Explore our natural beauty

Sea caves

The sea caves are a short walk from the main road, Route 111, across a scenic pebble beach. There is no entry fee.
The beauty of St. Martins reveals itself slowly. As the tide retreats, red sandstone caves emerge, inviting you to explore the ocean floor on foot. At high tide, kayak your way in and out of the caves you walked through six hours earlier! Or take a boat tour along one of the world’s most dramatic coastlines. For kayak and zodiac tours of the rocks and coastline, and interpretive tours of the sea caves at low tide, contact Red Rock Adventure.
kayak photo: Terry Kelly Productions
kayaking by the sea caves. Photo: Terry Kelly Productions
Group smiling in a Zodiak on calm water
Zodiak photo: Terry Kelly Productions

Beaches

The highest tides in the world inspire wonder no matter how you experience them. At low tide, discover a variety of marine life in the intertidal pools. Stroll the enormous tidal flats. As the tide returns to shore, park your beach chair along the water’s edge and watch sun-diamonds sparkle off the waves as you gaze across the Bay to Nova Scotia. Search for treasure, swim in salt water, or sit in awe. We recommend all three!
Children examining the sea caves beach at low tide
Sea caves at low tide
Brown’s Beach

Salt Marsh

Semipalmated Sandpipers and kayakers
At the western edge of St. Martins lies the tidal salt marsh. High tides regularly flood this flat land. Low tide reveals meandering rivulets and shallow ponds. Among the most important marine habitats in the world, the salt marsh is home to a stunning diversity of plant and marine life, and provides a stopover for migrating waterfowl, such as Semipalmated Sandpipers. Bring your binoculars and explore this wondrous coastal ecosystem.
The Saint John Naturalists’ Club has compiled a guide to birding areas around St. Martins. See Section 3 of the guide — Fundy Coast East.
Tidal Salt Marsh

Harbour

Colorful fishing boats rest on the ocean floor. Six hours later, and 38 feet higher, they lean into the wharf at the heart of St. Martins. Here, life follows the reassuring rhythm of the tides. Fishermen unload their catch at high tide and kayakers set out for the sea caves. At low tide, the harbor changes from energetic and vibrant to restful and serene. Grab a coffee at the Shipyard Cafe and watch the scene unfold while you plan your St. Martins adventure.

The harbour from the air, showing fishing boats at the wharf, two wooden covered bridges over the river, and a lighthouse
You’ll find tourist information and public washrooms in the renovated Lighthouse and free parking at the harbour.

Stargazing

You may not know that New Brunswick has some of the best stargazing in Canada, if not North America. This is due to a relative lack of air and light pollution. St. Martins presents wonderful stargazing opportunities.

This photo is from an outreach event in St. Martins during Old Home Week by the Saint John Astronomy Club.

Fundy Trail Parkway

Big Salmon River Suspension Bridge

St. Martins and the Fundy Trail Parkway are part of the UNESCO Stonehammer Global Geoparkand the Fundy Biosphere Reserve, a region unique in its geology, ecosystems, and cultural heritage. Together, we offer stunning views of the world-renowned Bay of Fundy, some of the best hiking trails in the world, spectacular waterfalls and beaches. Let St. Martins be your base for exploring this last vestige of pure, coastal wilderness on the Eastern Seaboard of North America.


Our history & culture

This historical mural was designed and painted by muralist Fred Harrison.

Immerse yourself in Village life — past and present. The Quaco Museum tells the story of a thriving shipbuilding community that launched over 500 wooden sailing vessels. In the mid-19th century, St. Martins was one of the richest communities in the British Empire. The magnificent historic homes give you a sense of the Village’s seafaring past and the enduring spirit of St. Martins. Download our self-guided walking tour or take a guided tour with Red Rock Adventure.