Saint John is such a charming city, a place where seeing big beautiful cruise ships is an everyday norm. Rebuilt by mainly Irish labourers who immigrated to Canada after the city was destroyed by a great fire… Saint John is one of Canada’s most historic cities, and we want you to know about.
1. Located in New Brunswick, Saint John is currently the 56th largest city in Canada with a population of just over 59,000. It was founded on June 24/1604 but officially became a city in 1785. It is one of the oldest cities in Canada.
2. Saint John was founded by the popular explorer and navigator Samuel de Champlain, the same man who founded Quebec City.
3. It is one of the largest port cities in Canada.
4. It is the second biggest city in the province of New Brunswick behind Fredericton.
5. Saint John has a very strong connection to Ireland; between 1845 and 1867, over 150,000 people from Ireland came to Saint John. Ireland was hit with a very strong famine during those dark years.
6. Canada’s first ever YMCA was built in Saint John.
7. In what is known as the “Great Saint John Fire”, this fire destroyed much of Saint John in 1877. Much of the city was rebuilt by most of the Irish who migrated to Saint John and called it home.
8. Saint John is home to the largest oil refinery in Canada; Irving Oil Refinery; capacity – over 320,000 barrels every day.
9. The late K.C Irving called Saint John home, a self-made billionaire.
10. Saint John is home to the first ever biscuit factory in Canada – 1801.
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