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WALK THE STREETS OF CANADA’S FIRST CITY

Land at Saint John Airport from Montréal, Toronto, Fredericton, or Halifax, or drive in from Halifax, Montréal, or Portland, Maine. Saint John is also a regular stop for cruise ships giving passengers opportunities to take shore excursions into the historic New Brunswick city. Holidays to Saint John are trips through three centuries of Canadian life, a billion years of geological change, and some of the most dramatic mysteries of nature.

See the Saint John River flow backwards as the Bay of Fundy’s powerful tides force water upstream creating whirlpools, alternating waterfalls, and reversing rapids. Discover how the city was rebuilt in Victorian style after a Great Fire destroyed 20 streets. Step through the doors of Saint John City Market Hall, Stone Church, Barbour’s General Store, and Loyalist House, the few landmarks to survive the 1877 fire.

Seek out the colourful sculptures and sidewalk cafes of King Street, the Victorian buildings of Prince William Street, the bandstand in King’s Square, and the galleries and craft shops which run through every section of the city. Take in a show at the Imperial Theatre, make time for a harbourside stroll between museums of natural history, culture, and art, and climb to the fascinating fortifications of Fort Howe and Carleton Martello Tower overlooking the bay.

Dig out prehistoric fossils, explore diverse ecosystems, and find billions of years of history as you discover the caves, waterfalls, and unique rock formations of Stonehammer Geopark, the only UNESCO listed park of its kind anywhere in North America.

Make memories from family adventures in Rockwood Park where paths, trails and lakes offer outdoor days of hiking, biking, swimming, boating, fishing, kayaking, paddle-boarding, and hydro-biking.

Saint John is a city of living history surrounded by an outdoor playground perfect for adventurers and families looking to learn and explore.

Things to do

Historic Saint John

Stonehammer Geopark

Best time to go

Things to do in Saint John

Browse the historic streets, museums, and galleries of Canada’s oldest city and one of the nation’s most popular cruise ports. Witness the wonder of nature as the Bay of Fundy’s huge tides switch the flow of the Saint John River below Reversing Falls Bridge, and change the varied landscapes of Irving Nature Park's six ecosystems.

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Discover the 18th Century blockhouse at Fort Howe and the 19th Century battlements at Carleton Martello Tower and take in incredible views of the city, port, and bay below. Enjoy a show at the Imperial theatre. Pick up a treat from the 150-year-old Saint John City Market. Collect local art from boutique galleries on King Street, Charlotte Street, Canterbury Street, Germain Street, and many more. Wander through the Great Hall of Whales and uncover Our Changing Earth at the waterfront’s interactive New Brunswick Museum. And find your adventure among the endless activities of Rockwood Park.

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Historic Saint John

Wander through the history-lined streets of Canada’s oldest city. A settlement since 1604 when French colonist Samuel de Champlain landed at Saint John Harbour, the city was officially established in 1783 by Loyalists fleeing the American Revolution, then half-destroyed by a Great Fire just 94 years later.

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See the grand Victorian brick houses of Prince William Street, rebuilt around the surviving landmarks of Loyalist House, St. John’s Stone Church, and the old hall of Saint John City Market. Step through the doors of the grand Imperial Theatre on King’s Square, reconstructed at the end of the 20th Century from the original 1913 vaudeville house. Look out across the shipyards, harbour, river, and town from the wooden block house replica of the 18th Century Fort Howe. Uncover the stories of the province’s past and the fascinating geology which formed the landscape around you in the halls of the New Brunswick Museum.

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Stonehammer Geopark

Uncover a billion years of history at Stonehammer Geopark, the only UNESCO Global Geopark in North America. Explore a dozen publicly accessible sites, each telling its own fascinating story about the natural history of Saint John and New Brunswick. Marvel from the glass-floor viewing platform of Skywalk Saint John as 8-metre tides from the Bay of Fundy create a turbulent mass of whirlpools and cause the Saint John River rapids and waterfall to flow first in one direction, then another.

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Boat ride into the gorge or zipline over the river at this geologically unique location. Collect 13,000-year-old clamshells, not touched since the Ice Age, from the marine clay of Irving Nature Park where forests sit beside the  constantly changing tidal landscapes of mudflats, salt marsh, volcanic rock, and a long sandy beach. Hike, bike, swim, boat, or kayak the prehistoric terrain and ten lakes of Rockwood Park.

