Saint John Travel Guide

  • Artilleryman Robert Stobbs' final resting place
    Artilleryman Robert Stobbs' final...
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    Irving Nature Park in Saint John, NB
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    Inside the beautiful Trinity Church
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Saint John Highlights

  • Pro
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     A lot of historic sites, and nature close at hand 

  • Con
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     You cannot avoid noticing the heavy industry 

  • In a nutshell
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     Enjoyable and hospitable to the "nth" degree - A great place to visit. 

Saint John Things to Do

  • Loyalist Costume Photography

    Old-fashioned photography is very popular among tourists but until this year it was never offered in Saint John. Living Water Creations recently opened in uptown Saint John at 75 King Street. Drop by, dress up as a Loyalist (they even have cute baby costumes), choose a prop and step into one of their old-fashioned backgrounds for a photo.It costs...

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  • Irving Nature Park

    The 243 hectare Irving Nature Park opened back in 1992 "for the enjoyment of the people of New Brunswick". Since then, thousands of locals and visitors alike have walked down the park's eight hiking trails, spent a day at the beach or gone on birdwatching expeditions in this previously endangered area that has been cleaned up and returned to its...

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  • Irving Nature Park

    The Irving Nature Park in Saint John consists of two large sections: the Sheldon Point section and Taylor's Island section - separated by the grand Saint's Rest Beach. The park is privately owned and well maintained by the Irving interests. It is accessible free to the general public.Taylor's Island is the most glorious place I've ever seen for...

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  • Barbour’s general Store

    This authentic country store was floated to St. John by barge from its original location further up the River in 1967. The store is filled with authentic merchandise of the Victorian era and houses a combination barber shop / dentist’s office, just as it did in earlier days.

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  • Reversing Falls

    When St. John River meets the Bay of Fundy in a narrow rock gorge, this natural phenomenon occurs twice a day when the highest tides force the St. John River to reverse its flow. Yes, I did say it only occurs twice a day so if the timing is not correct, you will be disappointed.

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  • A town full of friendly and willing...

    One thing that we noticed throughout our visit to Saint John was the pride with which locals view their city. All you have to do is to look slightly bewildered or lost, or perhaps just be looking at a city map and - voila! - a local "host/tourguide" will appear to help you out.There was one fellow who we ran into just at the edge of King's Square....

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Saint John Restaurants

  • Quaint and Inexpensive

    I finally tried a lobster roll and all I can say is YUM! It came with fries and cost around $18, which seems a bit pricey for the size of the sandwich. If they had been cheaper, I would have gotten two, they were that good.Decor is what you might expect in a seaport bar & grill...buoys, nets, fake lobsters, etc.Big beer here is Moosehead - they...

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  • Not My Cup Of Tea...or Bourbon

    My husband and I had lunch at the Bourbon Cafe and we will not be returning. The food was modest in quantity, which is okay... it was lunch. But five... yes five... french fries is a bit skimpy by any standard. When we ordered, the waitress asked my husband if he would like an extra piece of chicken. He said yes and it was a wing... a scrawny...

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  • Best atmosphere and food in New...

    For our 30th anniversary, my husband and I decided to travel across Canada, having only been to Canada a few times. We were recommend to visit Bourbon Quarter by the hotel we were staying with. We were greeted promptly at the door and seated at a lovely booth. We opened the menu, and we surprised to see such variety! I tried the duck breast, which...

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  • Mmmmm Lobster!

    A great seafood restaurant that IS open 7 days a week all year round.The seafood chowder is thick and full of seafood chunks and the lobster.... Mmmm the lobster!On a Sunday afternoon, the place was quiet and service was efficient.For the menu, visit http://www.grannanhospitalitygroup.com/grannan/menus/Grannans%20Menu.pdf

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  • Pizza.Seafood.Wine.Pastries.Grinders.Pasta.Coffee

    Assuming that you've chosen to visit Saint John's OUTSTANDING City Market (please see my separate City Market "things to do" tip), you might want to catch a bite to eat there, too. There are numerous eateries and food stands, pretty much offering about anything you might want to consider. Among your options are:> Billy's Seafood Company (see...

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  • Good for what ALES you.

    We went into the alehouse to have some ale, a simple plan. It turned out that the Saint John Alehouse was more than just a brewery and pub, they have a nice food menu as well. We didn't do a meal there, but it all looked tasty, might be a good choice.The Saint John Alehouse reminded me - a little bit - of Ray's Steel City Saloon back home in...

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Saint John Nightlife

  • GLBT Nightlife

    Saint John's only GLBT nightclub, provides a casual yet classy environment where people can be who they are. The dance floor is house on the main level, with a quieter lounge are on the lower levelOpen three nights per week: with Dance Music (live DJ's) Fridays & Saturdays, with DJ/Karaoke on alternating Thursdays.Located in a historic bank...

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  • Stylish in Saint John

    This is a beautiful new lounge bar in uptown Saint John. Very stylish, great staff and fun music. The back patio gets the sun all afternoon and is protected from the harbour winds. The interior design is spectacular and the drinks are tasty. No food here but lots of great restaurants within a two minute walk. Go to The Canterbury after dinner for a...

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  • Beautiful Wood, brick and Glass just to...

    Happinez, located underneath LemonGrass Thai Restaurant is such a great spot to sit and relax with a glass, or flight of wine. You can choose to taste a few different wines and then hang out with your friends or, choose from Beers, Liquors or Spirits. There is also the opportunity to order off the LemonGrass menue for Appetizers.Had a great...

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Saint John Transportation

  • Double deck bus

    Someone with the London bus transportation system was facing a big problem……. What are we going to do with all these retired old diesel double deck buses which we no longer use and we have no place to store them? And somehow he came up with this great idea; just sell them to Canada as tour buses (I have a feeling that this was Mr. Bean’s idea)!...

