We are in…..what else? Another saintly city! On our way here from Quebec City, we passed many more cities named after saints. St. John is named after the St. John River, where Samuel de Champlain landed on June 24, 1604, and that date is still the Feast of St. John the Baptist. The city was mainly settled by American Loyalists starting in 1783, loyal to England and King George III, and wanting to remain under the monarchy. St. John is the port city on the Bay of Fundy in New Brunswick, a province that has gorgeous fields, forests, trees, and flowers. It is more rural than the other provinces we drove through. There is a McDonald’s in town, and of course several Tim Hortons, the Dunkin’ Donuts of Canada, but no Starbucks and few other chain restaurants.
We walked around town and found Theodore Tugboat! He starred in a children’s show on PBS from 1993 to 2001. What a happy guy! Even though it was chilly outside….yes, we know it is July 27!…..people were out in the park and shopping. This was the first day of our three here that we could go out, as it has been foggy, with rain and blowing wind. People were wearing coats! The General Store sells ice cream, but also doubles as a museum of old consumer goods. We also went into St. John Market. As you can see, it is beautiful when you step in, with all the hanging flags and mobiles. We bought rainbow carrots and some other produce. Who can resist Java Moose coffee? And the last two photos advertising CDs that are available just begged to be shared!