BEST OF SAINT AN­DREWS

NEW BRUNSWICK

Canadian Geographic - - THE TOP 5 - —Harry Wil­son

It started out as a quintessen­tially prim and proper late-18th-cen­tury Loy­al­ist set­tle­ment on the shore of Pas­samaquoddy Bay, but to­day Saint An­drews, N.B., is ar­guably Canada’s pret­ti­est — and most in­ter­est­ing — sea­side re­sort town. Here are five must-not-miss ex­pe­ri­ences that will give you the full flavour of ev­ery­thing this gen­teel gem has to of­fer.

1 STAY IN STYLE The Al­go­nquin Re­sort

Noth­ing beats stay­ing at the grand old dame of New Brunswick ho­tels — and the 129-year-old Al­go­nquin, lav­ishly re­fur­bished to the tune of $30 mil­lion and re­opened in 2014, is worth ev­ery penny. Whether you’re laz­ing in a king­size bed with a cool bay breeze wash­ing over you, sluic­ing down oys­ters and stout in Brax­ton’s Restau­rant & Bar or play­ing the prov­ince’s best golf course, that rar­i­fied sense of be­ing some­where quite grand never leaves you. In­dulge in it while you can. al­go­nquin­re­sort.com

2 GAR­DEN OF DE­LIGHTS Kings­brae Gar­den

Kings­brae’s be­guil­ing 11 hectares in­clude a dozen gar­dens-within-a-gar­den (among them the Sculp­ture Gar­den and the Scents and Sen­si­tiv­ity Gar­den) and Per­i­cles — the name the gar­den gave to its Wollemi pine tree, one of the old­est and rarest tree species in the world. kings­brae­gar­den.com

3 FAN­TAS­TIC FOOD Niger Reef Tea House

David Peter­son’s restau­rant of­fers not only respite from the sum­mer­time buzz of nearby down­town Saint An­drews but re­mark­able food and views of Pas­samaquoddy Bay, too. Tuck into clas­sics such as seafood chow­der or pray that Peter­son has prepped his delectably smoky, fall-off-the-bone bar­be­cue beef ribs as a spe­cial. niger­reeftea­house.com

4 OCEAN ED­U­CA­TION Fundy Dis­cov­ery Aquar­ium

Go for the un­der­wa­ter ac­ro­bat­ics of har­bour seals Loki and Snorkel, stay for the cap­ti­vat­ing ex­hibits at this small but ex­cel­lent aquar­ium, part of the Hunts­man Marine Sci­ence Cen­tre, the old­est per­ma­nent re­search fa­cil­ity of its kind in Canada. hunts­man­ma­rine.ca

5 ART IT UP Sun­bury Shores

The Sun­bury Shores Arts and Na­ture Cen­tre is one of the best places in town to ap­pre­ci­ate “the con­nec­tion be­tween art and na­ture,” the cen­tre’s rai­son d’être. Ex­plore that link by sum­mon­ing your muse and sign­ing up for a course in paint­ing or draw­ing, to name but two op­tions. sun­buryshores.org See more of these and other Saint An­drews at­trac­tions at can­geo­travel.ca/ss18/sain­tan­drews.

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