Welcome to Saint John
Saint John is the economic engine room of the province, a gritty port city with a dynamism that's missing from the demure capital. The setting is impressive – a ring of rocky bluffs, sheer cliffs, coves and peninsulas surrounding a deep natural harbor where the mighty Saint John and Kennebecasis Rivers empty into the Bay of Fundy. It can take a bit of imagination to appreciate this natural beauty, obscured as it is... Read More
Top experiences in Saint John
Saint John activities
Fundy Coast to Fundy Shore Tour
On this tour you will explore the picturesque fishing village of Saint John, New Brunswick. This is a great area where photographers can delight and take gorgeous photos with a lighthouse and twin covered bridges with the ocean in the background. Don't forget to visit the wave-carved sea caves in the sandstone cliffs, if the tide is low enough to allow access while you are there.Take a walk along the rocky beach and enjoy the sounds of nature all around you. Learn how this small community was famous for its wooden ship building industry and see some of the highest tides in the world ebb and flow during your visit. You''ll have an added bonus on the tour of also visiting the world famous Reversing Falls Rapids, where the huge tides from the Bay of Fundy force the mighty Saint John River to flow in reverse twice a day. One more treat is in store for you before returning to your cruise ship or leave for the day. Stop and explore the unique old City Market in the heart of Saint John and learn why the local folks have loved to buy fresh produce since 1876
Private Full Day Tour to Hopewell Rocks
Leave Saint John and head to St Martin’s, New Brunswick. Here you will start your drive through the beautiful Fundy National Park. Fundy National Park of Canada encompasses some of the last remaining wilderness in southern New Brunswick. Here, the conifer dominated Caledonia Highlands roll down to meet the fog-generating Bay of Fundy. The tidal fluctuation of the Bay of Fundy is the highest in the world. Watch fishing boats come and go to the rhythm of the bay. Inland, explore lush forests and deep stream valleys. Fundy National Park leads you right to The Hopewell Rocks. As the tides allow in the Bay of Fundy, you'll get the chance to explore awe-inspiring rock formations. As you walk along the beach, peer up at the giant “flowerpots” towering above, and run your fingers along the rough striations created by the highest tides on Earth. Climb the stairs back to the top and make your way to the interpretive centre to find out more about the Bay of Fundy tides. You'll breathe in the fresh sea and realize that earlier in the day you had been walking and touching the ocean floor itself.
St. Andrews by-the-Sea Day Tour from St. John
Along the shores of the Passamaquoddy Bay, St. Andrews by the Sea is a charming historic community that's just a short hour drive from Saint John. It's filled with quaint shops and turn of the century architecture. Your guide will first lead you on an exploration of this town to hear the reasons why this is an important tourism destination for travelers looking to escape the heat of the cities. After a break for lunch, discover the underwater world of the beautiful Bay of Fundy at the Huntsman Fundy Discovery Aquarium. An enormous display featuring the magnitude of the Bay of Fundy tides anchors the aquarium. Harbour seals Loki and Snorkel will entertain you with their antics. Seahorses, salmon, intertidal creatures and underwater viewing of Bay of Fundy fishes will fascinate you. Children and adults alike will have a ball in the gigantic touch pool and skate tank! Enjoy feature films and videos, interactive displays, the walking path to the beach and so much more! Come explore, learn, discover, and make memories. Return to Saint John later in the day.
Saint John New Brunswick Roots Tour
This tour is truly off the beaten path. You will start your day by visiting the world-famous Reversing Falls, where twice-daily high tides in the Bay of Fundy force the mighty Saint John River to flow in reverse. After witnessing this unique sight, you'll head straight into a journey through the small rural communities surrounding Saint John. Breathtaking scenery greets you along the Kingston Peninsula, bordered by the St. John and Kennebecasis Rivers. As you pass through the centre of farm country you’ll learn about its importance as a main-stay of New Brunswick's economy. You’ll see country villages, such as Kingston, settled around 1783. The village square features a school, a general store built in 1788, and a church designated as a National Historic site. After lunch at a local's restaurant , you’ll visit Gillis's, New Brunswick's newest winery! Located in a beautiful setting on the St. John River, this state-of-the-art winery specializes in handcrafted premium wines made with organically grown grapes. Visitors will enjoy a vineyard tour, private tastings, and shopping in the contemporary wine boutique. You will learn how the grapes are grown and harvested, and how the winery's handcrafted methods produce exceptional flavours. Then sit back and enjoy a scenic drive back to Saint John, keeping a watch for covered bridges! They are rare today, but you will pass several on this picturesque journey. Back in Saint John, you'll have the bonus of checking how the tides have changed at the Reversing Falls, plus other city highlights. The final stop on this tour will be the Old City Market. First opened in 1876, the Old City Market is the oldest continuing farmer's market in all of Canada.
Shore Excursion Saint John Walking Tour
The tour begins with Prince William Street, once known as the “Wall Street of Canada,” that has been designated by Heritage Canada as having the finest collection of Victorian structures in Canada. At the foot of King Street is Market Slip, where Loyalist settlers from America arrived in 1783. You'll pass the Policeman’s Museum, Barbour’s General Store, and the city’s 225th anniversary clock. King Street is the shortest, widest and steepest Main Street in Canada. Next, enjoy the Gothic beauty of Trinity Church, through which you can walk to King’s Square to see the Imperial Theatre, built in 1913. The square has begonia gardens, huge elms, commemorative statues, and the only two-tiered bandstand in the world. South of the square is the City Market, built in 1876, a survivor of a great fire in 1877 that destroyed much of the city center.None of these tour sites are more than a kilometer from the ship. Participants can drop out and walk back to the ship on their own at various points, or stay the whole two hours to learn all about the historical intrigue of Saint John.
Kayaking Eco Tour on the Bay of Fundy
This tour is just a short forty five minute drive from Saint John. On the way, you will see the center of the City, Market Square, and beautiful Victorian and Georgian style homes and historic buildings. You will see the Reversing Falls, the Moose Head Brewery, and the Nature Park. As you drive along the Coastal route you also pass the fresh water supply for Saint John, and the largest Salt Water Marsh on the Eastern Seaboard. Once you arrive to the Bay of Fundy, the equipment is all set to go. There is a change room facility and washrooms there for you to change into appropriate apparel. The guides will provide a 15 minute introduction, and then it is off into the water. During your tour you will experience waterfalls, a salt water marsh, and gaze along a beautifully rugged coast line. Your guide will take to you see the largest lobster pound on the Bay of Fundy, show you fishing weirs, and point out the amazing sea life that calls the Bay home such as sea birds, bald eagles, seals, porpoises and more.The harbor offers well protected waters from high winds so it will be easy paddling. In the rare case the waters are deemed too choppy, a guided eco hike will replace the kayaking tour. Upon return from the half day adventure, you will return to the private beach to have a chance to debrief with your guide, change your clothing and foot wear, take a group picture, and then relaxing at the beach house for a Bay of Fundy lobster roll and refreshments.