Canada's oldest incorporated city, Saint John was founded by United Empire Loyalists in 1783. By 1903, it boasted of having Canada's first female golf champion (Miss Mabel Thompson) and the first Boys and Girls Club of Canada.
The Barr Colonists didn't have much time to appreciate the finer points of culture in Saint John. The ship had arrived on April 10, Good Friday, but quarantine procedures and visits from Canadian officials delayed disembarkation until Sunday morning. This delay caused havoc with what could have been one of the more carefully planned procedures. The passengers' luggage had been marked in Liverpool with one of three designations: Wanted, Not Wanted and Hold, to separate items needed on the voyage from those which could remain in the ship's cargo hold until arrival in Canada. As the hours dragged on, CPR's harbor fees mounted ever higher (the Lake Manitoba had changed ownership during the voyage, from the Elder Dempster line to Canadian Pacific Railways). When permission to unload was finally given, the crates, suitcases and bags containing the settlers belongings quickly became enormous and unmanageable piles on the Saint John wharf.