If you’re headed to the Port City this summer (or you’re already there!) I’ve done your homework for you: here are five of my favourite ways to keep your family active and entertained in Saint John, New Brunswick.
1. Check out the Queen’s Square Farmer’s Market on Sunday morning (it’s every Sunday this summer!)
Saint Johners are among the most easy-going, friendly people I’ve encountered. That laid-back and open demeanour made this Farmers Market one of my favourites, and once we discovered it we rarely missed a chance to go to the market while we lived in Saint John. Bonus: it happens in uptown Saint John, which means you’ll have a chance to see some beautiful architecture.
2. Go to the beach at New River Provincial Park
This being the Maritimes, we’re used to driving. So while New River Provincial Park is a bit of a drive from Saint John, anything under an hour still counts as far as I’m concerned. The sandy beach is perfect for kids, although depending on how much sand you’re after, you may want to time your visit with the tides.
3. Explore Rockwood Park
What’s not to love about Rockwood Park? Just a few ideas to keep you and the kids busy: hike, watch the ducks, canoe, rock climb, swim, go for a pony ride or play in the huge playground. This urban oasis was a frequent stop for our family last summer.
4. Take the ferry to Digby
Sure, technically this takes you out of Saint John altogether, but kids and adults love the ferry and it can be an enjoyable (albeit not cheap) way to travel with the kiddos. The ferry leaves from the west side of Saint John, and it’s a scenic way to add a second province (Nova Scotia) to your New Brunswick vacation.
5. Visit the Fundy Discovery Aquarium
Again, a bit of a drive, but it’s worth it. So much so that we’ll drive down to the Aquarium in St. Andrews-by-the-Sea from Fredericton this year to go again.