If you’re planning a visit to New Brunswick, then spending a day in Saint John is essential.Saint John is the perfect place to visit on your trip because it is the oldest incorporated city in Canada and the only city on the Bay of Fundy.This remarkable city offers visitors an unforgettable day full of food, fun, and culture! So, if you have 24 hours to spend in Saint John, be sure to check out the 24 activities listed below to make the most of them!
1. Saint John City Market
Visit the oldest continuing market in North America, being built between 1874 and 1976. The Saint John City Market is now a National Historic Site and still hosts farmers and vendors from the surrounding areas 6 days a week.
Price: Varies depending on what you buy
Address: 47 Charlotte Street
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2. Wolastoq Park
Wolastoq means “the beautiful river” in the language of the Maliseet people who once called the area home. The park overlooks the Reversing Falls Rapids and is home to a collection of statues of historic Saint John figures.
Address: 228 Lancaster Avenue
3. New Brunswick Museum
Discover Saint John and New Brunswick at Canada’s oldest continuing museum. The New Brunswick Museum is home to exhibits that explore thousands of stories and years of history. The museum regularly hosts international exhibits.
Price: Adult: $10, Senior: $8, Child/Student (U-17): $6, Student (18+), Family: $22
Address: 1 Market Square
4. Zipline over the Reversing Rapids
The Reversing Falls zip line tour offers five different zip lines of varying lengths racing down a hillside overlooking the breathtaking falls. Their last signature line is a dual line where you and a friend can race over a cove of the falls, sometimes soaring just a bare 100’ feet above the water depending on the tide. You will have the time of your life.
Price: Contact Company for prices
Hours: Early June to Late October
Address: 50 Fallsview Avenue, Saint John
5. Cobalt Art Gallery
The Cobalt Art Galleryfeatures diverse expressions of local, Canadian and international fine art in historic Uptown Saint John. They have over 30 years of experience buying and selling fine art, which includes a broad range of paintings, drawings, prints, and sculpture to form what is likely the largest commercial collection in New Brunswick.
Price: Contact Gallery for prices
Hours: Monday to Friday from 10 am to 5 pm, Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm. Closed on Sunday. Available by appointment.
Address: 111 Prince William Street, Saint John
6. Irving Nature Park
Just minutes from downtown Saint John, The Irving Nature Park is a 600 acre (243 hectare) site created by J.D. Irving, Limited (JDI) to help protect an environmentally significant area. It features 11 km (7 mi.) of rugged Bay of Fundy coastline, eight walking trails of varying lengths, a long boardwalk extending into the salt marsh, a Children’s Forest with a playground and mazes, and much more.
Hours: Sunday to Friday from 8 am to 7 pm, Saturday from 12 pm to 7pm
Address: 1790 Sand Cove Rd, Saint John
7. The Carleton Martello Tower
The Carleton Martello Tower was built for the War of 1812 and played a key role in the defense of Saint John and the harbour until 1944. You should plan to spend at least an hour at the tower because there are exhibits at the visitor centrefor you to see and then you can climb the tower.
Price: Adult: $9.80, Senior: $8.55, Youth: Free
Hours: June 26, 2019 to September 4, 2019. Sunday to Saturday from 10 am to 5:30 pm
September 5, 2019 to November 1, 2019, Monday to Friday from 9 am to 4:30 pm
Address: 454 Whipple Street, Saint John
8. Fort La Tour
Opening to the public this year, Fort La Tour was built in 1631 by Charles de LaTour as a fur trading post and was destroyed in 1645. The fort has been recreated so you can walk past the fort buildings, blacksmith forge, a bastion and more.
Hours: August 2019 (approximately)
Address: 10 Fort LaTour Drive, Saint John
9. Saint John Transit City Tours
From late spring to late fall, you can hop on a special Saint John Transit bus and take a two-hour tour of the city. The tour visits many attractions including the Reversing Falls and the Old City Market. The Saint John Transit City Tours are only offered on days that cruise ships are docked.
Price: Adult:$30, Child (6 to 15): $15, Child (5 and under): Free
Hours: Cruise Ship Days – first tour will be from 10 am – 12 pm, second tour from 12:30pm – 2:30pm
Address: 55 MacDonald Street
10. Market Square
Market Square has been the place to go for hundreds of years. There are many businesses along the boardwalk and public spaces. Market Square is part of the Inside Connection, which links to Harbour Station, the Hilton hotel, and the Harbour Passage trail.The square also hosts many events each year including Buskers on the Bay and the popular Saint John Beer Festival.
Price: Varies depending on what you buy
Hours: Year Round, Monday to Sunday from 6 am to 2 am
Address: 1 Market Square, Saint John
11. Big Pink Bus Tours
The pink double-decker bus has become a regular sight in Saint John. The Big Pink Bus Sightseeing Tour is a Hop-on and Hop-off tour so you can check out the local sights, or just stay on the tour and listen to the knowledgeable tour guides.
Price: From $10.99 to $40.99
Hours: May 14, 2019 to November 2, 2019. Dates and times vary, check the website
Address: Saint John
12. Saint John Ale House
The Saint John Ale House is one of the most popular restaurants in Saint John. Enjoy a casual, relaxed pub dinner inside the pub or on the waterfront patio during the warmer months. The ingredients used to create the tasty menu and daily specials are locally grown produce, meat and fish.
