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Duration
10 days
Activities
  • Guided day hikes
  • Indigenous experiences
  • Food tours
  • Whale watching boat tour
Accommodation
  • Comfortable Hotels
Meals
  • 1 Dinner
  • 8 Lunches
  • 9 Breakfasts

Price

$4190USD

* All prices subject to applicable taxes

Trip Code: CGU

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Overview

Trip highlights


  • Can Geo Collection Adventure
  • Escorted by a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society
  • Marvel at the world's highest tides in the Bay of Fundy
  • Immerse yourself in the culture of the Acadians and Mi'kmaq people
  • Hike in UNESCO Fundy Biosphere Reserve
  • Indulge in local delicacies including sea-to-table culinary adventure
  • Admire dramatic Fundy coastal viewpoints

Experience New Brunswick’s most fascinating natural phenomenon from the coastline at its highest and lowest tides. As we explore the Acadian coast, you’ll quickly discover that while the rich ecosystem would be enough to make this trip a fantastic one, it’s the hospitality and willingness of its inhabitants to share their stories that really make it so memorable. Whether hiking with an interpretive knowledge keeper of the Mi’kmaq Cultural Center or participating in a marine citizen project along the Fundy Isles, this itinerary showcases the most interesting aspects of life along the Bay of Fundy. A walk in the UNESCO Fundy Biosphere reserve is a must to look into the impressive flora and fauna of the region. With a great network of trails, the forested trails bring you to beautiful waterfalls and the geological history of millions of years of erosion of rock formations whether on the ocean floor at Hopewell Rocks or higher up at the Walton Glen Gorge. “The Picture Province” boasts exceptional biodiversity and plenty of hidden gems waiting to be discovered.

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On arrival at the Moncton airport, you will be met for your transfer to the centrally-located accommodation. Situated along the famous Tidal Bore Petitcodiac River, the city of Moncton sits nicely between the fascinating Bay of Fundy and the scenic Acadian Coast. There will be a trip briefing at the time indicated on your final documents, where you will meet your fellow travellers.

Meals:  Nil

Your adventure in New Brunswick begins with a “tidally-timed” exclusive experience. Our local guide brings you to various areas along the upper Bay of Fundy UNESCO Biosphere region, featuring sculpted coastlines and carved sea stack formations. A coastal trail leads the way to the ocean floor towards Hopewell Rocks at low tide. Learn all about the forces that shaped the flowerpot rocks and the legend they inspired. Other fascinating sea discoveries today include an interpretive fossil beach walk, an intimate sea-to-table lobster culinary experience and a short hike in the beautiful Fundy National Park. You’ll have the opportunity to witness the phenomenal change in sea level as we return to Hopewell Rocks at high tide via the coastal route to Moncton.

Meals:  B,L

After breakfast, we make our way to the Elsipogtog Mi’kmaq Cultural Centre, about an hour's drive north of Moncton. An interpretive knowledge keeper leads the forest Heritage Path walking tour, providing a deeper understanding and connection to the cultural teaching and way of the Mi’kmaq. After this valuable cultural and nature immersion, we are heading to Metepenagiag Heritage Park, home to one of New Brunswick’s oldest continuously inhabited communities. Our adventure into ancestral traditions is complemented with stories of Mi’kmaq elders, aromas of the cooking fire and traditional foods, concluding with a traditional indigenous meal.

Meals:  B,L

Today’s a perfect mix of coastal views, wildlife observation and the fascinating Acadian history along the Miramichi River. The Beaubears Island Shipbuilding National Historic Site is home to a 19th century shipyard, spectacular old-growth pines, plum trees, lilacs and plenty of wildlife that we’ll explore on foot on the restored historic trail. Our lunch is another highlight of the province’s diverse food scene as we indulge in an authentic French Acadian cuisine experience. Uncovering more hidden gems of the Acadian Coast, a hike in Kouchibouguac National Park is a must. It’s a beautiful place to enjoy more wildlife observation and to appreciate the gorgeous vistas of the sea.

Meals:  B,L

Before leaving the Acadian coast, there are still treasures to be discovered. Let’s begin with an interpretive walk of the great sand dune, stretching 12km across Bouctouche Bay. Created by the constant movement of the sand due to the wind, tides and ocean currents, it serves as a habitat for a variety of aquatic plants and animals. On our way to Saint John, we stop in the Lobster Capital of the World, followed by a leisurely walk in charming Sussex to admire the collection of colourful murals. Our day concludes with a sightseeing tour around the only major city on the Bay of Fundy.

Meals:  B,L

The UNESCO-designated Fundy Biosphere Reserve covers 430,000 hectares of the province, including the section we explored on Day 2. Today we are learning more about the natural wonders of the lower Bay of Fundy around the lovely village of St. Martins. Our exploration of the area includes walking to Quaco Head Lighthouse, witnessing the geological history of millions of years of erosion at the sea caves and hiking along the Fundy Trail Parkway. The trails take us to waterfalls and the spectacular Walton Glen Gorge, created by a glacier that flowed into the Bay of Fundy over a millennia ago. Return to Saint John for the evening.

Meals:  B,L

We’ll be up bright and early to catch the morning ferry to the island of Grand Manan. En route, keep an eye out for seals, whales, and sea birds as the waters of the Bay of Fundy are rich with wildlife. On arrival at the island, we enjoy a scenic hike as we take the trail past unique rock formations such as the rock arch called Hole in the Wall, spectacular viewpoints, and the picturesque Swallowtail Lighthouse. Learn all about the historic nature of the light station and the surrounding marine environment. In the late afternoon, we take the ferry back to the seaport village of St. Andrews in Charlotte County.

Meals:  B,L

The town of Saint Andrews (Est. 1783) was founded by the United Empire Loyalists and designated one of Canada’s National Historic Districts. Sir William Van Horne, the president of the former Canadian Pacific Railway, has established its grand summer estate just offshore on Minister’s Island. We must reach the island at low tide to visit the late 19th century/early 20th century estate and enjoy century-old trails worn down by long-gone carriages. Then, onboard a small research vessel, you’ll dig deeper into the fascinating marine life of the Bay of Fundy with an exclusive experience. Help collect live animal samples and watch how they analyze oceanography data at the lab to assess local environmental changes.

Meals:  B,L

For our last day exploring New Brunswick's coastal gems, we couldn't think of a better way to conclude our adventure than by taking in the wonders of the Bay of Fundy. Aboard a Zodiac, we will weave among the bays and channels of the West Isles to enjoy the rugged beauty and abundant marine life. In addition to the several species of migratory whales, we may encounter Atlantic puffins, harbour seals, porpoises, and different varieties of sea birds. Tonight you'll share your highlights of the trip with your fellow travellers at the farewell dinner.

Meals:  B,L,D

After breakfast, the trip concludes with a transfer to the airport.

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Inclusions

  • 9 nights accommodation, double occupancy
  • 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 1 dinner
  • Services of a local guide
  • Return airport group transfers
  • Private internal transportation during the trip
  • Mi’kmaq cultural experiences
  • All permits, sightseeing and park entrance fees

  • Flights
  • Meals not listed in the itinerary
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Items of personal nature (ie. phone calls, tips, etc)
  • Gratuities
  • Travel insurance (compulsary)
  • Applicable taxes

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