St. John's Travel Guide

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St. John's Highlights

  • Pro
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     Historic, friendly, not very expensive, plenty to do in the city and surrounding area 

  • Con
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    victorwkf says…

     The fog and strong wind from the Atlantic Ocean 

  • In a nutshell
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     Worth the time to get here. 

St. John's Things to Do

  • Signal Hill

    Geological Interactive museum located on the road up to Signal hill. Learn about rock formations, world weather, oil drilling , mining etc. Lots of interactive displays, short movies etc. Not for the casual passer by but well worth a visit. Expect to spend 1-2 hrs here and cost is 14 Dollars CDN approx as of May 2008. Very good section all about...

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  • Downtown

    Buskers are relatively new in Newfoundland and Labrador. I seen a little of the 2nd Annual Festival on August 5, 2007. I didn't realize why there was so much activity when I arrived downtown and it was because of the festival. It was very well attended. International, national and local performers put on a great show. Juggling, acrobatics, magic,...

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  • The Harbor

    Leaving from Pier 7 in St Johns Harbour, this boat tour takes you out of the inner harbour in St John's out to the open bay and circles around a few Icebergs that have settled in the area. Boat trip is 2 hours approx. Bring a jacket even in summer as it can get quite windy out in the open bay! The skipper will inform you on St Johns famous...

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St. John's Hotels

St. John's Restaurants

  • Ches's Fish and Chips

    You have to do a little hunting to find this place off of Freshwater Road but definetly worth the find. We had a bit of a wait due to the fact that we came in right on the lunch rush but we were seated right away by the very friendly staff there. The interior was painted baby blue and has an airy fell about it. Most of the people were locals. As we...

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  • Don Cherry's

    Don Cherry's is a great spot to catch all the hockey, baseball, football and basketball games on big screen and in booth televisions. The staff and atmosphere are great. Seeing the game you want should not be a problem at all. There is generally a wing's night every week. If you are into Sport's Bars this is the spot for you in St. John's,...

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  • The Keg

    The Keg is one of the newer restuarants in town. I've eaten dinner there twice now, and both times it's been fabulous! The steaks are cooked just right. I've tasted the seafood dishes, and they were delicious as well.

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St. John's Nightlife

  • George Street

    Everyone who visits St. John's has to end up at George Street eventually and it is well worth the visit for good times!There is roughly 100 pubs and clubs on the street.

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  • Green Sleeves Pub and Eatery

    Green Sleeves is another great pub with good food. The people will be out of their teens and sometimes a professional crowd.On the weekends there is generally always great live music and a good place to hang out with friends. Enjoy your visit!!!

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  • Club Etomic

    Club Etomic is a newer nightclub that attracts a younger dance club group. It is always full on the weekend and there is the most modern in techno music. Be able to dance!!!

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St. John's Transportation

  • DRL Coachlines

    If you are travelling to St John's from other parts of Newfoundland by coach, then the DRL Coachlines is your only option. There is only one coach from Port Aux Basque to St John's every day and the same goes for the other direction. There are many stops along the way and the fees vary according to the distance travelled. Generally, the coaches are...

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  • Metrobus still on strike

    The Metrobus workers have been on strike since November 4, 2010, with no signs of union or management coming to resolution any time in the forseeable future. The mayor, Dennis O'Keefe, has made it clear that the city has no intention of intervening to bring a timely end to this strike. Since it's already been going on for over two and a half...

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  • Car rentals

    This is a tip about car rentals. I usually rent with AVIS because I have a credit card that covers the insurance costs for me. Also, Avis has four-day-weekend rates of $99 which a huge bargain. I google to search for AVIS coupon codes to use and that helps me when trying to get the rates down. Negotiate to NOT pay the mileage fees of $0.15 per km....

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St. John's Shopping

  • The Hemp Store!

    Hempware is no doubt one of Newfoundland and Labrador's more unique stores and if you are into hemp products there is a wide variety of products.Hempware's focus is on environmentally friendly hemp products, ranging from paper and soap to jeans and dresses. The owner of the store become somewhat famous at one point as the local authorities where...

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  • The Downhomer

    The Downhomer is a famous publications that markets itself to expatriat Newfoundlanders and Labradorians but is has now branched off into selling local folklore.They have a store downtown on Water Street and you can also buy stuff online.I would recommend buying something that was made locally, you can get products made in China anyday!!!!!

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  • Stavanger Drive

    Stavanger Drive is a growing section of St. John's because of all the huge box stores. These are mega department stores with a wide range of things but it has become one of the main areas to shop in St. John's.Stores include:Wal-MartFuture ShopStaplesKentThere are many many more but these will give you an idea! Some others are Winners, Zellars,...

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St. John's Local Customs

  • Buskers

    If its a nice day and your walking around the George and Water Street Areas you will see the occassional busker.This guy is as local as your going to find playing the accordian. A popular local instrument and you will hear it in a local of traditional music.

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  • Becoming an Honouryary member to the...