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  • A Prime Cruise Destination in Atlantic...

    I will openly confess that we are NOT cruise people. Truth be known, we used to pretty much poke fun AT cruise people. I laughed until I almost got a hernia when a shopowner in Seward, Alaska - upon seeing the arrival of a gigantic Princess Cruise ship - declared "brace yourself, here come the boat people. Although I remain more of a land and air...

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  • Saint John - Digby ferry service

    Bay Ferries operates the ferry service that connects Digby, Nova Scotia, with Saint John, New Brunswick. It takes a couple of hours to cross the Bay of Fundy, and there are between 7 and 17 runs per week, depending on the time of year. The Saint John terminal is located at 600 Lancaster Street Saint John, New Brunswick.

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Saint John Shopping

  • Saint John's farmer's market since 1876!

    The Saint John City Market first open in 1876, in the very same building where it still stands today. It is open 6 days a week (closed on Sundays) and offers shoppers a nice variety of local and ethnic food stands, fresh produce, as well as local crafts and souvenirs shops. It is located right next to King's Square so if you happen to be in the...

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  • Shopping for the Internet?

    I know that when I was touring Portugal recently, it was great to find free internet cafes in both Aljezur (on the Algarve) and Obidos (a couple of hours north of Lisbon). It really helps if you can check for messages from home once in a while. As a result of this, I happened to notice this internet cafe close to the waterfront in Saint John as I...

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Saint John Local Customs

  • Saint John or St. John ?

    Something that irks many New Brunswickers, and especially those from Saint John, is when the city name is misspelled or mispronounced. Keep these helpful hints in mind:- First, the city's name is spelled Saint John, not "St. John";- Second, avoid pronouncing the city's name as "St. John's" (as Prince Charles once did in a speech he gave on a visit...

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  • A History of Ship-building

    Situated on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean and with North America's most heavily forested province or state at it's back, Saint John rose to fame in the 1800s as one of the busiest ports and shipbuilding cities in the world. As I strolled from the Delta hotel toward the NB Museum at Market Square, I came across a small memorial to the most famous...

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Saint John Warnings and Dangers

  • The Reversing Falls is actually off of...

    Many maps of Saint John, NB mistakenly place the Reversing Falls as being along Bridge Street (...

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  • WARNING: Do NOT shop at THE HOUSE OF...

    Shopping in Saint John, New Brunswick, we special ordered a kilt at HOUSE OF TARA, for $260. (1.) THE HOUSE OF TARA tells you at the time of placing the order that it will take 6 to 8 weeks to arrive from Scotland. After you have waited the 60 days, your charge card company will not credit your statement. (2.) THE HOUSE OF TARA (owner: Anne-Marie...

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  • Air quality

    Don't be discouraged about visiting our city. While certain areas may be affected by poor air quality, there are far more good spots to enjoy the outdoors than bad ones. In particular, our city center and waterfront are very pleasant.

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Saint John Tourist Traps

  • Good luck with the weather!

    I know I'm starting to sound like a broken record at this point, but the fog in Saint John was simply unbelievable! Never in my life had I left a city on account of the weather before but after 8 days of it, we just couldn't take it anymore. What made it worst was knowing that about 20 km outside of the city there was beautiful sunshine with 25°C...

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  • reversing falls -when i got...

    reversing falls -when i got there (twice during may) i saw nothing at the first time and at the 2nd time something happend - but not really empressive as u think it will be by the name - movement of some water - i dont know if later on the season its better but it sure wasnt worth it at may...Orkepicture attach - this is what it was all about.....

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Saint John Off The Beaten Path

  • Hiking - Hammond River Park trails

    For a hiking trail with an easy-to-moderate difficulty level, the Hammond River Park offers a number of trails through Acadian Forest, to the Hammond River Marsh. Apparently, the park was initially settled about 300 years ago, as there was an Acadian survey marker dated 1714 found carved into a boulder during the park's development. The main trails...

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  • Hiking/Walking - Mud Lake Walking Trail

    The trail head of the Mud Lake Walking Trail is located behind the Kennebecasis Valley Fire Dept. #2, on Civic Drive, just off of the Old Hampton Road, at the east end of Quispamsis, N.B. Parking is adjacent to the fire hall. The trail is 1.25 km of easy walking, along a foot path and boardwalk. Sections of the foot path are covered with wood...

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  • Hiking - Saunder's Brook & Matthew's...

    The Town of Quispamsis is about 10-15 min drive east of Saint John, and there are several nature trails to try out: Saunder's Brook and Matthew's Brook Trails, Mud Lake Nature Trail, and the Hammond River Park Trails. The first three are very easy to walk, and the last is on the easy-to-moderate difficulty level. This post will describe the first...

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Saint John Favorites

  • Watching my nephew become Canadian...

    The whole point of our trip to Saint John was to watch my 15-year-old nephew Kevin compete at his very first National Karate Championships. I'm so glad I was there to see him fight and win the gold, all throughout the week he really impressed me with his mental strength and poise, his hard work and dedication. The next step for him will be to...

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  • Inside Walkways

    Some of the main areas of Uptown Saint John are connected by overhead "pedways", climate controlled and out of the bad weather. Connecting Market Square, Brunswick Square shopping center, Delta Brunswick hotel, Hilton Saint John, New Brunswick Museum, City Market, Harbour Station and the Aquatic Center.

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  • Saint John Council

    Now this is a mystery to me. I have just found in my 'box' the card shown in the picture. It grants 'Honorary Membership of the Saint John Council' for the evening of May 23 1965. However, I went to Saint John on Sunday 6th June, two weeks after this date!! Now why would I have the card?Afternote: No one has yet written to me to suggest what the...

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