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Welcome to the city of Saint John – the oldest incorporated city of Canada which was founded at the place where “The Father of New France” Samuel de Champlain has landed on the year 1604.

It is situated on the magnificent Bay of Fundy. Besides the astounding beauty of the nature this place might impress you with the flows and vibrations of history which could be clearly felt while exploring the city and its surroundings.

What to see

Heritage

Market Square

This place deserves to catch your first glance on the city of Saint John. It is the center of the city’s life where you can find the most popular restaurants and artisan’s shops. Also the rich and charming life of the port could be observed here. The port with its docks is the heart of the city and the starting point of all its arteries. A maritime city could not be understood without breathing the air of the life fully connected with the sea.

Saint John City Market (47 Charlotte St)

A place where you can buy literally anything. It is a big conglomerate of little businesses ran by locals. If you want to buy something special that will remind you about your trip to Saint John, the City Market would be the right place to do it. Also, it is worth just to saunter between multiple colorful counters and stare on lots of beautiful goodies.

New Brunswick Museum (1 Market Square)

http://www.nbm-mnb.ca/

Tel: 506-643-2300

This museum represents all the sides of the development of the New Brunswick Maritime province. The introduction to the history and atmosphere of this sight will begin from the oldest archeological findings of the remains of the most ancient inhabitants which are mastodonts, giant trilobites and all the possible diversity of whales.

Further, you will go through “Our Changing Earth”, “Wood, Wind and Sail” and “New Brunswick Industry gallery” halls and discover how people interacted with the Marine over the centuries and how different where their lifestyles from ours because of close relations with the sea.

People who are funds of the fine arts will also find impressive creations of the human genius in the third floor where the museum’s permanent gallery is situated.

Cherry Brook Zoo (901 Foster Thurston Dr.)

http://www.cherrybrookzoo.ca/

Tel: 506-634-1440

A Zoo always will remain a perfect place to visit with kids. And the Saint John’s Zoo can offer you to see more than 35 species of endangered and exotic animals.

Imperial Theatre (24 King Sq., South Saint John)

http://www.imperialtheatre.nb.ca/

Tel: 506-674-4100

In 2013 the Imperial Theatre has celebrated its 100th anniversary and it still remains the center of the theatre life in Eastern Canada. From September to May you can enjoy magnificent theatrical performances which often are engaging famous artists to the main roles.

Nature

Reversing Rapids (200 Bridge Rd)

Tel: 506-658-2855

Every 12.5 hours you can observe a unique natural phenomenon when the Saint John river changes its flow in reverse. This process happens because of great difference of the water levels between the low tide and the high tide. While the water gradually goes away, the river forms rapids and whirpools. The river empties the Bay of Fundy and forms strong current which slows down after the tides begin to rise again. The continuing rise of the tides causes the reversing of the current.

Irving Nature Park (Sand Cove Road)

https://www.jdirving.com//jd-irving-sustainability-nature-parks-irving-nature-park.aspx

Tel: 506-653-7367

A place where you can meet 6 totally different ecosystems with diverse flora and fauna. Friendly guides provide free tours trought the enormous variety of forests, marshs and beaches. You can enjoy geological history of the area as well as meet face to face its current inhabitants. There are even special trails perfect for birdwatching! Also, picnic areas with propane barbecues and Children’s Forest are available for a perfect family weekend.

Rockwood Park (10 Fisher Lakes Dr.)

http://www.rockwoodpark.ca/

Tel: 506-658-2883

It is a green oasis flourishing right in the middle of the city life. Here you can find locations for all types of outdoor activities. You just need to choose if you want enjoy a calm walk over more the 50 km of trails or explore zones perfect for sports and active games. Don’t forget to follow the news as there are often some interesting events and festivals taking place in this park.

Stonehammer UNESCO Global Geopark (277 Douglas Avenue)

http://www.stonehammergeopark.com/

Tel: 506-672-0770

The environment of marvelous beauty supported with multiple multimedia and interactive information stands to discover the sight. Moreover, kayaking, hiking, cruising, rock climbing and many other activities are available for people who enjoy learning the beauty of nature around them in an active way.

Where to stay

Romantic: Chateau Saint John (369 Rockland Road)

http://www.chateausaintjohn.ca/en/

Tel: 506-644-4444

Family: Holiday Inn Express & Suites (400 Main Street | at Chesley Drive)

https://www.ihg.com/holidayinnexpress/hotels/us/en/reservation

Tel: 506-642-2622

Business: Best Western Plus (55 Majors Brook Drive)

https://www.bestwestern.com/en_US.html

Tel: 506-657-9966

 

Events

Buskers on the Bay (July 12, 2017 – July 16, 2017)

The most traditional festival to be found in Saint John and one of the oldest in Canada. These days the streets would be full of street theatre performers coming here all over the world. The city would be full of music, amazing colors and perfume of the street food. It is worthless trying to describe this festival with words. It is something to try and enjoy with all your five senses.

Fundy Fringe Festival (August 15, 2017 – August 20, 2017)

Modern art festival which manifests total focus on art and artists without earning any money for the organizing company called Fringe.

As they state themselves:

“FRINGE is uncensored and unjuried · FRINGE is accessible and affordable · 100% of ticket revenue goes to FRINGE performers”

Sounds more than exciting, doesn’t it?

Area 506 Festival (August 5, 2017 – August 6, 2017)

Festival to celebrate New Brunswick’s day. Join it if you want to meet as close as possible flows of the local culture and understand who and what constructs the very special atmosphere of the city.

East Coast Music Week (April 26, 2017 – April 30, 2017)

The main Atlantic Canadian Music Festival including conferences and awards. Totally obligatory to visit of you want to catch the path of modern Canadian cultural life.

Marathon by the Sea (August 11, 2017 – August 13, 2017)

At the year 2017 the Marathon will pass 23d time. It is a fest totally dedicated to the see and those brave people who tries to conquer its powers by racing through it. The festival offers possibilities to explore the Bay of Fundy in all levels of your water-knowing-proficiency. Numerous races will take place in August as well as entertainment for those who prefer to stay in the solid ground.

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