This review is for St John, Nova Scotia, not St Johns Newfoundland.
We were in port from 8 am until 4 pm.
THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT! THE SHIP DOES NOT CHANGE THE TIME TO LOCAL TIME AND THERE IS A ONE HOUR DIFFERENCE: 9 AM IS 10 AM IN ST JOHN!
There is a tent just as you exit the port building and there are a few nice vendors in there.
We went on a private tour with Fundy Tours www.fundytours.com. Our driver was Kenny. He was very nice and friendly but his van's a/c was not working and it was very very hot! We took a tour of some of the sites, such as the oldest high school in Canada and a firehouse museum. A quick trip to the Jewish museum (closed for Shabbat) and a Cathedral with beautiful stained glass windows. We saw the reversing tides (once in each direction) and then drove out to the sea caves. They are under water at high tide but then at low tide you can walk right into them. Beware if you go: the way to the caves is over lots of small rocks and there are areas that still have water so bring shoes that can get wet and also that will protect your feet from the rocks. We ate at the Caves restaurant. Everyone was raving about the chowder but honestly I thought it was good, not great. It was $7 cup and $10 bowl. We all got a kick out of the McDonalds sign in town though that said MacLobster!
It was interesting to hear about the "loyalists" who left America for Canada because they still supported the crown. We call them the traitors! LOL!
THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT! THE SHIP DOES NOT CHANGE THE TIME TO LOCAL TIME AND THERE IS A ONE HOUR DIFFERENCE: 9 AM IS 10 AM IN HALIFAX!
I joined a tour given by Jonathan of http://www.yourcab.ca/ There were 8 of us from the cruise and 1 young woman who was staying at youth hostel.
the others on the cruise got the time wrong and came out an hour late. I spent the time in the farmers market next door (free wifi!) There are also vendors at the pier.
Jonathan had working a/c and he had water for us in the van.
Since it was so hot, he took us right out to Peggy's cove. We drove through some lovely neighborhoods on the way. We stopped at Acadian Maple Products to get maple syrup. They also had maple wine, maple tea, maple butter, maple fudge etc. Good prices here!
We stopped at a house painted with a colorful mural. It was the home of a local "character" named Ivan Fraser who wrote the book "Peggy of the Cove" http://www.peggyofthecove.com/ It was fun and interesting and well worth the stop!
Peggy's Cove was GORGEOUS! It is a must see. The lighthouse is no longer open but it is fun to climb the rocks up to it. The view is magnificent.
I highly recommend Jonathan!
We ate down the road. Ryers Seafood is a place where they trap the lobsters and then will steam them for you. We had whole lobsters for $10 each! No sides, just butter. They have sodas (pop) and water to drink. We ate at picnic tables outside. It was fun and so yummy. Watch out for the horseflies though! Ouch!http://www.peggyscoveregion.com/peggys-cove-area-things-to-do-eat-lobster/
On the way back we did a short tour of Halifax. A lovely and clean city. Jonathan left some of us off on the boardwalk and I walked back. Very good homemade ice cream at Big Bears (And also Cows)
My friend went to see the Royal Tattoo military show and she enjoyed it.