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St. John’s, New Brunswick: Explore The European Town Of North America

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Most of the people tend to underestimate the town of St. John’s. However, tugged beneath the tough exterior of the city, are numerous cultural and historical sites. One of the oldest European Town that, you will find in North America. I took a weekend trip to St. Johns and a great time. I learned that more than half of the town had been burned down during the fire of 1877. Check out the things that you can do when you are in St. John’s.

  • Reversing Falls Rapids

Visit the Saint John River’s Reversing Fall. The rising tide forces against the flow of the river. This makes the water to surge upstream. When it is low tide, the sea level is about 4 meters below the river and you will find the water torrent pouring into the bay. With the rising tide, the river flow slackens and ultimately it becomes still prior to reversing. During high water, the water level rises over 4 meters above this river. I was lucky enough to visit during this time to witness the spectacular reversal flow. Visit the Reversing Fall Bridge to get a good view.

  • Irving Nature Park

The park covers an area of 600 meters. This a coastal terrain that has a volcanic rock, forests, long sandy beach, and salt marsh and mud flats. What I loved the most was watching the marine and migratory birds. There are many walking trails with varying difficulty and length.

  • Downtown Saint John

The city center is full of life and I had a pleasant experience exploring it on foot. I came across shopping centers, historic cemeteries, heritage buildings, and lots more. King’s Square, the center of the city has one two-stored bandstand. Check out the Barbour’s General Store which offers a lot of merchandise and you can buy some as souvenirs.

St. Catharine’s: Best Things To Do In The Garden City

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The Garden City, St. Catharine has been named so because of the numerous parks, gardens, and trails. It harbors 4 square kilometers of lush green area. You will find this city on your own route to the Niagara Falls. Starting from shopping to rowing, I had so much fun. Here is a list of best things to do when you are in St. Catharine’s.

  • Visit the port

Port Dalhousie community is a great area. I loved the waterfront area. You can simply wander around the port and breathe in fresh air. Sitting on Lake Ontario, it houses the most popular beach of St. Catharine’s. There is an antique carousel in the Lakeside Park. The port is the primary terminus for Well and Canal.

  • Go for a walk in the woods

Trails covering 90 kilometers of land are great for cycling, walking, and jogging. If you are lucky enough to visit during the winter, the trails are open for skiing. Bruce Trail is the oldest one and has been declared as the UNESCO World Heritage Site. However, my favorite was the Waterfront Trail which runs along Lake Ontario.

  • Sip on wine

At Catharine’s is home to many vineyards. Thus, if you are a wine lover you should surely visit those. I went on a wine tasting tour and spend the entire afternoon sipping world-class wines. It is famous for white wines but red wine is also offered. The tasting tour comprises of a gourmet meal and ends with dinner.

  • Visit a waterfall

If you are a waterfall lover, you should not miss out on the DeCew Falls. There are two falls mainly Lower DeCew Fall and Upper DeCew Fall. The Lower fall is 7.5 meters high and the Upper fall is 22 meters high. If you want you can check out the large waterfall from Morningstar Mill.

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