Saint John Quick Facts
- Established: 1604
- Population: Approx. 130 000 (Metro)
- Nickname: Canada’s Most Irish City
Living up to its slogan, “expect only to be delighted,” Saint John offers its visitors nothing but the best vacation you can dream of having. From the charm of the fascinating historic streetscape of Uptown, to incredible dining venues and memorable entertainment, to the remarkable high tides at the Bay of Fundy, activities in Saint John are truly fascinating which makes it a special place to visit. The town has a vibrant past with a modern edge and travellers can expect great entertainment, galleries and architecture all the backdrop of pretty Bay of Fundy and its maritime culture.
Being the only city on the shore of the Bay of Fundy, Saint John is home to the world’s highest tides – rising a staggering four stories and offering visitors and residents a heart-pumping experience. Also make sure to witness the amazing phenomenon of the Reversing Rapids where the bay’s enormous high tide reverses the flow of the mighty St. John River as they collide. And what could be more exciting than witnessing this twice daily phenomenon from above while zip-lining at the Saint John Adventures Zipline? A breathtaking experience not for the faint of heart!
The sea has always been an important part of the social and economic fabric of Saint John which has a history of fishing and ship building and this day increasingly welcomes cruise ships to its shores. This has enlivened the waterfront with many hotels, condos, offices and other developments taking place. Top historic sites to see in Saint John are the Loyalist House and the Carleton Martello Tower; and tours are available for these. Its arts scene is well represented in the Uptown centre with Trinity Galleries, Citadel Gallery, the Handiworks Gallery and others. Match this with a few local breweries and many shopping centres and plazas and Saint John provides its visitors with a truly ‘delightful’ stay. Check out our travel directory for Saint John at the top of this page for more information that might help with your trip.
Meanwhile in the city you’ll find Irving Nature Park, a picturesque wonder of nature ideal for leisurely strolls or trail runs. The park is home to many migratory birds and is a great location for bird watching! There are interesting caves called St. Martins Caves and tours can take you hiking or paddling around the natural formations near Saint John. For a piece of luxury take in a Nordic Spa Experience with thermal baths or join a wine tour or eco tour on the Zelda River to the northeast of Saint John. We thoroughly recommend taking a guided tour in or around Saint John to see more of what it has to offer.
So don’t wait any longer and treat yourself to a wonderful holiday in this delightful, intriguing city.