Sitting directly on the Bay of Fundy – the location of the highest tides in the world – is Saint John, New Brunswick, a city with a rich industrial history steeped in shipbuilding and oil.

Cruise ships dock here in the summer, so passengers can explore the port and revitalized city centre, taking advantage of the ample food and craft beer scene. One of the main attractions in Saint John is the City Market, the oldest continuing farmers market in Canada. The market is a full city block in length and is open Monday to Saturday all year round. Another major tourist draw is a natural feature called the Reversing Falls Rapids, where tonnes of tidal water is forced through a gorge at high tide with enough force to make a river flow backwards. The city has made much of this spectacular natural phenomenon, with the new Saint John Skywalk – a vertigo-inducing glass-bottomed platform that extends over the rapids.

Saint John is a centre for art and culture in New Brunswick. Check out what’s on at the Imperial Theatre or the Saint John Arts Centre, or take yourself on a self-guided Art in Public Places walking tour. At the New Brunswick Museum, marvel at a full-scale replica of a whale. And if you truly love whales, take a day trip to the charming seaside resort of St. Andrews by-the-Sea for a zodiac whale watching tour. In this part of the Bay of Fundy – especially in the late summer – seeing a whale up close is almost guaranteed.

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