St. Andrews, a Canadian port of entry, stands near the head of Passamaquoddy Bay at the mouth of the St. Croix River, whose waters separate Maine from Canada. The harbor is protected from the southwest by Navy Island. At low tide, mud flats and sand spits create additional protection for the moorings and anchorage.
A well-marked channel leads north from the bay to St. Andrews. At the harbor entrance the channel passes between the skeletal tower off North Point (to starboard) and the sand spit off Navy Island (to port). Boaters cruising down the St. Croix River from the north can follow markers through the northern shallows into the harbor, but the southern route is preferred.
B.B. Chamberlain, wharfinger (harbormaster) of St. Andrews, says boaters should have no trouble entering the harbor if they pay attention to the markers and the tides, which range around 28 feet. “Come in on the flood, and leave on the ebb,” he says. “Avoid the middle two hours of either tide, when currents are at their maximum.”
B.B. meets every visiting vessel at the harbor entrance, leads it to the anchorage or a mooring (in 14- to 16-foot depths), and hands the mooring line to the boater. “That way I know they’re secure,” he says. He prides himself on arranging for whatever services cruisers request. Overnight mooring rates include dinghy dockage, trash disposal, pumpout, water on request and fuel delivery. (The rate, $25 Canadian per night, was under review for this year.) Boaters who anchor also can use Market Wharf’s free floating dinghy docks. However, there’s a nominal charge for pumpout.
Clearing customs can be done by phone through CanPass at (888) 226-7277. “Boaters will have to answer questions and must have their passports and boat documentation or registration,” says B.B. “Alcohol, drugs and guns are prohibited and will be seized.”
St. Andrews is on Atlantic Time, one hour ahead of Eastern Time. Navy Island Dive Co. on Williams Street sells Canadian charts, which are marked in meters, not feet. NOAA chart 13328 (Calais to West Quoddy Head, Eastport Harbor) and Canadian chart 4011 (Approach to the Bay of Fundy) cover St. Andrews and approaches.
• St. Andrews Chamber of Commerce, (506) 529-3555, www.townofstandrews.ca
• St. Andrews Government Wharf, Market Wharf, (506) 529-5170, www.townofstandrews.ca
• Kingsbrae Horticultural Garden, (506) 529-9024, www.kingsbraegarden.com
• The Fairmont Algonquin, (800) 257-7544, www.fairmont.com/Algonquin