This comprehensive city tour hits all the highlights of Saint John, including the historic Old City Market and the natural phenomenon of Reversing Falls Rapids.
Traveling from the pier by motor coach, you will head straight for Carleton Martello Tower, one of Canada's few surviving Martello Towers from the War of 1812. As you'll see during your visit, the tower is circular and features a brick center pillar that supports the flat roof, where artillery was mounted. Together with the Fort Howe Lookout, another important military site in Saint John, the British were afforded an excellent view of the harbor, river and town below.
Saint John also has its natural attractions, the most unusual being the Reversing Falls Rapids. This phenomenon is caused by the Bay of Fundy's tide, which rises more than 28 feet in the course of the day. When the tide is low, the river empties into the bay. As the tide rises, the water begins to churn in a series of powerful rapids and whirlpools until the river actually flows backwards. It's a strange sight that lasts for hours, until the tide goes out and the river height becomes higher than that in the bay.
Your guided tour continues with a drive to the Old City Market, which was constructed in 1876 and narrowly escaped the devastating Fire of 1877. Canada's oldest continuously operating farmer's market, the Old City Market is filled with locally grown produce, bakery goods, crafts, and other Canadian merchandise. Following a short visit here, you'll transfer back to the pier where your tour concludes.
Please note: This tour has a limited amount of walking, mainly at the guests' discretion during the stops. There are some uneven surfaces and slight inclines to negotiate. While the entrance to Martello Tower is not wheelchair accessible and has 30 steps, the tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Layered clothing and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Tidal activity at the Reversing Falls Rapids cannot be guaranteed.