What to do and see in Saint John, Canada: The Best Private Tours

August 1, 2021 Fernanda Pittenger

Saint John, New Brunswick, is the only city on the shore of the Bay of Fundy, home to the world’s highest tides. Canada’s oldest incorporated city, Saint John is a popular tourist destination known for its historic uptown streetscapes, cultural attractions and natural wonders. Popular sights include the Reversing Rapids, where the Bay collides with the St. John River, the City Market with local vendors and artisans, the New Brunswick Museum and the trails and beauty of Rockwood Park.
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1. St. Andrews by-the-Sea Day Tour from St. John

100 Water St, Saint John, NB E2L 5G1, Canada Freedom Tours
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Everything about St. Andrews by the Sea is special, including its status as a National Historic District, one of the oldest and loveliest in the Maritimes. St. Andrews is a treasure trove of beautiful architecture, unparalleled scenery and rich marine life. Today, it offers all the features of a thriving modern resort, yet the streets remain steeped in turn-of-the-century charm.

Inclusions: Hotel pickup and drop-off

Exclusions: Food and drinks

Reviewed By E4096RHsued

Mike was a fantastic guide with a wealth of knowledge about the area. He is a local, retired teacher & history buff who brought us to the beautiful "out of the way" places that truly made this a Hidden Gems tour! Loved the "secret" places we went to for lunch & smoked Salmon. Architectural designs & local history is his forte'! We will be coming back!

2. Golf in Saint John New Brunwick

Marco Polo Cruise Terminal, 111 Water St, Saint John, NB E2L 0B1, Canada Freedom Tours

Regardless of season, a round at Golf Rockwood is a treat to the wonders of nature. Set in the midst of a 2200 acre pristine urban park it’s not uncommon to share your time with deer, groundhogs, small fox and ducks. While a relatively short course, at 5925 yards, the unique hillside terrain presents an exciting challenge that truly rewards and keeps the ball in play. This is one of those rare courses that seems to play much longer than the scorecard yardage indicates, and is incredibly challenging from the back tees, yet offers a very playable and fair challenge from the middle and forward tees for the less skilled players.

Inclusions: Club Rentals & Green Fees, Lunch

Exclusions: Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase), Gratuities

Reviewed By E4096RHsued

Mike was a fantastic guide with a wealth of knowledge about the area. He is a local, retired teacher & history buff who brought us to the beautiful "out of the way" places that truly made this a Hidden Gems tour! Loved the "secret" places we went to for lunch & smoked Salmon. Architectural designs & local history is his forte'! We will be coming back!

3. River Relics Kayaking Adventure

Dominion Park Beach, Saint John, NB, Canada Inside Out Nature Centre

Saint John River Relics (Coastal Kayaking Adventure) Enjoy a guided kayaking adventure along the shores of the historic Saint John River and experience the “Rocks of Ages” from Dominion Park Beach, Saint John NB. The shore line echo’s with ghosts of “River Relics”. Paddle an Ice age river where 15,000 years ago the last glacier forced the river to find a new route over the rock ridges at Reversing Falls Rapids to create this gorge. Experience the history of a Lime stone quarry with over 850 million year old marble and the first documented Precambrian fossil (Stromatolites) described in scientific literature. Photo opportunities abound as you pause to view a lighthouse, a Historic Lime Quarry, local wildlife including an active bald eagles nest. Located only 15 minute drive from uptown Saint John!

Inclusions: Tandem Sea kayak (2 person kayak), PFD (personal flotation device, Spray Skirt, Kayak Paddle, professional guide, bottled water & nutritional snack

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4. Shore Tours

Marco Polo Cruise Terminal, 111 Water St, Saint John, NB E2L 0B1, Canada Shore Tours

This tour is 6+ hr long tour for a 6-passenger van. There is some easy walking involved on this tour, so please wear comfortable shoes. Entry fee to Fundy Trail Parkway is extra (9$ per person).

Inclusions: Licensed Tour Guide

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Reviewed By lisasL700AF

Abdul was just amazing! He spent six hours with us touring us around Saint John. It was so cool and he was more than accommodating!

5. Saint John Jewish Museum and Skywalk

Marco Polo Cruise Terminal, 111 Water St, Saint John, NB E2L 0B1, Canada Freedom Tours

This tour reveals the cherished Jewish heritage of Saint John with a visit to our most famous tourism attraction – the Reversing Falls Rapids.

Inclusions: Experienced guide

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Reviewed By E4096RHsued

Mike was a fantastic guide with a wealth of knowledge about the area. He is a local, retired teacher & history buff who brought us to the beautiful "out of the way" places that truly made this a Hidden Gems tour! Loved the "secret" places we went to for lunch & smoked Salmon. Architectural designs & local history is his forte'! We will be coming back!

6. St Martins Fundy Trail

100 Water St, Saint John, NB E2L 5G1, Canada Freedom Tours

FundyTrail is proud to be a part of Stonehammer. UNESCO Global Geopark, the first Geopark in North America. Here you can get up close to the beauty of the Bay of Fundy. This Nature Reserve winds east from St Martins for 30 glorious kilometers offering numerous viewpoints, picnic areas and beach access points. Numerous trails lead to waterfalls, suspension bridges and more sandy beaches.

Inclusions: Fundy Trail Parkway fees

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Reviewed By E4096RHsued

Mike was a fantastic guide with a wealth of knowledge about the area. He is a local, retired teacher & history buff who brought us to the beautiful "out of the way" places that truly made this a Hidden Gems tour! Loved the "secret" places we went to for lunch & smoked Salmon. Architectural designs & local history is his forte'! We will be coming back!

7. New Brunswick Private Tour by Bus

Marco Polo Cruise Terminal, 111 Water St, Saint John, NB E2L 0B1, Canada Shore Tours

This tour is 6+ hr long tour for an 18 passenger bus. There is some easy walking involved on this tour, so please wear comfortable shoes. Entry fee to Fundy Trail Parkway is extra (9$ per person).

Inclusions: Certified tourist guide

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Reviewed By lisasL700AF

Abdul was just amazing! He spent six hours with us touring us around Saint John. It was so cool and he was more than accommodating!

8. Saint John Highlights & History Cycling Tour

Lily Lake Pavilion, 55 Lake Dr S, Saint John, NB E2L 3Z8, Canada Inside Out Nature Centre

This small group tour is the perfect friend & family experience to enjoy Canada's First Incorporated City with your private guide! Your guide will provide you with a cycling pace that is comfortable for you and ensure you experience the highlights of a city with so much beauty and history that you may want to move here!

Inclusions: Use of bicycle, 1 - 16oz beverage at Moosehead Small Batch Brewery

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