Seven Hidden Gems Within 20 Minutes Of Uptown Saint John

September 22, 2015


Located right on beautiful Lily Lake, Lily’s is a restaurant offering a wide selection of food and drink ranging from quesadillas to fish tacos; Paradise Salad (with maple candied almonds and sundried cranberries) to seafood chowder and lobster rolls. As part of the large inner city green space that is Rockwood Park, Lily’s sits on the doorstep of over 55 beautiful hiking and cross-country skiing trails. From its large patio overlooking the water, Lily’s is a great place to go for a light refresher after some outdoor activity.

55 Lake Drive South, Monday – Sunday


The Feel Good Store is the place to go when you need to restore yourself – in body, mind or soul. This shop sells everything from aromatherapy products to friendship bracelets with a silly message that will cheer your bestie up, to candles in maple syrup tins and fab stainless steel bento boxes for picnics with style! Just exploring the Feel Good Store can make you feel better. If we were doctors, we’d write a lot of prescriptions for this place…

89 Germain Street, Monday – Saturday


This lovely cove opens onto the Kennebecasis River and offers plenty of things for a full day out, including a beach, playground, park and picnic shelter. The facilities include a boat launch as well if you’re a boater, or just bring a lawn chair or a towel and bask in the warm Kennebecasis Valley sun.

199 Model Farm Road


Combining the incredible seafood of Atlantic Canada with the incomparable artistry of Sense of Tokyo’s sushi chefs, it’s easy to understand why this restaurant, that’s just off-the-beaten path in uptown Saint John has gained such a devoted following.

13 Waterloo Street, Tuesday – Saturday


The beautiful Saint John River is beloved by locals who swim, kayak, boat and vacation on it every summer. If you’re visiting Saint John and you’d like a quick fix of river living, a trip across the water on the Westfield Ferry (open to cars and foot traffic) is a great way to get out on the river and take in the view. Once you’re on the peninsula, Crystal Beach is a short drive up the road and in the fall you can go apple picking at one of the peninsula’s U-picks overlooking the river.

Route 177


Tin Can Beach is a stretch of waterfront just on the edge of the city’s uptown peninsula in the south end. Its unfenced access to the harbour has made it a popular place for locals to come on walks, and an increasingly popular lunch spot, too. Especially on Food Truck Wednesdays, when food trucks from around the province line up along the waterfront serving everything from fish and chips to German sausages.

South end of Sydney Street, Food Trucks operate Wednesdays-only


With two cedar hedge mazes, a children’s playground and picnic tables overlooking the beautiful Saint’s Rest salt marsh, the Children’s Forest is a beautiful addition to the Irving Nature Park and a great place to bring the family for a picnic.

West end of Sand Cove Road