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Reversing Falls

This portion of the Saint John River is where a rare geologic wonder takes place. Choose from several fun ways to experience it.

Reversing Falls is like few other places in the world. Here, see one river flowing in two opposite directions. The rapids at Reversal Falls change direction as a result of three different tides: low, slack and high. 

To truly appreciate what makes Reversing Falls special, visit just before the end of low tide. During low tide, the falls most vigorously rush through the gorge. Billions of gallons of water flow out to the Bay of Fundy each day. 

After low tide, witness 20 minutes of calm that marks slack tide. The river becomes superficially placid, even though currents tug beneath the surface. Notice that boats floating on the river reverse during this period, traveling in the opposite direction at the onset of high tide. 

Visit the information centre at Reversing Falls to learn about the geologic features that give rise to these unusual currents.

Take a leisurely tour of the rapids, riding the Reversing Falls Sightseeing Boat Tour, which runs through calm portions of the river. Relax in the shade of a covered boat and admire the views of Saint John on either side of you. 

For more excitement, take the jet boat tour. Speed through the rapids and make sharp turns. Your expert boat driver will provide a fun but safe time. This is a wet ride, so buckle up the raincoat you are given. 

Another great way to experience Reversing Falls is to soar above it on the Saint John Adventures Zipline. 

If you are an experienced kayaker, make a special whitewater trip both up and downstream in your own kayak. Be sure you are fully informed before traveling on the river alone. Parts of it are dangerous.

To get to Reversing Falls, drive to Saint John and walk to its southern end along the Bay of Fundy. Hike in shoes you won’t mind getting wet.


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Canadas Best Value Inn St. John $71
Reviewed on May 22, 2019
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Canadas Best Value Inn St. John

Canadas Best Value Inn St. John

10 Portland Street, Saint John, NB
     
    3.3 of 5
    3.0 out of 5.0

    everything was good fo an old hotel, needs bathroom updates buy for the 3 nights i stayed it was good, the breakfast is good but coffee needs to be better. food generally good if you eat in restaurant. Beds were comfy, TV is just local cable not much on

    Delta Hotels by Marriott Saint John $84
    Reviewed on May 3, 2019
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    Delta Hotels by Marriott Saint John

    Delta Hotels by Marriott Saint John

    39 King St, Saint John, NB
       
      4.1 of 5
      3.5 out of 5.0

      Convenient location. Great view of the harbour. Indoor parking.

      Days Inn by Wyndham Saint John New Brunswick $71
      Reviewed on May 21, 2019
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      Days Inn by Wyndham Saint John New Brunswick

      Days Inn by Wyndham Saint John New Brunswick

      175 City Road, Saint John, NB
         
        4.1 of 5
        2.5 out of 5.0

        The property is nice and clean following the major renovation. I would stay there again. The site stated the gym was not opened but it was when we got there and it appeared to be recently completed with nice new equipment. The pool area was nice, recently painted. It had some of the pre-renovation ...

        Travelodge Suites by Wyndham Saint John $81
        Reviewed on Apr 29, 2019
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        Travelodge Suites by Wyndham Saint John

        Travelodge Suites by Wyndham Saint John

        1011 Fairville Blvd, Saint John, NB
           
          4.1 of 5
          2.5 out of 5.0

          This was our first time staying at the Travelodge in Saint John. It was a great experience. The staff was very friendly and the rooms were bright and clean. We will definitely stay there again.

          Holiday Inn Express Saint John Harbour Side $83
          Reviewed on May 12, 2019
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          Holiday Inn Express Saint John Harbour Side

          Holiday Inn Express Saint John Harbour Side

          400 Main Street, Saint John, NB
             
            4.4 of 5
            2.5 out of 5.0

            Very friendly staff. Great breakfast. Enjoyed the pool.

            Hilton Saint John $90
            Reviewed on May 14, 2019
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            Hilton Saint John

            Hilton Saint John

            1 Market Sq, Saint John, NB
               
              4.0 of 5
              4.5 out of 5.0

              Great location, decent restaurant and bar, underground parking, pool, what else do you need?

              Best Western Plus Saint John Hotel & Suites $99
              Reviewed on May 14, 2019
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              Best Western Plus Saint John Hotel & Suites

              Best Western Plus Saint John Hotel & Suites

              55 Majors Brook Drive, Saint John, NB
                 
                4.3 of 5
                4.0 out of 5.0

                Great place to stay, very clean! Impressive at a cheap rate.

                Chateau Saint John Trademark Collection by Wyndham $94
                Reviewed on May 18, 2019
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                Chateau Saint John Trademark Collection by Wyndham

                Chateau Saint John Trademark Collection by Wyndham

                369 Rockland Rd, Saint John, NB
                   
                  4.6 of 5
                  3.0 out of 5.0

                  Clean and great staff. Beds were comfortable and room was spacious. Downside was that we stayed on the top floor and internet speed was very low, I mean really.