St. John Journals

Canadian Adventure

A September 2005 trip to St. John by naomi123

Quote: I'm lucky enough to work for a company that arranges a reciprocal exchange programme between their worldwide offices. Therefore I traveled from Kettering, U.K., to St John, Canada, for 6 weeks. Although on business, I still found time to explore this wonderful corner of the world - here are my experiences.

Canadian Adventure

Overview

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St John is on the Bay of Fundy, home to the highest tides in the world. Near to Nova Scotia and the northeastern United States, the border with Maine is just 1 hour away. Highlights included the Reversing Falls on the St John River and the Irving Nature Park (please see separate entries for both of these). The city itself is home to a beautiful harbour. Being the second largest natural harbour in the world (after Calais), a lot of the larger cruise ships can sail right into the port, which is unusual for a lot of Canada and North America. Cruise ships visit St John on Tuesday most weeks, so the town can receive up to 2,500 extra visitors that day. As you can imagine, the market and shops do a roar...Read More

Chipman Hills Suites

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Hotel | "The Chipman Hill Suites"

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As my accommodation was being arranged by the company prior to arrival, I had to instill a certain amount of trust that I would have somewhere nice to stay. I needn't have worried. The Chipman Hill Suites is situated on the corner of Coburg Street, around a 5-minute walk to work for me. We each had our own bachelor studio, which suited our needs down to the ground. The studios consist of a queen-size bed; kitchenette with a breakfast bar; a small bathroom consisting of a WC, sink, and shower; a closet; and TV/VCR. The decor is of a high standard, and the suites have a very homey feel to them. There is also a communal living area and a porch out front, which you can sit on in the evenings and even barb...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 26, 2005

Chipman Hills Suites
75 Coburg Street
St. John, New Brunswick

Asian Palace

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Restaurant

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Asian Palace is pretty much the only restaurant in town where you can get Indian food. Coming from a small town with at least 10 Indian restaurants nearby, a city with only one is almost unbelievable. We decided to eat here after a week or so in Canada. My Indian colleague had been finding the local cuisine fairly bland compared to what she was used to, so she was thrilled to find some spicy food to tantalize her taste buds! Located right on the harbour, there are some great views here, and there are also some tables outside. There was no one to be seen when we arrived, and we waited a good 5 minutes before anyone appeared. There was one waiter serving, and he also doubled as the bartender and mai...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on September 27, 2005

Asian Palace
1 Market Square
St. John, New Brunswick
506/642-4909

Thandi's

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Restaurant | "D'Amicos"

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D'Amico's restaurant is situated in uptown St. John, just minutes from the harbour. The cuisine is Italian/Canadian. The decor is plush and the restaurant is well lit. The kitchen has an open plan, and you can see your order being cooked in front of you. We ate from the lunchtime menu, which was great value, with choices of pizza and salad, lasagna, and tortellini to mention a few. The lunchtime menu contains maybe 15 items - and these are all at a special price. You can also order form the regular menu, but this would be at a slightly higher price. Whilst my companions all ordered from the lunchtime special menu, I decided to create my own pizza from the regular menu. You can have ANYTHING on a p...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 27, 2005

Thandi's
33 Cantebury Street
St. John, New Brunswick

Falls Restaurant

Restaurant | "The Falls"

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This was one of my first dining experiences in St John, so I wasn't sure what to expect. The restaurant is situated about 15 minutes out of town, above the famous reversing falls. This is a unique phenomenon that occurs in no other place in the world - please see my entry on this for more details. In laymen's terms, ocean meets river at the highest tide point in the world; when the tide changes, the waters flow is reversed. The Falls View restaurant has amazing views of this, as you would expect from the name. The lunchtime menu is small, with no more than 10 options, but the menu is varied. On offer is a soup of the day, with crackers and a choice of sandwich and salad. Also on the menu is a lob...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 27, 2005

Falls Restaurant
200 Bridge St.
St. John, New Brunswick
506/635-1999

Saint John City Market

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Attraction | "St John City Market"

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The Saint John City Market is situated around a 10-minute walk both from the office and my lodgings. Its opening hours are Monday to Thursday 7:30am to 6pm, Friday 7:30am to 7pm, and Saturday 7:30am to 5pm. It is closed on Sundays. The Market caters to both locals and visitors alike. The clientele will usually vary depending on the day of the week and the time of day. Mornings and early evenings see locals stocking up on the freshest fruit and veggies in town. Get there early to catch the freshest fish and seafood. Lunchtimes will usually find the City Market teaming with office workers. Mostly they are queuing up at one of the many deli counters, where you can buy sandwiches, deli wraps, soups, ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 27, 2005

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

Irving Nature Park

Attraction

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Irving Nature Park is situated just on the outskirts of Saint John. The walking trails are named after the wildlife you are likely to see. The squirrel trail and the chipmunk trail are the most popular. The trails are covered with soft woodchip and so are easy on the joints when walking or jogging. There are some lovely white-sand beaches here, as well as the more traditional wood-covered forest trails. This is a popular spot for bird-watching, and over 250 species have been spotted here, including cormorants, the black-capped chickadee (New Brunswick's provincial bird), tree swallows, loons, great blue herons, sandpipers, geese, black ducks, and many more. The views over the Bay of Fundy are spe...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 27, 2005

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

City of Saint John

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Saint John Population: 122,680 (2001) Climate: Temperate coastal climate Average summer temperatures are: Summer 22C (71F) Winter: 3.9C (25F) Location: Saint John, New Brunswick, is located on Atlantic Canada's Bay of Fundy at the mouth of the St. John River and is the largest city in the province of New Brunswick. Saint John is a 90-minute drive from the U.S. border at Calais, Maine; a 4-hour drive from Halifax, Nova Scotia; a 3-hour ferry ride from Digby, Nova Scotia; and a 10-hour drive from Montreal, Quebec. Saint John is a 2-hour flight from Toronto, a 1-hour flight from Montreal, and 45 minutes from Halifax. Air Canada provides seve...Read More