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Saint John Area

Sussex Balloon FestSituated at the mouths of the Saint John and Kennebecasis rivers on the scenic Bay of Fundy, Saint John is a thriving urban centre with a proud heritage. It is Canada's oldest incorporated city (1785) and home to the country's oldest museum and farmers' market. Saint John is a booming harbour city with a strong economy, well-known in business circles as the home base for the Irving group of companies. Modern developments like the cruise ship terminal and high tech port machinery are contrast against an urban backdrop of some of the oldest buildings in Canada.

The Saint John area offers you a broad range of affordable housing options, from heritage properties to executive homes within the city and in nearby Kennebecasis Valley. For spouses and families, there are excellent employment and educational prospects. The city boasts University of New Brunswick Saint John and a New Brunswick Community College campus, as well as the newly-established Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick.

Bay of Fundy

The nearby towns and villages provide a diverse selection of recreational and sport activities that appeal to all age groups. With easy access to the Bay of Fundy and large river systems, this region is a sailor's dream. Within Saint John's city boundaries are the reversing falls, several historic sites, large beaches and the Irving Nature Park. Just to the east of Saint John, visit the Fundy Trail, a series of driving and hiking trails where you can take in amazing views and see unique costal communities.

Nearby communities

Collect scallop shells in the St. Martin's harbour, visit beaches, explore a fishing village's harbour at low tide, or talk to lobster fishermen on the wharf (and later eat their wares).

Venture west down the coast to Saint Andrew's By-the-Sea and explore the vivid scenery of this seaside town. Eat a weekend lunch on one of the many restaurant decks overlooking a bay full of sailboats or take in a whale watching tour on the open ocean.

St. Stephen, which is located on the border of New Brunswick and the U.S., is home to the world-famous Ganong Chocolates.

Sussex, which is centrally located between New Brunswick's 3 major cities - Moncton, Saint John and the capital city of Fredericton is home to Poley Mountain Ski Resort which offers a variety of over 30 trails. The town also hosts the Atlantic Balloon Fiesta in September.

Of particular interest is Saint Andrew's Fairmont Algonquin Golf Course, a challenging course featuring one of Canada's top 10 golf holes. This world-class course was designed by award winning architect Thomas McBroom. It stretches for 7,000 yards and plays to a par of 71.

Kick up your heels!

This region also boasts excellent shopping, fine dining, and a diverse selection of arts and entertainment performances and venues. Any night of the week, you can find an extraordinary band offering lively entertainment, with everyone from local Celtic musicians to jazz, pop and rock bands gracing one of the many stages, cafes or pubs.

The French community

A number of community events and a variety of services bring the region's Francophones and francophiles together. To find out more, please access Association Régionale de la Communauté francophone de Saint-Jean (ARCf)'s website.

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