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Two nights in St. John (with a dog)

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An August 2002 trip to St. John by J&J Reid

Myself and my dog Bailey Photo, St. John, New Brunswick More Photos
Quote: On our return home from Cape Breton, we decided to extend our vacation by spending a few days in the city of St. John.

Two nights in St. John (with a dog)

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Overview

Myself and my dog Bailey Photo, St. John, New Brunswick
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St. John is located at the mouth of the St. John River on the Bay of Fundy. The Bay of Fundy is home to the world's highest tides. The variance between high tide and low is so extreme, it has to be viewed to be believed. The tides are so strong that at high tide they force the St. John river to flow backwards. At low tide, there is a small section of rapids that flows down the river into the bay. At high tide, the flow is reversed. This site is called the reversing falls. To be fully appreciated, you should go twice, once at low tide and once at high tide. The city itself is very historical. There are a number of guided and self-guided tours that are available. The city's port is also one...Read More

Homeport Historic Inn Circa 1858

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Hotel

Homeport Historic Inn Circa 1858 Photo, St. John, New Brunswick
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This beautifully decorated bed and breakfast was our home for our two-night stay in St. John. The B&B is situated on a cliff with an impressive view of the St. John harbour. They accept pets but make sure that you obtain permission when making your reservation. Each room in the home is given a name. The one we stayed in was called the “Captain's Quarters.” It was very large and included a sitting area, with a T.V., VCR and a partial kitchen as well as a full private bath with a Jacuzzi tub. There are also a number of common rooms in the home were you can find a book or game to play and meet and mingle with other guests. Breakfast is included with your accommodations and is not to be missed. Th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 25, 2002

Homeport Historic Inn Circa 1858
80 Douglas Avenue
St. John, New Brunswick
(506) 672-7255

Hopewell Rocks

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Attraction | "The Hopewell Rocks Ocean Tidal Exploration Site"

Hopewell Rocks Photo, Hopewell Cape, New Brunswick
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It is possible to travel from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia to St. John, New Brunswick in six hours, but we were on vacation. We didn’t want to rush to our destination if it meant missing out on some of the sites we wanted to see. One of those sites, and probably one of the neatest ones we stopped at, was the Hopewell Rocks Ocean Tidal Exploration Site. This site highlights the amazing power and variance of the Bay of Fundy tides. In order to get here, you must exit the Trans Canada highway and take highway 114. This highway itself is a nice scenic route that follows the bay, bisects the Fundy National Park and returns to the Trans Canada highway about an hour outside of St. John. We ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 25, 2002

Hopewell Rocks
131 Discovery Road
Hopewell Cape, New Brunswick E4H 4Z5
(877) 734-3429

Legends, Ghosts and Real-Life Tales

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Attraction

Legends, Ghosts and Real-Life Tales Photo, St. John, New Brunswick
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Walking tours are a great way to learn about a new city and find points of interest that you want to explore further. We went on two walking tours while in St. John: one with a guide, one self-guided. The Saint John Visitor and Convention Bureau has done a fantastic job in creating three pamphlets/maps--The Loyalist Trail, A Victorian Stroll and the Prince William’s Walk--for self guided tours. These pamphlets are available in most hotels or at the Barbour’s General Store. We decided to take the Prince William’s Walk that explores many of the Merchant buildings in the Heritage section. The tour starts and finishes around the area of the Market Square. The tour takes approximately an hour and ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 31, 2002

Legends, Ghosts and Real-Life Tales

St. John, New Brunswick

Saint John City Market

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Attraction

Saint John City Market Photo, St. John, New Brunswick
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The Saint John City Market is the oldest common law market in Canada. It has been in use since 1876. The supporting roof beams are in the shape of the hull of a ship. This is a great place to go, look for souvenirs, or--as we did-- grab an inexpensive bite to eat. I was able to pick up a delicious lobster sandwich for about $5!

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 31, 2002

Saint John City Market
Entrances on Germain and Charlotte Streets
St. John, New Brunswick

Irving Nature Park

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The Irving Nature Park is located about 15 minutes west of downtown Saint John. The park was suggested to us by one of the staff of the Inn that we were staying at as a great place to bring Bailey, our dog, for a walk. The 600-acre park is located on a peninsula on the Bay of Fundy coast. It has about a half dozen walking trails of various lengths and difficulties, ranging from 25 minutes to 2.5 hours. The park offers some spectacular views of the bay as well as some very diverse terrain and an abundance of wildlife. We were lucky enough to spot some seals sunning on some rocks. I would recommend this park regardless of whether you bring your pet along with you or not.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 31, 2002

Irving Nature Park
Chemin Sand Cove Road
St. John, New Brunswick