    When you visit the city or the Island of Newfoundland, there is a local custom to make visiters welcome. It is a drink called Screech. I was taken by my friend who lives there to one of the bars that does it. the Pub is called Trapper John's. they make you kiss a Fish on the lips...luckely, they had no fish, so I had to kiss a Puffins arse...yes, a...

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  • Newfie Jokes

    You have to be sensative these days about using the word Newfie, it is not politically correct anymore, however in any event Newfoundlanders are famous for the Newfie joke book because thoughout history they enjoyed laughing at each other. Here is an example of a Newfie job and the picture is classic too :-) You will literally see these books in a...

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St. John's Warnings and Dangers

  • European credit cards wont work in...

    Got caught out late in st Johns on a Thursday night as I ran out of hard cash. Went to an ATM in the pub..which refused my Bank of Ireland Visa account..same in all the machines I tried along George Street (theres one in or near every bar).Turns out these machines only like Canadian Credit card or Bank cards.Make sure to use the machines at the big...

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  • The Bubble

    To be fair in this tip I provided a great shot of the St. John's harbour. It can be beautiful as you can see. Also note I have two other pictures there as well for you to view. They are the sea gulls and the St. John's bubble.If you travel to this city enough you will hear about the municipal politics and the bubble which is the city sewer dumping...

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  • City on a slope

    St John's is actually built on a slope, so you need some fitness to be able to walk up the slope to locations which are higher up. In fact, the houses and buildings are also on slope, which makes it very interesting :)

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St. John's Tourist Traps

  • Watch out for above!

    Everyone loves bird watching but be carefull of the famous Sea Gull. Seen here in this picture are the white birds. They are scavengers that eat virtually everything and famous for their white discharges.I guess to be blunt, if you are not careful, gazing at these birds could leave *** in your eye!!

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  • No tourist trap here!!

    While visiting here, we did not fall prey to any tourist traps because I don't think there are any!! The people are very genuine, kind and friendly and they want you to come back. There was no bad place, shop or restaurant that we did not like. We tried to frequent as many as we could for our short time here in St. John's and we were not...

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  • St. John's Hotels

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St. John's What to Pack

  • if you don't have the foggiest

    warm clothing, good wet weather gear essential. but don't forget your T-shirts either when high humidity, the blackflies can make life hell, if you have skin problems, check out at the chemist which repellent might work for you. the fog is a very frequent visitor here and it can be very cold and wet one day and very hot the next. so pack...

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  • It's rains a lot!

    People talk about Vancouver and the west coast but St. John's gets its share of rain as well. You should be prepared for that reality. Newfoundland is not neccessarily tropic. Exotic maybe!

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  • All weather clothes!!

    your basic rollerboard or bag Pack for all seasons since New Foundland can be beautifully sunny and warm, then chilly, rainy and windy the next day. Sweaters, windbreaker, long sleeve shirts, comfortable walking shoes, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, lip baum, sundresses, nice attire for dinners at formal restaurants, otherwise jeans, shirt and a nice...

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St. John's Off The Beaten Path

  • Cape St. Mary's Ecological Reserve

    Just 90 minutes away from St. John's down the Cape Shore you'll discover the Cape St. Mary's Ecological Reserve. It is one of the most accessible places in the world to see nesting seabirds. During the breeding season, it is home to 24,000 Northern gannet, 20,000 black-legged kittiwake, 20,000 common murre, and 2,000 thick-billed murre. In...

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  • Labrador

    St. John's could be considered the urban center for the province of Labrador and Newfoundland. If you want to experience the vast wilderness and outdoor adventure you should take the trek from St. John's to Labrador. There are regular flights to Labrador from St. John's. It would be about 9 hours to drive, 2 hours by plane. Follow my link below for...

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  • Cape Spear

    The first lighthouse in Newfoundland is located at Cape Spear, but it has since been replaced with a more modern one. Cape Spear was important militarily, so in addition to the two lighthouses, there are WWII batteries and gun emplacements to look at.

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St. John's Sports & Outdoors

  • St. John's Ice Caps

    The St. John's Ice Caps are the newest hockey team in the city. They play in the AHL and are the NHL farm team for the Winnipeg Jets. I took in a game on January 15, 2012 and had ice level seats and it was the first time I've ever been so close and it was a great experience.There were plenty of good body checks and hard shots off the glass making...

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  • St. John's Fog Devils Are Gone!

    St. John's was home to the AHL franchise St. John's Maple Leafs. The NHL farm team of the Toronto Maple Leafs.It is great hockey to watch and during the winter it is worth buying a ticket. Parking is a minor obstacle. You should either get a cab or there is a park and ride program. You can call for more details on this.However the St. John's Maple...

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  • Royal St. John's Regatta

    The Royal St. John's Regatta is the oldest organized sporting event in North America. It has been a part of Newfoundland history for 185 years. The first record of an organized event is in 1818, but rowing matches were common among ships crews in St. John's Harbour since at least the 1700's. These days, the Regatta draws crowds of up to 50,000...

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St. John's Favorites

  • There are different neighbourhoods in...

    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...

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  • Go to the Park

    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...

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  • old part of the City

    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 CanadaGeorg Street is a good place for a night out in the City visiting the outports, the small fishing villages, uncomplicated people

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