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Touring Saint John, New Brunswick

Touring Saint John, New Brunswick

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ACTIVITIES

Maps with walking tours of historic sites can be picked up from tourist info booths. The New Brunswick Museum, an especially child-friendly history and natural history museum, is inside the Market Square Mall, just two blocks from the ship. It’s a great rainy day idea, but you’ll hardly be alone ($10/$6). The historic City Market, on Germain St. between King and Union has a wonderful collection of market stalls, shops, and eateries. We much prefer this to the Halifax farmer’s market. Reversing Rapids is a natural wonder, where, depending on tide, the turbulent waters of the St. John River flow towards the bay, or upriver. Jet boat rides offer raucous fun (ticket booth in Market Square), there’s a zip line that runs out over the water in Fallsview Park—visit http://www.saintjohnadventures.ca, and a scenic overlook at the far end of Harbour Passage. Fort Howe and the Carleton Martello Tower are fortifications overlooking the harbor. Of the two, we much prefer the tower, but the Citadel in Halifax offers the most to military history buffs. Irving Nature Park, about 5 miles from the pier, offers hikes along beaches, tidal wetlands, and forested uplands on the edge of the bay. Stonehammer Geopark is a collection of area sites of geological interest, including some of the world’s oldest exposed rock—visit http://stonehammergeopark.com St. Martins provides a nice capsule of the Fundy Experience. A 30-mile drive from town, the village has a pair of covered bridges, a small commercial fishing wharf, and a pair of tide-worn sea caves that are accessible from a gravel beach at low tide. All provide great photo ops. Hopewell Rocks, 2.5 hours from Saint John, near the bay’s upper reaches, experiences 45- to 50-foot tides. When the tide is out, you can walk on the floor of the bay and marvel at the tide-carved stone pillars. The park has a large interpretive center with cafeteria, and includes a nice children’s playground. Note: Check the tide tables before deciding on Fundy-related activities at http://discoversaintjohn.com/fundy-tides.

Hopewell Rocks at Low Tide
Hopewell Rocks at Low Tide
by Dave Marx

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Top Photo Slice: The clouds part over downtown Saint John (℗ 53570) Photo contributed by © Dave Marx



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