- City Guide - Saint John
Welcome to the City of Saint John - the largest city in the province of New Brunswick, with a population of over 127,000. The Fundy City was the first incorporated city in Canada, and is situated along the north shore of the Bay of Fundy at the mouth of the Saint John River.
Saint John was originally inhabited by two aboriginal tribes – the Mi’kmaq and Maliseet - long before its European discovery. On a voyage in 1604, Samuel-de-Champlain named the city. After American British supporters arrived in 1783 Saint John was incorporated by Royal Charter in 1785, making it Canada’s first incorporated city.
Politically, socially and economically, the sea has shaped Saint John. Saint John has a long history of shipbuilding at the city's dry dock - which is one of the largest in the world. Since 2003 shipbuilding has ended on the scale it once was, thus Saint John has developed new economic strategies. As Saint John moves away from its industrial past other new growing economies emerge. Tourism is currently one of the largest in the area, bringing over 1.5 million visitors a year - and over 200,000 cruise ship visitors. The city's historic downtown (locally known as uptown) hosts many small businesses, and has large scale waterfront developments underway - such as the condominiums, hotels, office space, and the Saint John Law Courts.
A visit to Saint John will allow you to walk through the charming streets, and step into a vibrant past where hundreds of years of history are alive. You can feel it in the architecture, parks, and galleries that litter the city, and have survived to delight everyone that encounters them. Saint John is an excellent place for delicious food, entertainment, breath taking scenery.
Some of the most well-known attractions in Saint John include; Harbour Station, New Brunswick Museum, Saint John Floral Museum, Loyalist House, Saint John City Market, Stonehammer Geopark, St. Martins Caves, and The Hopewell Rocks.
Take a ride on a jet boat, shop in the city market, or take a stroll down the boardwalk – whatever your heart desires. There is nowhere else that can deliver the Saint John experience!