The Rockwood Park Campground is closed for the 2020 season due to COVID-19. See you in 2021!

Incorporated in 1893, the Saint John Horticultural Association (SJHA) was formed to acquire and maintain property around Lily Lake for a wilderness park and public garden to benefit the people of Saint John.


In 2019, the Public Garden grew 66,140 annuals and perennials
in baskets, containers, and many sizes of pots!

The Rockwood Park Campground was developed in 1958 on the old zoological
grounds and included a cage with live Black bears as an attraction.

The SJHA contributed $17,000 toward the Rockwood Park ‘Light the Lake’
project in partnership with Emera and the City of Saint John

Public Garden

Nestled in the heart of Saint John, the Public Garden is a green oasis of sweet scents, colourful flowers, and shady resting spots. Friends meet, parents push strollers along the pathways, and walkers en route to Rockwood Park pause to admire the flowers. You’ll see wedding parties and graduates taking pictures, and families enjoying a picnic. It’s your place to relax, so drop by and enjoy the beauty and tranquillity City residents and visitors have loved for more than a century.

Rockwood Park

Enjoy hiking or biking dozens of trails, take your toddlers to the Kiwanis Playground or your pup to the Bark Park, and fish in a pristine lake – with an NB fishing license . A year-round wilderness park with more than 890 hectares (2,200 acres), Rockwood Park is home to nine lakes – 10 if you count the Arches as two! In summer, there’s supervised swimming at Lily Lake and the Arches and boats for rent at the Lily Lake Pavilion. After all your outdoor fun, don’t forget to enjoy a delicious meal at Lily’s Café with indoor dining and a lakeside deck.

Saint John

As Canada’s first incorporated city, Saint John boasts a wealth of historic architecture and sites to see. Stroll the South End peninsula past beautifully preserved Victorian homes and shop at the 1870s City Market, shaped like an upside-down ship’s hull. Head downhill for a waterfront walk along Harbour Passage to the Reversing Falls, part of the Stonehammer UNESCO Global Geopark. Then play on the west side’s beaches, hike the trails at the Irving Nature Park, and enjoy weekend markets at city parks. The options are endless!

Saint John Horticultural Association

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