Our most recommended things to do in Saint John, New Brunswick

Saint John: Fort La Tour and Martello Tower Guided Trip

1. Saint John: Fort La Tour and Martello Tower Guided Trip

Explore the natural wonders in St. John and its historical attractions with a fun and friendly local guide. Get to the best attractions such as the Carleton Martello Tower, Fort La Tour, Rockwood Park, and the City Market. Enjoy a small group and avoid long lines and wait times for attractions. Upgrade to experience Saint John’s Reversing Falls Rapids on a sightseeing jetboat ride. Embark in style with pickup from your hotel in a comfortable tour van. First, stop at the Saint John City Market, an iconic market dating back to the 1870's and the oldest farmers market in Canada. Browse the large variety of vendors that carry local produce, meats, seafood, and crafts. Next, sit back and relax on a fully narrated driving tour through Saint John. Pass many popular sites and attractions such as the beautiful Rockwood Park, located in the heart of the city and Saint John Port, the bustling Uptown. Drive around King Square, the thrilling Reversing Falls Rapids, Irving House, Red Rose Tea House, City Gardens, and historic Fort Howe while listening to the interesting narration of your guide. Take a step back in history at the Carleton Martello Tower, one of the nine surviving Martello Towers in Canada dating back to 1812. Here, you can look out over the city of Saint John, its harbor, and the skyline from the viewpoint. Make Fort La Tour your last stop, a National Historic Site of Canada and an archaeological site that contains the remains of a 17th-century fortified fur trading post in Saint John. Return back to your Downtown Saint John New Brunswick hotel. Experience the natural beauty of Saint John, New Brunswick.

Saint John: Small Group Night Tour w/Fort La Tour + Martello

2. Saint John: Small Group Night Tour w/Fort La Tour + Martello

Explore the beauty and history of Saint John New Brunswick illuminated at night, with a fun and friendly local guide who will take you to Carleton Martello Tower and Fort La Tour, and on a night time narrated drive through the city. There is no better way to experience the city than with See Sight Tours - Saint John’s best small group tours (max. 6 guests). Enjoy the top attractions and visitor experiences while avoiding long lines and wait times, with our fully guided and narrated tours with all attraction admission fees included along with complimentary hotel pick up and drop off in the comfort of an air-conditioned vans. Your See Sight Tours Guide will greet you at your downtown Saint John accommodations and begin your fully guided tour in the comfort and style. Begin your night with a narrated drive of the city passing multiple dazzling points of interest lit up at night such as; the Saint John Port, Uptown, King Square, the historical Fort Howe, the thrilling Reversing Falls Rapids, and the iconic City Market. Then your guide will take you to the Reversing Falls Rapids a series of rapids on the Saint John River where the river runs through a narrow gorge before emptying into the Bay of Fundy - this is a sight to behold as the monstrously high tide reverses the flow of the mighty Saint John River known as ‘nature’s tug-of-war’. Then, take a step back in history at Fort La Tour, a National Historic Site of Canada - an archaeological site containing the remains of a 17th-century fortified fur trading post in Saint John, New Brunswick. Continue to learn about the city’s history at the Carleton Martello Tower - one of the nine surviving Martello Towers in Canada dating back to 1812 playing a significant role in conflicts up until the Second World War. Here you can look out over the city of Saint John, its harbor and skyline from the viewpoint. At the end of your tour, your guide will take you back to your Downtown Saint John hotel.

