Discover New Brunswick's Iconic Self Drive

Moncton - Saint John

Bay of Plenty

Self-Drive Tour

Visit the Magnificent Bay of Fundy and travel the 170 miles along a majestic coastline, through one of the 2 National Parks in the province, before completing your journey at Saint Andres-by-the-Sea, regarded as Canada's favourite seaside resort in this Canada self-drive tour

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Enjoy an incredible nightime photography excursion at Hopewell Rocks 
  • Visit Campobello Island and explore the homes that once belonged to the rich and famous 

8 Days

Your Itinerary

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7
  • Day 8

Day 1 : UK- Moncton

Collect your car and transfer to the hotel in the city centre for the evening with the option of dinner at a city-based restaurant. 

Day 2 : Moncton - Hopewell rocks (23 Miles)

This morning head to the iconic Hopewell Rocks and get a close up of these stunning rock formations. The cliffs at Hopewell were formed millions of years ago as part of a mountain range that was both older than the Appalachians and larger than the Canadian Rockies. However, due to erosion, the rocks and pebbles were slowly washed from the mountains and over time these layers compressed into the rock forming into the flowerpot formations that we see today. Later that evening you return to Hopewell Rocks for an amazing night-sky photography excursion. Join park ranger and leading photographer Kevin Snair on a journey to the ocean floor to photograph the night sky with a maximum of 4 other photographers.

Overnight in Hopewell area. 

Day 3 : Hopewell Rocks - Alma (27 Miles)

After breakfast take to the road and head first to Cape Enrage. Here you will find 320-million-year-old fossils, breath-taking views of Bay of Fundy, a 140-year-old lighthouse and subject to tide conditions you can see a reef that had claimed many a vessel over the last century. On leaving Cape Enrage, continue onto the charming village of Alma which is a great lunch stop and located right at the entrance of the stunning Fundy National Park. Once at the national park there is a wide variety of activities to enjoy, take your pick from the following; fat biking, golf, geo-cashing, hiking, kayaking and swimming in a pool or with the salmon migration, which is a seasonal activity. 

Dinner and overnight in Alma.

Day 4 : Alma to St Martins (70 Miles)

Enjoy a hearty breakfast and the drive through Fundy National Park en-route to St. Martins the gateway to the Fundy Park Trailway. In St. Martins you have the option to kayak to the stunning sea caves, where you can paddle past covered bridges and colourful fishing boats of St. Martins harbour, then out into the Bay of Fundy. On the 2.5 hour trip, you will have a chance to paddle into the sea caves, from a kayak afloat on the world's highest tides. Immerse yourself in the dramatic coastline of sheer red rock cliffs-carved smooth to perfection over millions of years. The trip will allow time for some beachcombing and to enjoy a delicious smoked salmon beach snack. Later that day head to the Fundy Trail a 6323-acre park featuring a 19-mile coastal drive that offers stunning views of the Bay of Fundy. The park has been carved out of the Fundy Escarpment and is one of the last remaining coastal wildernesses areas between Florida and Labrador. Visitors can marvel at the coastal cliffs, hike the many trails, enjoy pristine beaches, river estuaries and waterfalls. The park is also home to the Fundy Footpath hiking path, rated in the top 50 in the world and trail and one of the Great Canadian Bucket List experiences. 

Dinner and overnight in St.Martins.

Day 5 : St. Martins to Saint Andrews (99 Miles)

Morning departure from St. Martins as you continue down the Bay to Saint Andrews-by-the-Sea. The stunning seaside resort came into prominence with the building of the railways at the end of the 19th Century. The desire of the wealthy to escape the heat and humidity of the eastern seaboard cities meant that Saint Andrews was the natural choice for the development as a fashionable summer resort. The offshore waters kept cool by the giant tides of the Bay of Fundy and the cooling breezes of the Passamaquoddy Bay meant that the well-heeled would come for a summer season at this stunning resort town. Saint Andrews has many chic restaurant and cafes and is home to the horticultural masterpiece that is Kingsbrae Gardens, a 27-acre public garden rates as one of the top 10 in Canada. 

This afternoon, take to the water of the Passamaquoddy Bay to enjoy some top-class whale watching. 

Dinner and overnight in Saint Andrews

Day 6 : Saint Andrews (4 Miles)

Today you have the opportunity to visit Ministers Island, located just off the shore of Saint Andrews. The 500-acre island is the former summer home of the Canadian Pacific Sir William Cornelius Van Horne. Minsters Island is accessed by driving across a 1-kilometre sandbar exposed by low tide, but as a rule of thumb, you can spend up to 5 hours on this enchanting island. Van Horne starts purchasing land on Ministers Island in the 1890s where he would construct a 50 room summer home called Covenhoven. Van Horne was credited with bringing many wealthy visitors to both Saint Andrews and Ministers Island to experience his lavish social gatherings. Many of these people would layer purchase large properties in Saint Andrews. Covenhoven contains many original artefacts form the period and the on-site guides will provide great detail of Van Horne and his legacy. 

To round out the day you will have the option of visiting Kingsbrae Gardens, The Huntsman Marine Centre or enjoy Saint Andrews on a 4x4 vehicle tour. 

Dinner and overnight in Saint Andrews. 

Day 7 : Saint Andrews

Today, head down to the dock to catch the water taxi to the stunning Campobello Island, one of the majestic Fundy Isles. The water taxi leaves at 09.30 for the 30-minute journey over to Campobello Island. This island is stunningly beautiful and was originally granted British Sea captain William Owen back in 1767 and would stay in the family for 4 generations. Sold latterly to wealthy American investors, the island would become the summer playground for the rich and famous including the Franklin D Roosevelt family. On arrival in Campobello Island, you will be met by a van driver and give a 2.5-hour guided tour of the island, with its stunning trails and picturesque lighthouses. You will return back to the Roosevelt International Park with ample time to visit the Roosevelt Cottage and experience an enlighten hour over tea and biscuits at one of the on-site cottages. Here the expert park guides will share stories about Eleanor Roosevelt, her early years, and share insights about her time on Campobello Island before and after the death of her husband Franklin D Roosevelt.

At 5.15pm it will be time to depart the Roosevelt dock for the return water taxi to Saint Andrews, where you can enjoy dinner and overnights.  

Day 8 : Saint Andrews to Saint John (60 Miles)

This morning after breakfast it's time to head to Saint John and get your final fix of the Bay of Fundy. The city of Saint John has the distinction of being Canada's first incorporated city and has a loyalist history that goes back centuries. It's a city with the highest tides on earth. A place where water runs backwards twice a day and no one blinks an eye. Where the most powerful tug-of-war on earth takes place in the heart of the city thanks to a geological hip-check of South America and Africa. Start your visit by stopping off at the Skywalk Saint John, to get a stunning view of the Reversing Falls rapids and to find out in more detail about the significance of the Fundy tides and the effect they have on the Saint John River that flows down into the Bay of Fundy. 

A suggested lunch stop would be at the historic Saint John City Market, the oldest continuously operated market in Canada, and it's "where the locals go". Quick, easy and healthy lunches are served at this iconic location. After lunch head to the New Brunswick Provincial Museum. The museum preserves, researches and manages significant collections representing a wide range of New Brunswick's natural, human and cultural heritage including rich galleries as; Great Hall of Whales, Birds of New Brunswick, and Wind, Wood & Sails, among others. Allow at least an hour to browse some of these magnificent collections.

Time remains to browse some of the unique shops and boutiques in the city, before heading back to Saint John Airport and your return flight home. 

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