September in Saint John

Ready for an unforgettable September in Saint John? Here are a few suggestions to kick your fall adventures off on the right foot.

After another sensational and sunny New Brunswick summer, the days are getting shorter and the seasons are beginning to turn. As enjoyable as the summer months have been, we have to admit we are looking forward to a beautiful, crisp New Brunswick fall.

If you ask us, September is a great time to visit Saint John aboard the mv Fundy Rose. The capital city comes to life in a sea of colorful trees and bustling streets. Are you a fall fanatic? Do you love an autumn adventure? Then you’re in luck! We have plenty of things for you to do and see while you’re here.

The Balance Festival 

Yoga Students Practicing Outside

Looking to split your vacation between Saint John scenery and personal wellness? This festival will help you find that balance, literally! On Sunday, September 8 dozens of instructors will be participating in the first-ever Balance Festival, leading yoga and wellness classes for all skill levels. This festival will allow you to take in the beauty of Saint John, as it will be held at Lily Lake Pavilion and throughout Rockwood Park. Afterwards, stick around for live music and a party at the Lily Lake Pavilion. Learn more and grab your tickets here – kids get in free!

Get Outside

trees- changing-colour-fall

Saint John is home to many beautiful parks, perfect for strolling through, taking in the fresh air, and escaping to nature from the downtown core! Not sure which park to check out? Here are a few of our favorite:

Irving Nature Park: Aside from its overall natural beauty, there’s also plenty of history here for those with a keen interest in geology. You can explore the pre-glacial outlet of the Saint John River, and, keep your eyes peeled for marine clay containing 13,000 year-old clam shells. There are eight different walking trails to choose from and the boardwalk that extends to the salt marsh. If you’re a lover of birdwatching, be sure to bring your binoculars and keep your eyes peeled for waterfowl of the Atlantic Coastline, it’s also a traditional staging site for marine birds!

Rockwood Park: With more than 55 trails and footpaths for you to explore, Rockwood Park is an urban hiker’s dream. Enjoy the unique rock formations, waterfalls and caves as you make your way through the park on foot, or hop on your bike, or head out onto the water in a canoe or kayak. And if you’re a golfer, you’ll love the 18 hole, par 70 Rockwood Park Golf Course.

Reversing Falls Rapids: A unique phenomenon where the Bay of Fundy and the Saint John River collide. Come prepared to hike around, and, if you’re feeling brave, soar over the rapids on a zipline for an unforgettable view from the top!

Saint John City Market

Market stalls

Nothing beats strolling through a farmers’ market, especially Canada’s oldest continuously running farmers’ market! First opening its doors in 1785, the Saint John City Market has been serving visitors and locals ever since. It’s open Monday through Saturday, and a perfect spot to check out and support a number of local vendors selling everything from handcrafted goods, to fudge, to farm-fresh produce and meats.

Port City Oyster Festival 

Oysters served on a plate with ice and lemon

Is there anything tastier than a New Brunswick oyster? You can find out for yourself when you attend the 2019 Oyster Fest presented by Gahan House. Now in its second year, this festival is dedicated to all things oyster! Taking place on Saturday, September 28th from 7-9 pm, the festival features live entertainment and Gahan beer. Shucking, slinging, music, and delicious drinks? If you’re an oyster lover, you won’t want to miss this! Be sure you get your tickets here. Bon appetit!

See a show at Imperial Theatre

red theatre chairs

Built in 1913 and recently restored in 1994 to maintain its original look, this is the oldest theatre in the Maritimes. Unsurprisingly, with over a century under its belt, it has a rich history of performances and stories. Having been constructed with thought and care, this beautiful Victorian-era theatre can comfortably seat 900 people, without sacrificing sightlines or acoustics. Today, you can still catch classic movies at the Imperial, as well as plays, comedians, live concerts, and more! Check out what shows are playing during your September stay and immerse yourself in local theatrical culture.

We know you’ll enjoy September in Saint John, there’s plenty to do and see in this beautiful city. The only way to top an amazing vacation is to ensure your travel to and from your destination is easy and stress-free. Check out our daily routes aboard the my Fundy Rose from Nova Scotia to New Brunswick. Journey across the Bay of Fundy in comfort and style to make it a September to remember.

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