The Celebrating America Cruise - Visiting Saint John, New Brunswick

Written by: Lynn Young, President General
November 24, 2015

On Tuesday we arrived in Saint John at 11:00 am for a full day to explore the area. Saint John is Canada's oldest settlement and New Brunswick remains remarkably unspoiled.  Saint John's history dates to 1604, when the Sieur de Champlain landed nearby on the feast day of Saint John the Baptist. After the defeat of the British, many of the Loyalists left the colonies and settled in Saint John in 1783 including Benedict Arnold, the American revolutionary traitor, who lived there 1787- 1791. His impressive home still stands, although his reputation as a turncoat overshadowed any of his accomplishments even to the Loyalists…

The cruise passengers all planned activities which interested them on the only rainy day of our trip.  In fact, an adventuresome trio of members from Michigan chose to go ziplining 100 feet above the churning waters where the St. John River fights with Bay of Fundy. Others enjoyed a river cruise, a Hop On Hop Off bus tour or a visit to the Old City Market, the oldest working farmer's market in Canada.

Steve enjoys photography so we took a photography tour along with Sharon Meigs of California.  The professional photographer took us to several sites and gave tips for capturing the best images. We stopped first at the Bay of Fundy which has the highest tides in the world. Each day 160 billion tons of seawater flows in and out of the Bay of Fundy during one tide cycle, more than the combined flow of the world’s freshwater rivers. The fierce tides of the Bay of Fundy rise with such force that they actually cause the St. John River to reverse direction and its waters to flow upstream.  Other scenic spots included a lobster fishing site, a working fishing wharf, and a waterfall over rocks about 300 million years old. 

Back aboard the ship, Steve and I enjoyed visiting with the other Executives, several of which traveled with their husbands.  We also hosted a reception for a small group and asked their support of the Guardian Trust Campaign to create an endowment for the preservation and restoration of our historic headquarters.

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