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Making the Most of Saint John, New Brunswick

Making the Most of Saint John, New Brunswick

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GETTING THERE

The Magic berths at Saint John’s modern Marco Polo or Diamond Jubilee Cruise Terminals in the heart of town, with gangways able to handle the 25-foot difference between high and low tides. Volunteers greet every visitor coming ashore. They’ll be happy to answer questions and everyone gets a very useful map. Once outside it's a short walk to most everything downtown. Taxis are found just outside the terminal. Harbour Passage is a waterfront promenade running two miles from the terminals to the Reversing Falls overlook. The main tourist info booth is in Barbour’s General Store, across from Market Square. On September 30, 2017 All Ashore is at 8:00 am and All Aboard is 4:45 pm. On October 4, 2017 All Ashore is 8:30 am, All Aboard is 4:45 pm.

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GETTING AROUND

Uptown Saint John is hilly, but very walkable, with most sights within a 4- by 5-block area. You exit the terminal onto Water St. Market Square and King St. are two blocks to the north (left). King St., Princess St., and Prince William St. have the greatest concentration of shops, galleries, cafés, and pubs. Saint John has indoor shopping malls on three adjoining blocks on King St., and all are connected by the Inside Connection Pedway, a boon in bad weather. Taxis are metered, with trips within the city $5 for the initial drop. Out of town trips are flat rate; a ride to St. Martins would be $51, one way. Saint John’s public transit system offers two-hour tours of the city, which depart across from the cruise terminal. There are no reservations, tours leave at 10:00 am and 12:30 pm. $20/$8 (USD) ages 6-15, under 6 free. Cash only, in Canadian or U.S. funds. Horse-drawn trolley rides may be available as you exit the terminal. Gray Line runs a Hop On Hop Off city tour bus that stops at the cruise pier and most major points of interest. $50 on your own, less through the cruise line! Bicycle rentals are available in Market Square. There’s an Avis car rental office on Water St. near Market Square, for those who want to head out of town under their own power. Note that Hopewell Rocks is a 2.5 hour drive to the northeast, and St. Andrews By-The-Sea is 1.5 hours to the southwest.

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LUNCHING

There are more than a dozen casual eateries in the City Market, including Billy’s Seafood, a fish market that serves nicely-made seafood at fair prices. For basic lobster, Steamers, across the street from the cruise terminal, has a good reputation. Market Square has several good restaurants with outdoor seating, including Grannan’s Seafood, which is on the high end, price-wise. East Coast Bistro on Prince William St. is excellent, if you can get a table. What’s dulse? It’s a dried local seaweed, which is mostly used in chowders and stews.

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Top Photo Slice: High Tide in St. Martin's, New Brunswick (℗ 31847) Photo contributed by © Dave Marx



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