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Saint John, New Brunswick

The Best Places to Run in Saint John, including the resort area of Saint-Andrews-by-the-Sea

The working seaport of Saint John is tucked along the Bay of Fundy in southern New Brunswick. This traditional land of the Passamaquody, Mi’kmaq, and Maliseet peoples became a point of trade and defense during the Acadian era, then industrialized as a ship building center under the control of British Loyalists surrounding the American Revolution. In 1785, it was the first incorporated city in what would later be Canada. Today, this hilly port city supports cruise ship tourism, heavy industry, and interestingly enough, the highest tides in the world. Running in Saint John is marked by waterfront pathways, massive parks, and a scenic handful of historic city streets. 

The most popular running route in Saint John is the Harbour Passage Trail along the waterfront, although the large green spaces of Rockwood Park, Irving Nature Park, and Little River Reservoir Park also offer great off-street running options. Distance runners can draw inspiration from our “Saint John Grand Tour,” which collects some of the best roads for running across the city. We’ve also included routes in the nearby vacation destination of Saint Andrews, famous for its tide viewing!

The core of Saint John is pedestrian-friendly, and the Saint John Transit offers bus service across the main parts of the city. Further afield, a car is needed. NOTE: Saint John winters are cold and snowy — be prepared for winter running! And in summer, it can be cool and foggy.

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Some of our favorite runs in Saint John, New Brunswick

Rockwood Park

One of the largest municipal parks in Canada, and the go-to spot for recreation in Saint John,... more...

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Harbour Passage Trail

Saint John, New Brunswick

Experience the working waterfront of Saint John on this paved multi-use path along the Saint John River. Great water views! The trail is 3.7 km out and back. Longer option extends to Reversing Falls Bridge and a brief downtown tour with a good hill!
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Irving Nature Park

Saint John, New Brunswick

Just a ten minute drive west of Saint John, Irving Nature Park highlights the beautiful marshes and coastline of the Bay of Fundy. There are 8 trails of various length. The main loop trail using Irving Park Nature Road is about 9 km. Good trail running opps as well.
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Harbour Passage Trail

Saint John, New Brunswick

Experience the working waterfront of Saint John on this paved multi-use path along the Saint John River. Great water views! The trail is 3.7 km out and back. Longer option extends to Reversing Falls Bridge and a brief downtown tour with a good hill!
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Saint John features mild summers and cold, snowy winters. In summer, average highs are in the 23C (73F) range, with nights that can cool off. Bring a layer! Winters are cold but not frigid, with plenty of precipitation — 240mm (94 inches) of snow annually, but it can also rain in winter. The Bay of Fundy plays a role in the weather here, moderating the temperatures in winter, and causing some cooler and sometimes foggy weather in summer.

Most hotels in Saint John are located uptown, with a smattering of others in the western part of the city. See DiscoverSaintJohn.com for places to stay.

RUNNING STORES

Saint John is home to a Running Room location, as well as Sport Chek and Cleve’s Source for Sports.

GROUP RUNS

Running Room does group runs Wednesday 6:00 p.m. Saturday, 11:00 a.m., and Sunday 8:30 a.m.

The Marathon by the Sea is the premiere running event in Saint John, but you can find more upcoming races at RunNB.com.