St. John is a comparatively modern city with a population numbering some fifty-seven thousand inhabitants, and by far the most important business centre in New Brunswick, though Fredericton is the provincial seat of Government. Since the disastrous fire in 1877 a handsome town has sprung up and the splendid harbour affords every accommodation for a large number of vessels. As the terminus of the Canadian Pacific Railway, the city port has gained rapidly in importance with the increase in traffic that line has enjoyed, while it has also other railway connections, including the Inter-colonial. Its inhabitants are enterprising and progressive, and fully imbued with the opinion that their town has a great destiny before it. Many large industrial establishments of various kinds are located in St. John and its vicinity, and the city can boast of fine buildings, churches and streets. The Reversible Falls on the St. John River form a remarkable natural feature of great interest to visitors to the city. The river drops some fifteen feet into the harbour at low tide, but the rise of the tide in the Bay of Fundy is so great as not only to overcome to the fall, but to actually reverse the flow of water up stream.