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Saint John (New Brunswick)

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Introduction

The largest city in New Brunswick, this city at the mount of the Saint John river is a historic seaport and Canada's oldest incorporated city. It is home to the reversing falls.

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Sights and Activities

Bay of Fundy

The Bay of Fundy - Discover the highest tides in the world in the Bay of Fundy - measuring highs of 16 metres (54 feet). At low tide, comb the beach for amethyst stones and crustaceans. The Bay of Fundy is a favourite destination to many shorebirds and whales, eagles and osprey.

The Fundy Coastal Drive is a popular way to see the Bay of Fundy. The route, which runs from Sackville to St. Stephen, through the cities of Dieppe, Moncton, Saint John, and St. Andrews. The map of the drive can be downloaded as a PDF from the Tourism New Brunswick website, and you can get more details on the Bay of Fundy from the Tourism New Brunswick website.

Reversing Falls

Located in Saint John, twice a day the powerful tides of the Bay of Fundy, the highest in the world, do something that doesn’t happen anywhere else - they push the St. John River backwards, a phenomenon called the Reversing Falls. Open year round and free to visit, the falls can be accessed by taking Route 1 and getting off at either exit 119 A or B. Restaurants and observation decks are open daily, year round. Visitor Information Centre, gift shop and theatre are open from mid-May to mid-October.

Check the following online guide for tide information, or ask your local accomodations on details when to see the tides. More information on the Reversing falls can be found at The Saint John Tourism website and the Tourism New Brunswick website.

Other Sights and Activities

More sights and activites can be found at Tourism New Brunswick or Saint John Tourism.

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Getting There

By Plane

Air Canada (1-888-247-2262; http://www.aircanada.com) flies from Halifax, Montreal and Toronto to Sain John.
More details can be found at Saint John Airport homepage.

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet usage is wide-spread in Canada. Wi-fi is available in many locations in larger cities, sometimes free and sometimes at a cost. You will find Wi-Fi in coffee stores, some restaurants and also hotels and motels more and more offer this service for free, but with a code usually. Internet cafes are common along major streets, and and in larger cities, charge between $3 and $4 for an hour, usually in 20-minute increments.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The country calling code to Canada is: 1. To make an international call from Canada, the code is: 011. Emergency services can be reached by dialling 911. This number will give you free access to Police, Fire and Ambulance services and can be used from landlines, phone booths and cell phones.

The populous areas of Canada along the border with the USA have excellent cellular and wired telecommunications, meaning that travellers are never fair from an international phone call home, a WIFI connection or an internet cafe. Depending on the mobile phone provider, coverage could be either CDMA and GSM coverage. Travellers wishing to purchase SIM cards for GSM phones should look for Rogers Wireless, Telus Mobility and Bell Mobility, which all offer nationwide availability.

Post

Postal service is provided by Canada Post, a crown corporation owned by the government but run as an independent business. Most post offices keep hours from 9:00am to 5:00pm though in bigger places longer hourse might be available.

To format the envelope of a letter sent within Canada, put the destination address on the centre of its envelope, with a stamp, postal indicia, meter label, or frank mark on the top-right corner of the envelope to acknowledge payment of postage. A return address, although it is not required, can be put on the top-left corner of the envelope in smaller type than the destination address.

The lettermail service allows the mailing of a letter. The basic rate is currently set at $0.63 for one standard letter (30 grams or less). The rates for lettermail are based or weight and size and determine whether the article falls into the aforementioned standard format, or in the oversize one. The rate is the same for a postcard. Mail sent internationally is known as letterpost. It can only contain paper documents. The rate for a standard letter is of $1.10 if sent to the United States, and $1.85 if sent to any other destination. Oversize or overweight letters may be charged a higher fee. Larger parcels can be shipped via Canada post both domestically and internationally, the rate is dependent on the weight and destination. [1]

Federal Express, TNT, UPS or DHL also provide interntional shipping from Canada and are usually very quick and reliable though might cost a little more compared to Canada Post.

Quick Facts

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 45.273315
  • Longitude: -66.063308

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