ST. ANDREWS, New Brunswick — The granddaughter of explorer Jacques Cousteau will make a presentation here on Friday, Oct. 22.

Alexandra Cousteau is nearing the end of Expedition Blue Planet, a 138-day interactive exploration of critical water issues across the U.S., Canada and Mexico. The expedition, when finally completed, will have toured more than 14,500 miles in a biodiesel tour bus converted to serve as a “rolling Calypso” for daily production and Web broadcasting of films, photos and findings.

The event in St. Andrews, at the Shaughnessy Room at the Fairmont Algonquin, is the last Canadian stop on the tour, and the only one in Atlantic Canada, before the expedition winds up in Washington, D.C., in November.

The event at the Algonquin will start at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 22 with a finger food reception, cash bar and silent auction, and an opportunity to meet with Cousteau and her crew.

At 7:30 p.m., Cousteau and her team will present “Water Matters,” an evening of film and stories from their journey.

Memorabilia from the expedition will be offered in a silent auction throughout the evening. There will also be an opportunity to view various displays, including those from local students.

Admission for the event, which is strictly limited, is $25 for adults, $20 for children under 18.

Reservations may be made online at or call 506-529-1200.

All proceeds from the evening will benefit the new Huntsman Bay of Fundy Discovery Centre, which is under construction on the site of the old aquarium, which was demolished in March, 2010. The new $8 million facility, which will include a 226-seat theater, lab, aquarium and gift shop, will open in summer 2011.