St Andrews has more than its share of picturesque 19th century churches. One of the more famous is the Greenock Church. It's one of the most imposing buildings in the community, a Presbyterian Church was built in 1818-1824 under the supervision of Capt. Christopher Scott. It is said that the Captain chose to build this church upon hearing a remark at a social function about how the "poor Presbyterians don't have a decent church".
The design clearly reflects the American meetinghouse tradition, with a two story frame structure fronted by a pedimented tower and steeple. Additionally, it features a paladian window above the front entrance. The Scottish tradition is also maintained with the use of green oak and its decorative green foliage. This is the symbol of Greenock, Scotland, which happens to be the birthplace of Captain Scott.
But beyond Greenock, there are plenty of other "lookers" among local houses of worship. I particularly liked the All Saints Anglican Church, with it's square steeple towering above the surrounding trees. In some ways, it made me think of MY hometown, Tallahassee, Florida. We have a historic Episcopalean church (St. John's) with a similar bell tower.
If you wander back off Water Street, you'll find yourself in historic neighborhoods that are STILL neighborhood. In fact, there are houses for sale, so if you're so inclined....
So many of these homes are brimming with character. As my dad would say, they don't build them like that anymore. And while they may require some updating, owning such a home would fill you both with a sense of history and pride. :)
As for us, just walking the neighborhood was an entertaining peace, so to speak.
The town of St. Andrews has some 200+ buildings actually listed on the National Historic Register. But, there are plenty of other buildings with history and character that are not so designated. If you're the type who enjoys looking for that "special old building", St. Andrews is a good walking choice.
In the photo below, we see a building that USED to be the New Brunswick Telephone Company. I'm not sure what the building's function is now, or even IF it has a function. But, it was a great photo, had a very nice feel to the look. Do you agree?
Do you like fudge? Excellent fudge? Fudge of all varieties??
If you're in St Andrews by the Sea, I'd suggest stopping in at Scrooge and Marley's, on Water Street. It's a shop with all sorts of merchandise - clothing, dry goods and such. But, the reason you want to visit Scrooges is for the fudge.
I particularly liked the pistachio fudge, and the coconut fudge. And here's a hint - they're more than willing to let you have samples, so be sure to try a bunch of them.
We enjoyed strolling through town . Its defintely touristy but unlike so many others the people that live here are genuine and friendly . Many of the shops sell local products and the old ocean beaten buildings with their tin roofs give a hint of how old this place really is.
Kingsbrae Garden, is a 27 acre garden and is named one of Canada’s Top Ten Public Gardens .
We took an hour to walk around but you could easily spend several hours .
There is always something blooming. They say they have 50,000 flowers, shrubs and trees , so that would expain it . There are many different pathways through the garden...covering all of the gardens.
When you stroll through town to the dockside , you'll see lots of different little boating companies offering whale watching adventures. They see finback and minke whales.
We've seen whales many times from our own boat in NS so we passed..but it is something everyone should see at least once.
We stopped into Dory's Bakery and Coffee Shop (252 Water Street) and enjoyed our visit. We had steaming hot "morning" coffee - the good stuff, no flavors or anything. We also had a couple of their homemade banana walnut muffins. All very good.
So, if you're in need of a cup of Joe, check out Dory's.
Sara also enjoyed petting one of the "local cats" outside of Dory's. You gotta love a town that welcomes "town cats".
Kingsbrae Garden is an amazing public horticultural garden, 27-acres, with many themed gardens [Rose, Heath & Heather, Perennial, Gravel, Fantasy, Scents & Sensitivity, Edible, Herb, Rock, and children's gardens]. It's open daily from mid-May to mid-October, and has a lovely Café and Gift Shop. Also an art gallery, real Dutch windmill, cedar maze, ponds and streams and an old Acadian forest with walking paths. The kids loved the treasure hunts and the fantasy garden with playhouses and even a grass bed to jump on! The century old cedar hedges and huge trees add to the beauty of the garden -- it is only in its 8th season, but looks like it's always been there. There were some wonderful sculptures as well - bright coloured glass with fantastic metal forms and shapes. All in all, a great day out... in fact, it would have been better to stay here all week and visit every day.
Check out the website for things to do in St Andrews (NB, Canada) and area, at FundyCulture.ca -- loads of great things to see and do -- fascinating museums [one is all about chocolate!], attractions like a big public garden and Sir William Van Horne's summer home on Ministers Island. The whole area is breathtakingly beautiful, and there's something for every taste. Great food, a wide variety of places to stay, including the historic Fairmont Algonquin hotel, inns, B&Bs... loads to do on the water... St Andrews is in Passamaquoddy Bay, which is off the Bay of Fundy, with the highest tides in the world!! You can kayak, take a sail, catamaran or Zodiac trip to see marine wildlife, and very often, some of the whales that summer in the area around the Fundy Isles. There are some good hikes and walking trails, centuries-old homes and public buildings, and of course, shopping galore -- lots of artisans and artists. The hard thing is deciding what NOT to do, because there is so much choice!
Even if your're not a gardener , its worth it to stoll the pathways at Kingsbrae Gardens.
They have many different old Acadian trees and I was interested to see the rare Willemi Pine tree. It was enclosed with meash.
The fundy tide is famous ..it rises faster than any tide in the world. Its strange to see the boats tided with enough slack to allow them to sit on the ocean floor in low tide.
At Kingsbrae , I was impressed that there was a raised garden especially for the visulally impaired . The signs were in brail and the plants were chosen for feel and smell!