13 May 2009

Bay Ferries & New Brunswick Museum Launch “Treasures of the Bay” School Program; Two Lucky Kids to be “Captain for a Day” Aboard Princess of Acadia


Bay Ferries and the New Brunswick Museum have teamed up to create an exciting program for kids:  the opportunity to be “Captain for a Day” (a crossing) aboard the Princess of Acadia, which operates between Saint John, NB and Digby, NS.

The program, “Treasures of the Bay”, is intended to raise children’s awareness of the scenic and environmental wonders of the Bay of Fundy.

Open to grades 3-5 from Southern New Brunswick and Southwest Nova Scotia communities, “Treasures of the Bay” invites students in English and French public, private, and home schools to share what they find compelling and special about the Bay of Fundy in a personally-created map.

Wendy Martindale, Head of Community Services at the New Brunswick Museum, said that teachers in the region are delighted with the “Treasures” program. “It’s a good fit with either a Social Studies or Art curriculum to teach about the Bay in a fun and motivating way,” Martindale said.  “Students can share what they believe are the treasures of the Bay, and discover what their classmates love about it.”

Participants from Nova Scotia can submit their maps to the Bay Ferries’ Digby Terminal.  The Saint John Bay Ferries Terminal will collect New Brunswick entries.  Entries must be no larger than 28 cm by 43 cm (11” by 17”), and postmarked no later than June 5th. 

One lucky child from each province will be awarded the title “Captain for a Day”, receiving a round-trip crossing for themselves and up to four additional family members along with their car.  The recipients will spend time with the Princess of Acadia’s crew in the wheelhouse of the ship.  Upon arrival, the entire family will receive overnight accommodation, meal vouchers, and family admissions to major attractions.

Selected entries will be displayed on board the Princess of Acadia during July and August. Increased awareness of Bay of Fundy and New Brunswick attractions and history is also being encouraged through complimentary New Brunswick Museum family admission passes being offered to all eligible entrants, for use if they visit Saint John this summer.

“Treasures of the Bay” is supported by area hotels, restaurants and attractions, including the New Brunswick Museum, Holiday Inn Express, Pizza Hut, Lily’s Café, Rockwood Park and Geo-Caching Rockwood Park in New Brunswick. In Nova Scotia, Upper Clements Park and the Digby Pines Golf Resort & Spa all proudly support the program.

Debbie Rathwell, Bay Ferries’ marketing and sales executive, noted that it can be challenging to keep kids busy during the summer. “This program can help kids have fun learning about the history and culture of the Bay,” she said. 

Rathwell also said that an interactive animation service provided by the New Brunswick Museum will once again be aboard the Princess of Acadia this summer.  The bilingual animation program will be available seven days a week from June 28 to September 7 and will allow passengers to hear stories about marine life, geological formations, tides, First Peoples' use of the Bay, historical settlements, shipbuilding, and fisheries.

For more information, contact:

Nancy Cousins
Terminal Manager
Bay Ferries Ltd/Northumberland Ferries Ltd
Ph: 506-649-7705
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Vita Kipping
Community Relations
New Brunswick Museum
Ph: 506-643-2358