Port Days: Community, Connections, Commerce


The three Cs of Port Days – Community, Connections and Commerce.

These are the things our industry has grown from and these are the things we’ll be celebrating June 8th through 10th on the waterfront.

During Port Days, the Port will play host to industry leaders and local citizens alike. At its core, Port Days is a learning opportunity. The community learns more about Port Saint John as they open their gates for an afternoon of fun. Industry leaders connect at the Port, sharing best practices, visions for the future of Port Saint John and building business relationships.  


Port City, this is where you come in.

On June 8, our gates open for Community Day. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., join us for an afternoon of fun and fundraising. The event raises funds for PALS (Partners Assisting Local Schools) and is sponsored by Irving Oil and TransCanada.

The Marco Polo Cruise Terminal and Diamond Jubilee Cruise Terminal will be filled with displays and entertainment, while the parking lots will be filled with games, treats and activities.

Cotton candy and barbecued hot dogs are on the menu, with proceeds supporting PALS. Activities are free of charge, with the exception of the barbecue and snack station which will be cash only. There will also be a pay-to-play dunk tank featuring some local celebrities!

Local acts entertaining the crowd that day include Fredericton funky musician Stephen Lewis and the BIG Band of One and tomato/tomato. InterAction School of Performing Arts will be doing live theatre and some princesses will be making a magical appearance for photos.

There will be bouncy castles, air brush face painting, carnival games and multicultural displays.

CFB Gagetown will be on site with LAV rides, equipment displays and camouflage-style face painting. The tugboats from Atlantic Towing will be doing a water show in the harbour.

New for this year, our rail industry partners at CN Rail will bring their ‘Little Obie’ train and offer rides to attendees.   Little Obie’s message about railroad safety is an important one for families.

Community Day is also a learning opportunity. Aquila Tours will be offering trolley rides throughout the Port for people to learn more about what goes on behind the gates. The tour will span the east and west sides of the Port. 

Of course, we’re hoping for sun. But, if it rains, take shelter in one of the terminals or under our gigantic tent where tons of activities are taking place.


Port Days isn’t strictly business.

It’s also an opportunity for transportation industry leaders to connect and share best practices.

June 9th is all about making connections. There is a river cruise up the picturesque St. John River and a golf tournament that day.

That evening, the province’s Department of Economic Development has partnered with Port Days for the Export Awards. The event celebrates transportation excellence and collaborative partnerships in New Brunswick.

Port Days closes on June 10 with a true Maritime feast. Seafood Fiesta is a longstanding tradition at Port Saint John, with hundreds of people showing up for a relaxing lobster dinner.


Port Days has long been a vehicle for driving business to and through Port Saint John.

The event is made possible by platinum sponsor Mediterranean Shipping Company.

This year, the event’s business session will include an interview-style panel moderated by J. D. Irving Limited communications officer Geoff Britt.

Panelists have been carefully selected for their background and unique perspective on making Atlantic Canada competitive in the global marketplace.

The list includes: Joy Nott, president, Canadian Importers and Exporters Association; Michel Têtu, former diplomat and consultant in trade & international relations; Dale Thibodeau, president, DJ Thibodeau & Associates; Dan Bresolin, director of marketing, CN Railway and  Raymond Johnston, president, Green Marine Management Corporation.


This is the first year the business session will engage the online community. Using the #sjportdays on Twitter, people can direct questions to the panelists. The session is open to the public.


Following the business session, Francois Poirier of TransCanada Corporation, president of the Energy East Pipeline Project, will be giving a keynote address. The event is being held in partnership with The Chamber.  


For more information about Port Days or to register, visit www.sjport.com/portdays


3 thoughts on “Port Days: Community, Connections, Commerce

  1. We were wondering if there could be an opportunity at this event to showcase our businesses. My friend and I have been selling our works of art and creations to cruise ship visitors since 2008. (See my website Guestbook for many kind comments from visitors) We are curious as this year may prove to be somewhat challenging with fewer cruise ships visiting our great city. – Jodi – see FaceBook GemCat Jewels Jewelry by Design , Lana Langille Doucette, Street Scenes and Simple Subjects

    • Hello Jodi,
      There are no opportunities for outside vendors, apart from a small multicultural fair in participation with Y Settlement Services.

      Thank you for your interest!

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