Live Life Inside And Uptown

October 06, 2015


Winter is coming and not everyone loves to frolic in the snow. It happens, even for Canadians.

But being stuck inside when you are in Saint John can mean more than Netflix and sweatpants.

Through the city’s much-loved pedway, you can leave your hotel room and experience all kinds of urban delights, without putting on a winter coat or heavy boots.

Here’s one person’s story of discovering Saint John from the inside out.

SO. MUCH. LOCAL. FOOD.

I saw on Twitter that Saint Johners tweet about #LiveLifeUptown, about their historic downtown and its restaurants, boutiques and architecture. (Uptown is what they call their downtown, crazy kids). But on this trip I wanted to explore the Uptown without going outside – live life inside and Uptown.

My highway for the day was the pedway that connects much of the Uptown core. I left my coat behind at the Delta Brunswick hotel and took the pedway to my first stop: the City Market. There must have been at least 30 vendors and the air smelled delicious. I had the hardest time trying to decide where to eat.

Then I found this place:

Slocum & Ferris does an amazing breakfast. So good. I tried all four menu items.

Nom, nom, nom.

RETAIL THERAPY.

After breakfast I wandered back down the pedway to the Brunswick Square mall where I found Je Suis Prest, a store that carries the latest fashions from the coolest designers.

Long story short – I tried on everything and bought most of it. But if you take one look at their fashions, you’ll know it’s a worthy investment.

RINGED WITH BLING.

Brunswick Square has three levels of shops and services. On the third level I discovered Baubles. The sparkles drew me in and I couldn’t help myself. If you need fabulous accessories for any type of event, this place has it.

Alright so I may have gone overboard. I blame all the pancakes from breakfast.

A TERRIFYING (BUT SO FUN!) WATER SLIDE.

After swimming, I took the pedway to Market Square where I discovered the New Brunswick Museum. There were so many cool exhibits and I learned a lot about the province’s history. But my favourite was the Hall of Great Whales.

So majestic.

LIBRARIES ARE STILL COOL.

After the museum, I went upstairs to find the Saint John Free Public Library. They have computers, a kids’ area, community programs and LOTS of books.

I curled up on one of their comfy chairs with a magazine and relaxed for a few hours.

EXPLORING INSIDE MAKES YOU HUNGRY

All that learning at the Museum and Library made me hungry. And maybe a bit thirsty. Or maybe it was the swimming and shopping.

Just a few steps from the Museum I found the Saint John Ale House. I saw the restaurant featured on TV for its excellent East Coast cuisine; so I knew I’d needed to give it try.

They did not disappoint. Just look at all that local beer!

THE BEST GAME YOU CAN NAME

Great food, shopping and culture, but the pedway doesn’t stop there. Neither did my day. I found out that I can even watch a Quebec Major Junior Hockey League game without going outside. Thousands of rabid fans cheered on the hometown Sea Dogs at Harbour Station. Stompin’ Tom (a Saint Johner) was right; it is the best game you can name.

I’M TOTALLY COMING BACK.

As they say in Saint John, it was a “large” day. I made my way back to my hotel room, tired but satisfied. I had experienced so much of this great city without setting foot outside. Cold? What cold? I texted my friend, “You’ve got to come to Saint John. Don’t bring a coat.”