Book flights to Saint John, New Brunswick and discover its verdant parks, urban charm and a thriving historical past.
Saint John, NB, not to be confused with St. John’s NL, is a popular tourist destination known for its natural wonders and cultural attractions. Some of the most popular places to visit are the Reversing Rapids, where the monstrous Bay of Fundy and strong St. John River duke it out over crashing tides.
If you’re in the mood for a little shopping and a lot of eating, head over to the Saint John City Market, the oldest continuing farmers’ market in North America. Here, local vendors and artisans are lined within its rafters that resemble the inverted hull of a ship. After wandering down the aisles, you’re sure to find a souvenir or two to bring back home.
The waterfront streets of Saint John evoke a remarkable past for visitors and locals alike. The Market Square offers the perfect backdrop for watching cruise ships dock. Contemporary food and entertainment are also served in this square with lots of options to choose from.
History buffs will love the city’s historical buildings such as the New Brunswick Museum, North America’s longest-running museum. It features three full floors of Saint John’s industrial history, the Hall of Great Whales and other interesting galleries suitable for all ages.
If you prefer a deep breath of fresh air, venture through Irving Nature Park. Just minutes away from Saint John’s city centre, this 11 km outdoor oasis offers you a choice of forest, beach, marsh and trails. Or make a day out of Rockwood Park, where outdoor enthusiasts will love the long list of action-packed activities available to them.
Discover this maritime gem and book flights to Saint John for its small city charm, history, and natural wonders.
Known as the jewel of the historic west side of Saint John, Irving Nature Park is located on the coastline that winds along the Bay of Fundy. Make this your first stop after your Porter flight to Saint John arrives.
Only minutes away from the Saint John city centre, this 600-acre park is made up of volcanic rock and forest along with marsh, beach and trails. From flora to fauna, Irving Nature Park is made up of six ecosystems.
The park spans 11km along the coastline, with views of the beautifully rugged Bay of Fundy. Although Irving Nature Park was originally created to protect its delicate surroundings, the public is more than welcome to walk through and learn about its various ecosystems. If you’re not sure where to start, park staff members are available for free guided tours.
There’s something for everyone in the park. History buffs will find its geological past interesting. It contains the pre-glacial outlet of the Saint John River, as well as marine clay containing over 10,000-year-old clamshells.
If you’re on foot, walk one of the eight different trails. There are varying lengths for those from all walks of life to enjoy – from casual wanderers to avid hikers. Choose to walk in the direction of the boardwalk that extends into the salt marsh. Here, you can snap a clear view of the 250 species of birds soaring overhead.
For more wildlife, head to the park’s harbour and get a front row seat to the always-entertaining seals. Watch as they dive for food or sun themselves on the rocks from the Seal Observation Deck.
Go up, way, way up to the park’s highest point, the Lookout Tower. From above the trees, use the binoculars mounted on site for a full 360 view of the land and sea.
During the summer months, pack a lunch and head to the picnic areas where you can flip a few burgers and enjoy a delicious lunch in the shade. To work off all that food, enjoy finding your way out of the massive cedar hedge mazes.
If you happen to be visiting during the winter, this park’s year-round care is evident in its well-groomed trails. Swoosh through the thick-forested areas and enjoy all the beautiful scenery on your cross-country skis.
As soon as your Porter flight to Saint John touches down, fast forward to Reversing Falls. This rare geologic wonder is sure to impress all.
The rapids at Reversing Falls change their direction and result in three different tides: low, slack and high.
At low tide, the river empties into the bay causing a series of rapids and whirlpools. As the tides rise back up, the river current begins to slow; this is called a slack tide. It’s only at this time that the river becomes calm. The Bay’s tides continue to rise and reverse the flow of the river, and rapids form again, peaking at high tide. This entire cycle can take up to 12.5 hours.
To truly appreciate this phenomenon, it is recommended to visit just before the end of low tide. During that time, the falls are vigorously rushing through – a sight that is highly recommend by all.
Make sure you visit the Information Centre at Reversing Falls to learn about the geologic wonders that give rise to these currents.
If you want a closer look, take a sightseeing boat tour that runs through the calm portions of the tide. Relax and admire the beautiful scenery of Saint John on both sides of the boat.
For those that have the need for speed, opt for the jet boat tour and speed through the rapids. This ride is fully equipped with sharp turns and high speeds – make sure you bring an extra pair of clothes, you will get wet on this ride.
If you prefer to travel by foot instead of water, drive to the city’s southern end and walk along the Bay of Fundy. This beautiful hike is full of coastline, beach and wildlife. Take in the beauty from the towering cliffs and get a different perspective of the Reversing Falls.
Before your flight from Saint John takes off, no trip is complete without taking a selfie or two of the beauty that surrounds the Reversing Falls.
Porter’s check-in desk is located in the departures area.
Saint John Airport (YSJ) is about 17 km / 11 mi from downtown Saint John.
Taxi from downtown costs about $30 CAD. Limousine service is also available.
Please allow sufficient time to drop off your car rental before your departing flight.