Saint John, New Brunswick Travel Guide

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Best Things To Do in Saint John, New Brunswick

Saint John's somewhat rough exterior deters some travelers, but those who give this industrialized city a chance will discover that tucked beneath its smoggy skyline is a wealth of historic and cultural sites. For the best introduction to Saint John and New Brunswick, spend some time at the New Brunswick Museum. After this, you can dive deeper into Saint John's history as a British colony by touring sites like the Loyalist House and the Carleton Martello Tower. Just make sure to devote at least a day or two to the region's natural attractions: If you don't mind the drive, you can enjoy spectacular views of the Bay of Fundy from Fundy National Park.

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  • #1
    Things to do in Saint John, New Brunswick
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    #1 in Saint John, New Brunswick
    Shopping, Sightseeing, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Shopping, Sightseeing, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Sitting at Market Square in downtown Saint John, the Saint John City Market has been in operation since the late 1700s, making it the oldest continuing farmer's market in Canada. But before you become too engrossed in the many mouthwatering offerings at the vendors' tables, make sure to cast your

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  • #2
    Reversing Falls
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    #2 in Saint John, New Brunswick
    Natural Wonders
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Natural Wonders
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    1 to 2 hours
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    According to previous Saint John visitors, this natural phenomenon is sure to wow you. Sitting just west of downtown Saint John, the Reversing Falls is a rocky gorge overlooking gurgling whirlpools, impressive rapids and several small waterfalls. Here's what makes this natural site such an anomaly: The whirlpools, rapids and

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  • #3
    Irving Nature Park
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    #3 in Saint John, New Brunswick
    Parks and Gardens, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Parks and Gardens, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    If you don't feel like trekking all the way toFundy National Park, you'll find excellent views of the bay just a short drive from downtown at Irving Nature Park. Occupying a narrow peninsula about 10 miles southwest of Saint John, this 600-acre green space features breathtaking Fundy vistas, not to

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    Fundy Trail Parkway
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    #4 in Saint John, New Brunswick
    Hiking, Recreation, Sightseeing
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    Half Day to Full Day
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    Hiking, Recreation, Sightseeing
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    Half Day to Full Day
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    Saint John's most stunning feature is the Bay of Fundy, and the best way to savor it is to follow the Fundy Trail Parkway. You can walk, bike or drive along this 20-mile, multi-use trail for spectacular views of the bay, while smaller side paths lead to various beaches along

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    Fundy National Park
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    #5 in Saint John, New Brunswick
    Hiking, Parks and Gardens
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    Half Day to Full Day
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    Hiking, Parks and Gardens
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    Half Day to Full Day
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    Drive about an hour and a half drive east from Saint John, and you'll find yourself in Fundy National Park, one of the last remaining wilderness areas in southern New Brunswick. The park's 129 square miles sprawl out along the Bay of Fundy's shore, providing spectacular views of the water.

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    New Brunswick Museum
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    #6 in Saint John, New Brunswick
    Museums
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Museums
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    The best introduction to Saint John and the surrounding region can be found at the New Brunswick Museum. Sitting about a mile and a half west of downtown Saint John, this museum houses a variety of artifacts that recount the province's fascinating history. You'll learn all about Saint John's industrial

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    Carleton Martello Tower
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    #7 in Saint John, New Brunswick
    Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing
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    1 to 2 hours
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    The Carleton Martello Tower is one of nine remaining Martello Towers (small defensive forts built by the British Empire) in Canada and a National Historic Site. This particular fortress was constructed during the War of 1812. Although it was completed after the War of 1812 in 1815, the Carleton Martello

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    Loyalist House
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    #8 in Saint John, New Brunswick
    Historic Homes/Mansions, Sightseeing
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    Less than 1 hour
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    Historic Homes/Mansions, Sightseeing
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    Less than 1 hour
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    If you're interested in history, set aside some time to visit the Loyalist House. This Georgian structure was built in 1817 and originally belonged to British Loyalist Thomas Merritt. Those who visit the Loyalist House will find it filled with authentic 19th-century furnishings and décor. You are welcome to explore

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