St John, New Brunswick, Canada
St John is the largest city in the province of New Brunswick, in Canada.
Saint John is very pedestrian-friendly, most of the tourist areas and the historic district are only around a 15 minute walk from the terminal.
Take a horse-drawn trolley and go sightseeing past landmarks such as the Old Country Courthouse, the Loyalist Burial Grounds, Loyalist House and King’s Square. Trolleys are available near to the cruise terminal.
Hop on/hop off pink tour buses are also available for sightseeing excursions.
The St John City Market on Charlotte Street is the oldest farmer’s market in Canada with stalls of produce, fresh fish, meat, cheese, flowers and the local speciality – dried seaweed (dulse).
Carleton Martello Tower is one of the nine surviving Martello Towers in Canada. The tower dates from the War of 1812. The site now features a restored powder magazine, a restored barracks room, and exhibits in the tower and in the Visitor Centre.
Trinity Church is a wonderful large and historic church in the heart of Saint John. It is made of stone and its steeple/clock tower can be seen for miles around.
The Reversing Falls are an amazing natural phenomenon. When the tides of the Bay of Fundy meet the origination point of the St John River, the high tides overpower the river, causing it to reverse its flow twice a day. Fallsview Park is the lookout point. You can also experience the falls by jetboat.
Around 50 minutes away from St John lies the fishing village of St Martins. Here you can experience some of the highest tides in the world, at certain times it is possible to walk the ocean floor and visit a sea cave.
St Andrews by the Sea is around 70 minutes away and is a popular summer resort. Here you will find gift shops, galleries and museums. Kingsbrae Garden has over 50,000 plants on display in it’s many themed gardens. There are also alpacas, pygmy goats, peacocks, ducks, sculptures and a Children’s Fantasy Garden.
At Irving Nature Park you will find long sandy beaches and well groomed woodlands, great for hiking. With over 20km of nature trails, you can enjoy bird watching and maybe spot whales and seals in the Bay of Fundy.
The Fundy Trail, which is 16km long, opens up previously unreachable areas of the Bay of Fundy. The trail begins just outside St Martins, less than an hour’s drive from Saint John and is perfect for hikers, bikers and car trips.
The disabled cruiser visiting St John
Where You’re Docked
Cruise ships can either dock at the new Marco Polo Cruise Terminal or at Long Wharf, both located in the downtown area.
There is a vendors’ market exclusively available to cruise passengers in the large white tent at the Marco Polo Cruise Terminal.
There are also two shopping centers in Uptown Saint John, within a 5 minute walking distance from the cruise terminals.
There are Port regulated taxis available in the Ground Transportation Area. The best way to reserve your taxi would be to visit their kiosk in the cruise terminal.
Good to Know
Currency & Best Way to Get Money
The official currency is the Canadian Dollar.
The official language in St John
There are over 100 retail shops within a 10 minute walk of the terminal, including Market Square and Brunswick Square, which are modern, indoor malls linked by a pedestrian walkway. The King Street area is lined with quaint shops, cafes and galleries.
Fresh fish and seafood is popular here. Try the locally produced maple syrup at the farmers markets.
Points of Interest
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St John Accessible Excursions
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St John Accessible Guided Tour
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