Saint John is a lively port city set on a natural harbour and surrounded by sheer cliffs, rocky coves and windswept bluffs. Spend your time enjoying the spectacular ocean views, devouring fresh seafood and exploring the historic downtown core filled with 19th-century redbrick and sandstone houses.
Things to do in Saint John
Wander through the narrow laneways of Saint John's historic downtown district. You can gaze up at Beaux-Arts architecture on Prince William Street, listen to local music at the King’s Square Bandstand and visit the tombstones of Saint John's first British settlers at the Loyalist Burial Ground.
The Irving Nature Park offers a taste of New Brunswick's rugged coastline. Walking trails through the park showcase pristine beaches, soaring sea cliffs and lush wetlands. You can also watch seals basking on the rocks just offshore.
Step back in time at the New Brunswick Museum, one of Canada's oldest cultural attractions. It features fantastic exhibitions on local marine wildlife, including a life-size whale specimen. You can also admire Canadian artwork and sailing ship models.
Shop for local produce at the Old City Market, where vendors have been selling goods since 1876. It's housed in a cavernous brick building and is filled with stalls selling baked goods, local meats and fresh seafood from the Bay of Fundy. For upscale dining, head to Port City Royal, a chef-owned eatery championing local produce and creative cuisine.
Getting around Saint John
Downtown Saint John is best explored on foot, especially around the historic district. Public buses operate throughout the city and Saint John Airport is 15 kilometres away. A rental car is best for exploring Saint John and the Bay of Fundy.