Explore the sophisticated urban delights of Canada’s oldest incorporated city and its extraordinary natural wonders in Saint John and the Bay of Fundy. Discover the area’s Loyalist heritage and shipbuilding industry with a visit to the New Brunswick Museum. Enjoy the Victorian Architecture as you stroll to the Old City Market. Look for maple syrup, local handicrafts, hard cider and other food items and souvenirs. With the world’s highest tides, head out to view the thrilling natural wonder of the water as it roils and swirls literally reversing the river’s flow during the change from low to high tide.

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  • Saint John Highlights

    This comprehensive city tour hits all the highlights of Saint John, including the historic Old City Market and the natural phenomenon of Reversing Falls Rapids.

    Traveling from the pier by motor coach, you will head straight for Carleton Martello Tower, one of Canada's few surviving Martello Towers from the War of 1812. As you'll see during your visit, the tower is circular and has a flat roof, where artillery was mounted. Together with the Fort Howe Lookout, another important military site in Saint John, the British were afforded an excellent view of the harbor, river and town below.

    Saint John also has its natural attractions, the most unusual being the Reversing Falls Rapids. This phenomenon is caused by the Bay of Fundy's tide, which rises more than 28 feet in the course of the day. When the tide is low, the river empties into the bay. As the tide rises, the water begins to churn in a series of powerful rapids and whirlpools until the river actually flows backwards. It's a strange sight that lasts for hours, until the tide goes out and the river height becomes higher than that in the bay.

    Your guided tour continues with a drive to the Old City Market, which was constructed in 1876 and narrowly escaped the devastating Fire of 1877. Canada's oldest continuously operating farmer's market, the Old City Market is filled with locally grown produce, bakery goods, crafts, and other Canadian merchandise. Following a short visit here, you'll transfer back to the pier where your tour concludes.

    Please note: This tour has a limited amount of walking, mainly at the guests' discretion during the stops. There are some uneven surfaces and slight inclines to negotiate. While the entrance to Martello Tower is is closed, the interpretation center is open and is wheelchair accessible. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Layered clothing and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Tidal activity at the Reversing Falls Rapids cannot be guaranteed.

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  • Saint John Highlights (Wheelchair Accessible)

    This tour uses an accessible mini-coach equipped with a motorized wheelchair lift, and is designed for guests who are wheelchair-bound to see the best sites of Saint John. This comprehensive city tour hits all the highlights of Saint John, including the historic Old City Market and the natural phenomenon of Reversing Falls Rapids.

    Depart from the pier in an accessible mini-coach and head directly to Wollastook Park. From here, you'll enjoy a spectacular view of Saint John harbor and the historic city below. It's quite a sight, and a fine introduction to the area, where the Saint John River flows into the Bay of Fundy.

    In fact, it's this confluence of waterways that creates the next attraction: Reversing Falls Rapids. You'll see it from the bluffs of Fallsview Park, where your guide will explain that twice daily the Bay of Fundy's tides rise faster than the river can empty. When this happens, the mighty tides force the river water upstream, causing the Saint John River to flow backwards. It's a strange sight that lasts for hours, until the tide goes out and the river height becomes higher than that in the bay.

    Next, your guided tour continues on to the Old City Market, which was constructed in 1876 and narrowly escaped the devastating Fire of 1877. Canada's oldest continuously operating farmer's market, the Old City Market is filled with locally grown produce, bakery goods, crafts and other Canadian merchandise. Following your visit, you'll be driven back to the pier.

    Please note: The Accessible Handi-Bus (with motorized lift) can accommodate up to 700 pounds (combined weight includes wheelchair), 32” wide, 72” tall and 60” long. This tour is geared specifically for wheelchair bound guests and their able-bodied companion(s). The stops include paved sidewalks, paved gravel surfaces and slight inclines; however, this is optional to the guests. Layered clothing and flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. While the vehicle can only accommodate two wheelchairs, additional seats beyond those for the two companions can be purchased at the Destination Services Desk, subject to availability. Tidal activity at the Reversing Falls Rapids cannot be guaranteed.

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  • Fundy By Land & Sea

    Saint John is beautiful from every perspective, and this spectacular tour presents it up close on land and from the sea as you cruise the city's picturesque harbor and Bay of Fundy.

