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Saint John, New Brunswick

Saint John
City of Saint John
Downtown Saint John
Downtown Saint John
Coat of arms of Saint John
Coat of arms
Nickname(s): Fundy City, Loyalist City, Port City, Original City, Renaissance City[1]
Motto: "O Fortunati Quorum Jam Moenia Surgunt"
(Latin for, "O Fortunate Ones Whose Walls Are Now Rising."
or "O Happy They, Whose Promised Walls Already Rise")
Saint John is located in New Brunswick
Saint John
Saint John
Location of Saint John in New Brunswick
Country Canada
Province New Brunswick
County Saint John County
Parish Simonds Parish
Established 1604
Major Settlement Started 1783
Incorporation May 18, 1785 (1785-05-18)
Founded by Gov. Thomas Carlton
Named for St. John the Baptist
 • City Mayor Mel Norton
 • Governing body Saint John City Council
 • MPs Rodney Weston
 • MLAs Trevor Holder, Ed Doherty, Dorothy Shephard,Glen Savoie
 • Land 315.82 km2 (121.94 sq mi)
 • Urban 209.68 km2 (80.96 sq mi)
 • Metro 3,362.95 km2 (1,298.44 sq mi)
Highest elevation 80.8 m (265.1 ft)
Lowest elevation 0 m (0 ft)
Population (2011)[2][3][4]
 • City 70,063
 • Density 221.8/km2 (574/sq mi)
 • Urban 95,902
 • Urban density 457.4/km2 (1,185/sq mi)
 • Metro 127,761
 • Metro density 38.0/km2 (98/sq mi)
 • Pop 2006-2011 Increase 3.0%
 • Dwellings 33,530
Demonym Saint Johner
Time zone Atlantic (AST) (UTC-4)
 • Summer (DST) Atlantic (ADT) (UTC-3)
Canadian Postal code E2K, E2L, E2J, And E2P
Area code(s) 506
Telephone Exchanges 202, 214, 333, 343, 557–8, 592, 608, 631–640, 642–654, 657–8, 663, 672, 674, 693–4, 696, 721, 977
NTS Map 021G08
Website City of Saint John

Saint John is the largest city in New Brunswick and the second largest city in the maritime provinces. It is known as the Fundy City due to its location on the north shore of the Bay of Fundy at the mouth of the St. John River, as well as being the only city on the bay. In 1785 Saint John became the first incorporated city in Canada.[5][6]

Saint John had a population of 70,063 in 2011 over an area of 315.82 square kilometres (121.94 sq mi).[2] The Saint John metropolitan area covers a land area of 3,362.95 square kilometres (1,298.44 sq mi) across the Caledonia Highlands, with a population (as of 2011) of 127,761 (second largest in New Brunswick behind Moncton), marking an increase of 4.4% since 2006.[4]


Notable firsts

A blacksmith shop near Saint John harbour in the late 19th century
  • 1785: First quarantine station in North America, Partridge Island, established by the city's charter.[7] In the early 19th century, it greeted sick and dying Irish emigrants arriving to the New World with inhospitable conditions.
  • 1830: The first chartered bank in Canada, the Bank of New Brunswick.
  • Canada's oldest publicly funded high school, Saint John High School
  • 1838: First penny newspaper in the Empire, the tri-weekly Saint John News, established by George E Fenety.[8]
  • 1842: Canada's first public museum, originally known as the Gesner Museum, named after its Nova Scotian founder Abraham Gesner, the inventor of kerosene. The museum is now known as the New Brunswick Museum.
  • 1851: Marco Polo ship launched.
  • 1854: The world's first automated steam foghorn was invented by Robert Foulis.[9]
  • 1870: Canada's first Y.W.C.A. established by Mrs. Agnes A. Blizzard in a house on Germain Street.
  • 1870: First Knights of Pythias in British Empire.[10]
  • 1872: First monitor top railroad cars in the world invented by James Ferguson. The original model is in the New Brunswick Museum in Saint John.[11]
  • 1880: First clockwork time bomb developed in 1880.
  • 1906: First public playground in Canada which was started by Miss Mabel Peters. This playground is known as the Allison Ground Playground in Rockwood Court. On July 16, 2009, 103 years after its opening, Allison Ground Playground is the first playground, that Mabel Peters encouraged, to be renamed in her honour as Mabel Peters Playground.[12]
  • 1907: First orchestra to accompany a silent moving picture on the North American continent was by Walter Golding in the old nickel theater, May 1907.
  • 1918: First Minister of Health of the British Empire, W. F. Roberts, M.D.[13]
  • 1918: One of the first police unions in Canada, the Saint John Police Protective Association, was formed in Saint John.[14]
  • 1923: First Miss Canada Mrs. Harold Drummie (née Winnie Blair).

