was also founded three London newspapers which included the London Evening Standard and the Daily Express and in 1918 founded the Sunday Express. Some of his private collection is featured in the Gallery. Walk through the Gallery's glass doors and be introduced to a world of incredible regional, national and international works of art. Historic Garrison District The Historic Garrison District is the National Historic Site is where you'll find an enticing blend of musicians, artists and historic re-enactments. It is Fredericton's historic and cultural heart. Located in the city's beautiful downtown, corner of Queen and Carleton Streets, next to the St. John River, the Garrison is a centre for heritage, culture, craft and entertainment. Visitors will find a variety of attractions and activities in the Historic Garrison District including the Changing of the Guard, tours, concerts, artisans at work, gift shops, and live theatre. Set back behind a wrought iron and stone fence, Fredericton’s Historic Garrison District originally consisted of the two-block area bounded by Queen, York, Campbell, and Regent Sts. British troops were garrisoned here from 1784 until 1869. The first buildings on this site were made of wood and later replaced by stone structures. Fredericton’s Historic Garrison District was declared a National Historic Site in 1964, and in 1965 was designated a protected Provincial Historic Site. Attractions within the Historic Garrison District include, Fredericton Region Museum, School Days Museum, NB Sports Hall of Fame and New Brunswick College of Craft and Design Gallery. Corner of Queen & Carleton Streets in the Old Soldiers' Barracks. Visit our unique shops where local artists are crafting and selling their wares in the lower level of a three-storey stone & wooden structure built by the British Army in 1827. . Old Government House; The residence of the Lieutenant-Governor of New Brunswick, featuring magnificent architecture, period New Brunswick furniture, and current art pieces in elegant public rooms. The 11 acre site was once part of the 17th century Acadian settlement known as Sainte-Anne. Also features a contemporary gallery of New Brunswick’s artistic culture; overlooking the Saint John River. From mid-May to the end of August free bilingual tours are offered Monday-Saturday from 10am to 4pm and Sundays from 12 noon to 4pm.

Featured accommodation

Delta Fredericton

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Day 9 - Fredericton

Day at leisure in Fredericton

Featured accommodation

Delta Fredericton

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Day 10 - Fredericton to Halifax

Today, drive from Fredericton to Halifax, Nova Scotia (approx 4 hours)

Featured accommodation

Hotel Halifax

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Day 11 - Halifax

Day at leisure in Halifax. We highly recommend driving to Lunenburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site enroute stop off at picturesque Mahone Bay and Canada's most famous lighthouse - Peggy's Cove.

Featured accommodation

Hotel Halifax

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Day 12 - Fly Halifax to UK

Check out of hotel and return car to airport in time for flight to the UK

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