Things to Do in St Andrews NB
It feels a bit like you step back in time when you step food in St Andrews NB or St Andrews by the sea. While the area may not be huge, there is plenty of things to do in St Andrews NB. Everything from whale watching to exploring the art scene and scuba diving to strolling through gardens.
Family-friendly, romantic, adventure-filled – no matter why you’re finding yourself in the area, St Andrews NB will definitely have something for you.
Visit the Algonquin Resort
As I mentioned before, a visit to The Algonquin Resort is worth it even if you just drive by to see her impressiveness from the outside.
The Algonquin Resort has been hosting guests for over a century in St Andrews NB. It was built in 1889 by the St Andrews Land Company. The hotel was creating a tourism scene and the residents of St Andrews and businessman helped to develop it. In 1914, the resort was destroyed by a fire and was replaced by the present resort.
- Prince Charles and Princess Diana once stayed at the Algonquin.
A trip to Kingsbrae Garden is something that should be on your list of things to do in St Andrews. Kingsbrae Garden is a multi-award winning beautiful horticultural paradise nestled on 27 acres in St Andrews by-the-Sea.
Kingsbrae Garden is home to many incredible sculptures, interactive art classes, fine cuisine including vegan options, 50,000 perennials, and an art studio.
Image: Chris Flemming via © Kingsbrae Horticultural Garden Inc.
Shop in Historic Downtown
If local one-of-a-kind shops are your kind of thing, then the main street of St Andrews historic downtown is perfect. There are many different options, but these were a few of my favorites.
offers a curated collection of home décor, giftware, and apparel in the traditional, relaxed cottage style with a modern twist focusing on Canadian made products with an emphasis on New Brunswick and Atlantic Canada.
Garden by the Sea
Garden by the Sea creates and sells handcrafted, small-batched skincare products. Everything is 100% natural with no parabens, dyes, perfumes, or other toxic ingredients.
They also have lots of loose leaf tea along with their skincare products.
Mermaid Tales was definitely my favorite story as it has social sustainability in mind. You’ll find a wide range of ethically sourced and environmentally aware products. This could include clothing and accessories, home decor, and handcrafted souvenirs.
On top of what they sell, they also try to use environmental practices in their business by requesting suppliers to use cardboard for packing, they re-use styrofoam peanuts for shipping and discourage single-use plastic.
Visit Ministers Island
At low tide, people can drive or walk to Ministers Island across the seafloor.
Ministers Island’s history is fascinating as well. First settled by the Passamaquoddy Tribe centuries ago, it was named Consquamcook Island. European settlers started arriving in 1777 and was sold to Reverend Samuel Andrews, the first Rector of St Andrews and thus earned the name Ministers Island.
A century later, Sir William Van Horne (the President of the Canadian Pacific Railway) started acquiring pieces of the island until he owned the whole thing. Almost another century later, the island was officially declared a protected site. The Van Horne estate is still intact as well as Reverend Andrews’s house.
There are several hiking trails to enjoy as well.
**Make sure to know the exact times for low and high tide or you will absolutely be stuck there until the next day.**
Image: David Broad via Wikimedia (CC BY 3.0)
St Andrews Whale Watching
There are plenty of whale watching tours available. While I had just gone on a whale watching tour in Bar Harbor, Maine, I didn’t spend the money to do it again. It was slightly less expensive in St Andrews and also not nearly as crowded so if you’re visiting both, maybe wait and take the St Andrews whale watching excursions.
Go Scuba Diving
The scuba diving shop in this photo (Navy Island) is apparently not doing courses or excursions anymore. However, another dive shop – COJO Diving – is definitely open for business.
They offer introductory courses as well as other training, organized dive events, and dive tours in the Bay of Fundy and Bay of Chaleur regions. The marine life is spectacular. Guided dives provide opportunities for divers of all skill levels and can be combined with educational dives to provide skills, refreshment, or specialty certifications. Equipment rentals are available.
Explore the Artistic Side
Don’t let the size of the town fool you. There are plenty of art studios, murals, and more to be explored while you’re in St Andrews NB.