Bobbing in a fishing boat on the Bay of Fundy, it’s easy for your thoughts to turn from scenic to succulent as you help haul up traps full of lobsters. Those rusty-coloured shells later turn bright red at the hands of a top Maritime chef for a gourmet meal showcasing the fruits of your labour.

Far from grunt work, The Lobster Course is a foodie’s dream vacation in idyllic St. Andrews, N.B. Part of the Culinary Ecotourism program put on by the sumptuous Kingsbrae Arms hotel, the four-day, three-night experience gives seafood enthusiasts a true “sea to silverware” education, including a look at the area’s sustainable fisheries. Days are filled with picturesque excursions and lobster sampling; evenings turn to wine tastings and seafood feasts under the stars. The tour also includes a ship ride to the world’s largest lobster pound, farmed salmon hatchery and salmon pens.

There’s plenty of time to ask local experts (“What’s that green stuff in the lobster’s head?”) and award-winning chefs (“Why is that green stuff so delicious?”), while picking up new skills in smoking, marinating and grilling lobster, courtesy of cooking classes.

Besides all that strenuous eating, you can still squeeze in a round of golf, go sea kayaking or visit the spa before the next lobster-centric activity. At the end of the day, collapse into a ridiculously comfortable bed at the Kingsbrae Arms Relais & Chateaux.

Whew, being a lobster lover is hard work.

(The Lobster Course is scheduled for May, June, September and October; space is limited and prices start at $1,299 per person).

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