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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Urban Shoe Myth
Visitors Shop + Gallery
Hats on the Square
The Feel Good Store
The Corn Crib
Riff Raff Skate Shop
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.
PACKAGES AND DEALS
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