Saint John Solo Travel Guide


  • Largest city in the province of New Brunswick, with approximately 70,000 people.
  • Considered to be humid continental – winters are fairly mild (by Canadian standards) and summers never see temperatures over 25 degrees Celsius.
  • Saint John is the oldest incorporated city in Canada. The city name is not abbreviated, so as to differentiate itself from St. John’s (capital of Newfoundland and Labrador).
  • Nicknames: Fundy City, Loyalist City, Port City, Original City.


  • Currency: Canadian Dollar (CAD).
  • Spoken languages: predominantly English.
  • Best time to visit: from May to October. Summers are mild and can be chilly (with plenty of snow).
  • Arriving via airport: Saint John’s Transit to downtown by bus costs $3.50, taxi to downtown is between $12.50 – $30.00 (depending on your destination).


The entire downtown core of Saint John is great to stay in. The Market Square area has great shopping and scenery, as well as a boardwalk. For the best views of the ocean, look for accommodation by the Bay of Fundy. 


  • Saint John’s bus network services most of the city. Fares range from $2.50 to $3.50 a ride, depending on the length of the route.
  • Taxi companies operating in Saint John include: Green Hybrid Taxi (506) 631-1000, Diamond Taxi (506) 648-8888 and Coastal Taxi (506) 635-1144.


  • Drinking age is 19, and last call is 2 AM (3 AM on weekends).
  • Main nightlife areas: Water Street, Torbay Road, and George Street.
  • Upscale restaurants: check out Market Square, Princess Street, Prince William Street, and Charlotte Street.


  • At the Fundy Trail Parkway, visitors are treated to beautiful views of the Bay of Fundy. Witness some of the highest tides in the world. This is a bike and walking trail.
  • Check out a performance at the Imperial Theatre, which features both local and visiting artists. 
  • Market Square – the perfect shopping experience and dining venue. Market Square hosts festivals, and features a gorgeous boardwalk (perfect for an evening stroll).
  • Reversing Falls – an interesting and beautiful attraction, right in the heart of the city.


  • Prince William’s Walk takes visitors through charming streets within the 20 block Trinity Royal Preservation Area. This historical area has gorgeous buildings and rich history, making for a perfect day trip.
  • The Loyalist Trail features all the areas where the Loyalists landed on May 18, 1783. There are 21 stops along the trail, taking visitors through historical and modern day areas.
  • Originally planned to be used in the War of 1812, the Careton Martello Tower served as a detention centre for deserters during World War One. This fantastic historical landmark makes for a great walking tour.


  • The province of New Brunswick is rich with Acadian culture, and you will find evidence of the 17th century French colonial influence all over Saint John.
  • Where to find good cheap eats: check out Market Square, Rothesay Avenue, Lancaster Avenue, and Prince William Street for good food at great prices.
  • Dangerous areas: while Saint John is a safe city, there is a high occurrence rate for sexual assault. It is best to avoid Bridge Street and the South End (next to downtown).

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Recommended trip duration: 1-2 days