Monday, October 14, 2019

St. Martins



We spent the Canadian Thanksgiving long weekend in the beautiful seaside village of St. Martin's, NB. This community has branded itself as the gateway to the Fundy Trail Parkway, and it has a lot offer in its own right. It is a stop for tour buses and visitors on their way to the Fundy Trail Parkway and Fundy National Park, but it is well worth exploring in more depth!
 

 
 

The most eye-catching attraction is probably the stunningly beautiful sea caves, which are located at the edge of town. These natural caves were formed by wave action which over time has eroded the base of the towering red seaside cliffs. At low tide visitors can walk out across the small bay and explore inside the caves! There is a beautiful pebble beach at their base that can be explored even at high tide, as well as the Seaside Restaurant, which offers world famous seafood chowder and a view of the caves.

 


The community itself is centered around a picturesque little harbour that boasts not one but two covered bridges!

A walk around the harbour took us to several local arts and crafts boutiques, as well as a lovely ice cream shop. The artistic talent in the area is also on display in several art galleries in the area.


 

During our visit we also walked out to Anvil Rock, which is a beautiful sea stack that can be viewed from another gorgeous pebble beach.

 
 
As we enjoyed the warm sunny weather and fall colours we also found a flock of Common Eiders floating in the bay, which is another species for our list!


 

Visitors can also stop by a lighthouse, visit an old fashioned general store that apparently has delicious sausages, and explore local history in the Quaco Museum.

Although we originally planned to stay simply to get caught up with our blog and photo editing, and to wait for the post office to reopen after the long weekend, we ended up finding a vibrant community of friendly, generous, and interesting people!


During our stay we were hosted by Kaz and Joe at Not Your Usual Hostel, and we would highly recommend this clean, cozy, and comfy hostel to anyone visiting the area!  They are wonderful to hikers and cyclists with amenities to clean up, launder and relax.

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