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St. John'sCanada

Find the "City of Legends" at Canada's easternmost point. Explore its dramatic iceberg-spotted coast and enjoy its distinctly artistic atmosphere.

St. John's locals pride themselves on their city's artistic flair and the stunning natural attractions that surround them. The city was first settled by Europeans around the beginning of the 16th century. Fertile fishing grounds and a pivotal trading location has meant that St. John's has grown to a population of around 100,000 inhabitants today.

Begin your sightseeing with a stroll along Water Street in downtown St. John’s. This thoroughfare, believed to be one of the oldest in North America, has the city’s Visitor Information Centre and plenty of places to dine and shop. At the southern end of the street, you’ll find the Railway Coastal Museum. Browse its exhibits that tell the story of Newfoundland's century-old railway and shipping services.

Head north along Water Street and turn into Duckworth Street to reach The Rooms, an important cultural space that brings together a museum, gallery and archives. Just a few minutes’ walk from here is the Anglican Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. The city’s other major religious building is the Roman Catholic Basilica Cathedral of St. John the Baptist.

See where some of the stone that was used to build the basilica came from at Signal Hill. Admire sweeping views from this landmark of communications and military history. Nearby, learn about the geology of the area at the Johnson GEO Centre. Find out what native flora and fauna grows and lives in this part of the world at the Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN) Botanical Garden.

Experience nature in a more wild setting as you tour the waters on a boat trip. Spot humpback whales swimming between dramatic icebergs. You can also look for whales on land at the Cape Spear Lighthouse National Historic Site, located at the most easterly point of land in North America. The Visitor Centre at the restored lighthouse has exhibits on the history and traditions of lighthouse keeping.

Venture farther afield with a visit to the village of Quidi Vidi, a quaint fishing settlement. You can reach Quidi Vidi via the Grand Concourse, 75 miles (120 kilometers) of walking trails that links St. John’s to surrounding villages and attractions.

St John's city center is a 10-minute drive from its international airport. Get around town using taxis or the local metro bus service.

Where to stay in St. John's

Johnson Geo Centre

Downtown St. John's

4.5/5Wonderful!(116 area reviews)

The ample dining options and captivating waterfront views are top of the list for many visitors to Downtown St. John's. A stop by Mile One Centre or St. John's Courthouse might round out your trip.

Downtown St. John's
Quidi Vidi which includes a marina

Quidi Vidi

You'll enjoy the parks and historic sites in Quidi Vidi. You might want to make time for a stop at Signal Hill National Historic Site or Quidi Vidi Lake.

Quidi Vidi
Downtown St. John\'s

Waterford Valley

If you're spending some time in Waterford Valley, St. John's Courthouse and Atlantic Place are top sights worth seeing.

Waterford Valley
I. love. Lester's Farm. It brings colour and joy to even the coldest and dreariest July winter days

West End

While visiting West End, you might make a stop by sights like Bowring Park and Avalon Peninsula.

West End

Top Hotels in St. John's

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Sandman Signature St. John's Hotel
Sandman Signature St. John's Hotel
3.5 out of 5
227 Kenmount Road, St. John's, NL
$75
per night
Apr 8 - Apr 9

Situated in St. John's, this hotel is Avalon Peninsula and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Memorial University of Newfoundland. Avalon Mall and Memorial University of Newfoundland ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,196 reviews)

"Awesome hotel, very clean, friendly staff. Loved the room, was small suite with kitchenette and separate bedroom. Very comfortable and excellent décor. Thoroughly enjoyed the stay, be excellent for longer term stays for sure."…"

Reviewed on Mar 25, 2020

Sandman Signature St. John's Hotel
Best Western Plus St. John's Airport Hotel and Suites
Best Western Plus St. John's Airport Hotel and Suites
4 out of 5
34 Jetstream Avenue, St. John's, NL
$82
per night
Apr 9 - Apr 10

Situated near the airport, this hotel is Avalon Peninsula and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Windsor Lake. Memorial University of Newfoundland and Confederation Building ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (1,062 reviews)

"I have stayed at this hotel many of times, the staff are very pleasant and the rooms are very modern which are cleaned to the highest standard."…"

Reviewed on Mar 28, 2020

Best Western Plus St. John's Airport Hotel and Suites
Alt Hotel St. John's
Alt Hotel St. John's
3.5 out of 5
125 Water Street, St. John's, NL
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
$77
per night
Apr 12 - Apr 13

Located in Downtown St. John's, this hotel is Avalon Peninsula and 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Memorial University of Newfoundland. Harbourside Park and National War ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (242 reviews)

"It was clean and comfy and the staff was very nice."…"

Reviewed on Feb 27, 2020

Alt Hotel St. John's

Popular things to do in St. John's

The Rooms
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The Rooms

4.5/5(54 reviews)

Browse the work of talented artists and dive into thousands of years of history at the largest cultural center in Newfoundland.

Cape Spear Lighthouse
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Cape Spear Lighthouse

4.5/5(68 reviews)

You can learn about the history of St. John's with a stop at Cape Spear Lighthouse. Check out the shops and lively bars in this relaxing area.

Fort Amherst
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Fort Amherst

4/5(17 reviews)

Newfoundland’s first lighthouse has stood sentry over St. John’s harbor for more than 200 years and is where you can take in glorious sea views.

Signal Hill National Historic Site
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Signal Hill National Historic Site

5/5(94 reviews)

Retrace historic moments of this landmark hill, the site of wartime defenses and where the first transatlantic wireless signal was received.

Cabot Tower
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Cabot Tower

4.5/5(41 reviews)

Enjoy panoramic views from the top of an iconic tower where a successful experiment heralded the start of the era of modern communications.

Johnson Geo Centre
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Johnson Geo Centre

5/5(20 reviews)

Venture into a hill for an underground museum that explores the past, present and future of the Earth and our planetary neighbors in space.

Top activities in St. John's

City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Newfoundland
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City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Newfoundland

$10
Per adult
St. John's Scavenger Hunt: Uphill Beauty
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St. John's Scavenger Hunt: Uphill Beauty

$20
Per adult
Survival Scavenger Hunt walking tours of Newfoundland
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Survival Scavenger Hunt walking tours of Newfoundland

$20
Per adult

Reviews of St. John's

4.6

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good 28.776978417266186%
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3 - Okay 3.597122302158273%
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 14, 2020

It's a cute city. People are extremely friendly and gracious. The dialect can at times be hard to understand. Flights in and out are often delayed. The Interstate 1 Cross Canada, is really great. Interesting foods.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 24, 2020

Best Kind!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 20, 2020

Despite the cold and snow at the time of my visit midwinter, this town has a warmth from their heritage and its poeple.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 15, 2020

Very easy City! Friendly! Beauty everywhere!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 9, 2020

Prior to coming to St. John’s, I thought it is an oil town, then I found out it’s actually a fishing and touristy place. I enjoyed the site seeing and the local restaurants very much, also got screeched, so much fun!

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Oct 18, 2019

Not much to do after September. Most things closed in mid-October.

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