Geography and climate

Reversing Falls.

Physical geography

Situated in the south-central portion of the province, along the north shore of the Bay of Fundy at the mouth of the St. John River, the city is split by the south-flowing river and the east side is bordered on the north by the Kennebecasis River where it meets the St. John River at Grand Bay. The harbour is home to a terminal for cruise ships as well as being a fairly busy home for various container ships.

The St. John River itself flows into the Bay of Fundy through a narrow gorge several hundred feet wide at the centre of the city. It contains a unique phenomenon called the Reversing Falls where the diurnal tides of the bay reverse the water flow of the river for several kilometres. A series of underwater ledges at the narrowest point of this gorge also create a series of rapids.

The topography surrounding Saint John is hilly; a result of the influence of two coastal mountain ranges which run along the Bay of Fundy – the St. Croix Highlands and the Caledonia Highlands. The soil throughout the region is extremely rocky with frequent granite outcrops. The coastal plain hosts numerous freshwater lakes in the eastern, western and northern parts of the city.

In Saint John the height difference from low to high tide is approximately 8 metres (28 ft) due to the funnelling effect of the Bay of Fundy as it narrows. The Reversing Falls in Saint John, actually an area of strong rapids, provides one example of the power of these tides; at every high tide, ocean water is pushed through a narrow gorge in the middle of the city and forces the St. John River to reverse its flow for several hours.


Map of Saint John from 1894,including the lower west (Then Carleton), and uptown

Saint John is a city of neighbourhoods, with residents closely identifying with their particular area.

South (End) Central Peninsula—Uptown

The central peninsula on the east side of the harbour, and the area immediately opposite on the west side, hosts the site of the original city from the merger of Parrtown and Carleton. The western side of the central peninsula subsequently saw increased development and currently includes the central business district (CBD) and the Trinity Royal heritage district, which together are referred to as "Uptown" by residents throughout the city. As most of this area in the central peninsula is situated on a hill, it is rarely called "Downtown." The south end of the central peninsula, south of Duke Street, is appropriately called the South End.

North End (Indiantown/Millidgeville/Mount Pleasant/Portland)

Houses on Clarendon Street, in the city's North End neighbourhood.

The area north of the Highway #1 from the South Central Peninsula is called the North End; both areas being predominantly urban residential older housing which is undergoing gentrification. Much of the North End is made up of the former city of Portland and comprises another former working class area which is slowly undergoing gentrification at the eastern end of Douglas Avenue; immediately north of Portland and upstream from the Reversing Falls is the former community of Indiantown.

Vessels navigating the St. John River can only transit the Reversing Falls gorge at slack tide, thus Indiantown became a location during the 19th and 20th centuries where tugboats and paddle wheelers could dock to wait. Being located at the beginning of the navigable part of the St. John River, Indiantown also became a major terminal for vessels departing to ply their trade upriver.

Further north of the central part of the city, and northeast of the North End and Portland, along the southern bank of the Kennebecasis River is the area of Millidgeville which is generally considered a neighbourhood separate from the North End. The boundary of Millidgeville is typically thought to begin at the "Y" intersection of Somerset Street and Millidge Ave or right after Tartan St. It is a middle to upper-class neighbourhood. Located here is University of New Brunswick, as well as New Brunswick's largest health care centre, the Saint John Regional Hospital, and Saint John's only completely French school and community centre, Centre Scolaire Communautaire Samuel-de-Champlain.

The eastern area of the North End plays host to the city's largest park, and one of Canada's largest urban parks. Rockwood Park encompasses 890 hectares of upland Acadian mixed forest, many hills and several caves, as well as several freshwater lakes, with an extensive trail network, a golf course, and the Cherry Brook Zoo. The park was designed by Calvert Vaux in the mid-to-late 19th century. Mount Pleasant borders the park, and is generally seen as distinct from the traditionally poorer North End.

