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.
Diane was our tour guide and she was excellent! She was so willing to share her knowledge of the area to our group. We had a wonderful tour and we had a great whale watching experience as well. While on the boat we had a chance to really chat with Diane and she was just a pleasure to talk with. She was an incredible tour guide!
Linda and Fred McGee
Best tour ever! We still smile when we think of our comedy tag team. Great fun, lots of interesting information, and enjoyable sights. Thanks for providing a really good time.
Judy and Margaret
"We did the above excursion with Paula on 3 October. She is an outstanding guide. In fact, this was the best guided excursion we had for the entire trip. You could tell she had been a teacher. With her bag of displays to her vibrant attitude she made the trip very informative".... "She made sure to keep us informed of all the activities and what to expect. St. Martins and the Sea Caves was fascinating and the seafood chowder was out of this world."
Pat & Joe Cunningham
We arrived for our tour 5/28 our tour guide was Bonnie and she was absolutely amazing. She was extremely knowledgeable and it was non stop information. Telling us history past and present. But the real treat was all of the photos, stories and information sheets which she supplied. It was a most enjoyable experience. Thank you.