Holy mola mola fish!
The holidays are splashing towards us faster than a tuna fish after its dinner.
And with Santa arriving in just over 10 days, you may be panicking about the perfect gift for those hard to shop for people on your holiday list.
What do you buy the person that has everything?
Well, you can give them the gift of adventure.
One of the reasons I’m madly in love with our province of New Brunswick is the endless possibilities for adventures around every corner and on every shore. From kayaking in sea caves to whale watching in the Bay of Fundy to dreamy escapes in picture-perfect seaside towns — we really do have it all.
So this holiday season, why not consider wrapping up the perfect New Brunswick escape or experience and tucking that a underneath the Christmas tree?
Here are 5 of my favourites!
How lucky are we to have whales, porpoises, dolphins, sharks and so much more in the waters off our coast? And yet every year, I talk to people from New Brunswick that have never gone whale watching in our beautiful province.
Might I recommend a gift card from my friends Lambert Family Adventures? And hey — if you buy two gift certificates so that you can go with the lucky recipient, well — you’re winning here too!
Who This Gift is Perfect For: The adventure type. Someone who doesn’t get sea sick and who is up for trying anything. Bonus if they were a 90s teenager dreaming of becoming a marine biologist and who was obsessed with Free Willy.
Life is busy, things are stressful, we’ve been living in unprecedented times for three years now. We could all use an escape and the good news is — you don’t have to leave the province or set foot on a plane to get the resort experience.
The Algonquin Resort and Hotel in beloved St. Andrews by the Sea is world renowned and with good reason — it’s got everything you could ever want in a resort. Excellent dining, a spa, indoor and outdoor pool, golf, and so much more. And because it’s located in the most charming seaside town imaginable — you have plenty of leisure activities from strolling the ocean to shopping the day away to choose from. Want to stay in your hotel bathrobe all day and order room service — that’s mermaid approved too!
Who This Gift is Perfect For: Someone who grew up envying Kevin McAllister escaping to New York City on his own to splash in the hotel pool, order room service, and rock a hotel bathrobe. This one is for you. Also an excellent gift for your spouse OR best friend that you desperately need a weekend away with.
Formerly known as Red Rock Adventure and hailing from St. Martins, New Brunswick – Bay of Fundy Adventures is your one stop shop for all things adventure in New Brunswick. Choose from kayaking in the sea caves, cruising along the famous Fundy Trail by boat, or hiking the famous Fundy Foot Path.
A gift card from Bay of Fundy Adventures if your action pass to all of the above and more. I’m a HUGE fan of their Sea Caves Kayak Tour and their Fundy Isles Full Day Kayak Tour.
Who This Gift is Perfect For: Must love having fun and getting a little sweaty. Kayaking on the Bay of Fundy isn’t for everyone, but if the lucky recipient of your gift is typically up for trying anything – this may just be the perfect gift they never could have dreamed of receiving.
I’ve been lucky to attend the Atlantic Ballet by the Ocean for the last two years (you can read about my experience here) and it is the most dreamy and quintessential New Brunswick arts experience you could imagine. Over the course of a 2-hour evening, the lucky recipient of a gift certificate will experience original dances paired with a local tasting menu prepared by renowned New Brunswick chefs; all set against one of New Brunswick’s most scenic waterfront properties.
It is truly a unique gift experience to tuck under the tree.
Who This Gift is Perfect For: Someone who loves and appreciates the arts, as well as local culinary experiences. They may not even know they like the ballet, but if they love an extraordinary evening out – this event is sure to wow them for years to come.
One of my many happy places in New Brunswick (especially when I’m around the touch tank), the Huntsman’s Marine Science Center in St. Andrews, New Brunswick, offers a season membership that includes unlimited daily admissions to the Aquarium, as well as the opportunity to support their mission to inspire stewardship, advance marine sciences through collaborative research, and deliver inspirational educational experiences.
But you also get access to exclusive member adventures such as early season-opening, animal feedings, beach walks, and more. They had me at animal feedings.
Who This Gift is Perfect For: Little ones that are obsessed with all things ocean. Or the big kids (hi, it’s me) that are still obsessed with all things ocean. And the touch tank. Let’s not forget the touch tank.
I hope that this post was helpful if you’re scratching your head and wondering what to get that special someone on your list this holiday season.
Take a mermaid’s word for it – you can never go wrong with whales 😉
Well friends, this is the last post of 2022. I can’t believe we’re less than three weeks away from the new year, but believe me when I say, I’m so excited about what’s to come in 2023.
More adventures, more coastal tales, and of course – more seaglass!
Happy Holidays and Sea-sons Greetings from our shore to yours! ❤️