    Your tour commences with a drive through Saint John's historic uptown district. Discover the fascinating past of Canada's oldest city, which was incorporated in 1785 and is the largest in the province of New Brunswick. Although the Great Fire of 1877 destroyed much of the city, a building boom soon followed, and Saint John now boasts a wealth of fantastic Victorian buildings.

    You'll get a great view of Saint John from Fort Howe, an 18th century British fortress built on the strategic point where the Saint John River meets the Bay of Fundy before continuing on to Fallsview Park. During a stop here, you'll see the strange phenomenon of Reversing Falls Rapids, which is caused by a bay tide that rises more than 28 feet. When the tide is low, the river empties into the bay. As the tide rises, the water begins to churn in a series of powerful rapids and whirlpools until the river actually flows backwards. The water flow doesn't reverse until the tide goes out hours later.

    Next, you'll board an enclosed sightseeing boat and cruise around the harbor for a much closer look at the Reversing Falls Rapids. It's an amazing sight, as is the ruggedly scenic shoreline.

    Following your scenic cruise, you'll disembark at Market Slip, where you can take a five-minute walk back to the pier or remain in town to explore on your own.

    Please note: While this tour has a limited amount of walking, mainly at the guests' discretion during the stops, there is a 60-step ramp to access the floating wharf in order to board the boat. The incline can vary dependent upon the tide. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests is not considered suitable for those with mobility concerns. Layered clothing and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Tidal activity at the Reversing Falls Rapids cannot be guaranteed.

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  • Trolley Round St. John

    Ride a trolley in and around Saint John, taking in the natural beauty and discovering the city’s fascinating history through landmarks such as 18th-century Fort Howe.

    After departing from the pier, you will soon reach the heart of downtown Saint John, which you will explore by trolley. During the ride, you will learn about Saint John’s history, how it became Canada’s first incorporated city, and the effects of the Great Fire of 1877. The Saint John of today was rebuilt almost entirely with stone and brick following that conflagration.

    In time, you will arrive at Fort Howe, which the English constructed on a limestone knoll in 1778 to guard the mouth of the Saint John River. The fort is a re-creation of the original one that burned to the ground in 1819. The views from this National Historic Site of Canada are spectacular.

    Even more impressive is the view of the Reversing Falls Rapids from the appropriately named Fallsview Park. This natural phenomenon is created during high tide, when the Bay of Fundy’s mighty waters rise more than 14 feet higher than the Saint John River, reversing its flow.

    Back in downtown Saint John, you may pass the Georgian-style Loyalist House, which survived the great fire, and the grand Imperial Theatre, which was built as a vaudeville house. Your last stop will be the Old City Market, considered Canada’s oldest farmer’s market. You may choose to ride the trolley back to the pier, or stay behind and do some further exploring on your own, making your own way back to the ship when you choose.

    Please note: Walking on this tour is primarily at the guests’ discretion during the stops. The trolleys cannot accommodate wheelchairs or walkers; therefore, this tour is not available to those who must use these aids. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

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  • Breathtaking Beauty of the Fundy Trail

    Admire the natural beauty surrounding the Bay of Fundy by visiting a coastal park full of hiking trails, lookouts and historical buildings from the years when this area was logged.

    After departing from the pier, you will settle in for a relaxing drive to St. Martins, a lovely coastal village settled in 1783. It is known for its twin covered bridges, which you will view from a vantage point that allows you to capture both bridges in one spectacular shot.

    Continuing on, you will travel the winding Fundy Trail Parkway, passing forest lookouts, more beautiful beaches and the spectacular Bay of Fundy that rims the park. At the Big Salmon Interpretive Centre, you will watch an enlightening video about the park’s history and the modest lodge that newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst built nearby.

    You will then have free time to enjoy the attractions that interest you most. You might meander the hiking paths, cross the suspension footbridge that spans the crystal-clear Salmon River, and explore the replica sawmill. Be sure to see Flower Pot Rock, a tall thin rock tower that the pounding sea has shaped over time.

    The bay’s rising tides have also created sea caves in the red sandstone, which you will see on the return to St. Martins. While totally submerged during high tide, the caves are easy to reach at low tide and make for a memorable photo any time. Following lunch at a restaurant that overlooks the caves, you will return to Saint John.

