Saint John City Market

#4 in Best Things To Do in Saint John, New Brunswick
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47 Charlotte St.

Price & Hours

Free

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Cafes, Shopping, Free Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
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  • 5.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

Located next to King's Square in uptown Saint John, the Saint John City Market has been in operation since the late 1700s, making it the oldest continuing farmers 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 homemade doughnuts to fresh seafood to authentic Korean cuisine, not to mention locally made arts and crafts. Past visitors raved about the market's high-quality ingredients and keepsakes, citing the latter as excellent options for souvenirs. However, a few were disappointed with the market's small size.

The Saint John City Market is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. You don't have to pay to peruse, but you might want to carry some cash in case you get peckish. Fee-based parking is easy to find in the immediate area, or you can take one of several buses to King's Square or Charlotte Street. The property also sits within walking distance of Market Square. For more information, check out the Saint John City Market website.

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Sitting just 2 miles southwest of uptown Saint John, the Reversing Falls Rapids are a must-see destination in New Brunswick. Here's what makes this natural site such an anomaly: Its gurgling whirlpools, impressive rapids and small waterfalls flow one way with the incoming tide and another with the outgoing tide. You can watch the churning water from one of several rooftop viewing areas in Fallsview and Wolastoq parks.

Although some previous travelers lamented the charge attached to viewing the rapids from the Reversing Falls Restaurant's observation deck, others were quick to recommend visiting the other platforms, which are free to access. For an adrenaline rush, consider paying for a zip lining excursion with Saint John Adventures. Zip line rates vary depending on the time of year.

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