Grumble, grumble grumble, I often hear about our beautiful city of Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. In this grumbling, I am usually hearing that there is nothing to do in Saint John, and that, well, quite frankly, “it sucks.” Therefore, I chose to set out on a mission to find several reasons why Saint John is wonderful. I found 89. See the below article for details:
The many parks of Saint John:
1)Irving Nature Park
This park is complete with a beautiful beach, a driving trail, and several amazing hiking trails, in a couple of locations, there are even look outs to look into the Bay of Fundy.
This park has several different beaches, a play ground, a horse stable, that some times has pony rides among other things. There is also a driving/walking/biking trail that takes you around the provinces/territories or Canada. There are several hiking trails as well.
A beautiful beach
Another beautiful beach with many activities
A beach with a play ground and a beautiful walking trail.
An amazing historical place built for the war of 1812, playing a significant role in conflicts until the second world war.
A wonderful walking path, where people can be seen skating, roller blading, jogging, bicycling, etc…
This is where people can go to see all of the wonderful entertainment the summer has to offer such as Saint John Idol, Country Idol, and the list goes on.
9)Breakout Saint John
This is a place to put you puzzle skills to the test, trying to break out of an escape room
A board game cafe
The city is filled with amazing culinary experiences.
The city market has beautiful scenery as well as many different places to sample.
An amazing shopping opportunity, with a pretty awesome fountain.
There are several floors of shopping to see here.
15)New Brunswick Museum
The museum is packed full of history facts and has a display of how high the tide is.
You can often see bands playing on the bandstand.
You can sit in the square or even visit the farmer’s market on Sunday’s during the summer months.
18)Cherry Brook Zoo
A zoo to visit many of the animals.
19)Stonehammer Unesco Global Geopark
A place where people can go to get all kinds of information on fossils, and city history.
A beautiful place to sit and enjoy the sunshine. Bring a picnic!
Complete with several stores, restaurants, kiosks, etc..
The city is packed full of amazing art.
23)Barbour’s General Store
It is a cute little store near the cruise ship terminal, worth checking out.
24)Port Saint John
See the many cruise ships come in at Port Saint John.
Look out over our beautiful city, at this beautiful location.
There are several light house’s surrounding our city.
27)Saint John Jewish Historical Museum
Check out this museum and take in some history.
28)Saint John Police Museum
Look at the exhibits at the museum.
29)Old Number 2 House Museum
Check out the fire house, one of the only buildings that stood their ground, after the great Saint John fire.
One more building to withstand the fire, built between 1817 and 1820, it serves as a reminder of our British Heritage.
The city is full of beautiful, historical churches, that are mesmerizing to the eyes.
32)Phoenix Dinner Theater
A wonderful place for the musical theater.
Take in a Sea Dog’s Hockey game or a Mill Rats basketball game, or just as well, enjoy the many other events that take place here.
Take in a movie, laugh, cry, scream, or whatever other emotion you may be feeling.
Take a boat ride on a ferry and feel the waves crash upon the boat.
Bowl the lanes at the nearest bowling alley over a bowl of nacho’s.
The city holds car shows every so often, many of the proceeds going to charity.
38)East Coast Games
Enjoy a variety of sports during the East Coast Games.
See the beautiful gardens, the picture speaks for itself.
40)Hatheway Labour Exhibit Center
Look at the history of our city here.
41)East Point Shopping
There is yet another place to shop in our city, and also, at times has a market, and would not be complete without my favorite store “INDIGO!”
42)Loyalist City Ribfest
Enjoy some mouth watering ribs at the festival.
43)Timber Top Adventures
Attack nature, playfully, at this place.
44)Kayaking/Boating at Lily Lake
Take a leisurely kayak ride, or paddle boat, or many other things, along the lake.
45)Movies in the Park
Movies take place weekly in the summer time at the park.
46)Zipline over the Rapids
Thrill seekers try this out!
Take a swim or enjoy the fitness center at this place.
Satisfy your sweet tooth here.
There are many beautiful ones in this city.
50)Oasis Trampoline Park
Get your jump on here!
Enjoy a meal sitting by the water here.
Take a pic by the cannon here.
53)Loyalist Burial Ground
Take a walk through history in the beautiful uptown Saint John.
54)Saint John Arts Center
Take a look at the art of our city here.
A newer hostile in Saint John.
Take a daring jet boat ride over the rapids
It’s happening all over the city
There is actually so much to see and do uptown, I could never capture in it in a blog post. Take a look around and see what you can find!
A comedy club for a good laugh.
60)Chop Chop Week
Every year, restaurant’s participate in chop chop week. They serve specialty meals at amazing prices and a portion of it goes to a charity.
61)Art Down on the Wharf
I couldn’t honestly think of what to call this, yet there is this beautiful painting down by the boardwalk done by a Hawaiian, in order to raise awareness about Global Warming.
62)Big Book Sale
There is a big book sale put on by Big Brothers & Big Sister’s Canada. Always some great finds.
63)Sunday Jazz Night
They have a jazz night each Sunday at the boardwalk.
64)Walk N’ Talk with David Goss
Learn from a local author during this walking tour.
There is now a wonderful night market an evening during the week.
Sample wine and food as you take in the artists work.
For the fitness enthused, take a jog or enter into one of the marathons.
For those not ready for the big stage, or even if you are, try out some karaoke.
69)Beer Tasting Tours
There are many, just a simple google search and the possibilities are endless.
Take in a play at this beautiful theater.
Each June enjoy rides and cotton candy at this fair.
73)Saint John Exhibition
See the shows, do the rides, eat all the junk, enjoy!
74)Saint John Library
Looking for a quiet way to relax? This is it.
75)Rhoda’s Flea Market
Each Sunday, peak through the vendors tables, and find treasures you may not have ever found.
76)Yoga at the Lake
They do yoga for anybody at the lake.
77)Irish Music at O’leary’s
Enjoy live music here.
Looking for an affordable movie to watch? Try this second hand movie/record store first.
A nice spot for the comic book buff.
80)Loyalist City Books and Coins
Interested in seeing what those old coins are worth. Check out here.
81)Dave Shoot’s Bookseller: Rare Bookseller
The name speaks for itself.
You could always get a membership here and swim in the pool, exercise on the equipment, shoot some hoops, etc…
83)Horse Racing Track
During the winter there is a wonderful celebration, where there is a Christmas tree lighting, hot chocolate, and so much more.
85)Canada Day Festivities
Enjoy face painting, cake, flea market, bingo, and so much more.
A must see in Saint John
87)Arts and Cultural Park
Only a few minutes out side of the city, in Quispamsis, go skating, take in a movie, walk around the paths, etc…
88) Q- Plex
Also in Quispamsis, swim in the pool, or take a walk on the walking track.
Take a trip from Saint John: St. Andrew’s, St. Stephen, Sussex, Moncton, St. Martin’s, Fredericton, etc…