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Saint John, New Brunswick, is located south of the Capital Region where the Saint John River flows into the Saint John Harbour. Your time in this bustling port city will be filled with a revitalizing stroll in a bayside park, interacting with local merchants, learning about provincial culture, and eating regional food while enjoying a pint of maritime beer. The Irving Nature Park is located only a few minutes away from downtown Saint John and it conserves six distinct eco-systems with engaging educational programs, walking trails and an observation deck.
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The St. John’s airport is about a 10-minute drive from the city centre, so you can start exploring almost as soon as you land! The is also a hop-on-hop-off bus called The Link, a seasonal route operated by public transit that can get you from your hotel or the city centre to many popular attractions such as Signal Hill National Historic Site, Johnson Geo Centre, Quidi Vidi Village, Commissariat Provincial Historic Site, Newman Wine Vaults Provincial Historic Site, and the Railway Coastal Museum.
If you’re looking to travel on a budget, it’s always a great idea to explore local tourism sites like Destination St. John’s to look for free events and activities happening in the area. If you’ve rented a car, there are many local hikes that you can do for free, and in peak seasons you can even see whales and icebergs from the shore if you want to skip the cost of a boat tour (although we would definitely recommend doing one!). Ask the locals about their favourite spots for cheap eats and the best drink specials to really live like a Newfoundlander.
A quick trip from St. John’s you’ll find the town of Quidi Vidi, and when you visit you’ll feel like you’ve been transported back in time! The quaint fishing village has iconic ocean views, fresh fish right off the wharf, and even its own brewery, Quidi Vidi Brewing, which makes the iconic Iceberg beer which is made with water from real icebergs!