East Side (Simonds/Loch Lomond)

Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church in Saint John

To the east of the Courtney Bay / Forebay and south of New Brunswick Route 1 is the East Side, where the city has experienced its greatest suburban sprawl in recent decades with commercial retail centres and residential subdivisions. There has been significant and consistent commercial and retail development in the Westmorland Road-McAllister Drive-Consumer's Drive-Major's Brook Drive-Retail Drive corridor since the 1970s, including McAllister Place, the city's largest shopping mall, which opened in 1978, and with active year-to-year development since 1994. The city's current airport is located further east on the coastal plain among several lakes at the far eastern edge of the municipality. Far east side is Loch Lomand, including several urban neighbourhoods are found here, including Forest Hills, Champlain Heights, Lakewood Heights. The malls were built by filling in Major's Brook (a tributary to Marsh Creek), making the area unstable. The area floods regularly.

West Side (Carleton/Lancaster/Fairville)

The portion of the city west of the St. John River is collectively referred to as West Side, although West Saint Johners typically divide this area into several neighbourhoods. As mentioned previously, the Lower West Side is the former working-class neighbourhood that was known as Carleton at the time of the city's formation in 1785. West and north of the Lower West Side is the former city of Lancaster (commonly referred to as Saint John West), which was amalgamated into Saint John in 1967. The dividing line is generally agreed upon to be Martello Tower and not Lancaster Avenue, with the streets east and south of Lancaster Avenue being considered to be the "West Side, and the streets north and west of Lancaster Avenue, having been renamed from Lancaster, NB to Saint John West, NB.

The southern part of Lancaster abutting Saint John Harbour and the Bay of Fundy is Bayshore and the location of Canadian Pacific Railway's Bayshore Yard. The north end of Lancaster, known as Fairville, is home to Moosehead Brewery and older neighbourhoods clustered along Manawagonish Road. North of Fairville are the communities of Milford and Randolph. Randolph, which is home to Dominion Park Beach, is actually on the city's largest island, joined to Milford by the Canal Bridge over Mosquito Cove on Greenhead Road.

West of Lancaster, the city hosts its second largest park, and one of the largest coastal urban parks in the country. The Irving Nature Park, along Saints' Rest Beach sits on an extensive peninsula called Taylor's Island extending into the western part of the harbour into the Bay of Fundy.


Saint John's suburbs, just on the edge of the city limit, are Rothesay, Quispamsis, and Grand Bay-Westfield. Mainly residential, the suburbs have attracted many of Saint John's residents leading to, until the last census of 2011, the city's population to shrink.


Saint John
Climate chart ()
Average max. and min. temperatures in °C
Precipitation totals in mm
Source: Environment Canada[15]

The climate of Saint John is humid continental (Köppen climate classification Dfb). The Bay of Fundy never fully freezes, thus moderating the winter temperatures compared with inland locations. Even so, with the prevailing wind blowing from the west (from land to sea), the average January temperature is about −8.2 °C (17.2 °F). Summers are usually warm to hot, and daytime temperatures often exceed 25 °C (77 °F). The highest temperature recorded in a given year is usually 30 °C (86 °F) or 31 °C (88 °F). Saint John experiences a considerable amount of fog during the summer months, though the fog usually does not last throughout the entire day.

Annual precipitation in Saint John totals about 1,390 millimetres (55 in) annually and is well distributed throughout the year, although the late autumn and early winter is typically the wettest time of year. Snowfalls can often be heavy, but rain is as common as snow in winter, and it is not unusual for the ground to be snow-free even in mid-winter.

Buildings and structures

  • Courtney Bay Smokestacks (each 106.7 metres (350 ft))
  • Brunswick Square (80.8 metres (265 ft)) 19-story office building with 511,032 square feet (47,476.4 m2) which was built in 1976. It is the largest office building in New Brunswick in terms of square footage and second in Atlantic Canada behind the Maritime Centre in Halifax. It is tied with Assumption Place in Moncton for the tallest in New Brunswick.[18]
  • Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (Gothic style Catholic cathedral, construction began in 1853, its spire rises to 70.1 metres (230 ft))
  • City Hall (55.2 metres (181 ft)) 15-storey office building (165,000 square feet (15,300 m2))
  • Brunswick House (52 metres (171 ft)) 14-storey office building (103,000 square feet (9,600 m2))[19]
  • Irving Building (50 metres (160 ft)) 14-storey office building[20]
  • Harbourside Senior Citizens Housing Complex (43 metres (141 ft)) 12-story apartment building
  • Harbour Building (37 metres (121 ft)) 10-storey office building
  • Mercantile Centre (30 metres (98 ft)) 7-storey office building (106,600 square feet (9,900 m2))[21]
  • Chateau Saint John 8-storey Hotel (112 rooms)[22]
  • City Market (built in 1876, oldest city market in North America, with an original ship's hull roof design)
  • Loyalist Man

National Historic Sites

There are 13 National Historic Sites of Canada in Saint John.[23]



The population of the city declined from the 1970 to the early 21st century, but this trend has now reversed itself and has shown its first increase in many years in the 2011 census.

