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Saint John, New Brunswick

Saint John, New Brunswick

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New England/Canada Itineraries

The tide flows beneath Reversing Falls Bridge
The tide flows beneath
Reversing Falls Bridge
by Dave Marx

The surging tides of the Bay of Fundy make Saint John more than just another northeastern seaport. With such wonders as a river rapids that runs backwards and tide-carved pillars of stone more than 50 feet tall, you may just forget about lunching on lobster when you hit port.

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AMBIENCE

Though dramatic tides, fishing boats, and lobster traps may be the first images that comes to mind, the Saint John you’ll see from the ship is a small city, the second-largest in Atlantic Canada. The downtown area (“Uptown”) is filled with historic stone and brick buildings, with a scattering of the modern. There’s no shortage of galleries, shops, and good food, including a wonderful, indoor farmer’s market, the oldest in Canada. A stone’s throw across the bay are ship yards that helped make the city’s fortune. Travel beyond city streets and you’ll find the tide-worn cliffs, fishing villages, and forested hills that frame the Bay of Fundy and its amazing tides.

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HISTORY

The Passamaquody tribe greeted the Europeans, much as they did farther to the south in Massachusetts. Settled first by the French, this was the site of a succession of forts that changed hands repeatedly as the French and British fought over the territory. The area welcomed French Acadians expelled by the British from Nova Scotia, and British Loyalists who  fled north after the American Revolution, and it even saw action in the War of 1812. All these influences are still evident. The port’s location on the Great Circle route to Europe, at the mouth of the St. John River, and near the easiest overland route to Quebec City and Montreal helped ensure prosperity such that the wooden city that burned in 1877 was quickly rebuilt in stone.

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FACTS

Size: City: 126 sq. mi. (326 sq. km.)/ Metro: 1,298 sq. mi. (3,363 sq. km.)
Climate: Humid Continental Temperatures:  8°F (-14°C) to 72°F (22°C)
Population 70,063/127,761 Busy Season Summer
Language: English Money: Canadian Dollar ($)
Time Zone: Atlantic Transportation: Walking, taxis, buses
Phones (city): Area code 506; dial 911 for emergencies
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Top Photo Slice: Saint John City Market (℗ 37819) Photo contributed by © Dave Marx



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