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Discover Saint John

By on May 9, 2014

As the oldest incorporated city in Canada, off the southern coast of New Brunswick, Saint John does not disappoint visitors. The twice-daily four storey rise of the Bay of Fundy is only the start. Urban attractions also deliver; visitors can admire the century-old architecture, tour world famous art galleries and enjoy live theatre.  All this complemented by the unique maritime culture prompted us to ask Shawnna Dickie-Garnhum what planning in Saint John is all about.

Can you provide some fast facts for planners, number of hotel rooms, number of meeting rooms, conference and/or convention centre info?

Saint John, New Brunswick offers the only convention facilities on the awe-inspiring Bay of Fundy. The newly-renovated Saint John Trade & Convention Centre anchors the city’s all-season, climate-controlled, “Inside Connection” walkway that links over 123,000 square feet of convention and exhibit space. In less than 7 minutes delegates can travel from the Convention Centre to two shopping centres, restaurants, bars, attractions, recreational and cultural facilities. No need for coats or umbrellas. There are over 1800 rooms in the city including 450 in the uptown as part of the Inside Connection.

Ideally located only one hour from the U.S. border, Saint John is just a 90-minute flight to Montreal, two-hour flight to Toronto or a 4-hour drive to Halifax.

Over the past year what is new that would incite planners to come to your destination?

The Saint John Trade & Convention Centre has been recently renovated including major upgrades to all of the meeting spaces. Saint John also opened its second state-of-the-art cruise terminal, the Diamond Jubilee, which allows delegates to enjoy receptions on its rooftop patio with a stunning view of the Bay of Fundy.

Beginning in 2014, Discover Saint John will be offering a marketing incentive to meeting planners to encourage delegate registration and promotion of the destination.

What does the meeting/event industry have to look forward to in your area?

Experience the world’s highest tides on a Saint John harbour tour or explore the Bay of Fundy coast along the stunning Fundy Trail – the longest undeveloped stretch of coastline between Labrador and Florida.

Uptown Saint John is a safe, walkable treasury of restaurants, boutiques and art galleries. A Cultural Capital of Canada in 2010, Saint John is home to a number of cultural attractions including the beautifully-restored Imperial Theatre, where you could treat delegates to dinner on the stage. The City Market, Canada’s oldest continuing farmers’ market, and the Hall of Great Whales at the New Brunswick Museum, are also one-of-a-kind experiences. Our renowned Maritime hospitality will greet delegates on every corner.

If planners are interested in holding their activities in your area, who should they contact?

Shawnna Dickie-Garnhum at  or 506-658-2990


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