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Uptown and all around, you’ll find that Saint John’s charm is unmistakable. Dine, shop, and wander through this historic city for an unforgettable escape.

There are many ways to experience winter in the city, and Saint John is just the spot to do it all. A winter staycation in Saint John is waiting for you and here are just some of the things you can do in the city this season.

King’s square in all its winter glory. Credit @ruthellensmith
King’s square in all its winter glory. Credit @ruthellensmith

When you arrive in the historical city, check in at Chipman Hills Suites or at either the Delta Hotels by Marriot Saint John or the Hilton Saint John in uptown Saint John. Everything is in walking distance for your winter outdoor excursions.

If a hotel pool is on your must-have list, Hampton Inn and Suites has just the thing, including an awesome indoor waterslide that everyone will love.

A tasty feast at Italian by Night
A tasty feast at Italian by Night

For your first night in Saint John, choose from one of the 20 restaurants participating in Chop Chop Restaurant Week from February 22 to 28. Each spot offers unique menu items at special price points. Can’t decide what’s right for you? Pick one restaurant and then try another for lunch the next day.

Discovering new flavours with Uncorked Tours. Credit @uncorked_nb
Discovering new flavours with Uncorked Tours. Credit @uncorked_nb

And if you’re a lover of wine, we love the walking tours from Uncorked Tours and Tasting, featuring small group wanders that go off the beaten track where fantastic flavours are always found.

Wandering through the Saint John City Market
Wandering through the Saint John City Market

Art tours galore

If you prefer to explore the city on your own, there are more than enough choices for self-guided winter walks that cover the uptown area. Such as the Three Historic Walking Tours or the Art in Public Walking Tour.

There’s also more than a dozen galleries in the 5-block radius of the Trinity Royal Preservation District, with eateries and drinking spots around every corner, so you can design your own gallery hops on a winter afternoon.

Gallery hopping in Saint John’s historic district. Credit @cobaltartgallery
Gallery hopping in Saint John’s historic district. Credit @cobaltartgallery

You’ll find 3 top-notch choices along Prince William Street including Spicer Merrifield Gallery, Tuck Studio, and Cobalt Art Gallery.

Just a couple of blocks to the east you’ll come across Trinity Galleries on Germain Street, celebrating 25 years of operation. And heading east again you can enjoy contemporary pieces at the Jones Gallery and the Citadel on Charlotte Street.

And there are even more great choices within the vicinity so take a walk and enjoy the tour through Paris Crew, Handworks, Visitors Shop + Gallery, New Brunswick Museum, and the Saint John Arts Centre.

A snowshoer’s paradise
A snowshoer’s paradise

Explore the outdoors
If you’d like to take your winter getaway to the trails, go to Inside Out Nature Centre snowshoe rentals for exploring Rockwood Park. Or there’s Elmhurst Outdoors for a full day of cross-country skiing or snowshoeing on groomed trails. They do equipment rental or bring your own, but either way it’s a great choice. And hikers keep watch for Elmhurst moonlight hikes, too, when the conditions are right.

And when we’re looking for something unique, there’s the world-famous Reversing Falls Rapids or take aim at Woodchucks Axe Throwing where coaches will show you the ropes when you arrive and have you comfortably throwing axes in no time.

We’ve got so many awesome ways to getaway in Saint John in the winter, the only thing that’s left is to pick one.

Perusing the many boutiques in the Uptown area
Perusing the many boutiques in the Uptown area

Shop in style

Now, if shopping is more your style, Saint John has all the right spots with local businesses just waiting to welcome you. Here are just a few of the amazing spots to explore:

Saint John City Market
In Pursuit
Heartbreak Boutique
Urban Shoe Myth    
Visitors Shop + Gallery
Hats on the Square
The Feel Good Store 
The Corn Crib
Obscurity Shop
Paddington Station
Riff Raff Skate Shop
Tuck Studios
Backstreet Records
Hero’s Beacon

The friendly ambiance at Foghorn Brewing
The friendly ambiance at Foghorn Brewing

Raise a glass 

Another great way to taste the flavours of winter is to sample the local brews throughout the uptown. There are so many choices and tastes to discover including:

Saint John Ale House
Lemongrass Thai Fare/Peppers Pub
Cask & Kettle Gastropub
Gahan House Port City
Big Tide Brewing Company
Moosehead Small Batch Brewery
Foghorn Brewing Company
Long Bay Brewery
Loyalist City Brewing Co.
Hammond River Brewing Company Inc.


Flight Away with Us Package
Starting at $109+applicable taxes 
Standard Guest Room at Delta Hotels by Marriott Saint John 
“Flight for Two” at Uncorked Tours ($24 Value) 

Shop ‘til you Drop Package
Starting from $174, based on double occupancy 
guest room at Hilton Saint John  
breakfast for 2 
$50 in Uptown Saint John dollars