Saint John Walking Tour

3. Saint John Walking Tour

Your tour begins with your friendly local guide meeting you outside of Container Village. From there, you will make your way to your first stop at the Three Sisters Lamp. This Victorian-style lamp consisting of three red gas lamps was originally lit in 1877, and is in direct line with the steeple of Trinity Church so that sea captains were able to navigate their way into Saint John Harbour safely at night. While here you will also be able to see the Port of Saint John, as well as Partridge Island. Next, you will head toward Queen Square. With its lush green space, beautiful fountains, and stunning Victorian-era architecture, Queen Square is a peaceful oasis in the heart of the city. From there, you will make your way to King Square, a distinct yet similar square to Queen, with its beautifully maintained gardens, historic monuments, and Victorian-era architecture, as well as multiple cafes, restaurants and shops just waiting to be explored. As you walk through King Square you will see the Imperial Theatre, a premier venue for live performances that is sure to impress with its ornate architecture, including its soaring ceilings, intricate mouldings, and stunning stained-glass windows. You will then make your way to the Loyalist Burial Ground. Established in 1784, the cemetery was used as the final resting place for many of the city's early settlers and features a collection of old headstones and monuments, some of which date back to the late 1700s, offering a glimpse into the city's past. Once you leave the Loyalist Burial Ground, you will head to the City Market. Established in the late 1700s, the market has been a central gathering place for locals and visitors alike for centuries. Today, the market is a vibrant hub of activity, offering a diverse range of goods and services, including locally-sourced produce, artisanal food items, handcrafted gifts, and more. You will love venturing through this amazing market. When you have finished making your way through the City Market, you will walk through the Harbour Passage. Harbour Passage is a network of linked walking and cycling paths, lookout points, and historical landmarks that link the northern and western parts of the city with uptown Saint John. You will be blown away by the views along the way. As you make your way through the Harbour Passage, you will reach Fort La Tour, where your tour will come to an end. Enjoy taking a walk back in time at this military post as you learn about the rich history of the area and explore the remnants of the fortification before parting ways with your guide. Don’t hesitate to book this once-in-a-lifetime walking tour of Saint John!

Saint John Seafood Walking Tour

4. Saint John Seafood Walking Tour

Eat your way through Saint John on our incredible Saint John Seafood Walking Tour. You won’t want to miss this delicious experience! Your tour will begin with your local friendly guide meeting you outside of Container Village. From there, you will head to your first yummy food stop where you will enjoy a perfectly creamy seafood chowder. Once you have finished with your soup, you will make your way to your next destination for delectable oysters. From there, you will walk to King’s Square, an inviting, beautiful urban park that is shaped in the design of the British Union flag, and honors the city's Loyalist heritage through monuments and plaques. This historical park is a must-visit location in Saint John. You will then have the opportunity to try an amazing lobster roll along with a refreshing local lemonade to drink. There is no better way to finish a food tour than with a sweet dessert! You will head to Market Square to have your choice of a tasty dessert. When you are finished, your tour will conclude, your stomach will be full, and your taste buds will be satisfied!

Saint John: Uptown Food and Drink Tour

5. Saint John: Uptown Food and Drink Tour

Enjoy a food and drink walking tour with a passionate local guide for 2.5-hours. Meet your guide at Saint John's City Market, the oldest 6 day-a-week market in Canada. Get a behind-the-scenes look at one of Saint John's oldest fish merchants as you try cold-smoked, hot-smoked, and Candied East Coast Salmon at North Market Seafood. Next, stop at Quality Block where you'll discover a passion for local quality cuisine. Sample gourmet local food and an artisan cocktail. Between stops, earn about the history of Saint John from your guide. Encounter Saint John's illustrious art scene at BMG Art Gallery and hear about various pieces from its owner and local artist. Meet a local brewer at Saint John's oldest craft brewery and enjoy a flight of craft beer. Finally, sample some wine at one of the best-hidden gems in the city, Happinez, the first wine bar in Atlantic Canada.

Saint John: Highlights and History Cycling Tour

6. Saint John: Highlights and History Cycling Tour

Discover Saint John, New Brunswick through a new lens during a 2-3 hour guided cycling tour through the heart of the historic city. Starting at the Lily Lake Pavilion, meet your guide and the group as you being your ride that will take you through some of Saint John’s most iconic places. Learn about the history of Saint John as your guide shares stories of Fort Howe, Reversing Rapids, Carelton Martello Tower, and Fort LaTour. With time to stop and capture scenic photos to remember. At roughly the mid-way point, stopping to recharge with a refreshing beer at the new Moosehead Small Batch Brewery. Head back to Rockwood Park along the scenic harbour passage multi-use path.

Saint John: River Relics Kayak Tour

7. Saint John: River Relics Kayak Tour

The rugged Saint John River shoreline echoes with the ghosts of “River Relics”. Paddle an Ice-aged river, rerouted 15,000 years ago by receding glaciers to it's Bay of Fundy terminus through the gorge at the Reversing Falls rapids. Experience the ruins of a Limestone quarry dating back to the 17th century with 850+ million year old marble. Photo opportunities abound as you pause to learn about the first Pre-Cambrian fossils recorded in scientific literature and the story of an historic lighthouse. Keep an eye open for local wildlife including Bald Eagles, Sturgeon, Great Blue Heron and even the occasional Harbour Seal. This roughly 90 minute kayak tour starts and finishes at Dominion park beach, where you'll meet up with you guide and group to get geared up and go through a quick safety and gear orientation before heading out in the picturesque South Bay region of the Saint John River.

