24 Hours in Saint John, New Brunswick
Make your way to New Brunswick’s Port City, Saint John, for an unforgettable day full of fun, food, and culture!
If you’re planning a visit to New Brunswick aboard the MV Fundy Rose, a day spent in Saint John is essential. This remarkable destination is the oldest incorporated city in Canada and the only city on the Bay of Fundy. Offering a mix of old-world nostalgia and modern excitement, Saint John is the perfect place to visit on your trip through the Maritimes. With a striking historic downtown core going through a revitalization and showing off a new, fresh edge, the streets of Saint John are lined with a mix of new boutiques, restaurants, and stores. Check out the vibrant music and entertainment scene with one of the city’s many festivals. Take a trip out of Saint John and try award-winning wines. See the astonishing beauty of Mother Nature only minutes away from art hot spots and trendy restaurants. If you have 24 hours to spend in Saint John, we have the perfect suggestions on how to make the most of them!
Nature for Breakfast
Start your day off by strolling through the natural beauty of the Irving Nature Park. Just 9 km outside of Saint John, the Nature Park is home to hundreds of unique species of birds, as well as rugged coastlines you’ll love to discover. While you’re walking the shores, keep your eyes peeled for herds of seal gathering just offshore on nearby rocks.
Early Afternoon Delights
Take an early afternoon drive to the family-owned Belliveau Orchards in Memramcook, New Brunswick. The ACWC Double Gold winning winery offers a wide variety of ice wines, flat wines, and sparkling wines. Develop a robust knowledge of winemaking and leave feeling like a true vintner. During your visit, be sure to try the award-winning Poire (pear) wine or Pre d’en Haut sparkling apple wine.
Live Like a Local, Shop Local
On your way back from the orchards, check out the Saint John City Market—a city staple since 1785. This market is one of our favourites in the Maritimes and has become home to the city’s finest butchers, chefs, farmers, crafters, and more—making it the perfect place to spend your late afternoon and experience the local treatment. With such a wide variety of vendors, you’ll love strolling the aisles to find the perfect items for you and your travel companions. It’s open Monday to Saturday all year round and offers a self-guided tour to help you discover its rich history. Visiting a Farmer’s Market is the perfect afternoon delight in Saint John.
Cat(ch) the Cobalt
Save time to visit the Cobalt Art Gallery before it closes for the evening. The Cobalt places its focus on local and Atlantic artists, featuring incredible Inuit sculptures and Persian rugs. The gallery boasts a beautiful collection of still-life paintings, landscapes, antiques, portraits, nudes and other artworks spanning from the 18th century to the present. In addition to the permanent collection, the Cobalt is also home to a permanent resident—Lucky the Gallery Cat. The super friendly cat has an international fan club and welcomes any other pets to the gallery that love art as much as her.
Uncover History in one of Canada’s Oldest Museums
The New Brunswick Museum is the perfect spot to uncover the history of our interesting region. Learn about our diverse marine wildlife, and even catch a glimpse of a life-sized whale specimen. Art lovers will enjoy beautiful collection of paintings from national and international artists, while those whose hearts belong to the sea will adore the carefully curated collection of antique model sailing ships.
Run to the Rapids
Before the sun sets, make your way to the world famous Reversing Rapids of Saint John. This unique phenomenon is created by the amalgamation of the waters from the Bay of Fundy and the Saint John River. At low tide, the river empties into the Bay creating a stunning series of whirlpools. As the Bay of Fundy rises, it reverses the flow of the river in an impressive display of Mother Nature’s power!
If you make it before nightfall, you can get an aerial view of these roaring rapids from high above on a zip line that oversees the rushing waters. For those who would prefer to have a more relaxing view, you can watch the beauty from the Falls Restaurant observation deck, or at Fallsview Park. The perfect way to end a day bursting with activity before heading out for a night on the town.
Get one last heartful of Saint John
After a night of excitement, you might be in the mood for something a little more relaxing when you wake up the next morning. How about taking a sweet scenic drive around Saint John before the MV Fundy Rose whisks you back home? Visit the beautiful bends of the Saint John River along the River Valley Scenic Drive. You’ll be left in awe of the beauty around every turn. Let the wind flow through your hair and rush past your fingertips as you feel the soul of Saint John all around you.
What a day! Don’t you wish it was longer? You’re in luck, because there’s plenty of excitement waiting, and it starts aboard the MV Fundy Rose. Enjoy travelling to New Brunswick with effortless style and make this the season of Saint John! Book now your trip now.
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