Metropolitan area

In the year 2011 the population of the Greater Saint John area has been stagnating at 127,761, of whom 49% were male and 51% female. Children under five accounted for approximately 21% of the population. People 65 and over accounted for 27% of the population. In the years between 1996 and 2005, the population of Saint John declined 6.8%. When the census was taken in May 2006 the population of Saint John was 69,684 compared with 68,103 in 2001.

Ethnicity and religion

Canada's 2006 Census found that amongst the Saint John population's reported ethnic origins, 42.1% of the population described their background as Canadian, followed by English (35.6%), Irish (33.6%), Scottish (27.3%), French (22.7%), German (6.0%), Dutch (3.2%), North American Indian (3.2%), Welsh (2.0%), and many others. (Numbers add to more than 100% due to multiple responses: e.g. "English & Scottish".)

With regard to religion, 89.2% identify as Christian (47.6% Protestant, 40.3% Roman Catholic, and 1.3% other Christian, mostly Orthodox and independent churches). 10.1% state no religious affiliation, and other religions including Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, and Hinduism together comprise less than 1%.

2011 Census for Greater Saint John Area, lists population at 127,761 and lists 5,520 as having French as their mother tongue.

Municipal government (Common Council)


Saint John is governed by a body of elected officials, referred to as "Common Council" whose responsibilities include

  • Setting the City Operational Budget
  • Setting the City Water Utility Budget/ Rates
  • Enacting and Amending By-Laws
  • Rezoning and Land-Use permissions of properties in Saint John.
  • Setting the Capital budget for the City.
  • Act as the Board of Directors for the Corporation "City of Saint John"
  • Appoint persons to City Staff and Commissions.
  • Oversee the operation of City Commissions and Departments


The Common Council consists of:

  • The Mayor Mel Norton 2012–present, who runs at-large, acts as Chairman of the Board.
  • Two at-large Common Councilors.
  • Two Common Councilors, from each of the city's four wards.

One is elected by the council to serve as Deputy Mayor.

Current Council is Shelly Rinehart Councillor at Large and Deputy Mayor Shirley MacAlary, Councillor at Large Ward 1 Bill Farren Greg Norton

Ward 2 John MacKenzie Susan Fullerton

Ward 3 Donna Reardon

Ward 4 Ray Strowbridge David Meritthew

In the October 9, 2007 Plebiscite, it was decided that as of the May 2008 quadrennial municipal elections, the city will be divided into four wards of approximately equal population, with two councilors to be elected by the voters in that ward, and two councilors to be elected at large.


Lighted 'Saint John' Sign on the Fort Howe hillside. Below it is Hilyard Place.

Politically, socially, economically, as well as geographically, the sea has shaped Saint John. The Fundy City, as the city has been called as it is the only city located on the Bay of Fundy, has a long history of shipbuilding at the city's dry dock which is one of the largest in the world. Since 2003 shipbuilding has ended on the scale it once was forcing the city to adopt a new economic strategy. The University of New Brunswick, the New Brunswick Museum and the New Brunswick Community College are important institutions along with Radian6 and Horizon Health Network and many others are a part of Saint John's fast growing Research and Information Technology sectors. As the city moves away from its industrial past it now begins to capitalize on the other new growing economies in Saint John of tourism, having over 1.5 million visitors a year and 200,000 cruise ship visitors a year, creating a renaissance in the city's historic downtown (locally known as uptown) with many small business's moving in and large scale waterfront developments underway such as the Fundy Quay being condo, hotel, office space along with the Saint John Law Courts and Three Sisters Harbour front condos.

