If you haven’t visited the oh-so-quaint town of Saint Andrews, New Brunswick, you are missing out on a time-honoured Maritime experience. A family wedding brought us back there last weekend, and we couldn’t have been happier about it.
You won’t find a better town than Saint Andrews to explore on foot and paw. It won’t take you more than an hour to walk the town’s perimeter. But of course, you’ll want to give yourself plenty of time to browse the shops and cafes along Water Street, stroll the grounds of the iconic Algonquin Resort, and stop for lunch at the Niger Reef Tea House (I highly recommend the cedar plank salmon). The owners are lovely, and although I didn’t ask, I’m willing to bet their patio (with a splendid ocean view) is dog-friendly.
Of course, our favourite stop on this walking tour is the beach at the southernmost point of town. The beach is more rocky than sandy, but it offers a stunning view of Passamaquoddy Bay. It’s the perfect place to cool down on a hot day.
I already mentioned the Algonquin Resort but this awesome place is deserving of a bit more air time. The Algonquin Resort opened in 1889 and it soon established itself as a world renowned vacation spot for Canadians, Americans and beyond.
Now here’s the really big news: the Algonquin Resort is dog-friendly. We weren’t staying there last weekend, but we know from past experience that they treat their four-legged guests pretty darn well, providing a dog bed, food dishes, and an abundance of ear scratches and doggy treats. Isn’t that amazing?
One last thing. Have you heard about what’s been going on at Shubie Park? For years the property owners near the off-leash beach have been trying to get the entire off-leash park shut down due to noise. A sign was recently put up to indicate that people should not use the beach if they can’t control their dog’s barking.
“Unfortunately, [the sign] hasn’t made a difference because the dogs don’t read the signs and the owners, frankly, don’t pay attention to them.” – Property Owner
Apparently, these people have now taken matters into their own hands by firing fireworks towards the beach to frighten dogs and intimidate their owners. This is disgusting. And it leaves me with so many questions. Did these people own their property before the off-leash beach was created? And most importantly, do these people have a heart, or just a gaping hole in their chest?
On a lighter note, it’s a glorious Fetch Friday here in Halifax. I hope you have a wonderful weekend, wherever your dogventures take you.