The Fundy-Acadia region is a paradise for kids, especially in the summer! Lots of camps, events, attractions, learning opportunities and fund for the whole family. The region is particularly well known for the wide variety of outdoor activities for all levels of skill and expertise, including climbing, hiking, kayaking, sailing, lobstering, biking and walking. We hope you'll try some of these featured activities on your trip to our binational home base, and Don't Forget the Passports! For a comprehensive list of kids' favorite things to do in Acadia, go to OurAcadia.
Located in what used to be the original Ganong candy factory, The Chocolate Museum offers an interactive way to learn about candy making in St. Stephen - a tradition that has lasted over a century.
At the Museum, you will explore the history of the Ganong family and the wonder of chocolate with our hands-on exhibits, vintage chocolate boxes, and antique candy-making equipment and machines. Peek into the studio where Ganong's famous hand dippers still craft chocolates the way they have for more than one hundred years, and learn the secret to making "Ganong's best" chocolates.
The Huntsman Fundy Discovery Aquarium offers a children’s program every Wednesday from the beginning of July to the end of August, plus a special week long Marine Biology Camp during the second week of August. Register Early - Space is limited.
The Nature Detective Programs is a fun and interactive way of introducing elementary school-aged children to the St. Croix Es [School children] tuary and Ganong Nature Park. Students become “Nature Detectives” of the Park and help us discover and learn about what happens at the Park when we are not here. Students join Park Rangers in a Park investigation into the inhabitants of the Park. Students follow a trail of clues as they hike and explore the Park and use these clues to make an amazing discovery at the end. Through their participation, students learn about our natural environment and about the animals that call our region home. They are also introduced to various species of trees and learn about how they grow and adapt to the environment around them.
This program introduces young children to outdoor, hands-on experiences and helps to develop and enhance a love for their natural environment. By cultivating an appreciation and understanding of wildlife resources, this programs aims to foster wise environmental stewardship and responsible actions toward wildlife and related natural resources.
Come ride the train this summer. the 2017 season begins on May 27th. The whole family will enjoyriding the train through the Ellsworth area on the Down East Scenic Railroad. 1-1/4 hour long excursions will leave from down town Ellsworth along Route 1 on Saturdays and Sundays. Charters are also available on weekdays.
Sunbury Shores Arts and Nature Centre was founded by Mrs. Eidlitz over 50 years ago, to create real opportunities for people to appreciate the connection between art and nature. The centre is located in the heart of St. Andrews by-the-Sea, New Brunswick, established in 1783 and considered Canada’s premier historic seaside resort.
Sunbury Shores’ 130 year old building is newly renovated and offers world class facilities. The centre’s 6,000 square feet provides two galleries for exhibitions, studios for painting, drawing, printmaking, jewellery & metalsmith, pottery and other art and nature programs.
The centre is open year round and offers programs to support the local community, the region’s schools, summer residents and visiting artists coming to the area primarily from across Canada and the Eastern US seaboard.
Today, the Garden includes an extraordinary collection of rhododendrons, roses & day lilies and many themed gardens: White, Knot, Bird & Butterfly to name a few. Other features are labyrinth, cedar maze, ponds, a genuine Dutch windmill (1/3-scale) and a wooded trail through rare old-growth forest. Around the site, you will find alpacas, peacocks, pygmy goats, Canada’s first “Jurassic living fossil” Wollemi pine and numerous splendid sculptures. Kids are welcome to join garden staff for a daily activity in the garden. From colouring, to art projects, to scavenger hunts, the program which lasts approximately one hour has something exciting to offer. Parents are encouraged to join in with the fun!
Our Children’s Play Park is the perfect spot to stop and catch your breath while the kids burn off their seemingly endless supply of energy. You can enjoy a hammock or bench in the shade while the little ones play in the sandbox, ride 19th century hobby horses, or build a cabin using our life-sized Lincoln Log set.
A Review from Yelp: "Very informative, I loved learning all about lobsters. I was surprised that the experience included an explanation about the lifecycle of a lobster, how the hatchery works. You get to choose the exhibits you attend, we bought into all four. The first is the hatchery. The second is a museum that explains how lobsters are caught such as the traps, the floaters, and how to band the claws. The third is a touch tank experience that taught me many things about sea urchins, sea stars, and other creatures I hadn't known about their behavior. The last is a marsh walk that talks about Maine plants mostly.
This was a great experience for adults and children. There is a price break for the children and seniors.
The entire experience takes about 3 hours since each part has a time schedule. We never spent any time waiting.
The staff is very knowledgeable, allow children to touch and ask questions.
A freebie explanation told how to keep seagulls from trashing your oceanfront driveway.
All entry fees and gift purchase profit is used to fun the lobster hatchery operations, so if you like to eat lobsters, stop by and offer a donation to keep them on your table."
Some things to do while visiting Hopewell Rocks:
Visit the Interpretive Centre
Browse in our gift shop
Have a meal at the High Tide Café (See menu below)
Grab a snack at the Low Tide Café
Walk the ocean’s floor and explore the rock formations. Give them your own nicknames!
Watch the tide come in
Watch the tide go out
Practice your photography skills (Photo Hint: Morning is the best time for photography)
Enjoy the spectacular view from out lookout deck
Visit the 300-year old Acadian seawall (aboiteau) at the north end of the park
Watch the aerobatics of the Bay of Fundy shorebirds during their migration from mid-July to mid-August
Hike the network of trails
Sunbathe on a quiet beach
Watch for peregrine falcons or wildlife at Demoiselle Beach
Relax on the High Tide Café’s outdoor deck
Use your GPS to navigate to the rock formations (ask our reception staff for a GPS sheet with coordinates)
Go kayaking at high tide.
Have a picnic lunch.
Burn off some energy at the children’s playground next to the Interpretive Centre.
Explore a cave or two.
On a hill high above Saint John harbour, stands a sentinel to the city’s storied military history.
During the War of 1812, when the US declared war against Great Britain, Royal Engineers built the stone tower to protect New Brunswick's largest and most important port.
Although the 1812 tower will be closed to visitors, a film evoking the tower’s history and an award-winning exhibit is on offer in the visitor centre. You can envision a soldier’s life as you participate in our daily programming offer, catch occasional military re-enactments, ghost stories and soldier tales.
Don’t miss the panoramic view from the lookout, where you can cast a glance at sailboats in Saint John harbour, and dramatic vista to the Bay of Fundy.
The tower’s unique round architecture, with stone walls and bomb-proof vaulted ceilings, spans 130 years of coastal defence technology.
Restored barracks replicate the living conditions of a 19th century British soldier.
Panoramic views from the lookout extend from Saint John harbour all the way to the Bay of Fundy.
Explore award-winning interactive exhibits on the “Sentinel of St. John” in the tower and visitor centre.