Road Scholar - The Best of the Canadian Maritimes
September 20 - Sea Caves and Tidal Harbor
After a buffet breakfast at the Delta Hotel, we got into the bus and drove to the small but historic town of St Martins. In the Quaco Museum, we discovered the legacy of loyalists and ship builders in a presentation by the curator. At one time because of its ship building industry, St Martins was the second wealthiest community in the British Empire. We wandered through the museum and observed its exhibits.
After leaving the museum, we were joined by a local guide. She led us on a walking tour of the village along the main street past historic houses and into the harbor. The tide was out, so we could see the local fishing boats that were stranded on the muddy floor of the harbor. This is a popular area for tourists to see the amazing tidal surge of the Bay of Fundy. Because of that, there was a small contingence of vendors selling souvenirs.
We continued to walk past the harbor through a covered bridge until we reached the beach and the sea caves. Our guide explained how the tides helped carve the sea stacks and caves into the rugged red cliffs that surround the village.
Lunch time was approaching. Some of us retraced our steps past the harbor and into the main portion of the village. Others rode the bus. Our destination was the Tidal Watch Inn where we had a good buffet lunch in a crowded dining room.
Our afternoon involved more exercise with a walking tour of the Fundy Trail Parkway. The same guide from the morning showed us lots of plants along the way and explained the history of the area. We walked along the beach and up a path beside a river that was once used to float logs to a now defunct sawmill. We managed to walk over suspended pedestrian bridge without swinging into the river below.
Our bus took us back to back to Saint John after we had a tasty buffet dinner at the Tidal Watch Inn.