Saint John, NB Port Guide

Located in the largest city of New Brunswick, Canada, the Saint John, NB Port is situated at the mouth of the St. John River just off the shores of the Bay of Fundy. Historical evidences show that the first people to settle in the area were the Passamaquoddy people. The discovery of the land by Europeans happened in 1604 when French explorers discovered the mouth of the Saint John River. 

The French were the first explorers to gain access to the land; they fortified it against invaders. In 1758, the city came under British rule and Saint John suffered numerous attacks and battles from both sides. Saint John underwent historical changes including a fortified wall that surrounded the entire village; it became severally damaged during the American Revolutionary War. 

The Saint John NM cruise port continues to expand to develop to be a vital port of call for cruise tourists; the Saint John cruise terminal contains modern facilities for cruise passenger comfort. 


Fashionable clothes and accessories are plentiful in the many shops of Saint John. Cruise tourists have immediate access to several well-known department stores; there is a wide variety of choices. In East section of the city, you can find the East Point Shopping and McAllister Place. Both sell branded clothes and jewelries and are tourist’s delight. The McAllister Place is home to 110 shops and stores. 

In the uptown area of the city, you can visit Brunswick Square that houses around 70 shops and boutiques on three levels. Open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. from Mondays to Wednesdays and on Saturdays, the mall contains a wide variety of affordable goods. On other days, it is open until 8:p.m. and closed on Sundays. 

Things to See

The Bay of Fundy is a great place to visit. A serene and peaceful coast, the Bay offers visitors a chance to unwind with a variety of activities including boating and hiking along its shores. The bay is famous for having the world’s highest tides; these are more than 48 feet high and occur two times a day all year round. It is thought that the peculiar funnel shape of the bay and the gravitational pull of the moon combine to create these tides. The amount of water that flows in and out of the bay each day is more than the total flow of the world’s rivers. Because of these tides, visitors to Hopewell Rocks can walk on the ocean floor and observe sculpted massive rocks that later become tiny islands.

Saint John is also a city rich in history; visitors must see the Carleton Martello Tower. Considered a national historic site, the Tower dates back to 1812; it played a significant role in battles up until the Second World War. The attraction includes a restored barracks, powder magazines and exhibits that depict the history of the Tower. 

The Forts of Dufferin, Howe and La Tour (Frederick) also are great places to visit. They offer scenic views and historical stories and legends; the forts protected the area from foreign invaders. 

Restaurants and Bars

Saint John offers a lot of opportunity for dining and eating; there is an abundance of International cuisine but French flavors dominate. Typical ingredients include scallops, salmon, mussels, and lobster. The region is similar to Maine in that there is an abundance of wild blueberries and maple syrup. Dulse is a popular seaweed served as a snack.

In the East side section of the town, you can visit the Jade City. Offering great Chinese dishes and snacks, the restaurant can accommodate up to 125 persons. Also located in the east side of the city are the Italian restaurants of East Side Mario’s and Vito’s Dining room. Both offering great pasta and pizza dishes, it is a warm and friendly diner that locals visit often. 

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