The Arts & Culture sector play a large role in Saint John's economy. The Imperial Theatre is home to the highly acclaimed Saint John Theatre Company, and the Symphony New Brunswick and hosts a large collection of plays, concerts and other stage production year round. Harbour Station entertainment complex is home to the Saint John Sea Dogs of the QMHL and the Saint John Millrats of the NBL.

Art galleries in Saint John cover the uptown, more than any other atlantic Canadian city. Artists like Miller Brittain and Fred Ross have made Uptown Saint John their home and now the torch has been passed to artists like Gerard Collins, Cliff Turner and Peter Salmon and their respective galleries. Uptown art galleries also include the Trinity Galleries, Citadel Gallery, Handworks Gallery and the Saint John Arts Centre (SJAC). The SJAC located in the Carnegie Building, hosts art exhibits, workshops, local song writers circles and other shows too small to be featured at the grand Imperial Theatre.

Saint John still maintains industrial infrastructure in the city's east side such as Canada's largest oil refinery. Wealthy industrialist K.C. Irving and his family built an industrial conglomerate in the city during the 20th century with interests in oil, forestry, shipbuilding, media and transportation. Irving companies remain dominant employers in the region with North America's first deepwater oil terminal,[24] a pulp mill, a paper mill and a tissue paper plant.

Other important economic activity in the city is generated by the Port of Saint John,[25] the Moosehead Brewery (established in 1867, is Canada's only nationally distributed independent brewery [M. Nicholson]), James Ready Brewing Co., the New Brunswick Power Corporation which operates three electrical generating stations in the region including the Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station, Bell Aliant which operates out of the former New Brunswick Telephone headquarters, the Horizon Health Network, which operates 5 hospitals in the Saint John area,[26] and numerous information technology companies. There are also a number of call centres which were established in the 1990s under provincial government incentives.

View from Fort Howe of the Saint John skyline prior to Peel Plaza

Maritime activities

Until the early first decade of the 21st century, Canada's largest shipyard (Irving Shipbuilding) had been an important employer in the city. During the 1980s-early 1990s the shipyard was responsible for building 9 of the 12 Halifax class multi-purpose patrol frigates for the Canadian Navy. However, the shipyard failing to buckle to Union pressure shut down production. The 25 year Union contract with the shipyard is due to end at the end of the 2012 year. This would allow the shipyard to operate under a new contract. Prior to the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway in the late 1950s, the Port of Saint John functioned as the winter port for Montreal, Quebec when shipping was unable to traverse the sea ice in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and St. Lawrence River. The Canadian Pacific Railway opened a line to Saint John from Montreal in 1889 across the state of Maine and transferred the majority of its trans-Atlantic passenger and cargo shipping to the port during the winter months. The port fell into decline following the seaway opening and the start of year-round icebreaker services in the 1960s. In 1994 CPR left Saint John when it sold the line to shortline operator New Brunswick Southern Railway. The Canadian National Railway still services Saint John with a secondary mainline from Moncton.


Besides being the location of several historical forts, such as Fort Howe, Fort Dufferin, Fort Latour, and the Carleton Martello Tower, Saint John is the location of a number of reserve units of the Canadian Forces.


The following malls are located in the city:



  • Lansdowne Place (Plaza)
  • Churchill Plaza (Plaza)
  • Millidgeville Plaza (Plaza)


  • Lancaster Mall (Mall)
  • Lancaster Plaza (Plaza)
  • Manawagonish Place (Plaza)
  • Main Street West (Street Scape)
  • Fairville Boulevard (Plaza)
  • Westwind Place (Plaza)


See The East Saint John Mall District

  • SuperStore-Staples Mall (Plaza)
  • Rothesay Avenue (Plaza)
  • Loch Lomond Place (Mall/Office)
  • Unnamed Hickey Road Plaza (Plaza)
  • East Point Shopping Centre (Power Centre)
  • Smart!Centres/Wal-Mart Plaza (Power Centre)
  • Exhibition-SCA-McAllister Drive Plaza (Street Scape)
  • MBD Plaza (Plaza)
  • Westmorland Place (Plaza)
  • Parkway Mall (Mall/Office)
  • McAllister Place (Mall)

Energy projects

Canaport LNG

Canaport LNG facility

Canaport LNG, a partnership between Irving Oil (25%) and Repsol (75%), constructed a state-of-the-art LNG receiving and regasification terminal in Saint John, New Brunswick that began operations in 2009. It is the first LNG regasification plant in Canada, sending out natural gas to both Canadian and American markets. The terminal has a send-out capacity, or the ability to distribute via pipeline, 1 billion cubic feet (28 million cubic metres) of natural gas a day after it has been regasified from its liquid state.[31]

