Reversing Falls

Vacation Travel Guide

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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Top Hotels Close to Reversing Falls

Days Inn by Wyndham Saint John New Brunswick
Days Inn by Wyndham Saint John New Brunswick
2.5 out of 5
175 City Road, Saint John, NB
The price is CA $99 per night from Jan 21 to Jan 22
Located in the heart of Saint John, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.7 km) from Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Saint John Regional Hospital. ...
4/5 Very Good! (443 reviews)
"This is a great hotel, providing nice amenities, recently updated rooms, quiet and centrally located. Great value for the money and recommended for solo, couples or family trips."

Reviewed on Jan. 4, 2022

Days Inn by Wyndham Saint John New Brunswick
Chateau Saint John Trademark Collection by Wyndham
Chateau Saint John Trademark Collection by Wyndham
4.5 out of 5
369 Rockland Rd, Saint John, NB
The price is CA $109 per night from Jan 20 to Jan 21
Located in the heart of Saint John, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Stone Church, Harbour Station, and Saint John Arts Centre. Saint Joseph's ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (975 reviews)
"Location"

Reviewed on Jan. 5, 2022

Chateau Saint John Trademark Collection by Wyndham
Delta Hotels by Marriott Saint John
Delta Hotels by Marriott Saint John
3.5 out of 5
39 King St, Saint John, NB
The price is CA $103 per night from Jan 21 to Jan 22
Located in the heart of Saint John, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Saint John Police Museum and 3.1 mi (5 km) from Saint John Regional Hospital. Market Square ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (992 reviews)
"Great location"

Reviewed on Jan. 15, 2022

Delta Hotels by Marriott Saint John
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Best Lodging Options Near Reversing Falls

Hillcrest Motel
Hillcrest Motel
2.5 out of 5
1315 Manawagonish Rd, Saint John, NB
The price is CA $58 per night from Jan 20 to Jan 21
Hillcrest Motel
Chateau Saint John Trademark Collection by Wyndham
Chateau Saint John Trademark Collection by Wyndham
4.5 out of 5
369 Rockland Rd, Saint John, NB
The price is CA $109 per night from Jan 20 to Jan 21
Chateau Saint John Trademark Collection by Wyndham
Delta Hotels by Marriott Saint John
Delta Hotels by Marriott Saint John
3.5 out of 5
39 King St, Saint John, NB
The price is CA $103 per night from Jan 21 to Jan 22
Delta Hotels by Marriott Saint John
Days Inn by Wyndham Saint John New Brunswick
Days Inn by Wyndham Saint John New Brunswick
2.5 out of 5
175 City Road, Saint John, NB
The price is CA $99 per night from Jan 21 to Jan 22
Days Inn by Wyndham Saint John New Brunswick
Hilton Saint John
Hilton Saint John
4.5 out of 5
1 Market Sq, Saint John, NB
The price is CA $124 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
Hilton Saint John
Travelodge Suites by Wyndham Saint John
Travelodge Suites by Wyndham Saint John
2 out of 5
1011 Fairville Blvd, Saint John, NB
The price is CA $84 per night from Jan 22 to Jan 23
Travelodge Suites by Wyndham Saint John
Canadas Best Value Inn Saint John
Canadas Best Value Inn Saint John
3 out of 5
10 Portland Street, Saint John, NB
The price is CA $89 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2
Canadas Best Value Inn Saint John
Holiday Inn Express Saint John Harbour Side, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express Saint John Harbour Side, an IHG Hotel
4 out of 5
400 Main Street, Saint John, NB
The price is CA $102 per night from Jan 22 to Jan 23
Holiday Inn Express Saint John Harbour Side, an IHG Hotel
Homeport Historic Bed & Breakfast/Inn c 1858
Homeport Historic Bed & Breakfast/Inn c 1858
3 out of 5
80 Douglas Ave, Saint John, NB
The price is CA $121 per night from Jan 20 to Jan 21
Homeport Historic Bed & Breakfast/Inn c 1858
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.