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Saint John, New Brunswick

Although famous for the Reversing Rapids at the Bay of Fundy, Saint John is also home to splendid Victorian architecture, quaint shops and a vibrant arts scene. It is also a gateway to New Brunswick’s scenic villages and seascapes.

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Saint John, New Brunswick

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The One Thing You Don't Want to Miss

Experience the amazing Reversing Falls Rapids, Saint John's best-known attraction. Twice daily the powerful tides of the Bay of Fundy rise faster than the river can empty. When this happens, the tide attempts to push the river back upstream, then the tide ebbs and the river appears to reverse itself and flow over the rocks, creating the appearance of reversing rapids.

Other Fun Things to Do

Visit the historic Trinity Anglican Church, which dates from 1877, when the original structure was destroyed in the Great Fire. Shop at your leisure in the antique and speciality shops located along Prince William Street, then through the Old City Market on Germain Street. In the city centre, you can explore Kind Square and walk past the Imperial Theatre, Old Country Courthouse and the Loyalist Burial Grounds.
Visit St. Martin's Sea Caves and Beach, where you'll see caves carved out by the pounding tides, as well as the rock-covered beach. St. Martins' twin covered bridges, harbour area and lighthouse are favourites with photographers and painters.
Explore Fort Howe, built in 1777 to serve as both protection for the harbour and as the city jail. The building itself is now closed, but the rocky promontory on which it sits offers an excellent panoramic view of the city and harbour.

Get a Taste of Local Flavour

Due to the cool waters, the area is most known for its lobster and other shellfish, including oysters, scallops, clams, crabs and mussels. Traditional fish and chips are also quite popular with the locals.

Local Currency

In Canada, the Canadian dollar (CAD) is the official currency. Credit cards are widely accepted and often offer a good exchange rate. In all of Canada, a 5% Goods & Services Tax (GST) must be paid on all transport, accommodation, restaurant meals and just about anything else you purchase, right down to a pack of chewing gum.

Weather in Saint John, New Brunswick


Temperature Fahrenheit Celsius
Average High 27° -2.78°
Average Low 7.5° -13.61°
Mean Temperature 17° -8.33°
Record High N/A N/A
Record Low N/A N/A
Precipitation Inches Centimetres
Average Precip. 5.1 in 12.95 cm

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