Tours

PRECONFERENCE TOUR
Tuesday, May 29, 2018

This is a full day trip with enough time for dinner in St. Andrews. Dinner will be on your own, at your leisure.

Spend the day in St. Andrews-by-the-Sea, a picturesque resort town where visitors have come for decades to breathe in the fresh sea air and settle in to a slower pace of life. Perched overlooking the town is Canada’s historic seaside resort, the Algonquin. Built in the 1880's, this resort hotel has a fascinating history and continues to serve as a symbol of East Coast hospitality.

Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

The majestic St. John River is renowned for its breathtaking beauty, earning the nickname “The Rhine of North America”, and getting out on the River is a must-do experience for any visitor to New Brunswick. This tour sees you setting out with a small group on board a comfortable catamaran to explore the River, perhaps even spotting an eagle’s nest. Following your cruise, you’ll have the chance to explore the Capital City of Fredericton with a short orientation and an opportunity to stroll along the quaint downtown, which is situated along the banks of the river. A lobster roll lunch (alternative available) is included for you to enjoy picnic-style, either on the boat or on the banks of the river. This is the best sort of summer’s day in New Brunswick – you won’t want to miss it!

Thursday, May 31st, 2018

Less than an hour from Saint John, perched on the shores of the Bay of Fundy, is the picturesque fishing village of St. Martins, a beautiful window through which to take a peek at life in New Brunswick, and a UNESCO designated Biosphere Reserve. During the scenic drive to St. Martins, your local guide will entertain you with fascinating folklore about the village, including the thriving shipbuilding era of bygone days. Upon arrival, stop at the harbour and witness the effects of the extreme high and low tides of the Bay of Fundy. This area is a favorite with artists, with its lighthouse, lobster traps and fishing boats creating a charming scene.

Friday, June 1st, 2018

Enjoy a taste of New Brunswick as you visit 2 regional award-winning wineries in this fun and informative tour. Each winery features a boutique experience, offering you a chance to tour behind-the-scenes, as you learn about wine-making in New Brunswick. Walk through the vineyards and appreciate the craft and challenge of growing grapes in a northern climate, and take time to sample and savour a selection of cold climate grape wine and fruit wines that are quickly becoming popular in New Brunswick.

Saturday, June 2nd, 2018

This fascinating tour takes you up close to the world-renowned Bay of Fundy and its effects on Saint John. Start your tour at the New Brunswick Museum, where an interpreter will introduce you to the wonders of the Bay of Fundy. During this exclusive program, you'll discover the forces that work together to create the highest tides in the world, which rise to over 40 feet. Hear about the geology and geography of the Bay of Fundy region, including why the Reversing Falls Rapids exist, and learn about the variety of birds, seals and fish species that make the Bay their home.

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Saint John history is evident in its weather-worn look, passing the tests of salt air, sea winds, and a devastating fire. As your guide takes you past prominent landmarks and historic buildings, you’ll be introduced to many fascinating personalities and events that occurred to make Saint John the greatest little city in the east! Visit the Reversing Falls Rapids, where the mighty Bay of Fundy causes the Saint John River to reverse direction and flow upstream. Your tour includes two stops to allow for seeing 2 different stages of the tide cycle – with one stop at the newest attraction in Saint John, the Skywalk, for a unique vantage point of this phenomenon, and another at Fallsview Park, which sees you close to the water’s edge.

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​Saint John’s historic district is a treasure, with spectacular buildings and details that surprise and delight. From one of the city’s most elegant residential streets to the former heart of the business and financial community, the history behind these stone buildings is fascinating. And today, tucked away in these incredible buildings are galleries bursting with works that embrace the beauty of this historic port city that grew on the shores of the Bay of Fundy. These galleries represent painters, potters, textile artists, jewelers, woodworkers and other craftspeople whose work pushes boundaries, makes us think, and puts creativity first.

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May 30 - June 2, 2018
Saint John, New Brunswick

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The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and the Architects' Association of New Brunswick have partnered to present the 2018 Festival of Architecture May 30 - June 2 in Saint John.

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