Saint John City Market

A few years ago my husband and I enjoyed a cruise along the New England States and Canada.  One of our favorite stops was Saint John New Brunswick.  We hiked all over the city but absolutely fell in love with their City Market.  The Saint John City Market is the oldest continuing farmer’s market in Canada, with a charter dating from 1785.  The current market building has a unique roof structure that resembles an inverted ship’s keel.  Made of wooden trusses, the structure was reportedly built by unemployed ship carpenters of the day.  Also, the floor slopes with the natural grade of the land.  Some of the businesses in the market have been operating continuously there for more than 100 years.  The market was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1986. 

We could have spent all day there sampling goodies and talking with the vendors.  There happened to be a vacant spot that would have been perfect for me to move right in!  Dave and I still talk about it and wish there was some place like that where we lived.  It was an awesome experience!

I just happened across these photos today and thought you might enjoy seeing them.  I couldn’t find a photo of the exterior so I borrowed this one from Trip Advisor.

 All along the outside rim were vendors selling clothes, jewelry, homemade soap, home decor, etc… We loved the fact that this Farmer’s Market can stay open year-round since it’s indoors.

If you ever get the opportunity to visit Saint John, I highly recommend the City Market to be your first stop!  Extremely clean and the vendors were so friendly.  We look forward to visiting again someday!

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  1. We have a few of these ( very similar ) in Montreal!!!
    The Maritimes ( as we call the coastal provinces ) are just gorgeous- did you get to P.E.I? OMG – it’s out of this world!
    Great post 🙂

    • That’s amazing! We loved everything about Saint John! My husband actually thought about transferring there but his company would have had to sponsor him. Now that I have dual citizenship, I could have. Oh well, I guess it wasn’t meant to be! 🙂

  2. It just may be time for a trip back down east. I loved that market! ~ Maureen

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