Published November 2017
There’s no question about it - finding the perfect gift for someone is not an easy task. What to give the person who has everything? Or someone who’s just an acquaintance? And what about those who deserve something totally special and amazing? 🤷🏼
There’s some pretty compelling evidence out there that shows giving experiences, not things, is one of the keys to happiness. Because we love everything about this concept, we’ve ditched the usual gift guide round-up in favour of something entirely different: The best ways to provide enriching travel experiences for anyone on your list. Go ahead and steal our ideas the next time you need something for a holiday, a birthday, a special occasion... or simply ‘just because’.
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🎁 The Experience: Paddles & Eagles with Nepisiguit Adventures
With eagles soaring overhead and the backcountry surrounding you, dip your paddle into the waters of the stunning Nepisiguit River for a half-day adventure. Transportation, equipment and meals are included.
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🎁 The Experience: Kayak the Rocks with Baymount Outdoor Adventures
Discover the awesome Bay of Fundy tides during the highest tidal paddling tour on Earth. Skirt the world-famous Hopewell Rocks in your kayak as the guide provides interpretation of this remarkable ecosystem.
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🎁 The Experience: Mountain Biking Adventure at Sugarloaf Provincial Park
Power down the well-groomed trails on a ‘Cadillac’ of a mountain bike at Atlantic Canada’s only lift-service bike park. Get the ins and outs of mountain biking from your guide, then set your own level of challenge - from cruising to defying gravity.
🎁 The Experience: Touring in Style on the Miramichi
The adventure experts at Country Haven Lodge & Cottages have an afternoon of 4-wheeling fun in store for you. Explore scenic riverside trails as you ride the wilderness along the Miramichi River in a side-by-side. Kick back in your own cottage by the river that night.
🎁 The Experience: Cruisin’ with the Whales & Wildlife
Cruise past quintessential coastal scenery on the way to a whales’ playground in the Bay of Fundy. Marine biologists provide interpretation while you discover sea creatures, lighthouses, fishing weirs and more aboard a custom-built cruiser.
🎁 The Experience: Front Row for Buskers on the Bay Festival
Take a front row seat at Saint John’s Market Square where you have special access to some of the best street performers on the planet. You’ll also be served some of the finest food and drink on the Boardwalk to fully appreciate the vibe of the city.
🎁 The Experience: Brewery Tour at Petit-Sault Brewers
The craft-beer scene in New Brunswick is booming, and this is your inside look at the industry. Learn all about the production of award-winning beer with a tour that takes you from grain to glass. Sample the brews with your own keepsake glass.
🎁 The Experience: Walk the Ocean Floor at The Hopewell Rocks
Surround yourself with one of the world’s great natural wonders. Awe-inspiring rock formations carved by the Bay of Fundy are yours to explore, as you walk the ocean floor at low tide and take in the giant “flowerpots” towering above.
🎁 The Experience: Lobster Tales, A Culinary Cruise with Shediac Bay Cruises
Love lobster? Here’s your chance to indulge in a delectable lobster feast. Learn all about the lobster industry from a local fisherman, and then indulge in a mouth-watering meal aboard a roomy cruiser in Shediac Bay.
🎁 The Experience: Afternoon Vineyard Tour and Wine Tasting at Richibucto River Wine Estate
Award-winning wines are yours to discover in New Brunswick’s fertile wine region. Enjoy an afternoon tour of the vineyard plus insider access to the wine-making area followed by a sampling of 5 wines.
🎁 The Experience: Fresh Fine Dining at Shogomoc Railway Site
Climb aboard an elegantly restored 1931 rail car for a dining experience that’s a first-class culinary adventure. Slow down and savour the flavours of a meal that’s as intimate as it is unique.
🎁 The Experience: A Taste of New Brunswick at Crowne Plaza Fredericton Lord Beaverbrook
Discover the flavours that define local cuisine. Your culinary experience includes a tasting of local craft beer, 3-course farm-to-table feast, and overnight stay at an historic hotel.
The St. Martins Sea Caves have been carved by the massive Bay of Fundy tides and this is your chance to explore them by kayak. Paddle under covered bridges in a nearby historic harbour, explore the Fundy Trail coastline, and enjoy local smoked salmon on the beach.
🎁 The Experience: Bike Ride with the Tide in Riverview
Embark on a guided cycling adventure along the Petitcodiac River in the UNESCO Fundy Biosphere Reserve. You’ll meet storytellers, enjoy local food, and even make some up-cycled bike art.
🎁 The Experience: Incredible, Edible and Medicinal Forest at Fundy National Park
Fundy National Park is one of Canada’s great coastal wilderness areas. Reconnect with the bounty of the forest and learn traditional knowledge as a Parks Canada interpreter helps you identify medicinal and edible plants.
