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


Our tour guide was Charlie and our driver was Norman. We had a wonderful time, they were very informative showing us the sites along the way. Charlie really kept the conversation going and told us a lot of history and about the people that live/lived there. Norman got us around safely and helped with walkers, wheelchairs or just getting the people on an off the bus.

Wanda Donihoo

Cruise Guest

Just wanted to let you what a great tour we had with Heather. She was full of energy, enthusiasm, fun, stories, surprises.. what a hoot! She and our driver were delightful!

Joan Beebe

Cruise Guest

My Mom and I wanted to reach out to you in praise of your amazing team and our wonderful experience on Tuesday, October 29, 2019. We were guests onboard RCI Anthem of the Seas and subsequently booked through their shore excursions online.
We had no idea this would be one of the best and most memorable tours of our trip due to Linda and Jody... not only were they very knowledgeable but they were above and beyond entertaining! The laughs just kept on coming and we considered ourselves very fortunate to have had them as our guide and driver.
What a pleasure! We will always remember Jody and Linda!

Claudine Coquillot

Cruise Guest

Just finished a 7 day cruise and had 5 different stops and 5 bus tours. Bernadette was by far the BEST!!!! She was so knowledgeable and personable. She made things fun and interesting. Loved her tour. She is AMAZING!!!! Thank you!

Kim Domingo

Cruise Guest