A couple of weeks ago I told you about our fun trip to Minister’s Island in New Brunswick, Canada. Well, while we were in the area, we decided to stop for a visit and a late lunch in nearby St. Andrews By-the-Sea.
Established in 1783 by Loyalists from Castine, Maine, St. Andrews is one of New Brunswick’s oldest and most distinctive settlements.
Steeped in history, St. Andrews By-the-Sea offers a wealth of museums, historic sites and marine wonders for you to explore. We spent a leisurely couple of hours wandering the main streets and checking out all the boutiques, giftware stores, galleries, and artisan shops.
While we were just visiting St. Andrews for the afternoon, if you are staying longer they have a variety of attractions and activities within the town itself or very nearby. To name just a very few there is:
The Fundy Discovery Aquarium / Huntsman Marine Science Centre, whale watching, Kingsbrae Garden, Algonquin Golf Course, Sunbury Shores Arts & Nature Centre, St. Andrews Summer Theatre, fishing, art galleries, kayaking, a museum, Indian Point, biking, diving, a loyalist burial ground and much, much more! There are definitely many attractions and activities that will appeal to a variety of age groups.
The view of Passamaquoddy Bay from our table at the restaurant where we had lunch.
After all of our traipsing around Minister’s Island and downtown St. Andrews, we were all getting a little hungry and thirsty. We stopped for a late lunch and a glass of wine at a little restaurant on the main street of St. Andrews. We had the option to eat inside but it was such a glorious day we opted for the patio and were seated at a table overlooking Passamaquoddy Bay, in the Bay of Fundy.
A glass of icy cold Pinot Grigio is just what we needed after a long day of walking!
I opted for the lunch special of Cream of Cauliflower Soup and a Grilled Chicken Wrap. It was all very delicious.
My sisters both chose the Caesar Salad with Grilled Bacon Wrapped Scallops. I’m not sure why I didn’t choose the scallops as they are my favourite seafood. I admit, I was a bit jealous when their lunch arrived!
After a leisurely lunch, we spent an hour or so strolling the downtown area of St. Andrews.
(If you look very closely at the middle, bottom third of the photo above, you will see a seagull diving for his lunch.)
The homes are beautifully cared for and I loved that when you looked down the alleyway between the houses, many of them had beautiful gates leading to the Bay.
If you are ever in the area, I strongly urge you to visit historic St. Andrews by-The-Sea. I have heard that many visitors experiencing St. Andrews for the first time fall head-over-heels in love with the town. Speaking from personal experience, even though I have visited the town several times, I never tire of its quaint seaside streets and gorgeous ocean views.
From lobster rolls to fine dining, seaside camping to luxury accommodations, the town is bustling with experiences for the entire family.
Have you ever visited historic St. Andrews by-The-Sea or Minister’s Island?
What about New Brunswick, have you ever visited our picture province?