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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 access 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. Ganong Chocolatier, Wool Emporium, Stuart’s Gifts; Urban Moose, Mardens, 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. Free.
- 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. Digital & audio upgrades in 2014. 79 Main Street, Calais, 04619. Recorded message of movies showing (207) 454-8830 or check their website.
St. Andrews-by-the-Sea and Area:
- Kingsbrae Gardens: One of the top-ten gardens in Canada, with garden cafe restaurant.
- Huntsman Marine Centre and Fundy Discovery Aquarium: New facility in Fall 2011. Bay of Fundy interpretation including touch tank, seals and gift shop.
- Ministers Island historic site: Former Summer home & farm of Sir William Van Horne – president of Canadian Pacific Railroad. Guided tours available. 1 or 2 tours per day. Drive over by car at low tide!
- Atlantic Salmon Federation’s Conservation Centre: Stream-side displays and interpretation.
- 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 to 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, Jolly Breeze.
- 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, Cottage Craft woollens.
- Sunbury Shores Arts & Nature Centre and Gallery: Newly renovated in 2014.
- Waterfront seafood dining: e.g. Harbour Front restaurant, The Gables; Red Herring.
- Fine Dining: e.g. Rossmount Inn, Europa restaurant, Algonquin Resort.
- 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 trails. Whale watching boat tours, 1 to 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 with Seascape Kayak Tours.
- Working fishing harbours, salmon farm sites & lobster pounds.
Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick:
Accessible year-round via 90-minute 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 to 4-hour boat tour excursions from Cutler and Jonesport. 1-hour drive from St. Stephen.
- Hiking: e.g. Bold Coast trail near Cutler.
- West Quoddy Head lighthouse: The eastern-most point in the continental USA. Near Lubec.
- St. Croix Public Library: 2 Budd Avenue, St. Stephen waterfront just below Blair House. Tel: (506) 466-7529. 5-minute walk from Blair House Inn.
- Calais Free Library: Calais waterfront. Tel: (207) 454-2758.
- Charlotte County Museum: 443 Miltown Blvd., St. Stephen. Tel: (506) 466-3295. Re-opening in 2014.
- 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. 90-minute drive.
- Numerous cemeteries: e.g. Old Loyalist Burial Ground, St. Stephen Rural, St. Stephen Catholic, Calais Public, etc.