Monday, February 28, 2011

'Things to see and do' guide of FREE attractions in St. Andrews

Looking out the window, i see snow flying, but my heart is already filling with sunny memories of summer and on how wonderful St. Andrews is to be discovered- and it doesn't even have to cost one cent!
I set out, to map my favourite spots right here in St. Andrews that i'd like to share in this guide of FREE attractions in St. Andrews. Some are well known, others are personal favourites. I hope- when the snow is all melted and the birds are busy building their nests- you will join in to welcome spring with new ideas to discover and re-discover St. Andrews by the Sea- and maybe even print out the map below when coming for a vacation!
thank you for stopping by!

View 'Things to See and Do' guide of FREE attractions in St. Andrews in a larger map

Europa Inn & Restaurant
Europa Inn- Hotel, Restaurant, Spa makes a great start/end spot when sightseeing in historic St. Andrews. right downtown, centrally located about 50 yards off Market Wharf.
St. Andrews Wharf
- Watch the boats and ships come and go, - Bring a line and go fishing!- Soak in the ocean scenery- benches invite visitors- Learn about Sea life- information displays at the top and bottom of ramp/ s...
'Old Fishmarket' Beach
-a good spot for beach combing.mermaid tears and china chips along with coloured glass bits as 'John Sawyer', a local glass blower had his studio here a few years back.-if weather is hot, this makes a...
Marina/ Boat landing
- this is where all boats/ ships are being anchored. - good plein air painting spot for water front, boats and dingys.
St. Andrews Yacht Club
- a small shingled building with great views of the wharf area and waterfront.- good for a picnic, too!(as this is residential neighbourhood, too, please be considerate).
St. Andrews Boat Landing
this is where the boats are being brought into the water.a nice spot for beach combing or a casual picnic.
Beginning of the Wharf
- this is a great spot for kids to explore the ocean floor at low tide- it can get a bit mucky if the tide is just receding, but lots of 'treasures' here, and at high tide a good spot for younger kids...
St. Andrews Blockhouse
-visit the blockhouse and get an inside tour-discover the rock formations with great red colour -walk up to 400 meters out at low tide- many mussels are found at low tide at the outer stretches- a fav...
public washrooms at Centennial Park
Centennial Park
- a favouite among plein air painters and wedding couples!- Waterlily ponds, walk-around trail, neatly groomed, romantic bridge, perennial flower beds-picnic benches
Sunbury Shores Woodland Trail
- a generous gesture from Sunbury Shores Arts and Nature Center to make this trail available to discover nature- they now fundraise to keep it available- if you enjoy it, please consider donating a li...
Pottery Cove
- oh, well... just a magical spot!- scenic at mid tide for that special 'souvenir shot'
Bar Road Beach
- good running spot for the dog.- at low tide see clam diggers (seasonal)- try yourself for a dip in the water at hot temperatures (remember: it's atlantic ocean water and therefore not warm)
old St. Andrews Lighthouse
hopefully the St. Andrews Lighthouse will be restored to its former beauty. it sits within a residential area with a little walk around space surrounding it.
Indian Point Beach
-great beach for dogs.-picnic benches on the park field
Huntsman/ Biological Station Info Hut
information about wildlife/ ocean life and the area.
'old railroad trail'
along the old railroad tracks towards Katie's Cove. people like walking their dogs here.wear long pants against ant bites.
Thursday Farmers Market
-smell the different foods -listen to life music-discover stories and area history told by vendors and local folk.
public washrooms
behind the town hall.
downtown parking- FREE
police station
not always Manned, use the phone box provided on the outside of the 'police/charlotte enterprise' building
Anglican Church
All Saints Anglican Church
St. Andrews Baptist Church
St. Andrews Catholic Church
Church of St. Andrew, Catholic Church
United Church of Canada
Pentecostal Church
Bye the Sea full Gospel Assembly
Greenock Prespeterian Church
Sunbury Shores Arts & Nature Centre
Ross Memorial Museum
art collection and period furniture, guided tours available. Free, donation welcome.
sheriff Andrews House
Historic brick home, free guided tours with explanation of furniture and everyday items used. cookies for the kids;-) sometimes music on the back lawn during events. Free, donation welcome
Charlotte County Archives
learn about the history of our area and its inhabitants. houses the historic jail, too. (small fee/ donation for jail tour).
Sam Orr's hiking trail
made available through NB nature trust, Free
Caughy-Taylor Trail
NB nature trust trail Free
Simpson Hill hiking trail
in remembrance of Karen Foulkes- wonderful vistas
Atlantic Salmon Conservation Centre