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as best in the province for his fine cuisine. But the grand ALGONQUIN, built in 1889, is the iconic St. Andrews hotel. Three years ago, it was purchased by Marriott, given a complete $30 million makeover, and reopened in 2014. The Algonquin features guest rooms with luxury appointments, a full spa, and a challenging hillside 18-hole golf course. Within walking distance is KINGSBRAE HORTICULTURAL GARDEN (220 King Street), a 27-acre botanical estate featuring a cedar maze, ponds, woodland trails, and perennial, rose, cottage, and sculpture gar- dens. Although my visit was disappointing due to a weather-delayed growing season, in the evening the GARDEN CAFÉ becomes SAVOUR IN THE GARDEN where a young local chef, Alex Haun, prepared one of the finest multi-course meals I've ever eaten. It was BAY OF FUNDY SEAFOOD WEEK, held annually in early June. Despite that feast, the next day found me on a bench by the bay enjoy- ing a piece of the festival's 62-foot lobster roll. Then, because it was a glorious afternoon, I went whale watching in a Zodiak. Over mirror smooth water, our pilot brought us close to harbor seals napping on rocks. Porpoises performed a ballet, accompanying us to the far side of the bay where, with a Campobello Island lighthouse as backdrop, a minke whale dived and resurfaced for easily 20 minutes. THE BAY OF FUNDY is famous for its tidal extremes. Highway 1 east brought us to Penobsquis where we turned onto Route 114 to FUNDY NATIONAL PARK . Its Acadian forest contains hiking trails, scenic over- looks, and campgrounds where for overnights you can reserve a yurt or a Parks Canada oTENTik, a blend of tent and A-frame cabin. Unless you're prepared to picnic, food is only available outside the park. We found pleasant restaurants in Alma where folks walked the long beach at low tide. Reportedly, it slowly, calmly rises equal to the height of a four-story building. 194 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 5 excursions "it was a glorious afternoon" Fundy National Park, The Bay of Fundy

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