The All Canadian Seaside St. Andrews Tour

children exploring beach at low tide

Planning your summer activities in 2020? Join Turtle Shore Adventures on a unique tour of beautiful St Andrews-by-the-Sea, Canada’s Premier Seaside Resort, as we commemorate our country’s 150th birthday.

Your Seaside Tour Experience

Upon arrival, you will spend a comfortable night at Tara Manor Inn, once owned by Father of Confederation Sir Charles Tupper.  An outdoor pool, hot tub and tennis courts are available on the beautifully landscaped grounds.

St. Andrews By Jeep

an orange jeep parked in front of historic barn on ministers island

Touring Ministers Island with Turtle Shore Adventures.

After enjoying a hearty breakfast there the following morning, you will be picked up by Turtle Shore Adventures’ 4WD Jeep, where your host and driver, Genny Simard, will captivate you with her tales of the history that abounds in St. Andrews. Quirky stories of sailors, shipbuilders, smugglers, murderers, lighthouse keepers and wealthy business dealers will entertain you as you explore the area, including a visit to the old Gaol and haunted courthouse will take you back to the early 1800’s.

Politicians and Picnic Lunch

Around noon, you will enjoy a scrumptious picnic style lunch right on the beach of the St. Andrews Blockhouse, built for the War of 1812. Savour the locally prepared food and the gorgeous view of the harbour and Navy Island.  At low tide, the Jeep will cross the ocean floor to take you to Ministers Island for a tour of Sir William Van Horne’s summer estate. As Canada’s innovative railway builder, Mr Van Horne fell in love with the island and built a 50-room home with many other houses and a unique barn to sustain his family and workers. His vision for the railroad united Canada from sea to sea, and his beautiful island sustained the local community too. Who knows what wildlife will come and greet you during your mountain bike journey along the island trails; many bald eagles, white tailed deer, eider ducks, and more call this island home. Genny’s Jeep is equipped with binoculars and identification guides, and Genny is an experienced biologist who can introduce you to all the intertidal animals of the bay. A beach walk is always a good way to end the day in St Andrews-by-the-Sea!

This full-day package, with a one-night stay, breakfast and lunch included.  Contact Genny for pricing and availability at