A little about how we started…

In 1982, Beth Kelly Hatt arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick and it’s never been the same since. Over the years, Aquila has grown to be recognized as an innovative leader in the tourism industry. Known for watching and responding to trends in travel, Aquila has offered full receptive operator services in Atlantic Canada, as well as tour operator services for groups to destinations around the world.

With almost 40 years in the tourism industry, Aquila continues to be the preferred tour operator for cruise lines operating shore excursions in Saint John, New Brunswick. Each year, Aquila creates engaging experiences for almost 60,000 travellers cruising in Atlantic Canada.

But it’s not all work and no play for the Aquila Team. We are a team that works hard and plays hard - together. Clients often describe the Aquila team as spirited, enthusiastic and fun. First-timers to Aquila often ask whether our team gets any work done, or if we just laugh and have fun all of the time. But in truth, we do work very hard, and the proof is in the fact that Aquila continues to grow each year, even during times when the tourism industry as a whole is struggling. So what’s our secret? “No, we don’t spike the water cooler,” laughs Beth. Instead, Aquila has fostered a philosophy of happiness in the workplace and empowerment of the team, and the contagious Aquila team spirit that has resulted from this philosophy is the driving force behind our success. To meet our fabulous Aquila team, click here!

We are also a team that believes in giving back to the community in which we live, work and play. As a group, the Aquila team has been involved in the community by volunteering for projects such as Beach Sweeps and Creek Sweeps, the St. Andrew St. David Soup Kitchen, Run for the Cure, Romero House and Big Brothers/Big Sisters. Also, each year Aquila chooses specific organizations to which donations are made, with special attention given to issues that have touched the lives of those closest to us, and we often plan fundraisers to support these organizations. Aquila has committed to the United Way Million Dollar Pledge, as part of a group of organizations who are each giving $10,000 per year for the next ten years to affect change in our local communities.

Our Mission Statement

To enrich people’s lives by igniting the spirit of discovery. Establish ourselves as the Cruise Industry Standard and “Aquilafy” cruise operations worldwide using Saint John as our Living Lab.

Our Values

Aquila’s Core Values are Integrity, Respect, Positivity, Happiness, Fun, Supportive, Sustainability, Balance, Flexibility, Family & Friends, People Growth & Development and Growing Who We Are

Testimonials

Amazing photography tour. Both my husband and I picked up some tips. Lance was a great teacher for both beginners and more experienced photographers. I highly recommend this tour company. Thanks for the great experience, Lance!

Jennifer Zehner

Cruise Guest

The Best of Saint John hosted by guide Marilyn was excellent. After several tours with good guides, she stands ahead of them all. Knowledgeable, prepared with photos, books, lobster gadgets, and more, she improved the tour experience. Very good with people and a bonus for the city of Saint John. Highly recommend this tour. It included the right mix and all the important things that a western Canadian wanted to see.

Richard Welsh

Cruise Guest

We admire your commitment to excellent business practices, your company's position as a leading provider of shore excursions, and your reputation for first-class service. Your recent achievement speaks volumes to your commitment to your clients and our guests, and there is no doubt that the admiration for your accomplishments will be felt by all within the cruise industry.

Erika Tache, Product Development, Marketing & Operations, Carnival Adventures

Carnival Cruise Line

I just want to say I’m honored to have the pleasure of taking a tour with your company and enjoyed it so much and I would like to say you have two of the best employees that one could only hope to have. Judy and Linda was AWESOME! They were very friendly and very knowledgeable and if I were in the town again I would take another tour and request these two ladies.

Rodney Stone

Cruise Guest