Brunswick Pipeline

Emera Inc. will invest approximately $350 million, for full ownership of a proposed pipeline which will deliver natural gas from the planned Canaport(TM) Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) import terminal near Saint John, New Brunswick to markets in Canada and the US Northeast. Brunswick Pipeline will have a diameter of 30 inches (760 mm) and will be capable of carrying approximately 850 million cubic feet (24,000,000 m3) per day of re-gasified LNG. Capacity can be expanded with added compression.[32]

The 145 km (90 mi) pipeline would extend through southwest New Brunswick to an interconnection with the Maritimes and Northeast Pipeline at the Canada/US border near St. Stephen, New Brunswick. The National Energy Board (NEB) has issued its Environmental Assessment Report (EA Report) on the proposed Brunswick Pipeline project. The main finding of the EA Report is that the project is not likely to result in significant adverse environmental effects, provided Brunswick Pipeline meets all of its environmental commitments, and all of the NEB’s recommendations are implemented.[33] The pipeline's construction was completed on January 31, 2009.[34]


Looking east on the Saint John Throughway, right before the Harbour Bridge and the now closed (Since 2011) toll plaza.
A Saint John Transit bus in uptown.

Air service into Saint John is provided by the Saint John Airport/Aéroport de Saint-Jean, located near Loch Lomond approximately 25 kilometres by road northeast of the city centre. Flights are offered by Sunwing Airlines (seasonal) and Air Canada. WestJet recently decided to withdraw from the Saint John Airport. Quebec-based PASCAN Aviation announced its expansion into Saint John in late 2012, with direct flights from Saint John to Quebec City, Newfoundland, and other destinations beginning in September 2012.[35]

The main highway in the city is the Saint John Throughway (Route 1). Route 1 extends west to St. Stephen, and northeast towards Moncton. A second major highway, Route 7, connects Saint John with Fredericton. There are two main road crossings over the St. John River: the Harbour Bridge and the Reversing Falls Bridge, approximately 1-nautical-mile (1.9 km) upstream.

The Reversing Falls Railway Bridge carries rail traffic for the New Brunswick Southern Railway on the route from Saint John to Maine. Passenger rail service in Saint John was discontinued in 1994, although the Canadian National Railway and New Brunswick Southern Railway continue to provide freight service.

Bay Ferries operates a ferry service across the Bay of Fundy to Digby, Nova Scotia. The Summerville to Millidgeville Ferry, a free propeller (as opposed to cable) ferry service operated by the New Brunswick Department of Transportation, connects the Millidgeville neighbourhood with Summerville, New Brunswick, across the Kennebecasis River on the Kingston Peninsula.

Acadian Lines used to operate regular inter-city bus services between New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia as well as Rivière-du-Loup, and Quebec (connecting with Orléans Express). In 2011, Acadian Lines cancelled bus service on the route between Saint John and Bangor, Maine due to low ticket sales.[36][37] In November 2012, due to inability to agree a contract, Acadian Lines ceased operations.

Bus service is provided by Saint John Transit (locally) and Maritime Bus (regionally).


Saint John shares much of the same cultural roots found in cities like Boston and New York. The presence of Irish heritage is very apparent along with strong maritime traditions. Saint John is a true maritime city with ties to the fisheries and shipbuilding, and is known for the Marco Polo as its flagship vessel. The city has been a traditional hub for creativity, boasting many notable artists, actors and musicians, including Walter Pidgeon, Donald Sutherland, Louis B. Mayer, Fred Ross and Miller Brittain.

Saint John has a long history of brewers, such as Simeon Jones, The Olands, and James Ready. The city is now home to Moosehead Breweries, James Ready Brewing Co., and Big Tide Brewing Co.

The Imperial Theatre, a National Historic Site still hosting live performances.
Fiddlehead sculpture at the Saint John Arts Centre in the city's uptown.