🎁 The Experience: Guided Wetlands Discovery at Sackville Waterfowl Park
Discover a beautiful wetland world during a guided walk. You’ll learn to identify plants and animals, followed by a visit to charming downtown Sackville. Snack included.
🎁 The Experience: Traditional Mi’kmaq Basket Making and Heritage Path at Elsipogtog Mi’kmaq Cultural Centre
Immerse yourself in traditional Mi’kmaq culture as you learn about the materials and techniques used in basket making. Weave your own nest basket to bring home as a special momento.
🎁 The Experience: Full Spotlight on L’Acadie at Monument-Lefebvre National Historic Site
Truly understand the story of the Acadian people with this customized tour at one of Canada’s great National Historic Sites. You’ll get rare insight into Acadian history and an appreciation of today’s vibrant culture.
🎁 The Experience: In the Footsteps of Our Ancestors at Restigouche River Experience Centre
With the Appalachian Mountains on one side and the Restigouche River on the other, this northern city is a beauty to behold. Take a saunter through Campbellton’s rich history on a guided walking tour of local sites.
🎁 The Experience: Magical Floral Carpet Ride at Kingsbrae Garden
This enchanting 11-hectare horticultural masterpiece offers natural beauty at its finest. Stroll through themed gardens on a guided tour that takes you through magnificently manicured grounds and sculpture gardens. Enjoy afternoon tea and a special keepsake in the garden’s lovely cafe.
🎁 The Experience: The Heritage Chocolate Walk in Canada’s Chocolate Town
Home to the famous Ganong Bros. chocolate, there’s no better place to tempt your sweetheart. Enhance your visit to The Chocolate Museum with a guided museum and walking tour of the historic town of St. Stephen.
🎁 The Experience: A Wine Lover’s Utopia at Magnetic Hill Winery
Swirl, sniff, sip and savour award-winning grape and fruit wines at this artisan winery set in an 1867 restored historic property. Pick up a picnic basket, select your vintage, pair it with local cheese and crackers and relax on the licensed patio while enjoying million-dollar views.
🎁 The Experience: Dine and Discover at The Windjammer Restaurant
Discover a dining experience that’s anything but ordinary. The Windjammer has been a CAA/AAA Four Diamond designated restaurant for 25 consecutive years. Delight in the chef’s innovative menu that showcases the best local ingredients from land and from sea, all found within 100-mile radius of the restaurant.
🎁 The Experience: Deep Blues Experience at Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival
This prestigious music festival combines world-class artists, intimate venues and friendly Maritime hospitality, and you’ll get to experience it from the inside out. Get an all-access pass plus a festival guide and behind-the-scenes dinner with festival artists.
🎁 The Experience: Saint John Uncorked! With Uncorked Tours
Combine a sampling of some of New Brunswick’s finest wines, beer and food with a little bit of history and a ton of fun. This is a great way to get to know Saint John, Canada’s oldest incorporated city on the shores of the Bay of Fundy.
🎁 The Experience: Fish the Private Pools with Country Haven Lodge
Some of the world’s best fly-fishing is right here in New Brunswick, and this is your chance to fish private salmon pools with experienced local guides. End the day with a delicious salmon supper and rest up in a cosy riverside lodge.
🎁 The Experience: Jolly Breeze Tall Ship Whale Adventures
You’ll feel the rush of excitement when you spot the first whale from on-board this classic Tall Ship, a replica of a sailing vessel famous in the early 19th century. A marine biologist, touch aquarium, children’s pirate activities and local snack add to the high-seas experience that’s anything but ordinary.
🎁 The Experience: Zookeeper for a Week at Magnetic Hill Zoo
Kids get a rare, behind the scenes look into the world of real life zookeeping at the Keeper Camp. A week of activities includes shadowing the animal care staff, assisting with cleaning, feeding and caring for the animals, and even getting endangered species education.
🎁 The Experience: Treasure Hunt on Acadian Islands
Discover the hidden treasures and tales of Lamèque and Miscou islands. Venture out on a family treasure hunt where each stop has a special surprise in store, giving you a peek into the islands’ natural, cultural, and historical attractions.
🎁 The Experience: Fun Tour at Roosevelt Campobello International Park
A U.S. president, scandalous secrets, rich backstories, hidden nooks and crannies – get the inside scoop on this fun and interactive behind-the-scenes VIP tour of this spectacular international park.
🎁 The Experience: A Day in a Soldier’s Life in Fredericton’s Historic Garrison District
Step back into the soldiering life of the early 1800s and watch little soldiers come to life. Children get to dress in the familiar red tunic of the British regiment as they learn learn parade drills and marches. Historic buildings set the stage for an eye-catching reenactment.
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