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Welcome to Saint John

Explore plenty of natural wonders from the world’s highest tides to the first UNESCO geopark in North America. Go kayaking or hiking. Walk on the ocean floor or shop at one of the oldest public markets in the continent. Welcome to Saint John.

At the mouth of the famous Bay of Fundy, the historic seaport of Saint John is bustling with activity. Learn about the province’s history at a museum, explore the culture at a gallery, shop for some of the finest crafts you’ll find anywhere… and it’s almost all within view of the harbour and within walking distance from the cruise ship.

Your visit won’t be complete without a visit to St. Martins, the Hopewell Rocks or the Saint John City Market. 

In addition to the natural beauty of Saint John and its cultural and historic attractions, you’ll notice that the warmth of the people who live here will stay with you long after the ship sails away from the harbour.

When you leave this port city, you’ll know why the locals call it Saint Awesome.


Natalie Allaby
Manager, Cruise Development

Port Saint John
111 Water Street
Saint John, NB E2L 0B1

Phone: (506) 977-3456
Email: nallaby@sjport.com
Website: www.cruisesaintjohn.com

Port Specifications

Voted as one of the top three transit ports in the world by Seatrade Inside in 2009, Saint John is ideally suited to handle all sizes of cruise vessels. The new Marco Polo Cruise Terminal was purpose-built and greatly enhances the experience for cruise guests visiting the Bay of Fundy. In fact, Saint John has four cruise ship berths which are within five minutes walking distance to the uptown area. Plus there's a market right on the dock.

Available Services

  • Fresh water
  • Bunker fuel
  • Ship building/repair
  • Ship chandler – marine suppliers
  • Airport
  • Port operations personnel/security
  • Stevedoring
  • Tugs
  • Canada Customs
  • Customs House Brokers
  • International garbage disposal
  • Gray/black water/sludge removal
  • Pilotage Services (compulsory)
  • Crew lounge

Vessel Agents

The partners in the Atlantic Canada Cruise Association are ready to welcome your ships to our harbours. These vessel agents can help you secure the berths you need. For more information please contact Saint John Port Authority.

Things to do

Treat Yourself at The City Market

Fill a shopping bag or two at the oldest continually operating public market in North America. If you can't find it at the Saint John City Market, you probably don't need it. Open six days a week, this wonderful old building houses country vendors and green grocers, butchers and fish stalls, cafés, and souvenirs.

Enjoy some of the finest food and crafts to be found anywhere, whether you're looking for that perfect gift, or just to treat yourself.

Experience Area 506 Waterfront Container Village

We’ve taken something that you’ve known and loved – the AREA 506 Vendor Village – and turned it into an amazing experience on the Saint John waterfront.

In June 2022, we opened the full waterfront experience with a diverse collection of retail shops, a performance space, a Waterfront Container Lounge, food trucks, public art and pop-up activities. All wrapped up in more than 60 shipping containers, celebrating everything that’s cool about being a Port City.

Over 35 vendors brought this innovative space to life for six months and created memorable experiences for the nearly 500,000 visitors who passed through the gates.

Get The Full St. Martins Experience

See some of the wonders created by the world's highest tides. Tucked in the spectacular red sandstone cliffs, the St. Martins Sea Caves are treasures just begging to be discovered.

At low tide, walk inside caves that sit on the ocean floor before hiking up to the beautiful town of St. Martins. There, take a leisurely stroll across a covered bridge. When you’ve worked up enough of an appetite, experience the world’s best seafood chowder at a restaurant right on the beach!

The St. Martins Covered Bridges

Situated nicely in this quaint village with art shops, ice cream, cafés and restaurants are two covered bridges leading to many seaside adventures - from sea kayaking to boat tours and sea caves. Get your camera ready!

Family Fun in St. Martins

Spend a day visiting the Fundy Trail Parkway, exploring the St. Martins Sea Caves and picnicking on the beach, or enjoying a bowl of world famous chowder at The Caves Restaurant with dessert from Octopus Ice Cream - right on the wharf! If you're feeling adventurous, head out on a sea kayak or enjoy a coastline zodiac tour. St. Martins is the perfect spot for family fun.

See The World’s Highest Tides at Hopewell Rocks

Marvel at the flower-pot shape of the unique Hopewell Rocks in the Bay of Fundy which have been carved by the world’s highest tides… one of the Marine Wonders of the World.

Take a walk on the ocean floor at low tide or experience the waters at high tide when the waters rise four entire stories…

Moosehead Brewery Tours

Visit the oldest independent brewery in Canada - home to world class beers since 1867! Book a tour of the new Small Batch Brewery and stay a while, enjoying a few pints on the beautiful patio.

The Caves Restaurant

The home of the World Famous Chowder - need we say more? Stop in for fresh seafood dishes or anything else your taste buds crave, be it burgers, sandwiches or fresh salads. The Caves Restaurant is a local and worldwide favourite.

The Urban Explorer

The walkable streets of Uptown Saint John will transform you into an urban explorer within minutes. Visit the many boutiques, galleries, coffee shops and restaurants throughout the uptown core, with many stunning, Insta-worthy photo ops along the way.

Timbertop Adventures

This treetop adventure park is the perfect playground for kids and adults alike. Spend your day exploring the many climbing courses, whimsical enough to appeal to children of all ages, but challenging enough to work up a sweat!

Local Tourism

Keep the trip planning going, explore the local tourism sites for more itineraries and trip ideas:

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