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The alleys of Uptown Saint John

South Central Peninsula

South End, Waterloo Village, Uptown

Heritage. Entertainment. Energy.

This is the financial, entertainment, and cultural hub of Saint John. Including uptown and the Trinity Royal Heritage Conservation Area, this is the energetic urban core of the city, with corporate head offices, post-secondary facilities, hotels, shops, bars, restaurants—and homes and schools too. 

Uptown Saint John is unique in that it contains a large number of historically preserved buildings, built after a fire levelled most of the area in in 1877. It’s why a walk through these narrow streets rewards the explorer with preserved historic buildings, heritage blocks, and homes of great character. 

South Central Peninsula homes are as diverse at it comes. Centuries-old brownstones; wooden single-family houses; duplexes; small apartment buildings; converted lofts; taller condo buildings. The one thing the homes have in common is a density you expect of a city laid out before the automobile. And residents here can and do get along well without a vehicle. 

Some of this community’s well-known hotspots include the City Market, built in 1876; the Imperial Theatre, and two other theatres; Harbour Passage; King’s Square, which was laid out for public use in 1783; and Prince William Street—the first streetscape in Canada to be recognized by the Heritage Sites and Monuments Board of Canada to have the “most continuous collection of Italianate and 2nd Empire building in Canada.”

Currently the fastest growing area of the city population wise, this area has served as home to thousands throughout time. Written accounts in the early 17th century refer to a large Malécite village at the mouth of the St. John River. Charles de St.-Étienne de la Tour was the governor of established Fort La Tour at the mouth of the St. John River in the 1600s.

After the Loyalists arrived in Saint John in 1783, two areas became the focus of development, Upper Cove and Lower Cove. Upper Cove is now known as Market Square-King Street, the commercial heart of the city. Lower Cove, around Broad Street, is now a mixture of residential, industrial and military buildings.

The boundaries and data used to define the neighbourhoods in this section are supplied by Statistics Canada as Census Tracts and may not reflect exact local area names and boundaries. Every effort has been made to include as many local names as possible.

Photo Album

A shop on Prince William Street A couple sits on a guiderail at Crown Street Courtney Bay A view of Partridge Island from Tin Can Beach A view of the Mount Pleasant north from the belvedere at Peel Plaza A wood shingled home in Uptown Aerial facing east Aerial of Rainbow Park Brick alleyways Uptown Brownstones on Orange Street Aerial of Central Peninsula Chown Field in Waterloo Village Saint John Law Courts and Peel Plaza in the City center The historic brick buildings in Uptown Saint Joh The roof of the City Market Uptown Saint John at night Uptown streets in the fog Brick homes in historic Saint John Historic brick buildings in Uptown Saint John Homes in the Trinity Royal area Homes on Duke Street Princess Street on a foggy day Steps leading to Queens Square The fountain at Kings Square The Saint John City Market Imperial Theatre on Kings Square Tin Can Beach

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Ward 3

Construction and Maintenance

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Traffic Advisory: Wentworth Street

Motorists are advised of the following traffic interruptions:

Street: Wentworth Street
Date: Monday, February 22, 2021
Time: Approximately 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Duration: One (1) day
Action: Road will be closed to thru traffic
Specific area: Wentworth Street between King Street East and Orange Street and at King Street East Description of work: Infrastructure installation/upgrades

Motorists are advised to plan their travel accordingly, reduce speeds in construction zones, observe signage, and drive safely. Work commencement and completion times are subject to change and are weather permitting.

Here to help – For inquiries related to municipal services, contact the City of Saint John Customer Service Centre at (506) 658-4455, or visit us in person on the Ground Floor of City Hall, 15 Market Square, Monday to Friday (excluding holidays), 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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