Through my trip to Saint Andrews in New Brunswick I was fortunate adequate to be in a position to head out onto a whale watching excursion with Fundy Tide Runners.
With only four days exploring New Brunswick, going whale watching was some thing I had to squeeze in!
Along with whale watching, Saint Andrews gives very a bit when it comes to the unique issues to do in the quaint small resort town as nicely as nearby.
Based on exactly where you are staying you can devote the day hiking, checking out unique museums, heading out onto a fishing excursion, sampling a choice of seafood, going to a variety of galleries and smaller shops, or just relaxing by the beach if the climate permits.
On the other hand, for a memorable marine wildlife practical experience you are going to want to hop into a boat and head out on the water for the opportunity to run into some whales, porpoises, seals, birds of prey, and possibly even a shark if you are fortunate!
Saint Andrews and Passamaquoddy Bay
Saint Andrews sits in a picturesque spot proper on the shores of Passamaquoddy Bay. It takes place to be a single of the initially resort towns in all of Canada and the town supplies a one of a kind insight into maritime life in New Brunswick.
Regardless of the time of year that you stop by there’s normally some thing to do in Saint Andrews, each indoors and outdoors, even though it is the summer time months that bring the lush green landscape, warmer water for swimming, and the higher activity levels of the wildlife in the location each on land and out in the bay.
What aids to make Saint Andrews and Charlotte County such a one of a kind location in the Maritimes is its out-of-the-way rural setting, abundance of marine wildlife, and its place on a smaller bay just off of the globe-renowned Bay of Fundy.
In much less than 15-minutes by boat you can leave the protective waters of the Passamaquoddy Bay and head out into the Bay of Fundy exactly where you have a definitely excellent opportunity of spotting whales and other marine wildlife with ease.
This location of the Eastern Canadian coast is about the upper limit of exactly where a lot of of these bigger marine mammals come to feed and the water of each bays, filled with nutrients, smaller fish, and a surprising lack of all-natural predators, tends to make it the excellent place for whales, porpoises, big birds,
Thanks to these marine functions there are lots of possibilities for spotting whales and this has lead to a surprising quantity of whale watching providers opening up in Saint Andrews and all through most of the Bay of Fundy.
The Tour: Whale Watching in Saint Andrews with Fundy Tide Runners
Fundy Tide Runners has been delivering some of the very best whale watching in Saint Andrews excursions given that 1995. The owner has a lot more than 20 years of practical experience in this sector so you know you are going to have a excellent time.
There are very a couple of other operators in town but most of them take you out onto a a great deal bigger vessel, so you do not get as close and private of an practical experience as you get when you are out on the water in the Fundy Tide Runner zodiac.
When the larger boats will give you a improved appear at the whale itself, from above, they’re a great deal slower on the water so you will devote a lot of time having to and from the unique whale watching spots rather than zipping more than the waves and hunting for the whales on your personal as they breach the surface just meters away from you.
The excursion itself was about two-hours in length out on the water and you have to show up 30-minutes beforehand for a swift primer and to place on your life-jackets.
Immediately after checking in with the lady at the desk on the second floor of the key constructing we met the captain who introduced himself and told us every thing we required to know about our upcoming adventure.
He speedily briefed us on the circumstances out in the bay, gave us some particulars on how far out we’d be going, and told us that it would be extremely probably that we’d see a whale and other marine life even though he couldn’t make any promises.
Possessing the higher-speed Zodiac turned out to be extremely advantageous when we lastly boarded and headed out onto the water.
From the moment the engines roared to life we have been zipping across the waves and out into the Bay of Fundy, leaving all of the bigger whale watching boats behind.
The Zodiac also meant that we could speedily make it more than to the spots exactly where the whales came to the surface and primarily chase them across the bay to the subsequent spot exactly where we believed they could possibly come up once more.
The factor with whales is that they do not devote as well a great deal time at the surface. They’re mainly underwater hunting for or chasing meals and they dive to astonishing depths when they’re attempting to fill up for the day.
Based on the sort of whale they can devote anyplace from eight to 12 minutes underwater ahead of coming back up for oxygen and a swift rest. This suggests that if you spot a single in the distance you could be waiting up to 12 minutes to see it once more and they move fairly speedily as soon as they submerge.
Out on the water we saw very a couple of unique whales come to the surface and exhale that standard spray of water higher up into the air. We also saw them breach a couple of instances ahead of diving but sadly we weren’t in a position to catch any tails or jumps on our trip.
Along with the couple of unique whales we saw we also saw very a couple of porpoises jumping by way of the waves off the distance. The Zodiac was also in a position to maneuver by way of the shallow Passamaquoddy Bay into a rocky location exactly where we watched a curious group of seals hanging out by the rocks.
A Finding out Practical experience
On the excursion with Fundy Tide Runners we ended up seeing a couple of humpback whales, a Finback whale, a couple of Minke whales, porpoises and of course some seals.
We have been also fortunate adequate to spot some sea birds such as the renowned Bald Eagle, some Razorbill Auks, and some Cormorants off the distance.
Along the way the captain pointed out some regional salmon farms and herring weirs that are nevertheless employed to this day for regional fish harvesting.
In the two hours I spent on board I discovered a excellent deal about marine wildlife in the Bay of Fundy as nicely as the influence that fish harvesting and whale watching itself has on the regional economy in Saint Andrews and other nearby coastal communities.
All round, I had an astounding whale watching trip with Fundy Tide Runners and it is surely a single of the very best issues to do in Saint Andrews that I would suggest if you are going to New Brunswick.
The two.five hour whale watching practical experience with Fundy Tide Runners expenses $60 (not such as HST) for adults and $45 for youngsters older than five-years old.
All of the tours leave from the key dock in Saint Andrews and it is a brief five-minute stroll from the tour constructing to the Zodiac.
There is lots of parking obtainable out front of the key constructing as nicely as all through the nearby streets.
When to Go
I suggest going on the earliest tour of the day for the reason that it is probably going to be cooler climate and you will get the captain at his very best!
The Bay is also generally calmer in the morning and the lighting is excellent for images.
What About the Other Providers?
There are lots of other tour operators to pick from with related pricing and excursion instances.
I suggest Fundy Tide Runners for the reason that the Zodiac offers you a a great deal a lot more private practical experience exactly where you get the opportunity to get proper up subsequent to the whales rather than hunting at them from above and additional away.
Even having to and from the whale spotting location is a a great deal a lot more memorable practical experience as you zip across the waves at higher speeds rather than just sitting in a rocking boat.
Is it Worth It?
When you shouldn’t anticipate to see whales jumping more than the boat you are nevertheless probably going to have an astounding time out on the water!
I discovered it to be a extremely memorable practical experience and with the 95% opportunity of spotting some whales you are bound to leave impressed with the trip.