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Where in the world: Canada  /  New Brunswick  /  Saint John

Top 15 things to do in Saint John

1. Irving Nature Park

Explore 243 hectares (600 acres) of diverse scenery at Irving Nature Park. Located just a few minutes from the city, the reserve protects the native landscape and wildlife of the area, with forest, marsh, and beach ecosystems managed throughout the year. Choose from eight walking trails of different lengths, taking in the diverse scenery of the Bay of Fundy coastline and inland areas. From the observation deck, spot seals diving and relaxing on the rocks, and bring your binoculars to observe the abundant avian life found here.
Suggested duration: 3 hours
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2. Reversing Falls Rapids

Witness the phenomenon of Reversing Falls Rapids on the Saint John River. Caused by the highest tides in the world in the Bay of Fundy, the river flow reverses and causes the "rapids." You can view the falls twice a day at low and high tide from the Fallsview Park viewpoint, on the Reversing Falls Bridge, or another vantage point that offers a bird's-eye view of the river gorge. Visit the information center near the viewpoint for a presentation about the phenomenon.
Suggested duration: 1 hour
Tours from $42 › Learn more about Reversing Falls Rapids

3. Saint John City Market

Visit the oldest continuously operating farmers market in Canada at Saint John City Market. The market's first charter dates back to 1785, and the site continues to thrive today with loyal farmers and customers. The building itself is said to have been built by unemployed sailors and is in the Second Empire style of architecture. Farmers, butchers, and fish merchants all have stalls throughout the market; look for tasty local snack foods and drinks as you shop.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
Tours from $15 › Learn more about Saint John City Market

4. Fundy Coast to Fundy Shore Tour

FROM $83
Our tour begins with a visit to the seaside community of St. Martins. You'll step back in time and sense the serenity of this area with its wharf, fishing boats, and piled lobster traps. With the ocean as a backdrop, you'll capture memorable photos of many interesting features such as lighthouses and the twin covered bridges. Don't forget to visit the wave-carved sea caves in the sandstone cliff if the tide is low enough to allow access while you're there. Learn about this small community's wooden ship building industry and see some of the highest tides in the world ebb and flow during your visit. You'll also visit the famous Reversing Falls, where the huge tides from the Bay of Fundy force the mighty Saint John River. Before returning to the cruise ship, we'll stop and explore the unique Old City Market in the heart of Saint John and learn why the local folks have loved to buy fresh produce here since 1876. Please note: all tours depart at local time and depend on cruise ship arrival.
Suggested duration: 5h
Tours from $83 › More about this tour at viator.com ›
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5. Fundy National Park, Alma

Packed full of hiking trails, thick forests, and rugged coastal stretches, Fundy National Park also boasts the highest tides anywhere on the planet. Situated along a namesake bay, the park features a 12 km (7.5 mi) long shoreline with tree-lined cliffs. Go for a wander and discover more than 25 waterfalls within the park, or journey along the 120 km (75 mi) of walking and hiking paths. At low tide, the water level can drop by more than 12 m (40 ft), allowing you to explore vast stretches of exposed seafloor. Be sure to check the tide tables to avoid danger from the returning water.
Suggested duration: 8 hours
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6. New Brunswick Museum

Head to New Brunswick Museum, Canada's oldest continuously functioning museum, which has been open since 1842. The museum provides a remarkable insight into New Brunswick’s rich cultural history and diverse natural environment. In the “Hall of Great Whales,” marvel at skeletons and a life-sized model of a North Atlantic Right whale, and learn about the wonderful marine life in the Bay of Fundy and Gulf of Saint Lawrence. Understand the rich history of fossils at the exhibit named “Our Changing Earth,” followed by a display of shipbuilding from the 19th century in the New Brunswick Industry Gallery. On the top floor, see a permanent gallery of historical and contemporary New Brunswick fine art. The gift shop sells quality crafts, jewellery, books and toys.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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7. Fundy Trail Parkway, St. Martins

Adventure along Fundy Trail Parkway, a multiuse route through a national park. Opening up previously inaccessible areas of the coastline, the 19 km (11.8 mi) stretch can be traversed by car, bike, foot, or (in season) ski. Explore the coastal wilderness of clifftops and dense, lush forest, making sure to visit the right whale breeding areas. Many of the main viewing platforms and lookouts can accommodate wheelchairs; and, thanks to points of connection between the cycling-walking trails and the road, you can build your own itinerary of driving, walking, and riding.
Suggested duration: 6 hours
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8. Saint John Walking Tour

FROM $42
Saint John is famous for being the friendliest city you'll ever visit. History comes to life as your nationally certified expert guide tells vivid stories and takes you to Saint John's famous landmarks on this two hour walking tour. The 2-hour tour covers about 1.5 miles with some hills. Comfortable footwear and warm clothes are recommended. This tour brings you to the historical highlights of this coastal treasure that is Saint John.  
Suggested duration: 2h
Tours from $42 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

9. Loyalist House

Suggested duration: 1 hour
Tours from $12 › Learn more about Loyalist House

10. Zipline

Suggested duration: 4 hours
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11. Carleton Martello Tower

Military and history buffs, as well as sightseers, relish the chance to see Carleton Martello Tower, a circular fort built during the War of 1812. The barracks have been restored and there are a number of historical displays at the fort, including information on the important role the fort played for nation even as recently as World War II. Don’t miss the spectacular views over Saint John and Bay of Fundy from the fort’s prime position from high up the hill; bring a camera.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
Tours from $52 › Learn more about Carleton Martello Tower

12. Saint John Reversing Falls Rapids Sightseeing Jet Boat

FROM $72
On this sightseeing jet boat tour with See Sight Jetboats, you’ll experience the highest tides in the world in the Bay of Fundy. This is the only boat tour in the area that will take you right into the heart of Saint John’s Reversing Falls Rapids. You will get the opportunity to go under the SKYWALK as well as take in a variety of sights in the area including: Downtown Saint John, Fort La Tour, and Fallsview Park. While on-board you will also learn about the history of the area. You may even get a chance to see some diverse marine life such as dolphins, harbour seals, and seabirds.
Suggested duration: 1h
Tours from $72 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

13. Rockwood Park

A nature-lover's paradise, Rockwood Park offers an abundance of outdoor activities all year round. One of Canada’s largest urban parks, covering over 890 ha (2,199 ac), the park overflows with trails, waterfalls, caves, and lakes. The list of activities and amenities on offer is endless; explore one of the 55 pathways taking you into the depths of the park, or rent a boat and head out onto the lake for a spot of fishing. If you're feeling more adventurous, take advantage of the kayaking, mountain biking or rock climbing opportunities. The park even has space for an 18-hole golf course and a zoo, where you’ll find a plethora of both exotic and native animals.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $80 › Learn more about Rockwood Park

14. Dolphin & Whale Watching, Saint Andrews

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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15. Kings Landing Admission Ticket

FROM $19
Don’t just imagine what life was like 200 years ago, step back and live it! When you visit our village, your senses will come alive with all things 19th-century New Brunswick. From feeling the floorboards shake as a giant water-powered saw produces shipbuilding lumber at the Sawmill to catching a whiff of Mrs. Lint’s hearty soup simmering over the crackling fire, you’ll leave having memories from the 1800s — not just having heard tales! Situated on a picturesque bend along the St. John River, Kings Landing’s village is brimming with activity as costumed characters depicting real people from New Brunswick’s past go about their day-to-day lives.
Suggested duration: 2h - 3h
Tours from $19 › More about this tour at viator.com ›