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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

Quidi Vidi featuring 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

Top Hotels in St. John's

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hilton Garden Inn St. John's Newfoundland
Hilton Garden Inn St. John's Newfoundland
3 out of 5
150 New Gower Street, St. John's, NL
The price is CA $76 per night from Oct 2 to Oct 3

Located in Downtown St. John's, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Avalon Peninsula and 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Memorial University of Newfoundland. Railway Coastal ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (138 reviews)

"Hotel was new and modern. Room was sealed with a “Hilton Lysol” cleanliness sticker - which was great until we had to move out the couch to look for my little boy’s toy car, and there were rose petals and wine bottle corks underneath it. Somewhat worrisome, considering it is supposed to be “covid ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 21, 2020

Hilton Garden Inn St. John's Newfoundland
Jag Boutique Hotel
Jag Boutique Hotel
4.5 out of 5
115 George Street West, St. John's, NL
The price is CA $88 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 5

Located in Downtown St. John's, this luxury hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Avalon Peninsula and 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Memorial University of Newfoundland. Visitor ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (954 reviews)

"What we most liked was the friendliness of the staff! Every single staff member from the valet, front desk, bartender, server....everyone was noticeably friendly. We also really enjoyed Exile. Our dinner, and the next day, our brunch was absolutely delicious and just a fabulous experience. We can’t ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 22, 2020

Jag Boutique Hotel
Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton St. John's Airport
Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton St. John's Airport
4 out of 5
411 Stavanger Drive, St. John's, NL
The price is CA $94 per night from Sep 28 to Sep 29

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Avalon Peninsula and within 3 miles (5 km) of Clovelly Golf Club and Middle Cove. Memorial University ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (717 reviews)

"Very clean hotel with great free breakfast included. Front counter staff were very friendly and helpful"…"

Reviewed on Sep. 26, 2020

Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton St. John's Airport

Vacation Rentals in St. John's

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Comerford's Ocean View Efficiency Units
Comerford's Ocean View Efficiency Units
3 out of 5
272 Conception Bay Highway, Holyrood, NL
The price is CA $119 per night from Sep 28 to Sep 29

Situated in Holyrood, this condo is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Avalon Peninsula and 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from The Willows at Holyrood. Butter Pot Provincial Park is 1.7 ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (46 reviews)

"there was no ocean view available but nice and cozy place. So much enough space and almost felt like home. I had a great time during staying."…"

Reviewed on Nov. 18, 2019

Comerford's Ocean View Efficiency Units
Downtown Executive Suites - Queens Road
Downtown Executive Suites - Queens Road
4 out of 5
29 Queens Road, St. John's, NL

Located in Downtown St. John's, this apartment building is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Avalon Peninsula and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Memorial University of Newfoundland. ...

3.7/5Good! (46 reviews)
Great Stay

"Had a wonderful stay. The place was clean and the self check in was easy."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 23, 2020

Downtown Executive Suites - Queens Road
Water Street and HarborGate Condos
Water Street and HarborGate Condos
4 out of 5
204 Water Street, St. John's, NL

Located in Downtown St. John's, this condo is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Avalon Peninsula and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Memorial University of Newfoundland. Atlantic Place ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (34 reviews)
awesome rental

"i loved it"…"

Reviewed on Jun. 23, 2020

Water Street and HarborGate Condos

Popular places to visit in St. John's

The Rooms
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The Rooms

4.5/5(268 reviews)

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

Signal Hill National Historic Site
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Signal Hill National Historic Site

4.5/5(630 reviews)

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

Fort Amherst
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Fort Amherst

4.5/5(95 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.

Top things to do in St. John's

St. John's Scavenger Hunt: Uphill Beauty
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St. John's Scavenger Hunt: Uphill Beauty

CA $27
Per adult
90 Min Downtown History Walking Tour
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90 Min Downtown History Walking Tour

CA $63
Per adult

Reviews of St. John's

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4/5 - Good

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Mar 15, 2020

I have always come to St John's growing up. The pace that is here is a nice time to be able to unwind and have a good night out

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Mar 15, 2020

I have almost no problem with St John's, I grew up visiting here. Just this hotel experience, and with me suffering with health problems, caused me alot of grief for a night out and change of pace.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Mar 8, 2020

very historic city. good shopping.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Mar 4, 2020

I find st. Johns hard to get around. The city itself can be confusing for those who dont travel there often.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 2, 2020

Friendly people. Picturesque.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 22, 2020

It’s where I live...no place like home

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