Geology Walk
with Leigh Smith

Saturday, August 12, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Join geologist Leigh Smith on an fun and informative day trip to explore the wonders of our local geology.  Pack a Lunch and meet at Sunbury Shores (139 Water Street) at 9:00 am for a brief presentation, then embark on your adventure which may take until 4:00 pm.

This is a free event, though donations to Sunbury Shores are welcome.  Carpooling to locations outside of St. Andrews may be required.


Book Signing
A Woman’s Touch. Kate Reed and Canada’s Grand Hotels.
by Kate Reed (Grandaughter)

Wednesday, August 16, 6:00 – 9:00 PM

Author Kate Reed will be at Sunbury Shores with her book available for sale and signing.

A Woman’s Touch. Kate Reed and Canada’s Grand Hotels

Written by her grand-daughter of the same name, it appeared in November, 2016 with photographs of Kate’s life from childhood until her death.

Book Synopsis:

In 1900, Shaughnessy offered Hayter Reed the position of General Manager of the Château Frontenac in Quebec City. Reed accepted and the family moved into the new hotel. Kate Reed began to improve the public areas of the hotel and worked with Bruce Price, architect, whom she had known in New York. Shaughnessy offered Kate the job of decorating the Royal Train that would take the future George V and his consort Mary across Canada in 1901. From here on, Kate was the official decorator for the CPR and all of its hotels, mountain chalets and station-chalets across the country. Kate befriended and showcased the yet un-known female artists of Canada.

Thus began her career as the country’s first decorator and career woman. Upon retirement, the Reeds built Pansy Patch, one of New Brunswick’s most famous and photographed private houses.

Power of Pollinators – A Double Presentation Event
by Dr. James Whitehead & Dr. Don Ostaff

SATURDAY AUG 19, 2:00 – 4:00 PM

Dr. James Whitehead

Insect pollinators are critical to the increasing demands of agriculture, yet we often misunderstand their role. This presentation will dispel some oft-repeated myths about the function of the honeybee in this context, with particular emphasis on the local Blueberry industry. The differences between commercial and hobbyist beekeeping will be highlighted, and the presentation will end with an informal show and tell about what is involved in maintaining a hive. Live bees will be present in a sealed observation hive.

Dr. Don Ostaff

According to the United Nations Environment Program, of the 100 crop species that provide more than 90 per cent of the world’s food, more than 70 are pollinated by bees. In addition, it is estimated that 90% of the wild plants are pollinated by insects. There are 19,000 described species of bees in the world, only one of which is the honey bee; 4% (730) are found in Canada. They are varied in their life styles, the places they frequent, the nests they build, the flowers they visit, and their season of activity. They remain ignored or unknown by most of us. Wild native bee populations, like honey bees, have also been declining due such factors as loss and degradation of nesting sites and floral resources, intensive agriculture and monoculture practice, displacement of native floral hosts by exotic plants, and use of pesticides. This presentation will introduce the wild bees found locally and how one can play an active role in contributing to their continued importance as effective pollinators of crops and flowering plants.

Originally from West Sussex, England, Dr. James Whitehead was introduced to the wonderful world of insects by a local publican (pub owner). He collected butterflies on the hills of southern England and bred several endangered species. He came to Canada in 1991 to pursue graduate studies and taught at both UNB (Geology) and St Thomas University (Science and Technology Studies) until retirement in 2015. During this time, he served as board member and President of Science East in Fredericton, and the installation of an insectarium in the Science Centre inspired his foray into beekeeping. Having kept bees for 8 seasons, he now has 16 hives in and around St Andrews and operates “The Bees Knees” in the local market. In 2016 he co-founded the Charlotte County Beekeepers (Charcobeeks) peer support group for new beekeepers in the area.

Dr. Don Ostaff received his formal training through undergraduate studies at Lakehead University (Thunder Bay, ON), and graduate studies at Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, BC) and University of New Brunswick (Fredericton, NB). He was a Research Scientist at the Canadian Forest Service (CFS) in Fredericton and Ottawa; an Adjunct Professor at UNB, teaching courses in Insect Pest Management; and, presently serves as the Editor of the Journal of the Acadian Entomological Society. After 35 years working for the CFS studying insects attacking wood in service, wood products and those damaging Maritime forests, Don retired in 2008 and became very interested in plant pollination, particularly the role played by native bees. He is presently studying methods of enhancing native bee pollination of wild blueberries, and their role in the reclamation of highly disturbed sites, i.e., abandoned coal mines.


Making Waves: Art on the Island

THURSDAY, AUG 24, 6:00 – 9:00PM
Van Horne Estate, Ministers Island

This year marks the 3rd annual summer auction hosted by Sunbury Shores. The summer auction is Sunbury Shores’ largest annual event to support arts & nature in the community, while raising funds to sustain Sunbury Shores’ outstanding programs and exhibitions. This year’s auction is called Making Waves: Art On The Island, as a tribute to the exceptional contemporary artists Sunbury Shores attracts and to the rich history of art on Ministers Island.

Bigger and better than ever before, this auction will be a ticketed, curated event showcasing select work by 20 exceptional contemporary Canadian artists in the beautiful venue of the Van Horne Estate on Ministers Island. Proceeds will be split 50:50 with the artist in support of Sunbury Shores Arts & Nature Centre.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit:

EARLY BIRDS! 10% off tickets if purchased before July 26.