The Reversing Falls is actually off of Bridge Road
Many maps of Saint John, NB mistakenly place the Reversing Falls as being along Bridge Street ( http://maps.google.ca/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Bridge+St+at+Hammond+St,+Saint+John,+NB,+Canada+(Some+maps+mistakenly+state+the+Reversing+Falls+are+about+here)&aq=&sll=37.230328,-75.585937&sspn=34.336928,78.662109&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Bridge+St+%26+Hammond+St,+St+John,+St+John+County,+New+Brunswick&ll=45.275566,-66.086583&spn=0,0.019205&z=16&layer=c&cbll=45.275453,-66.088105&panoid=LkB5M8FbjtekNtfg-zMAHw&cbp=12,177.78,,0,2.43 0).
The Bridge Street area is not rough or dangerous, but definitely poverty-stricken and aesthetically displeasing. Bostonians, please think of parts of (white) Dorchester or Southie, pre-gentrification. Imagine a smaller version of that, area and population wise, and you get the Bridge Street area. I like to joke, slightly sardonically, that the area is so unpretentious that the "Neighborhood Mission" is spelled without a "u" (Most English-speaking Canadians would spell it with a u, i.e., "Neighbourhood Watch).
The Reversing Falls is actually off of Bridge Road (NB Route 100), just west of the bridge. The parking area, if one is driving from downtown Saint John, is on Riverview Ave W, the first left after the bridge. Please note, the restaurant symbol marked "Reversing Falls" is actually a few hundred yards/metres further west than the actual parking area.
CORRECT map of the Reversing Falls: http://maps.google.ca/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Bridge+Rd,+Saint+John,+NB,+Canada&aq=&sll=49.891235,-97.15369&sspn=28.068535,78.662109&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Bridge+Rd,+St+John,+New+Brunswick&ll=45.25838,-66.088171&spn=0.007462,0.019205&z=16
I honestly wouldn't waste my time visiting the Reversing Falls unless I were specifically visiting Saint John (which I was; I stayed overnight at a hotel on my way back to Boston from the eastern Bay of Fundy). Saint John can best be described as an "unpretentious" city, definitely a blue-collar port town. Irving Oil's refinery is one of the largest employers in the city, and the oil company (actually, a vertically-integrated oil-paper conglomerate) operates a "Nature Park," which I did not visit. People were, for the most part, very friendly, as is the case in most of Atlantic Canada.
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WARNING: Do NOT shop at THE HOUSE OF TARA
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 Mullin) does not answer her phone. She ONLY responds to the answering machine if it is safe to do so. (3.) THE HOUSE OF TARA does not respond to e-mail or snail mail if you are asking about a special order (from out of town). We tried to contact her 12 to 15 times.
Everyone else in Saint John was delightful and it was otherwise a wonderful city to visit.
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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.
If you have breathing...
If you have breathing problems, beware of Saint John. Because of the various factories and mills, the air quality can be absolutely terrible. If you have asthma, it's bound to flare up while in this city.
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