Hours: Year-round, open daily at 11:30 am,
Sunday – Wednesday: Last Seating 10 pm, Thursday to Saturday: Last Seating 11:00 pm
Address: 1 Market Square
13. Board the Trolley
Hop aboard the trolley and sit back and relax as your driver takes you to Saint John iconic locations. You can discover 400 years of history in the heart of Canada’s oldest incorporated city, which will include the unique Victorian architecture of the historic district, Sea Captain’s homes, historic churches, and other interesting places.
Address: 175 Fisher Lakes Drive, Rockwood Park
14. Saint John Police Museum
Turn yourself in at the Saint John Police Museum and learn about the city’s Police Force history. A popular display is the replica of the original 1965 Police Car, which was used for traffic enforcement.
Hours: Early May
Address: 56 Price William Street
15. Rogue Coffee
Check out Atlantic Canada’s first Mod Bar. Rogue Coffee serves up espresso using a variety of methods. This cozy coffee shop also serves nitro-infused cold brew and kombucha.
Hours: Year-round, Monday to Friday from 7 am to 6pm, Saturday & Sunday from 8:30 am to 5 pm
Address: 36 Grannan Street
16. King’s Square Bandstand
During the summer months, the King’s Square Bandstand comes alive with music. It is also an iconic sight in King’s Square with its distinctive copper roof and beautiful filigree metal framework.
Address: King’s Square
17. Zelda’s River Adventures
Escape the city and marvel at the beauty of the Hampton’s wetlands and wildlife with Zelda’s River Adventure. You can choose to either go fishing, swimming or just sit back and relax in nature. The tours are available from June to October.
Price: Captained 3 hour tours are $30/adult and $20/children under 14.
Full boats require a $100.00 deposit.
Hours: Daily at 10 am, 2 pm and 6 pm
Address: 1075 Main Street, Hampton
18. Cherry Brook Zoo
Just a few minutes from uptown Saint John is theCherry Brook Zoo. This popular zoo is where you can see over 35 species of exotic and endangered animals from around the world.
Price: Adult: $10.50, Senior/Youth: $8.50, Child: $5.50 (2 and under free)
Family (2 adults, 2 children): $26.50
Hours: April 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019 from 10 am to 4 pm
Address: 901 Foster Thurston Drive
19. Skywalk, Saint John
The Reversing Falls are a must see when you are visiting Saint John. The Skywalk will take you over the Falls and has the best views. The pass is available all day, so you can see all three tidal stages, low, slack and high tides.
Price: Adult:$15, Senior: $12, Youth: $8
Hours: May 18, 2019 – October 31, 2019. 7 days from 9 am to Sunset
January 1, 2019 to May 17, 2019 and November 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019. Tuesday to Sunday from 11 am to Sunset -weather permitting
Address: 200 Bridge Rd, Saint John
20. Inside Out Nature Centre
The Inside Out Nature Centre is place to go, especially if you want to have fun adventures, both outside and inside. There are over 26 kilometres of multi-use trails that you can explore.You can also learn how to rock climb, canoe, kayak, or use a pedal boat.
Price: Varies depending on activities
Hours: Tuesday – Friday from 11 am to 4 pm, Saturday from 12:00 pm to 4 pm
Sunday & Monday – Closed
Address: Lily Lake Pavilion, 55 Lake Drive, Saint John
21. Stonehammer UNESCO Global Geopark
Spend time exploring Stonehammer UNESCO Global Geopark, which encompasses 2,500 km2 of New Brunswick’s Bay of Fundy area, with Saint John at its heart. The park’s landscape was created by the collision of continents, oceans, volcanoes, earthquakes and ice ages. It is a natural playground where you can paddle down an Ice Age River, zip over erratic rocks, climb volcanic rocks, and much more!
Price: $5 to $75
Hours: Year-round on Sunday from 12 pm to 5 pm, Monday – Closed
Tuesday & Wednesday from 9 am to 5pm, Thursday from 9 am to 9 pm,
Friday from 9 am to 5 pm, Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm
Address: 1 Market Square,Saint John
22. Fundy Trail Parkway
If you want to see the highest tides in the world, The Fundy Trail Parkway is the perfect place to view the natural, unspoiled beauty of the Bay of Fundy coast. If you’ve haven’t visited the park before, make sure to stop by the Big Salmon River Interpretive Centre before you head out to experience the 30 km (19 km) parkway by car, bike, or motorbike. You can also walk or hike the trails by foot, or kayak on the bay or river.
Price: Day Pass for -Adult: $9.50, Senior: $8.50, Youth: $5.50, Family: $30, Ambassador: $34.00
Hours: May 17, 2019 to June 21, 2019 from 9 am to 5 pm
June 22, 2019 to August 18, 2019 from 8 am to 8 pm
August 19, 2019 to September 2, 2019 from 9 am – 7 pm
September 3 to October 19, 2019 from 9 am to 5 pm
Address: 3 Fundy Trail Parkway, Salmon River
23. Fort Howe National Historic Site
Take a stroll around the Fort Howe National Historic Site and see where the British Army Troops and Royal Navy Sailors lived in 1777. Fort Howe is located in central Saint John, NB, so it provides great views of the city and waterfront.The fort initially held eight cannons, barracks for 100 men, two blockhouses, and an outer wall composed of fascines, sticks, and sod.
Hours: Year Round
Address: Magazine St, Saint John
24. Golden Dog Beer Tour
Explore Saint John’s craft beers on this first-class beer tasting tour. The Golden Dog Beer Tour will take you to local hangouts around the city centre, where you will get to try some of the city’s finest beer and food. It is recommended to book in advance because it is a very popular tour.
Hours: Year Round, contact the company for times
Address: Around Uptown Saint John
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