Waterfront News is the Saint John Waterfront Development blog! Check back to this space frequently for new stories and updates on what's happening with waterfront developments in the Port City!

It’s time to Talk the Walk and make some major changes to our boardwalk! A busy spot throughout the spring and summer months, the boardwalk Market Slip and Loyalist Plaza play a key role in continually improving the quality of life and growing our economy.

The City of Saint John

Saint John, New Brunswick is the largest urban centre in the province and Canada’s oldest incorporated city. And it's prospering.

Over the past three years, the Saint John region has experienced tremendous growth. The influx of new business, together with the expansion of longstanding local companies, has resulted in record-setting economic indicators for this history-rich port city.

The numbers prove it:

  • Low unemployment rate: 6.4% (March 2014).
  • Saint John is undergoing a transformational change.  In recent years, Saint John has received several accolades:
    • A Cultural Capital of Canada 2010 (Heritage Canada)
    • Ranked second in Atlantic Canada as a top hotspot for young, talented workers by Next Cities
    • Winner 2008 Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM)-CH2M HILL Sustainable Community Award for The City of Saint John Municipal Energy Efficiency Program (MEEP)
    • Twice named "Canada's Best City for Business" (Globe and Mail)
    • Four Times named "Canada's Most Affordable City" (CMHC)
    • "Canada's Fastest Growing City in 2002" (Conference Board of Canada)
    • Three times named "Canada's Most Beautiful City" (Communities in Bloom)
    • "Top 10 City for Business in Canada" 2005, 2006 & 2007 (Canadian Business)
    • "Top 7 Intelligent Community in the World 2012" (World Intelligent Community Forum)
    • One of Canada's four best "Centres for High Tech and innovation" (Time Magazine)
    • City Market – named “Canada’s Great Public Space 2013”, (Great Places in Canada)


A lifestyle for Everyone:

  • Imperial Theatre – rated by North American performers as one of the best in Canada.
  • City Market – historical, vibrant and the oldest market in Canada
  • Pubs & Restaurants – the widest variety in all of New Brunswick, particularly in historic Trinity Royal (in the central core of the city)
  • Cruise the St. John River – often referred to as the Rhine of North America
  • Enjoy the pleasures of the Bay of Fundy – world’s highest tides
  • First class hiking trails – Irving Nature Park
  • Rockwood Park (2,200 acres) in the City – one of the largest inner city parks in the world
  • Reversing Rapids – world renowned natural wonder, where the St. John River meets the Bay of Fundy
  • Stonehammer Geopark – featuring some of the oldest rock formations in the world and recent awarded the status of North America’s 1st Global Geopark sponsored by UNESCO
  • Saint John, as Canada’s oldest incorporated city (229 years) has one of the largest inventories of heritage properties in Canada.
  • Saint John is home to New Brunswick’s provincial Museum
  • Amazing entertainment, shopping, and strolling opportunities
  • The fabulous Harbour Passage walkway – 3.6 kms, used by walkers, joggers, commuters, and visitors


Other exciting economic developments are occurring in Saint John, since 2010 there has been millions invested in capital expenditures - some highlights are:

  • New Provincial Law Courts Building - $50M
  • New City Police Station - $22M
  • New Uptown Parkade - $20M
  • New waterfront condominium project - $19M
  • New One-Mile highway interchange project - $76M
  • Harbour Cleanup Project - $77.5M
  • Upgrades to Canaport LNG - $43M
  • New BellAliant Data Centre - $25M
  • New YMCA - $22M
  • New Clean Drinking Water project - $190M
  • Shannex Care facility - $50M
  • New Barge terminal - $6M