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- St. Croix River: 25 ft tide changes every 6+ hours between high and low tide. 3 minute walk.
- New Brunswick Visitor Information Centre: On the St. Stephen waterfront. Open mid-May to mid-October. Free computer acces to check e-mail. 5 minute walk.
- Chocolate Museum: Downtown St. Stephen in the old Ganong chocolate factory. 10 minute walk. Small entry fee. Lots of sampling trays!
- Ganong Chocolatier shop: Downtown St. Stephen in the old Ganong chocolate factory. 10 minute walk.
- Downeast Heritage Center: Calais waterfront. Includes Maine State Visitor Information Center. Open year-round. Free entry. 5 minute drive.
- Shopping in St. Stephen & Calais: e.g. Oh My!, Stuart’s Gifts, Mardens, Urban Moose, Knock On Wood.
- Moosehorn US National Wildlife Refuge: Baring section just outside Calais. Quiet biking and hiking on gated gravel road trails. Several loops. Bird/wildlife observation including Bald eagle nests, osprey & Canada geese. 10 minute drive.
- St Croix Island 1604 heritage interpretation site: On the New Brunswick side, on Rte 127 west, 8 miles from St. Stephen on the way to St. Andrews. Free.
- St Croix Island 1604 heritage interpretation site: On the Maine side, on US Rte 1, 8 miles south from Calais on the way to Campobello Island. Several bronze life-size statues and 1604 encampment bronze model. Free.
Evening movies at State Cinemas. 3 screens. 79 Main Street, Calais, 04619. Recorded message of movies showing (207) 454-8830 or check their website.
St. Andrews-by-the-Sea and Area:
- Ministers Island historic site: Former Summer home & farm of Sir William Van Horne – president of Canadian Pacific Railroad. 2-hour guided tour. 1 or 2 tours/day. Drive over by car at low tide! Just outside St. Andrews, on the Bar Road, off Rte 127 east. Small entry fee.
- Atlantic Salmon Federation’s Conservation Centre: On Rte 127 east, 3 miles from St. Andrews. Small entry fee.
- Chamcook Mountain: a big hill really! Easy carriage/hiking trail with 7 switch-backs to the top. Great views of Passamaquoddy Bay, all 3 Fundy Isles and Downeast Maine. Take a picnic lunch. Courtesy Rossmount Inn.
- Whalewatching: 2-3 hour boat excursions from the wharf. Various boats from old sailing ships to high-speed Zodiacs. e.g. Fundy Tide Runners, Quoddy Link Marine, Island Quest Marine.
- Kingsbrae Gardens: One of the top-ten gardens in Canada.
- Huntsman Marine Centre: New facility in Fall 2011. Bay of Fundy interpretation including touch tank, seals and gift shop.
- Blockhouse fortification: Parks Canada national historic site.
- Art, craft, clothing & china shops: e.g. Steve Smith’s Crocker Hill Studio, La Balene/The Whale Store, Serendipity jewellery, Tom Smith’s pottery, The China Shop, Jon Sawyer’s glass, Cottage Craft woollens, Sunbury Shores Arts & Nature Centre.
- Waterfront seafood dining: e.g. Harbour Front restaurant, The Gables.
- Fine Dining: e.g. Rossmount Inn, Europa restaurant, Algonquin Hotel.
- Sea kayaking tours: 1 hour to full day, from the town wharf. e.g. Seascape Kayak Tours, Eastern Outdoors.
- Kings Landing Historical Settlement: On Saint John river. Prince William, near Fredericton.
- City of Fredericton: Capital city of New Brunswick. e.g. Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Provincial Archives.
- City of Saint John: (Not to be confused with St. John’s, Newfoundland!). Sea port. e.g. Reversing Falls, Old City Market, New Brunswick Museum.
Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada:
Island is accessible year-round via bridge from Lubec, Maine. Also summer access via small ferry from Deer Island - late June to late-September. Approx. 30-minute ferry trip. Small fee. Great views.
- Roosevelt International Park. President Franklin D. Roosevelt's (FDR) family “cottage”. Free tours. Several woodland & coastal walking trails in the park. Mid-May to mid-October.
- East Quoddy Head lighthouse. Look for whales from shore. Located at far end of Island from Lubec bridge.
Hiking trails - coastal & woodland. Whale watching boat tours. 1-2 hours.
Deer Island, New Brunswick:
Island is accessible year-round via free 20-minute ferry from L’Etete (near St. George). Ferry every half-hour in summer. 40 minute drive from St. Stephen.
Also summer access via two small ferries, operated by East Coast Ferries from either Campobello Island (30 mins.) or Eastport, Maine (20 mins.). Late June to mid-September. Small fee. Great views.
- Half & full-day Sea kayaking tours.
- Working fishing harbours, salmon farm sites & lobster pounds.
Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick:
Accessible year-round via 1 1/2 hour ferry ride from Blacks Harbour. 40 minute drive from Blair House Inn to ferry.
- Whale watching and Puffin boat tours to Machias/Seal Island. e.g. Sea Watch Tours, Whales-n-Sales Adventures.
- Sea kayaking, hiking, cycling: e.g. Adventure High.
- Working fishing harbours, Atlantic salmon farm sites & lobster pounds (storage pens).
Downeast Coastal Maine:
Washington County – “the Sunrise County”
- Puffins: on Machias Seal Island. 3-4 hour boat tour excursions from Cutler and Jonesport. 1-hour drive from St. Stephen.
- Hiking: e.g. Bold Coast trail near Cutler.
- St. Croix Public Library: 2 Budd Avenue, St. Stephen waterfront just below Blair House. Tel: (506) 466-7529. Librarian Elva Hatt.
- Calais Free Library: Calais waterfront. Tel: (207) 454-2758.
- Charlotte County Museum: 443 Miltown Blvd., St. Stephen. Tel: (506) 466-3295. Exec. Director: Irene Ritch.
- Charlotte County Archives: Old Gaol, 123 Frederick Street, St. Andrews. Tel: 506-529-4248. firstname.lastname@example.org
- New Brunswick Provincial Archives: UNB campus, Fredericton. Tel.:(506) 453-2122. 1/2 hours.
- Numerous cemeteries: e.g. Old Loyalist Burial Ground, St. Stephen Rural, St. Stephen Catholic, Calais Public, etc.