    Please note: This tour includes a moderate amount of walking mainly at the guest's discretion. It is available to guests who utilize a collapsible wheelchair, are able to both make their way on and off the coach and have a companion to assist them. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Casual, layered, weather-appropriate clothing, sunglasses and flat walking shoes are suggested.

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  • Moosehead Brewery Tour

    Sample several tasty beers at Moosehead, the country’s last major Canadian-owned brewery, and then watch the extraordinary tidal phenomenon known as the Reversing Rapids.

    After departing from the pier, you will begin a brief but informative tour of Saint John, Canada’s first incorporated city. Although the Great Fire of 1877 destroyed much of Saint John, the city was beautifully rebuilt with stone and brick following that conflagration.

    Along the way, you will see the former site of the Red Ball Brewery. It was owned by the Oland family that started Moosehead, one of the most revered brands of beer in Canada. While touring the modernized Moosehead facility, you will watch the beer being brewed, bottled and shipped. The process is as fascinating as the company’s 150-year history.

    Moosehead produces a variety of beers, several of which you will sample. You may be served the signature golden lager, a pale ale, a lime-flavored beer, or Cracked Canoe, a light but full-bodied lager. The tastes reflect the local ingredients and show the diversity of product.

    Continuing on, you will soon arrive at Wolastoq, a park whose name means “beautiful river” in the language of the Maliseet people that once lived here. The views will be spectacular, especially of the Reversing Rapids, a natural phenomenon created during high tide, when the Bay of Fundy rises 14 feet higher than the Saint John River, reversing its flow. You will also see a wood carving of famed brewer George Oland before returning to the pier.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 1 hour of walking/standing. Guests must be able to climb and descend multiple stairs, stand for periods of time and spend time in varying heat and cold. It is not recommended for guests who utilize a wheelchair. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Minimum age to consume alcohol is 21. Guests must be Casual, weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable, flat walking shoes are suggested.

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  • St. Martins & the Bay of Fundy

    Discover some of Saint John's landmark attractions and venture up the coast to the fishing village of St. Martins, another classic seaside community.

    Depart from the pier, it's not long before you reach Fallsview Park, where you'll see Reversing Falls Rapids, a natural phenomenon caused by a bay tide that rises more than 28 feet. When the tide is low, the river empties into the bay. As the tide rises, the water begins to churn in a series of powerful rapids and whirlpools until the river actually flows backwards. The water flow doesn't reverse until the tide goes out hours later.

    After a scenic drive of approximately one hour, you'll arrive at St. Martins, a quaint fishing village known for its Victorian architecture, lighthouses and covered bridges. The area was settled by British loyalists in 1783 and in time became a major shipbuilding community. Sea-related industries like fishing are still vital to the economy, as are attractions like the Sea Caves, which relentless waves have carved out of the red-sand cliffs. After seeing the caves and enjoying the beach, you'll stop at a local restaurant for a bowl of seafood chowder before returning to Saint John.

    Here, you'll have some free time to shop at the Old City Market, which was constructed in 1876 and narrowly escaped the devastating Fire of 1877. Canada's oldest continuously operating farmer's market, the Old City Market is filled with locally grown produce, bakery goods, crafts and other Canadian merchandise. After your visit, you'll be returned to the pier.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 2-hours of walking, plus any additional walking at the guests' discretion during free time. There are some uneven and rocky gravel surfaces to negotiate as well as some slight inclines. At the Sea Caves and beach, there will be rocky, muddy and sandy surfaces to cover. While the tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them, these guests will not be able to access the Sea Caves and beach. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Layered clothing and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Tidal activity at the Reversing Falls Rapids cannot be guaranteed.

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  • Bay of Fundy Coastal Photography

    The Bay of Fundy is picture-perfect, and you'll have the chance to capture it in photos with the help of your guide, a professional photographer who'll share tips and techniques.

    Starting off from the pier, you'll head for some of the most scenic spots along the Bay of Fundy. Your tour will be led by a professional photographer that knows all the best spots to shoot the area's iconic images. Your first stop is Fallsview Park, where you'll have a great angle for photographing Reversing Falls Rapids, a phenomenon caused by a bay tide that rises more than 28 feet. When the tide is low, the river empties into the bay. As the tide rises, the water begins to churn in a series of powerful rapids and whirlpools until the river actually flows backwards. The water flow doesn't reverse until the tide goes out hours later.

