When you turn 150, you get two days of birthday celebrations. At least that is how it goes in St. Andrews for Canada’s birthday.
We began our morning with a walk down Water Street, which has been recognized as Great Street 2016 by the Canadian Institute of Planners.
We visited lots of the local shops, there are lots of wonderful local artists to support. We went into Turtle Shore Adventures, while we did not do the tour, we did enjoy looking around the shop.
We continued our walk to St. Andrews Blockhouse National Historic Site. It is the only remaining blockhouse in Canada built for the War of 1812. St. Andrews Blockhouse was built by townspeople to protect them against American military. Later the Blockhouse served as a barracks and as a storehouse. In 1993, there was a fire that damaged the Blockhouse but the people of St. Andrews and Parks Canada worked together to restore it. Today, it is a great place to enjoy the beautiful view of the Bay of Fundy and to learn about our history.
Across the street from the Blockhouse is St. Andrews Centennial Park. This is a charming park and today hosting free Canada 150 Concert. I thoroughly enjoyed the concerts and the lovely grounds.
We continued our St. Andrews tour with a trip to Pendlebury Lighthouse. It was built in 1833 and is the oldest remaining mainland lighthouse in New Brunswick. The Pendlebury family tended the light for almost 100 years (from the 1840s to the 1930s). I am told this a good place to look for sea glass during low tide. I’ll have to make my way back here.
We decided to have supper at the Harbour Front. It was delicious and has a wonderful view as well.
After supper, we returned to Ben and Ellen’s to watch the fireworks. What a show!! My favourite ones I called the down and ups – they would shoot up, twirl down and go back up again. I wish the pictures and videos I took did it some justice. All I can say is fireworks in St. Andrews won’t disappoint you!