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Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada

Located at the mouth of the Saint John River on the Bay of Fundy, Saint John’s history dates back to the early 1500s when it is believed that Basque, Breton and Norman fisherman made voyages to what is known today as Saint John. As the oldest and largest city in Canada, today Saint John is unparalleled to any other, offering visitors the urban charm of a vibrant, historic city and the grand, natural allure of the world-famous Bay of Fundy. 

Lighthouse at Saint John

Lighthouse at Saint John

Lighthouse at Saint John Lighthouse at Saint John

Uptown Saint John Attractions

Shop, dine and enjoy Uptown Saint John. Wander the streets of the city centre and browse boutiques and art galleries on Germain and Canterbury Streets. Grab a bite at one of Uptown’s food stalls or drop into a city centre bistro. Head to Market Square’s Boardwalk and discover the daily entertainment that takes place there.

Shop on Canterbury and Germain Streets

Uptown is home to unique boutiques, eclectic shops and big-box stores. Shop apparel and jewellery, books, music and collectibles and speciality and gift items on Canterbury and Germain Streets. Discover the works of regional artists in the Buckland Merrifield Gallery.  Shop vintage clothing and accessories in SoJo Boutique. Timeless women’s fashion and accessories can be found in Collectables. The very best the knitting world has to offer is carried in Cricket Cove. Exchange on Germain is a designer consignment boutique for both men and women carrying mid to high-end fashions, from J. Crew to Prada. In Loyalist City Coins and Books you can browse a selection of antiques, records, comics and rare books. Niche wellness products are carried in the Feel Good Store. Inside the Trinity Galleries, you can explore two floors of Canadian paintings, sculptures and fine arts.

Uptown Saint John Restaurants

With city market food stalls, coffee shops and cafes, fast food and restaurants and bars, Uptown Saint John has something for everyone. Try the fresh, delicious seafood of the Atlantic at North Market Seafood. Located in the historic Saint John City Market, North Market Seafood’s lunch is served by a knowledgeable and experienced team of fishmongers. Try one of the Urban Deli’s famous Montreal-style smoked meat sandwiches on Montreal light rye bread with a hot cup of soup, located on King Street. On Canterbury Street, Locavore Café offers fresh, locally inspired craft food and amazing coffee in a friendly atmosphere. For something quick, visit Mother Nature’s on Germain Street, makers of pita pockets, stir frys, donairs, lasagnes and garlic lemon chicken. On Princess Street, you can find Britt’s Pub + Eatery, a British-style pub with quality food in a casual atmosphere. For a maritime spin on French cuisine try the East Coast Bistro on Prince William Street.


In addition to its shopping and dining experiences, Uptown Saint John is known for its architecture. Explore the streets of Uptown to admire architecture that reflects the city’s vibrant past and the intriguing modern edge of the present. Stroll Market Square’s Boardwalk or relax on a bench and reflect on the seafaring history that has unfolded there. From stage performances to weekly festivals, there is always something happening on the Market Square’s Boardwalk.

Travel Tips

-          You can find the Visitor Information Centre and Saint John Tour Desk within the Barbour’s General Store, located at the foot of King’s Street.


-          Visit to find out more information about events taking place on the Market Square’s Boardwalk during your visit.


-          Don’t forget your camera. From its historic buildings to its waterfront, Uptown offers photo opportunities you won’t want to miss.