Saint John Port’s residents are, for the most part, descendants of British loyalists and Irish immigrants. It is home to many attractions that represent its rich history and beautiful natural surroundings.
Fort Howe was constructed in the late 1700s on the site of an earlier 17th Century fortification built by the first French explorers. It offers breathtaking panoramic views of the city and harbor. King Square contains the traditional central bandstand as well as gardens and monuments. Next to the Square is the Loyalist City Burial Ground with two-hundred year-old graves. Saint John Port’s Carleton Martello Tower was built a little too late for the War of 1812, but this National Historic Site was used by Canadian troops for almost 80 years.
The New Brunswick Museum contains exhibits of local history and artifacts as well as scientific and educational exhibitions. The City Market in Uptown is located in an historic building and houses local craftsmen and artists, farmers, bakers and grocers, and business people eager to sell their wares.
Several city parks offer beautiful natural locations in Saint John Port for quiet strolls and outdoor activities. Rockwood Park contains horseback, biking, and walking trails through man-made and natural lakes where swimming is free. Irving Nature Park has walking trails exploring woods, marshes, and beaches. The rapids at Reversing Falls, where the Saint John River flows into the Bay of Fundy, offer a dramatic view of the falls from the Reversing Falls Bridge.
Travelers who want to visit Saint John Port by sea should check out the schedules at the Cruise Saint John website.