    Continuing on, you'll visit picturesque Lepreau Falls, the classic fishing village of Dipper Harbour, and the Bay of Fundy Beach. The bay's rocky, forested coastline is noted for its staggering beauty, and you'll have countless opportunities to capture it with your camera. Your guide will be happy to help you compose shots, offer tips regarding the natural lighting, and point out many of the most photographed images, including weather-worn fishing boats in Dipper Harbour and the cascading, stepped, Lepreau falls.

    Following your time shooting the best of the Bay of Fundy, you'll head back to the pier where your tour comes to its conclusion.

    Please note: Walking on this tour is mainly at the guests' discretion during the stops; however, there are uneven, rocky, muddy and sandy surfaces to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests is not considered suitable for those with mobility concerns. Layered clothing and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Tidal activity at the Reversing Falls Rapids cannot be guaranteed.

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  • A Walk Through History

    Enjoy a relaxing stroll with your informative tour guide along some of historic Saint John’s residential streets and the old business district in the uptown area. Most of the area that you’ll visit was destroyed in a huge citywide fire in 1877 and was rebuilt immediately afterwards. The buildings you’ll see feature ornate carvings, exquisite stained glass windows, wrought iron fences and fascinating gargoyles.

    As you stroll through Trinity Royal Heritage Area you’ll stop to view one of the oldest churches in the city be captivated by its historical charm. Then you will visit the Old City Market to see the freshest seafood, farm produce, crafts and collectibles on sale. This is an excellent opportunity to learn the fascinating history and folklore of this old port city and discover its traditions dating back to the time of its United Empire Loyalist founders in 1783. Your whole tour is within easy walking distance of where your cruise ship is docked.

    Please note: This tour includes a leisurely walk of approximately 1-hour and 40-mintues and covers just over 1 mile. There will be some cobblestone surfaces and mild inclines to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Participants should be in good physical condition. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Restrooms are not available during the walk. This tour operates in all weather conditions.

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  • Foodies Tour At the Old City Market

    Sample some of the most delectable small-plate dishes, irresistible sweets and local beverages that have elevated downtown Saint John into a true foodie destination.

    After departing from the pier, you will soon arrive in Saint John’s historical downtown, which has become an extraordinary culinary destination. Java Moose will be among the first stops, where you will be treated to a cup of hot coffee made with the highest quality Arabica beans. Nearby Beavertails will serve the perfect accompaniment to your coffee—a fresh-baked, maple-glazed pastry.

    You will then enter the iconic Old City Market through its original wrought-iron gates that still swing open each morning. Here, you will truly find a foodie paradise of sorts. It opened in 1876, barely escaped the devastating Great Fire of 1877, and has since attracted some of the finest food retailers in Canada. Be sure to notice the ceiling, which resembles an inverted keel of a ship in honor of Saint John’s long history of shipbuilding.

    While browsing the stalls, you will be offered a variety of locally produced food and sweets. You can expect to sample dulse, a deep-purple sea vegetable that is dried and eaten by the handful like popcorn. Seafood small plates may include lobster claws, maple salmon with cucumbers and cream cheese, and a different preparation of salmon on a tasty baguette. For dessert, a special cream-filled “lobster tail” pastry may be offered.

    On the return to the pier, you will drop by yet another shop to sample a glass of specialty wine, perhaps made with locally grown rhubarb or cranberries.

    Please note: This tour includes 2 1/2 hours of easy to moderate walking over mostly even surfaces. There will be a few steps and small inclines to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with walking difficulties. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Food substitutions are not available on this tasting tour. The minimum drinking age is 21 years old.

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  • Skywalk & the Reversing Falls Rapids

    Following an introductory tour of Saint John, you will behold its incredible Reversing Falls Rapids from two vantage points, one of them through a glass Skywalk high above the water.

    After departing from the pier, you will soon arrive in the heart of downtown Saint John, Canada’s first incorporated city. Although the Great Fire of 1877 destroyed much of Saint John, the city was beautifully rebuilt with stone and brick following that conflagration.

