child in boat st croix river

Some people refer to it as a staycation, but locals in the Charlotte Coastal Region know the real secret to the good life. After all, why would you take time off and travel far away when you have so much in your own back yard? Here are five ways to enjoy our region like we do.

5. Hit the Beach

You’re never far from the water, and locals know all the best places to sneak away for a swim, paddle, or beach walk after a hard day’s work. Some of our favourites? Pea Point Nature Preserve in Black’s Harbour, The Anchorage on Grand Manan, New River Beach in Pocologan, Ganong Nature Park in St. Stephen, and Indian Point in St. Andrews.

4. Run the River

child in boat st croix river

Enjoy some downtime, floating down the St. Croix River, a Canadian Heritage River.

Not into the salt water scene? Why not rent a boat or a tube and, as the locals say, “run the river?” This traditional local pastime is a must for cooling down on those warm summer days. The area is rich with lakes, rivers and streams that have public access and routes perfect for a short float, exhilarating whitewater, or multi-day journeys.

3. Go out for supper

Fine dining, Charlotte County Style.

Fine dining, Charlotte County Style.

Sometimes, you just can’t face heating up your kitchen to cook supper (the evening meal is locally called supper, not dinner. Dinner is lunch.) Grab the kids and the dog, jump in the car, and head to your favourite local take out! Take-outs, or canteens, are plentiful and all serve similar goods – hot dogs, hamburgers, and of course seafood. Finish it off with a cone of ice cream and a good chat with your neighbour! We’ll leave you to judge who has the best lobster roll, deep fried clams, and poutine.

2. Listen to local music

Woman playing guitar and another woman playing bass

WeB2 performs at a local summer concert series event.

The air is rich with local music all year long in Charlotte County. Join the locals, bring your lawn chair, and pull up to listen to some of our amazing local talent (after your supper at the take out, of course!) St. Stephen and St. George both offer weekly summer music at outdoor venues. In Saint Andrews, you’ll find live music in local pubs and even on Ministers Island! Just ask around, and you’ll find out when the next show is happening.

1. Doing Sunset

Small dory in seaweed as sun sets

Sunset is beautiful on Grand Manan Island. Photo by Stephen Berthelot.

Here in the Charlotte Coastal Region, we work hard, but we also know that you need to slow down and enjoy life as it comes. Every evening, people settle down on porches, beaches, shorelines, and cliff faces to take some deep breaths and take in our spectacular sunsets. Our favourite spot to catch the sunset has to be The Whistle on Grand Manan Island (otherwise known as Long Eddy Point Lighthouse.) You’ll find locals gathered here every evening – join them!