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St. Andrews by-the-Sea New Brunswick

The community of St. Andrews By-The-Sea has attracted visitors and residents alike for many years.  It has historically been the residence of choice for the wealthy and executive of both Canada and the United States.  Today, St. Andrews is one of New Brunswick’s most prestigious locations and is ranked as one of the top best towns to live in all of Canada.

Toward the end of the revolution in the colonies to our south British loyalists dismantled their homes and sailed them across the Bay of Fundy into Passamaquoddy Bay and settled in St. Andrews, a slender peninsula at the mouth of the St. Croix River.  Soon there were a hundred square riggers in St. Andrews Harbor doing lively commerce with Britain and the Indies. By 1870 the square riggers were gone, but by this time St. Andrews was reinventing itself into the Newport of Canada. 

With the arrival of the Canadian Pacific Railroad and the impressive Algonquin Hotel the rich and famous were not far behind. Many of their “cottages,” survive today as does the Algonquin Hotel, “our castle on the hill.”  The history of St. Andrews continues to ebb and flows like our tides, always changing but ever constant.

Today St. Andrews by the Sea is a charming, prosperous and visually stunning residential community. The downtown is filled with quaint shops providing unique and convenient services and many restaurants including one of “Canada’s 12 best.” Salmon tenders and lobster boats work from the town wharf and the harbor provides safe mooring for private boats and whale watching boats during the summer. Seven active churches in St Andrews and an abundance of community and cultural groups satisfy most every interest. There are day care facilities, excellent public schools, a community college, three dentists, a physiotherapist, a pharmacy, full grocery store, a library, museums, a hockey and curling facility, a Marine Biology Station and Aquarium.  Three Canadian Mounted Police serve St. Andrews along with a fire department and ambulance service.  The hospital in St. Stephen is a 20 minute drive and a border crossing into the United States is there as well.   A one hour drive to St. John and you are at a major medical facility, a major airport or the ferry to Nova Scotia.

Our Algonquin Golf Club is a world class seaside golf course on the 45th parallel….half way between the equator and the north pole.  At the Algonquin you can play a challenging round of golf and share some of the areas most remarkable ocean views with deer, eagles and an occasional moose. 

Enjoy Kingsbrae Gardens, crystal clear lakes, beautiful forests, the surrounding islands whales, seals, herring weirs, fog, glorious sunrises and breathtaking sunsets, the wonderful air and most of all the exceptionally friendly people.  The air and the people are not easily explained……. so you will have to visit and experience them for yourself.  

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DIY Pokemon Christmas Decorations

My son really loves Pokemon, he has a large collection of figures.  I was searching for Pokemon Christmas decorations but it seems they are all collectors items and very expensive, so I decided we could make our own.  I found Fillable Ball Ornaments on Amazon – the 60mm were the perfect size for his 2″ figures.  In order to secure them from moving around we used White Modeling Clay.  It ended up looking like a snowy base for the figures.  We then used tiny glitter balls and miniature ornaments to fill the rest of the space.  My son absolutely loves his creations!

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