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.
Aquila’s Core Values are Integrity, Respect, Positivity, Happiness, Fun, Supportive, Sustainability, Balance, Flexibility, Family & Friends, People Growth & Development and Growing Who We Are
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
Paula our tour guide made this experience both enriching and entertaining. Paula has an absolute wealth of knowledge about the area and her overall demeanor and approach significantly contributed to our enjoyment. There are tour guides and then there are people who leave a lasting positive impression and make an experience truly memorable. Paula most definitely is this kind of individual and she is to be highly commended.
Donn Murphy and Jon Carrow
We were on the Norwegian Escape but purchased the tickets in the front lobby downstairs off the ship. The person who sold us the tickets was informative and courteous. But the two ladies who gave us the tour were the best! From taking our tickets up front to the end of the tour they were outgoing, super knowledgeable and a tag team riot. We learned a lot from them of the area and general history of where we were and where we were going. It was well worth the price of admission. Linda the driver and Jody the tour guide should be commended for a job well done. They work well together and are a wealth of knowledge and really funny too
Barb was informative, interactive and made sure we all had a great time. She was one of the top 2 tours we took. Kudos to her being on your team.