Patrick Chan of Canada skates to gold in the men's free skate event at Skate Canada International in Saint John, N.B. on Saturday, Oct.26, 2013. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan)

Saint John, N.B.'s hosting of Skate Canada International last week could mean an economic boost of between $2 million and $4 million for the city.

The event, which is the second stop of the season for the International Skating Union Grand Prix of Figure Skating, saw skaters from around the world take to the ice at Harbour Station.

The event was a big deal for Saint John, said Cynthia Benson, co-chair of the local organizing committee.

"It's just brought a level of excitement and energy to Harbour Station, to the city. The restaurants were full, the stores were full. We had celebrities, elite athletes walking everywhere throughout the pedway system," said Benson.

Roy Scribner, co-owner of Britt's Pub, said he noticed a jump in business thanks to Skate Canada.

"I mean, anytime you get that amount of exposure in Saint John, you're going to see a pretty huge increase in business. So it's been up probably 20, 25 per cent I'd say, in the last week," said Scribner.

Scribner said much of the business came from locals who usually don't eat out, but made an exception while attending the Skate Canada events.

"Really, most of the people I'm seeing are locals, as far as the spectators go. You're getting a different kind of clientele, I guess. Maybe ones that wouldn't come out as much."

Chan lands quads

Two-hundred people from across the region volunteered for the event, which saw Canada's own Patrick Chan open the Olympic season with a victory.

The three-time world champion landed two huge quad jumps Saturday night to clinch the win.

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir captured their fifth Skate Canada ice dance title to kick off what will likely be their final season competing. Canadians Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje won silver.

Meanwhile, Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford were third in pairs, a disappointment for the Canadians who were leaders after the short program.

And Kaetlyn Osmond, last year's Skate Canada champion, withdrew from women's singles with a hamstring injury. Julia Lipnitskaia, a 15-year-old phenom from Russia, won the women's singles title.