Red brick buildings along Germain Street, a very common sight in downtown Saint John. When traveling through Atlantic Canada, one must often backtrack to get to the next destination, but for once, that actually worked to my advantage. When I stayed in Saint John overnight on my way to St. Andrews, fog lay on the Bay of Fundy like a thick blanket, completely enveloping the city and making photography close to impossible. Days later, passing back through Saint John to travel the Fundy coast of New Brunswick, the weather was excellent, allowing me to get the shots I’d missed before.
Saint John, with its major port, has the feel of a working town, and in that sense it is not a destination for visitors. However, cruise ships do stop here, and the city has built up the downtown waterfront into a very attractive destination. Passengers disembark into Market Square, which contains the nice Hilton Hotel where I stayed, a mall, restaurants, and even the New Brunswick Museum, all connected by indoor walkways across three city blocks to avoid bad weather. One can very comfortably find plenty to do here for a full day.
The walkways from Market Square eventually lead to the Old City Market, where fresh seafood, deli meats and cheeses, produce, and souvenirs can all be found.
This was my second encounter this trip with a ceiling constructed like an inverted ship’s hull, the first being in a Nova Scotian church many hours away, shown on a previous page. That church and the Old City Market here were constructed within seven years of each other.
Just across the street from Market Square is this oddity, Barbour’s General Store. (Every reference I've seen puts an apostrophe in “Barbour’s” despite what appears on the sign.) It seems to be the only building made of wood in this part of town; Market Square and its environs are all new brick, while buildings like those in the first photograph along nearby Prince William and Germain Streets are all old brick. There’s a reason for this: the little store was built not here, but some sixty miles away, up the Saint John River. It reached its current location in 1981.
Constructed during the 19th century, the store today serves as a museum. Bolts of cloth, chinaware, shoes, medicines, and much more from that era can be found inside, all minded by a young clerk in period dress.
Coffee, tea, spices, and more at Barbour’s General Store. Be sure to check the expiration date.
Another nearby structure also stands out among the brick buildings in downtown Saint John: the limestone edifice of Trinity Church. This is the third version of this Anglican church, completed in 1880, three years after a major fire destroyed the previous one. (That same fire destroyed much of the Market Square area, which is why so many of the buildings here are now brick.) The first version of the church was started in 1784, soon after many British loyalists moved to Saint John from the United States after it won its war for independence.
Inside Trinity Church. The ceiling is made of black ash; I don’t think this one is an upside-down ship’s hull, though. Ahead in the aisle is a tour group from the cruise ship I photographed earlier.
The stained glass windows along the nave of Trinity Church depict the Apostles, so when selecting which one to photograph, it was only appropriate to choose St. John. By the way, the reason I spell out “Saint” when referring to the city is because the city wants it that way. It helps avoid confusion with St. John’s over in Newfoundland.