Irving Nature Park

#3 in Best Things To Do in Saint John, New Brunswick
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Key Info

Irving Nature Park Road

Price & Hours

Free

Details

Parks and Gardens, Free Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.5scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 3.0Facilities
  • 5.0Atmosphere

If you don't feel like trekking all the way to Fundy 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 mention a variety of habitats such as a forest, a salt marsh estuary, a beach and a bog. You can explore all the park has to offer by following its numerous hiking trails. This is also a great place for wildlife lovers: Irving Nature Park is welcomes roughly 250 different species of birds, while maritime mammals such as whales are often spotted off-shore.

Even if you're not much of a hiker, recent visitors recommend at least spending some time at the park's observation deck. And remember to bring your camera: as one TripAdvisor user writes, "At the observation deck, you will see seals sticking their heads out of the water or on the rocks."

Irving Nature Park is open every day between May 1st and September 5th from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. from September 6th through the end of the season in mid-October. Admission is free. To learn more about the park, visit its website.

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#1 Saint John City Market

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 glance upward. The ceiling of this massive 19th-century building (the original market was held outside) resembles the upturned hull of a ship -- a tribute to the city's shipping industry.

Once you've finished feasting your eyes, indulge your appetite with some fresh eats -- you'll find everything from salads and sandwiches to fish and chips, not to mention handmade arts and crafts. As one Yelp.com user puts it, "Whether you're in the mood for fresh squeezed orange juice, fresh brewed coffee, bakery items, Korean food … lobster, or ice cream, there's something to satisfy everyone's taste."

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