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Best time to visit Saint John

High temperatures of around 20°C and dry days make June to August the peak season for visitors to Saint John. Busy streets give the city and its surrounding attractions a lively atmosphere during this time and many festivals are held, including Loyalist City RibFest, Buskers on the Bay, and the annual Canada Day celebrations.

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For flexible travellers, April to May, and September to October are great times to visit with mild temperatures, fewer crowds, and colourful scenery brought by the spring blossoms and the autumn leaves. Outdoor activities remain open and enjoyable in these seasons but visitors may want to bring extra layers to keep out the chill. November to March temperatures can often fall below freezing with heavy snowfalls. You’ll feel as though this city is just for you at this time while the underground passageways and overhead walkways of the Inside Connection provide protection as you explore.

Show More
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Things to do

Things to do in Saint John

Browse the historic streets, museums, and galleries of Canada’s oldest city and one of the nation’s most popular cruise ports. Witness the wonder of nature as the Bay of Fundy’s huge tides switch the flow of the Saint John River below Reversing Falls Bridge, and change the varied landscapes of Irving Nature Park's six ecosystems.

Show More
Show Less

Discover the 18th Century blockhouse at Fort Howe and the 19th Century battlements at Carleton Martello Tower and take in incredible views of the city, port, and bay below. Enjoy a show at the Imperial theatre. Pick up a treat from the 150-year-old Saint John City Market. Collect local art from boutique galleries on King Street, Charlotte Street, Canterbury Street, Germain Street, and many more. Wander through the Great Hall of Whales and uncover Our Changing Earth at the waterfront’s interactive New Brunswick Museum. And find your adventure among the endless activities of Rockwood Park.

Show More
Show Less

Historic Saint John

Historic Saint John

Wander through the history-lined streets of Canada’s oldest city. A settlement since 1604 when French colonist Samuel de Champlain landed at Saint John Harbour, the city was officially established in 1783 by Loyalists fleeing the American Revolution, then half-destroyed by a Great Fire just 94 years later.

Show More
Show Less

See the grand Victorian brick houses of Prince William Street, rebuilt around the surviving landmarks of Loyalist House, St. John’s Stone Church, and the old hall of Saint John City Market. Step through the doors of the grand Imperial Theatre on King’s Square, reconstructed at the end of the 20th Century from the original 1913 vaudeville house. Look out across the shipyards, harbour, river, and town from the wooden block house replica of the 18th Century Fort Howe. Uncover the stories of the province’s past and the fascinating geology which formed the landscape around you in the halls of the New Brunswick Museum.

Show More
Show Less

Stonehammer Geopark

Stonehammer Geopark

Uncover a billion years of history at Stonehammer Geopark, the only UNESCO Global Geopark in North America. Explore a dozen publicly accessible sites, each telling its own fascinating story about the natural history of Saint John and New Brunswick. Marvel from the glass-floor viewing platform of Skywalk Saint John as 8-metre tides from the Bay of Fundy create a turbulent mass of whirlpools and cause the Saint John River rapids and waterfall to flow first in one direction, then another.

Show More
Show Less

Boat ride into the gorge or zipline over the river at this geologically unique location. Collect 13,000-year-old clamshells, not touched since the Ice Age, from the marine clay of Irving Nature Park where forests sit beside the  constantly changing tidal landscapes of mudflats, salt marsh, volcanic rock, and a long sandy beach. Hike, bike, swim, boat, or kayak the prehistoric terrain and ten lakes of Rockwood Park.

Show More
Show Less

Best time to go

Best time to visit Saint John

High temperatures of around 20°C and dry days make June to August the peak season for visitors to Saint John. Busy streets give the city and its surrounding attractions a lively atmosphere during this time and many festivals are held, including Loyalist City RibFest, Buskers on the Bay, and the annual Canada Day celebrations.

Show More
Show Less

For flexible travellers, April to May, and September to October are great times to visit with mild temperatures, fewer crowds, and colourful scenery brought by the spring blossoms and the autumn leaves. Outdoor activities remain open and enjoyable in these seasons but visitors may want to bring extra layers to keep out the chill. November to March temperatures can often fall below freezing with heavy snowfalls. You’ll feel as though this city is just for you at this time while the underground passageways and overhead walkways of the Inside Connection provide protection as you explore.

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