Published October 2016
Want to do something this fall that’s completely out of the ordinary? Head to the tiny fishing village of Alma on October 13 and 14 to kick off the 2016 lobster fishing season.
The village celebrates the launch of the fall fishing fleet with food, free concerts, fireworks, and a whole lotta fanfare. Hundreds of people show up for the festivities and it’s a ton of fun. You’ll also get to experience the culture of an authentic fishing community during one of the most significant days of the year.
The Tides Dictate the Time
Alma is located on the Bay of Fundy, which has the highest tides in the world. They rise and drop a whopping 4 storeys every 6 hours and 13 minutes. The launching of the fleet is dictated by the tides (high tide is required), so the timing of the launch varies from year to year.
This year it’ll happen during the morning high tide on Oct. 14 at 8:45am. You’ll want to show up the night before, though - celebrations kick off at 5pm on the 13th and go all night. Check out the full lineup of events.
The party culminates with the official sendoff of the fleet, complete with bagpipes.
Make a Weekend Out of It
Alma is adjacent to popular Fundy National Park and about an hour’s drive from the Fundy Trail. Both are prime spots for fall leaf-peeping in the Bay of Fundy region. The leaves should be at their peak around the fleet launch, so it’s a great time to see the fall colours. Check out the fall road trip guide for more spots to visit in the area.
Stay on the water’s edge in Alma at Captain’s Inn Bed & Breakfast - you’ll see colourful fishing boats from the inn’s front windows - or the Tidal Watch Inn in St. Martins, near the Fundy Trail, which has rooms named after the great ships that were built and launched from the beaches of St. Martins during the golden age of sail.
When in Alma, warm up from the crisp fall air with a cup of java at An Octopus’ Garden Cafe and a bowl of seafood chowder at Harbour View Market & Restaurant. In honour of the fleet launch, be sure to pick up some fresh New Brunswick lobster before you head out.
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