    In time, you will arrive at Fort Howe, which the English constructed on a limestone knoll in 1778 to guard the mouth of the Saint John River. The fort is a re-creation of the original one that burned to the ground in 1819. The views from this National Historic Site of Canada are spectacular, as is the perspective of the waterfront from Harbor Passage.

    Even more impressive is the view of the Reversing Falls Rapids. This natural phenomenon is created during high tide, when the Bay of Fundy’s mighty waters rise more than 14 feet higher than the Saint John River, reversing its flow.

    You will see it from the Fallsview Park, the lowest point on land, and then from the Skywalk, a glass-and-steel structure that extends high above the water. Watching the tidal surge from this elevated vantage point is exhilarating. For a more complete understanding of how and why the water rises and falls so dramatically, you will watch a short film in the interpretive center nearby. Afterwards, you will return to the pier.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 1 hour of easy to moderate walking/standing. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests. This tour may not be suitable for those with mobility concerns and/or a fear of heights. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Children must be able to walk on their own on the Skywalk. While rare, severe weather can affect the availability of the Skywalk.

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  • Bay of Fundy Coastline By Zodiac

    Ride in a Zodiac boat along the beautiful coast of the Bay of Fundy and then see the wonders from a different perspective by driving through parkland and pausing at the beach.

    After departing from the pier, you will settle in for a relaxing and immensely scenic drive to St. Martins, a lovely coastal village settled in 1783. After boarding a Zodiac boat, you will begin cruising along the longest stretch of coastal wilderness on the eastern seaboard.

    You will see caves that the world’s highest tides have carved out of the red sandstone cliffs, forests growing right to the water’s edge, and one gorgeous beach after another. This part of the bay is so environmentally and geologically unique that UNESCO has designated it a Biosphere Reserve worthy of being preserved in its natural state.

    After more than an hour at sea, you will then see this natural wonderland from a different perspective by driving the parkway that hugs the coast. Along the way, a guide will enlighten you regarding the area’s shipbuilding and logging history.

    While stopping at Long Beach, you will learn fascinating details about the wildly fluctuating tides. At low tide, the sea recedes about 1,600 feet (more than five football fields in length!), exposing huge stretches of the ocean floor.

    On the return to Saint John, you will stop in St. Martins, a lovely coastal village settled in 1783. The lighthouse, fishing boats and twin covered bridges show how life here revolves around the water.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 2 hours of walking and/or standing. It is not available to wheelchair guests. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Guests who suffer from motion sickness may wish to take pre-emptive measures. Warm weather-appropriate, layered clothing; a waterproof jacket and flat, comfortable walking shoes with a non-slip sole are suggested. Guests will be provided with Personal Flotation Devices for the zodiac boat ride. Depending on the weather, guests may also be given a full float suit to wear. This tour is tide dependent.

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  • Art and Architecture

    Walk through the enchanting streets of Saint John, learning about its history, admiring the architectural treasures, and watching artists create works in a variety of media.

    After departing from the pier, you will soon arrive in the heart of downtown Saint John, Canada’s first incorporated city. Although the Great Fire of 1877 destroyed much of Saint John, the city was beautifully rebuilt with stone and brick following that conflagration.

    The Old City Market will be your first stop. It opened in 1876 and barely escaped the devastating Great Fire of 1877. Be sure to notice the market’s ceiling, which resembles an inverted keel of a ship in honor of Saint John’s long history of shipbuilding.

    While here, you will sample dulse, a deep-purple sea vegetable that is dried and eaten by the handful like popcorn. You can also expect to taste some local maple syrup before walking on to the restored Imperial Theatre, an architectural gem built in 1913 as a vaudeville house.

    Other highlights include Trinity Church, the elegant residences flanking Germain Street, and the historical business district along Prince William Street. The guide will point out architectural details such as gargoyles, stained-glass windows and wrought-iron fences.

    Before walking back to the pier, you will also visit the BMG Gallery to browse the collection of work from regional artists. You can expect to see the artists creating fine jewelry, painting, sculpting wood and perhaps making pottery, all of which is available for sale.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 3 hours of walking. It is not available to wheelchair guests. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Casual, weather-appropriate clothing, sunglasses and flat walking shoes are suggested.

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