Thursday, July 29, 2010

St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada


The view of Passamaquoddy Bay outside our back window at St. Andrews, New Brunswick

We crossed the border at Calais, Maine a few days after the 4th of July and went to St. Andrews, New Brunswick.


Line up to cross the border into New Brunswick, Canada

IMG_6668 First sign of Canada while crossing the St.Croix River bridge from Calais, Maine

St. Andrews is a very small town it has one gas station, one grocery store and only one campground. The campground is in a great spot at the end of the peninsula and surrounded on three sides by Passamaquoddy Bay. One of the many bays that branch off from the world famous Bay of Fundy.


Low Tide out the back window in St. Andrews, NB


High Tide out the back window in St. Andrews, NB


As the above pictures show we were very close to the water. The Campground was only about 3/4 of mile from town, so we walked in to town one day to visit the Farmers Market, one day we walked in to get groceries and on a third day to catch the whale watching boat cruise. St. Andrews was founded in 1783 by Loyalist fleeing from the American Revolution and has many old homes and buildings.


Minke Whale, Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick


A Fin Whale coming up for a breath of air, that's just the front half!

For our 39th anniversary, instead of going out to a fancy restaurant for dinner, Kathy voted that we go on a whale watch cruise tour right out of St. Andrews. We saw Minke Whales, Fin Whales,  Harbor Porpoises  and Harbor Seals. For our bird list: Northern Gannets dive bombing into the sea after fish, Black Guilemots, Great Cormorants and Double Crested Cormorants, Black-backed Gulls and Herring Gulls. It was a gorgeous sunny day, no sweat shirts required, (unheard of when whale watching out of our favorite location Monterey Bay, California!).  Best of all, it continuing our streak of seeing whales on every trip in 40 years of whale watching!


  1. Love your pictures. I would much rather go whale watching than to a fancy restaurant. We are hoping to get up that way one of these days! Keep the pictures coming.

  2. Whale watching sounds way more fun!!!!

  3. Love the pictures :)
    Happy Anniversary!!

  4. What, no puffins??? The whale trip sounds like a great time. I'm jealous. :)

  5. Happy belated Anniversary! Looks like an awesome cruise!

  6. Grant and Kathy,
    As I thought more about your post this evening, I decided to comment again. I would like to make a suggestion if you can do it. I enjoyed the slide show, but by the time I read the caption, the picture changed. Is there a way to slow down the progression a little? I like to read the captions, but would also like a little more time to appreciate the pictures. :)

  7. Judy,

    I have been unable to find a setting in either Picasa or Flash to control the speed of an embedded slideshow. You can put your cursor on the bottom of the slide picture and turn off the auto advance and then go through the slides manually.

    If anyone knows of a way to control the speed of an embedded Picasa slideshow please let me know.


  8. It is beautiful there! I told you to bring me I'm missing it all....sniff sniff

  9. Amazing whale shots...I've never been that close to a whale...what a thrill!
    Kathy certainly knows how to celebrate an anniversary, chuckle!
    Happy Trails, and belly rubs to Raider,

  10. Happy 39th Anniversary and WHAT a way to spend it WHALE Watching...oh I wish I had been with you.
    If I had the view you have out of your back window I'd never move. Absolutely gorgeous...
    Enjoy it for all of us.
    Hugs B&HiC

  11. Love the photo of the Minke whale! Gorgeous animal :)

  12. Happy Anniversary to you both! Looked like the perfect whale watching cruise! Awesome photos!