It’s just a little town in the province of New Brunswick, Canada but it is a big player when it comes to the tourism forum. Located in the town of Charlotte, St. Andrews is that special place tucked away in the Canadian Maritimes that draws more visitors than there are permanent inhabitants. On average there are about 1700 residents with perhaps about 2500 during the summer season. But there are definitely many welcomed tourists who come from afar to enjoy the tranquility of this small community that has a whole lot to share!
St. Andrews is a town located in the southwest of New Brunswick and is Canada’s first seaside resort town. It may be small in size and population but it has a wealth of activities and sites for all to join and see. It is also only 32 kilometres away from the U.S. so residents from across the border find it quite convenient to visit and some have become permanent residents. Historically, St. Andrews has attracted the wealthy to settle here. With its gorgeous seaside scenery and landscape perfect for building luxurious homes with wonderful views from all sides, who wouldn’t want to call this town home?
St. Andrews is more commonly referred to as St. Andrews-by-the-Sea by tourists and there is no doubt as to why it got that name. The town was founded in 1783 and although it is small, it has museums and art galleries that are comparable to those found in larger cities. It has a community college and is the belle of the ball when it comes to the superb world-class golf courses.
There are just a myriad of things to see in St Andrews-by-the-Sea but some notable landmarks and historical attractions that must not be missed on your visit are the Ross Memorial Museum which is housed in an 1824 Georgian mansion made of fine red brick; the Blockhouse, a national historic site where you will discover the history of war and conflict between Canada and the U.S. during the War of 1812; the neo-classical architecture of the Sheriff Andrews House and St. Croix Island, the site of Pierre Dugua’s first attempt at a settlement in North America. These are just a few of the historic treasures you can discover at St. Andrews.
Other sites of interests include the Huntsman Aquarium and Science Centre, the Charlotte County Courthouse and Gaol that is apparently haunted to the day by the ghost of an innocent man hanged in 1879 for murder and is also the site of the last hanging ever in Canada which occurred in 1942; and the Kingbrae Garden with its over 50, 000 plants.
Besides the wonderful rounds of golf on the world-class courses, there are the ultimate whale-watching experiences to be had here in St. Andrews. Whale-watching season begins in May and follows through to October. Pick a whale-watching company to take you out onto the waters to catch a glimpse of the playful Humpback whales, Fin and Minke whales.
It’s actually both an attraction and a place to stay in St. Andrews and it is the legendary Algonquin Hotel. You cannot miss seeing it in town. It is stately looking. It looks luxurious. The richness of the lobby will give you a sense of the richness of the old world charm that still defines St. Andrews, and with it overlooking the Passamaquoddy Bay, you can’t ask for a better view.
St. Andrews=by-the-Sea will surpass any expectations you may have even when you are well-informed on what to expect!