Best of Hopewell Rocks & Fundy National Park from Moncton

8. Best of Hopewell Rocks & Fundy National Park from Moncton

You will be amazed by the incredible power of the world-famous Bay of Fundy on our Best of the Bay of Fundy Tour starting from Moncton, NB. This small-group tour takes you on a captivating journey through the breathtaking landscapes of the Bay of Fundy region, including Fundy National Park, Hopewell Cape, and Cape Enrage Nature Preserve. Prepare to be mesmerized by the natural wonders and stunning views that await you. After picking you up from your downtown Moncton hotel, your adventure begins with a narrated drive along the scenic coastline towards the magnificent Fundy National Park. Along the way, you will have ample opportunities to capture Instagram-worthy pictures at various lookout points that offer breathtaking views of the Bay of Fundy. Once inside Fundy National Park, you will have the chance to explore the park's natural beauty and enjoy the serene atmosphere. Take a moment to appreciate the tranquility of the surroundings and immerse yourself in the pristine wilderness that surrounds you. Continuing the tour, we will make our way to the renowned Hopewell Rocks Provincial Park. This iconic park, known not just in New Brunswick but throughout Canada, boasts towering flowerpot rocks that stand between 40 to 70 feet tall. These impressive rock formations have been sculpted over time by the dramatic forces of tidal erosion. Marvel at their unique shapes and capture unforgettable moments in this natural wonder. Our journey then leads us back along the Fundy coastline to the captivating Cape Enrage Nature Preserve. Here, a picturesque lighthouse perched atop massive cliffs offers breathtaking panoramic views of the bay. Capture the beauty of the landscape and enjoy the tranquil ambiance that surrounds you. As the tour comes to an end, we will transport you back to your downtown Moncton hotel, leaving you with cherished memories of your incredible Bay of Fundy adventure. Join us on the Best of the Bay of Fundy Tour from Moncton, NB, and embark on an unforgettable exploration of one of Canada's most awe-inspiring natural wonders.

Saint John: 150 Years of Beer Tour

9. Saint John: 150 Years of Beer Tour

Discover the spirit of Saint John as you visit three different craft breweries and enjoy plenty of local beer. Learn about the brewing process, the creativity of recipes, and what it is really like to be a brewer. Get a behind-the-scenes look of the various brewhouses, uncovering the aromatic smells and sounds as you go. Sample three to four 5oz beers at each stop, allowing you to truly taste the East Coast. Visit one of the newest locations of the first craft brewery in New Brunswick, the first craft brewery to ever open in Saint John, and a beer bar where you will sample Moosehead, beer from Canada's oldest independently-owned brewery, located in Saint John. Enjoy some snacks at a couple of the stops along the way.

Kennebecasis River: Half Day Paddle and Hike

10. Kennebecasis River: Half Day Paddle and Hike

This half day adventure begins by exploring the area around Long Island on the Kennebecasis River, a nearly 100 km tributary fjord of the Saint John River. Your guide will land you & your kayak on the northern tip of the Island, followed by a guided hike to the 0.8 km Crow’s Nest Trail (100 m above the river), crossing the highest point on the island, and the 1.5 km Minister’s Face Trail leading to the Minister’s Face cliff found on this preserve. Followed by lunch at the beach and the return paddle.

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What people are saying about Saint John, New Brunswick

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 16 reviews

I was on a cruise with my family and the excursions we wanted were fully booked. We lucked out though, because I found Get Your Guide and this tour was so much better. We were a group of 4 so we ended up with a private tour of Saint John with our guide Cher. The tour covered all the areas we wanted to see as well as some we hadn't heard about. We learned about the area on the way to each stop and were given time to go through at our own pace. Would definitely recommend this tour and Cher was a great guide.

Our guide was waiting for us on the pier as arranged. Cher was friendly and knowledgeable about Saint John, adding background to each of our stops. When we expressed interest in something we had read about, she gracefully worked it into our allotted time.

Saint John is one beautiful city with a rich history. And I cannot think of anyone better than Cher to visit this city with. Thank you for such a special tour and experience!

Wonderful tour and an amazing tour guide, Cher! She was fun, knowledgeable and extremely accommodating. We had a very enjoyable trip around the city.

The owner was lovely. Showed us the entire town , its highlights & took our pictures too.