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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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Delta Hotels by Marriott Saint John CA $99
Delta Hotels by Marriott Saint John

Delta Hotels by Marriott Saint John

39 King St, Saint John, NB
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in the heart of Saint John, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Saint John Police Museum and Harbour Station. Market Square and Loyalist House are also within 5 minutes.

    Chateau Saint John Trademark Collection by Wyndham CA $103
    Chateau Saint John Trademark Collection by Wyndham

    Chateau Saint John Trademark Collection by Wyndham

    369 Rockland Rd, Saint John, NB
       
      4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in the heart of Saint John, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Stone Church and Harbour Station. Saint John Arts Centre and Saint Joseph's Hospital are also within 15 minutes.

      Hampton Inn & Suites Saint John CA $114
      Hampton Inn & Suites Saint John

      Hampton Inn & Suites Saint John

      51 Fashion Drive, Saint John, NB
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in the shopping district, this eco-friendly hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Stewart Hurley Arena, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and Saint Joseph's Hospital. Rockwood Park and Saint John Jewish Historical Museum are also within 3 miles (5 km).

        Hilton Saint John CA $118
        Hilton Saint John

        Hilton Saint John

        1 Market Sq, Saint John, NB
           
          4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in the heart of Saint John, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of New Brunswick Museum and Harbour Station. Market Square and Saint John Police Museum are also within 5 minutes.

          Days Inn by Wyndham Saint John New Brunswick CA $89
          Days Inn by Wyndham Saint John New Brunswick

          Days Inn by Wyndham Saint John New Brunswick

          175 City Road, Saint John, NB
             
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Saint John, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and Harbour Station. Stone Church and Saint Joseph's Hospital are also within 15 minutes.

            Canadas Best Value Inn St. John CA $90
            Canadas Best Value Inn St. John

            Canadas Best Value Inn St. John

            10 Portland Street, Saint John, NB
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in the heart of Saint John, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Lord Beaverbrook Rink and Harbour Station. Saint John Regional Hospital is 2.8 mi (4.6 km) away.

              Holiday Inn Express Saint John Harbour Side CA $99
              Holiday Inn Express Saint John Harbour Side

              Holiday Inn Express Saint John Harbour Side

              400 Main Street, Saint John, NB
                 
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in the heart of Saint John, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Lord Beaverbrook Rink and Harbour Station. Saint John Regional Hospital is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) away.

                Travelodge Suites by Wyndham Saint John CA $93
                Travelodge Suites by Wyndham Saint John

                Travelodge Suites by Wyndham Saint John

                1011 Fairville Blvd, Saint John, NB
                   
                  2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in the business district, this eco-friendly hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Lancaster Mall and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Harbour Station. Reversing Falls and Stonehammer Geopark are also within 2 miles (3 km).