Dance, music, and theatre ensembles in the city include:

Saint John has several small private art galleries, as well as concert series hosted by local churches and schools. Cultural festivals and venues include:

  • St. Andrew and St. David United Church
  • Citadel Gallery
  • Fundy FRINGE Festival
  • Handworks Gallery
  • Harbour Station - venue for large indoor concerts and events
  • Jones Gallery
  • Peter Buckland Gallery
  • Portland United Church
  • The Imperial Theatre
  • Saint John Free Public Library, Library Millenium Artplace
  • Saint John Shakespeare Festival[46]
  • Saint John Arts Centre
  • Canada Day Celebrations
  • Salty Jam
  • Third Space Gallery[47]
  • Trinity Galleries

The following museums are also located in Saint John:

Prince William Street, National Historic Site of Canada. The building in the foreground is the Bank of New Brunswick building, Canada's first bank established by Royal Charter.

National Historic Sites of Canada located in Saint John include the following:


Harbour Station, New Brunswick's main indoor arena, which is home to city's Quebec Major Junior hockey team, Saint John Sea Dogs, and the Saint John Mill Rats of the National Basketball League of Canada

The following teams are based in Saint John:

The following sporting events have been held here:

Saint John is also home to Exhibition Park Raceway, a Harness Racing facility that has been hosting this form of Horse Racing for over the past 120 years. Prior to 1950 it was known as Moosepath Park.


In 1964, the University of New Brunswick created UNB Saint John. Initially located in buildings throughout the downtown CBD, in 1968 UNBSJ opened a new campus in the city's Tucker Park neighbourhood. This campus has undergone expansion over the years and is the fastest growing component of the UNB system with many new buildings constructed between the 1970s-first decade of the 21st century. A trend in recent years has been a growth in the number of international students. The city also hosts a New Brunswick Community College campus in the East End of the city. There has also been a satellite campus of Dalhousie Medical School added within the UNBSJ campus in 2010, instructing 30 medical students each year.

In the fall of 2007, a report commissioned by the provincial government recommended that UNBSJ and the NBCC be reformed and consolidated into a new polytechnic post-secondary institute. The proposal immediately came under heavy criticism and led to the organizing of several protests in the uptown area. The diminishment of UNB as a nationally accredited university, the reduction in accessibility to receive degrees, and there are only a couple of the reasons why the community was enraged by the recommendation with support slightly below 90% to keep UNBSJ as it was, and expand the university under its current structure. Seeing that too much political capital would be lost, and that several Saint John are MPs were likely not to support the initiative if the policies recommended by the report were legislated, the government abandoned the commission's report and created an intra-provincial post-secondary commission.

Saint John is served by two school boards; District 8 for Anglophone schools and District 1 (based out of Dieppe, New Brunswick) for the city's only Francophone school, Centre-Scolaire-Communautaire Samuel-de-Champlain. Saint John is also home to Canada's oldest publicly funded school, Saint John High School. The other high schools in the city are Harbour View High School, St. Malachy's High School, and Simonds High School.


Notable people

See also


  1. ^ Norton, Mel. "Saint John Must Lead and Be a True Renaissance City". Mel Norton. Retrieved 6 December 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c "Census Profile: Saint John, New Brunswick (Census subdivision)".  
  3. ^ a b "Census Profile: Saint John, New Brunswick (Population centre)".  
  4. ^ a b c "Census Profile: Saint John, New Brunswick (Census metropolitan area)".  
  5. ^ history/public records and archives – The Official Site of The City of Saint John / Le Site Officiel de The City of Saint John
  6. ^ "Archives Canada". Retrieved 2011-05-05. 
  7. ^ Canada's First City: Saint John. Saint John, N.B.: Lingley Printing. 1962. p. 30. 
  8. ^ John Quinpool, First Things in Acadia", Halifax, 1936, p. 122
  9. ^ Famous Glaswegians – Robert Foulis, JR, accessed 05-09-08
  10. ^ William D. Kennedy, Pythian History, Part 1, 1904, p. 52
  11. ^ The Commissioners of Patents Journal, Great Britain Patent Office, 1872
  12. ^ Mabel Peters Playground Dedicated – The Official Site of The City of Saint John / Le Site Officiel de The City of Saint John
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External links

  • City of Saint John official website
  • Discover Saint John, official tourism website
  • Saint John Flower Shop
  • – The Historic Heart of Saint John
  • The New Brunswick Museum
  • Heritage Resources Saint John
  • The Story of the Great Fire in St. John, N.B., June 20, 1877 by George Stewart
  • Fundy Tour: The Most Comprehensive Bay of Fundy tour in Saint John, New Brunswick Available through Project Gutenberg

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