Solo Travel Destination: Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada

The people and sculptures of Saint John New Brunswick photo

The people and sculptures of Saint John New Brunswick.

Solo travel rating: 1
(1 is easiest, 3 is most difficult. Please see chart below)

Languages spoken:

Primary: English

Secondary: French

Reasons to go: Saint John is the largest city located on the Bay of Fundy but it’s still a small city. It’s relaxed yet, as a port-of-call for some cruise ships, it has lots to offer. There’s the New Brunswick Museum for history and the new Stonehammer Geopark for geology. It is one of 77 Geoparks in the world. The Saint John Arts Centre offers visual arts and the Imperial Theatre has performing arts. And, of course, there is a bar and pub scene. For foodies there are great restaurants and the Saint John City Market.

One of the great reasons to go to Saint John is the number of day trips out of the city. There’s hiking along the East Coast Trail and whale watching with one of a number of companies. And, of course, there’s a trip to Minister’s Island which I’ve already written about and Saint Andrew’s-by-the-Sea.

The city is small so most things are within walking distance. For the day trips you will need a car.

Scallop salad photo

The seafood is fabulous all around the Bay of Fundy. I had this scallop salad at the Opera Restaurant in Saint John.

Saint John City Market

Continuing along the food theme, the Saint John City Market is famous.

The Stonehammer Geopark at the New Brunswick Museum

Main street of Saint John. It’s really a charming town.

Solo Travel Destination Rating

Safety – 1 (1 very safe, 2 safe in most areas, 3 be cautious at all times.)

Language – 1 (1 English is first language, 2 English speakers easy to find, 3 English speakers rare)

Navigation – 1 (1 easy to navigate by transit or car, 2 poor transit, car necessary, 3 not easy to get around)

Culture – 1 (1 Similar to North America or Western Europe, 2 Different from above but relaxed and easy, 3 Challenging)

Average Rating – 1 (1 is easiest, 3 is most difficult)

I was in Saint John as a guest of New Brunswick Tourism though I have been to the city a number of times before. All words and opinions are my own.



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  • Jocelyne Marchand

    except that the Hopewell Rocks are no where near Saint John – they are close to Moncton

  • Janice Waugh

    New Brunswick is very snowy during the winter. Many facilities won’t be open but certainly Saint John would be great and I expect that the Bay of Fundy itself would hold a special dramatic appeal at that time of year. I’m thinking about the Hopewell Rocks in particular.

  • Jane

    I would also like to know if it is worth visiting during winter?

  • Silver Jewelry Jaipur

    wow…………….. great man really great city i love it a lot

  • Admin

    . I think summer is the time to go there! What is winter like?

  • Janice Waugh

    It’s fixed now (I feel quite embarrassed but I must say it’s gratifying to receive so many comments on this error. I know you’re reading! )

  • Janice Waugh

    Oops! Fixing it now. Thanks so much (she says embarrassed.) Of course I know that. I learned it in public school.

  • Janice Waugh

    Oh my goodness. I know better than that. Of course it’s Fredericton. My apologies to all from New Brunswick. I will fix the post now so that people are not misled. Thanks for having my back!

  • Faye

    St. John isn’t the capital of New Brunswick, Fredericton is.

  • Skyline_8

    Hello there – In the above article, it mentions that Saint John is the capital of New Brunswick.¬† It actually isn’t.¬† Fredericton is the capital city.

  • Robert_goodman1

    Fredericton is the capital of this Province. Not Saint John

  • Chris

    1s across the board, wow!