St Andrews-by-the-Sea

Bike in a Kilt

The population of St Andrews-by-the-Sea, Canada’s first seaside resort community swells in the summer, as the town blossoms into everything you’d expect from a summer destination. The famed Algonquin Hotel recalls a grand era of CPR railway hotels, adjacent to an excellent golf course. Down on the marina, tourists feast on lobster and fresh seafood at a strip of excellent restaurants, taking whale-watching excursions into the Bay of Fundy. Town colour is further illustrated by a series of wonderful murals, and old shops selling time-honoured treats. Green thumbs will love the manicured Kingsbrae Gardens. Grab a kilt, a bike, and explore the town with some friendly locals.

Length of Trip : 2 hours for the beginner tour, or you can choose a full day tour. Overnight and multi-day bike tours are also available.

Cost : $60 for 2 hour tour. Most tours for beginners are 2 hours, which includes sightseeing and interpretation. Provided with the tour are a bike, loaner kilt, water, & helmet. Full day tours are also available for the more adventurous. A full day tour lasts 6 hours at a cost of $200 per person, (including lunch and snacks).

Best time to go : June to September

Wheelchair friendly : No

Family friendly : Yes

Where to eat : Fresh seafood at the Harbour Front, Lobster Bay and The Gables, all on Water St. Meet some locals over a “door post” at the Red Herring pub, also on Water St.

Official Site : Off Kilter Bike Ph: 506-466-8388 Email: [email protected]

Where to Stay : The historic Algonquin Resort is lovely. For a full list of accommodation options, visit St Andrews By-the-Sea’s official website.

Getting There : Directions from St John and Fredericton can be found here.

Note from Robin : St Andrews-by-the-Sea is as much about its characters as the beauty of the place. Get to know the locals.

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