So much is unique about Saint John that I had a hard time focusing on what to show. Decided on three things, starting with FOG! There once was a radio station here called CFBC and people used to refer to it as Canada’s Fog Bound City. Located at the Bay of Fundy, we get fog … lots of it, and good quality stuff 🙂 I like the fog, and the ground fog in particular, mainly because we live on the 9th floor and have a spectacular view of the neighbourhood. On those really hot summer days, the fog also takes the edge off the worst heat. I put in a graphic from our weather page, about freezing fog … I never saw that fog, but it sounded curious. [please, click on a picture to bring up the gallery!]
Can’t write a post about unique Saint John without bringing up the tides. Here you can see one of the highest tides of the world, and when it’s a certain kind of full moon [perigee moon], they’re really high! The main tourist attraction here, used to be called Reversing Falls. The name is so misleading, as there are no falls. They’re trying hard to introduce the new name; Reversing Rapids, which is accurate, but old habits die hard. It’s still being referred to as falls. I’ve chosen a few pictures here of tide running out. If I’d waited six hours, you would have seen tide rolling in. There’s a window of twenty minutes, when absolutely nothing is going on. That’s called «slack tide». When I see all the tourist busses from the cruise ships arriving at slack tide, I feel bad, because they won’t have a clue of what it’s all about!
My third choice for this hometown week is the Trinity Lamp — also referred to as the Three Sisters Lamp. I love that lamp, but the strange thing is that even though I’ve lived here for five years, I’ve never seen it lit! One of the pictures here is from 2009, where I managed to get parts of Queen Mary II in the background.
Having said all that, however, certain things you just can’t show in pictures. One of the things I love the most about Saint John, is its people. The friendliness and helpfulness of the folks here … that’s one thing that struck me on day one! People are chatty, they say hi to strangers with a smile … puts you in a good mood even if you’re having a ‘low’ day 🙂