There are lotsa different naighbourhoods in St. John's. Some are dog neighbourhoods; other are cat neighbourhoods. There is urban and suburban too.
Where we live is urban and most of the houses are attached. We live near downtown, close to the Bascilica and near Fort Townshend, which is the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary garrison.
Ther is lotsa excitement on the street. We take pictures out our front door and this is what we get.
Favorite thing: This is a historic 200 acre park, with local and imported trees, flowers, shrubs, conservatory, two rivers, two ponds, fish, bird watching, woodland walkways, statuary, playground, swimming pool, amphitheatre, festivals, gift shop, restaurant and catering facility. Three noteworthy stature in the park are The Caribou, a replica of a statue in Beaumont Hamel, France and The Fighting Newfoundlander, a tribute to the regiment unveiled in 1922 and Peter Pan, a memorial to a child lost at sea.
my favorite place. walking the streets, where life is more laid back and the people friendly. building restored, murals added. actually this City is very pretty one of the oldest Cities in Canada
Georg Street is a good place for a night out in the City
Fondest memory: visiting the outports, the small fishing villages, uncomplicated people
Favorite thing: One of my fondest memories of St John's are the colourful buildings and houses with very nice architecture, and there are not many tall buildings here either. The buildings and houses are built on a slope as the whole city is on slope terrain. More photos are at the travelogue section of this VT page.
Favorite thing: In order to have the best views of St John's and surroundings, two places are recommended. The first place is Signal Hill where you have fantastic views of the city, harbour as well as Atlantic Ocean. The second place is along the road up a hill just in front of St John's when you are heading towards Cape Spear, this place gives you very good views of the city's residential areas (see photos taken from both locations).
In St. John’s there is a local television station called NTV. They have their studios over on Logy Bay Road. It’s a little out of the way. You can tune in there or at CBC generally around 6:00 pm to get the local news. That will give you a feel for the issues in the area while you are there.
I got to drop by one time and got a quick picture for fun. I am not about to be a news caster anytime soon.
If you are walking the downtown and pass by Mile One Stadium and the St. John's Convention Centre you will see this monument.
It was common the pass for women throughout Newfoundland and Labrador to help the men gather the salt cod fish as seen here.
This view was taken from the lower parking lot of the Pippy Park Golf complex including Captain's Hill course and Admiral's Green.
You can see in this picture you get a great view of the city, signal hill, the confederation building and the atlantic ocean!
This is only a couple minutes away in car, a huffing walk I can imagine up hill on foot!
Throughout the downtown core of St. John's you will find lots of colorful townhouses. I really like the ones on the battery.
In the picture I got a great shot with a seagull in the picture. These houses are in a very peculiar location to say the least!!!
Favorite thing: Ok, everyone else has mentioned it so i will too. Cape Spear is the easternmost point of North America and is about a 20 minute drive from ST. John's. There is a newish lighthouse and an old lighthouse, a little visitor center and the remains of an old battery with a WW2 gun that faces outward to guard against German ships and submarines. We saw a trio of foxes there the day we went, not really tame but the weren't that afraid of the tourists either. Pretty spot.
If you arrive at the right time for the George Street Festival, GO! George Stree is a small street in the center of town that has nothing but bars on both sides of the street. Each bar has live music and it is a differant type in each bar. During the festival the street is closed off and a cover charge is imposed. The first night anyone of any age may enter. The second night you must be of drinking age as the bars move onto the street. There is live music on the street as well.
Visit the north of Newfoundland and see where Eric the Red's settlement was. They only lasted 5 yrs before the Indians ran them off.
Fondest memory: Newfoundland was settled by the Irish, that being the case the people are friendly and open. I traveled all over and the beauty of the country side is wonderful. I was lucky enough to be there for the 500th ann. of the founding by John Cabbot. There where many tall ships and a replaca of the orginal traveling from port to port. Don't miss the rest of Newfoundland!
No trip to St John's would be completed without a stop at Signal Hill! Its view of the city and harbour as well as the atlantic ocean is excellent! For people planning on travelling around Newfoundland, I highly recommend Gros Morne National Park (located on the west coast of Newfoundland) and the Bonavista area, located on the east shore.
Fondest memory: The people are the best! Most the people i've met are very laid back, content and extremely sociable/friendly (especially if your able to get out to the outports). Also, unlike most other cities, the people aren't very judgemental, so dress comfortably!
Take a boat tour to Bird Island. Even if you're not a bird lover, the sight of millions (yes, an estimated 2 million) birds diving and swooping all around you is impressive. Gulls, turres, murres, and puffins (aka 'sea parrots') all in a mad frenzy. The puffins' burrows have punctured the island in so many places they have effectively killed off all the trees by depriving the roots of nutrients. The overall effect is eerie--the birds swarming, the trees ghostly white, shrouded in mist. Not to be missed! You are also likely to see icebergs (don't be surprised when they put on the 'Titanic' music) and whales. We saw no whales--the best season is August.
Fondest memory: The Irish culture is pervasive. There are allegedly elements of Irish dancing preserved in Newfoundland but lost in Ireland. There are also fiddlers and folk singers. There are lilting accents that seem to vary from person to person. Some would not be out of place in Cork or Kerry! Check out some of the history--some of the Irish settlers were involuntary. Bernice Morgan's _Random Passage_ tells the story of a prison ship, bound for Australia, that unloaded its human cargo on the Avalon peninsula.
Visit the outports. The small villages around the periphery of this wonderful island are so interesting, and give the opportunity to share ideas, experiences, etc. with the local people. Don't miss Lanse Aux Meadows, the place Lief Ericsson came ashore on the North American Continent a thousand years ago. In fact, don't miss any of Newfoundland. It is all so natural and uncomplicated that it is almost surreal.
Fondest memory: The stories of Joey Smallwood, and the many arguments, discussions, and scullduggery which went into the decision to confederate Newfoundland with Canada are some of my owner's fondest memories.
In addition, the beauty and history of the harbor, Cape Spear, and Quiddi Viddi, with its multi colored houses, purple, magenta, cyan, lime green, etc. gave my owners a real taste of what Newfoundland was like before the vinyl siding salesman came around, and turned all the homes into earth tones, pastels, etc. as are all vinyl covered homes in North America.
St John's was a stop on our cycle tour of The Avalon, All big cities have a basic personality, and this was a pretty friendly and wonderful place for cycle tourists. Take a pub crawl.
Fondest memory: Cycling down the hills into town in the fog and rain, then the weather lifts as we roll to a stop on the town's main pier reveiling the harbor in a shaft of sunlight.