I couldn’t have picked a nicer spot to end our time in the Maritimes. St. Andrew’s is just across the river from Castine, Maine right in the lower southwest corner of New Brunswick. It was founded by United Empire Loyalists in 1783 after the American Revolution. The area has been a very popular resort town for many, many years. Even now, in the shoulder season at the end of summer there are many visitors here – mostly from the eastern States.
We were treated to a beautifully plated breakfast at our 180-year-old Bed & Breakfast. Jay’s wife prepares a different breakfast every morning of your stay. He assured us this evening that tomorrow’s breakfast will be better than today. We had yogurt with fresh blueberries, a cup of mixed fresh fruit and a banana section, two pieces of French toast, potato sections cooked in maple syrup and a ham, cheese and spinace omelet. It’s going to be hard to beat!
We walked over to the Greenock Presbyterian Church in time for the 11:15 am service. The ministry here is a shared charge with St. Stephen’s 20 km up the road. From May to October services are held at 9:30 in St. Stephen’s and 11:15 in St. Andrew’s; for the winter months the times are reversed. Greenock Presbyterian Church is a national historic building. It was built in 1824 by Captain Christopher Scott and has a hand-carved green oak tree on the steeple. The Green Oak is the symbol of Scott’s birthplace, Greenock, Scotland. The pulpit and minister’s platform were constructed entirely without nails.
The Baptist Church The Catholic Church The Anglican Church After church we drove to the edge of the town and enjoyed the afternoon walking around Kingsbrae Garden, voted Canada’s best garden in 2013. It is a 27-acre garden that was donated, along with the estate home, by a local couple in 1996. It took two years to plan and plant the gardens and they work on different areas and themes each year. (And by now you should all know what happens when I get into a garden! Photos, photos, photos. I took 299 photos today.)
It was cloudy when we woke and wandered the town, raining when we came out of church, and sunny while we wandered the garden. We had a nice relaxing day for our last day in New Brunswick. Tomorrow we cross the border to the US and make our way over the next four days to Niagara Falls.