Saint John Port of Call
Moraine Lake, Alberta, Canada © Isruma
The largest port city in New Brunswick, tucked safely into the Gulf of Fundy, Saint John is one of the oldest cities in Canada and today blends the historic charm of old architecture with its modern role as a major commercial port.
The town's old architecture is pleasant to stroll through and there are several quirky yet popular attractions including a river that's water changes directions, and a farmers market building that looks like a big ship.
Cruise liners dock at the Pugsley A/B dock, which is the fourth most visited Canadian cruise port. The A/B dock is beside a new cruise terminal. The cruise terminal opens to downtown Saint John, within easy walking distance of almost all the city's attractions except the river.
The port office can be found in the new terminal building
Almost everything except the Saint John River can be easily reached on foot. The town can easily be explored walking, although guided tours can be enjoyed from horse-drawn carriages stationed at the cruise terminal. Waiting taxis inside the cruise terminal gates are also available.
Incredibly, the tides raise and lower 48 feet every day, which is a sight in itself and also has the effect of pushing water back up the Saint John River. Most of the city's attractions are situated downtown, including a ship's hull shaped roof over the country's oldest continuing farmers market, a great local brewery, and the historic Fort LaTour, Fort Howe and Carleton Martello Tower.
Billy's Seafood Company - Well regarded seafood in the City Market
Steamer's Lobster Co. - Lobster cookouts near the waterfront
Grannan's Seafood - Family dining in Market Square
Saint John City Market is the country's oldest continuing farmers market, selling great food and also local crafts. Market Square sells similar goods, as well as more upmarket items. Also in Uptown Saint John is the Brunswick Square Shopping Centre, which offers a collection of about 60 well known retail stores and locally owned shops.
Drive through scenic Irving Nature Park
Play in the tidal pools in New River Beach
Sunbathe on sandy Mispec Beach
Golf in Rockwood Park
Kayak in the Bay of Fundy