Makes St. Andrews Special?
St. Andrews-by-the-Sea is Canada’s first seaside
resort town and home to the historic Fairmont Algonquin. Built in the
1880s, this Tudor-style hotel is located at the center of an original
Loyalist town. Situated 20 miles (32 km) from the U.S. border along
Bay, this quaint, historic town provides an idyllic setting; take in
stunning scenery from land or sea, enjoy the clean ocean air and
delight yourself in awe-inspiring whale sightings in the nearby Bay of
Fundy. As you browse through unique craft and gift shops on the
town's main street, view the local artisans busy in their studios and
sample seafood fresh from the sea, you're sure to experience that
famous Maritime hospitality.
community of St. Andrews By-The-Sea has attracted visitors and
residents alike for many years. It has historically been the
residence of choice for the wealthy and executive of both Canada and
the United States. Today, St. Andrews is one of New Brunswick's most
prestigious locations and is ranked as one of the top best towns to
live in all of Canada.
Surrounded by the Passamaquoddy Bay, St. Andrews is a residential
community with no industrial zoning. Some of the best preserved
examples of colonial heritage can be found here. Most homes range
from seaside homes and cottages to large historic estate homes. While
maintaining its historical charm, St. Andrews is a dynamic and
prosperous community. St. Andrews is blessed with small town values
and friendly neighbors. It is indeed a lifestyle of choice.
There are seven active Churches in St. Andrews and an abundance of
community groups and events for almost every hobby and interest. The
seaside Algonquin Golf Course will capture your senses with
spectacular vistas and a world class course. The quaint and charming
downtown provides unique and convenient shopping and services. You
will also enjoy the many adventures, sports, and activities that are
provided in St. Andrews.
currently has three physicians, two dentists, a physiotherapist and a
dietitian who provide service to the area. Passamaquoddy Lodge is a
nursing facility located within the town. A hospital is located in
St. Stephen, just a 20 minute drive from St. Andrews. New Brunswick's
largest hospital is located just one hour east from St. Andrews in
Saint John. A full time ambulance service and fire department provide
emergency services. Three constables of the Royal Canadian Mounted
Police serve St. Andrews with the larger force located in neighboring
More than charm and elegance...
The Algonquin, St. Andrews-by-the-Sea, N.B.
There is a unique charm to
Andrews-by-the-Sea that is noticeable the moment you drive
into town. It is more than the stately homes that sit back from the
street on shaded landscaped properties and the preserved historic
buildings downtown. There is a sense of contentment that prevails as
you walk along narrow streets, visible in each smiling face as
visitors and residents stroll leisurely along pathways and sidewalks.
Driving along the New Brunswick side of the Bay of Fundy, the highway
skirts the side of lush green valleys dotted with white farmhouses,
open fields and half-hidden covered bridges on seldom-used dirt roads.
We had visited
St.Andrews before, but we had never
stayed at The Algonquin . This time we wanted to
experience the charm and elegance of this famous resort
. Spread out over a hill-top that overlooks the community,
the red-tiled turrets invite visitors to explore the majesty of New
Brunswick's symbol of hospitality. After several hours of driving, we
rested on the large verandah that serves as a restful reprieve,
sipping a cool drink whilst admiring the multi-hued gardens, the
colours of which try to outdo those of the gaily painted wooden lawn
Inside, the richness of the lobby gives a hint of the lovely decor
that surrounds visitors in the public rooms. Our spacious room
overlooked Passamaquoddy Bay . As the receptionist
had provided us with a street map, we plotted a circular route of
exploration that would take us along the ocean, beside the waterfront
and through streets shaded with century old trees.
The bike rental was beside the large outdoor swimming pool
. The cooling water looked more inviting than a work-out in
the warmth of the afternoon sun, but a promise of a swim on our return
kept us going. One on bike, the other one running, we began our
odyssey of adventure under a canopy of shade trees. As we approached
the shoreline at the bottom of the hill, the tide was low exposing the
bottom of the bay that gradually slopes away from land. In the
downtown area we passed fine craft shops and outdoor terraces
of restaurants and pubs filled with people enjoying a quiet
break. As we strained to complete the uphill return to The
Algonquin , we passed majestic homes with immaculate lawns
and gardens. Not satisfied with the torture of mid-afternoon exercise,
one of us decided we needed to repeat the ordeal. Luckily, down the
hill, a group of young entrepreneurs had set up a lemonade stand.
The active and adventurous will find a wealth of adventure in St.
Andrews. From seaside golf and whale watching, to sea kayaking and
scuba diving, there is something for everyone.
Tides of Passamaquoddy
Passamaquoddy Bay, which pulses to a tidal rhythm that may raise water
levels 28 feet or more twice a day, surrounds the peninsula of St.
Andrews. From low water to high water takes about 6.2 hours and in
that time, up to 2-1/4 billion tons of water will swill into the Bay
through the passages.
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The new Thomas McBroom golf course is a must for the avid golfer. The
quality and views from of this 18 hole par 72 course will inspire you
to recapture the experience of seaside golf.
The shops of St. Andrews offer a diverse selection of goods from local
woolens and hand-knits to specially selected gifts from the Maritimes
and beyond. Visit the numerous galleries for outstanding arts and
crafts in a variety of media including pottery, floorcloths,
hand-blown glass and painting.
Dining and Accommodations
From family style to fine dining, there is a restaurant in St. Andrews
to suit your taste. Quaint bed and breakfasts, historic and modern
inns, cottages and oceanfront camping are just a few of the
accommodation choices you have in St. Andrews.
Salmon Interpretive Centre
aquaints visitors with all aspects of the wild Atlantic Salmon's
history, biology and challenging struggle for survival in an
ever-changing environment. Call 506-529-1384 to book a tour.
The Sunbury Shores Arts and Nature
meeting place for the study, practice and appreciation of fine art and
craft, for natural history study and for conservation education. The
centre offers a year-round gallery as well as artist's studios, a
professional print shop, library, children's nature room and a pottery
is a majestic 27 acre horticultural masterpiece nestled within the
heart of St. Andrews.
The Huntsman Marine Science Centre
features exhibits about local marine and freshwater environment.
There is also: Ross Memorial Museum,
Blockhouse Rocks, Hiking on Chamcook Mountain, Picknicking at
Centennial Park, a full Arena and movie theatre, Bayside Port where
large cruise ships dock from time to time, the Children's Creative
Playground and more.
St. Andrews is rich in native, loyalist and immigrant history which is
displayed and interpreted at several locations throughout the
community including: Ross Memorial Museum, The Blockhouse, Sheriff
Andrews House, Minister's Island and St. Croix Island.
Throughout the year, a number of events take place in St. Andrews. In
early May, just before the "summer season" gets underway, bargain
hunters head for St. Andrews for the
Town Wide Yard Sale. The
third week in June is reserved for the Atlantic Aquaculture
Expostition, Conference and Fair. Scientists and fish farmers come
from around the world to this first-class conference while the general
public enjoy the sights and sounds at the Sea Farmer's Market.
Hundreds of visitors make a trek to St. Andrews each year to enjoy the
special Canada Day celebrations complete with all-day musical
entertainment, great food and fireworks. Later in the month, the
Antique Show and Sale is hosted at the Algonquin Hotel.
There are a number of evens which run
throughout the summer including: St. Andrews Hockey School, St.
Andrews Skating Club School, Sunbury Shores Art Exhibits and
Classes and the St. Andrews Arts Summer Festival.
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