New Brunswick’s largest city, Saint John, sits on the Bay of Fundy, at the mouth of the St. John River.
Don’t expect a picture-postcard harbor town: Saint John is a predominantly industrial city, with large shipping terminals, oil storage facilities, and paper mills. To get past that, take one of the bus-style or horse-trolleys that meet the ships to investigate the restored historic district, known as Trinity Royal.
Top draw Boats head out from the harbor to Reversing Falls Rapids, a much-photographed spot where the Bay of Fundy meets the St. John River, creating a massive twice-daily tidal swing of some 2 billion gallons of water, with all the churning rapids and whirlpools you’d expect. It’s also reachable via a 3-mile bike and walking trail along the waterfront.
Bonus The bustling centerpiece of the historic district is the still-active Old City Market, built in 1876, where you can put together a lunch from various stalls.
Bottoms up Sample Canadian beers like Moosehead at a famous local Irish pub, O’Leary’s (olearyspub.com), which often has live music.