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St. John's
Travel Guide

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

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 $82 per night from Apr 17 to Apr 18

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Avalon Peninsula and 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Clovelly Golf Club. Memorial University of Newfoundland ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (977 reviews)

"This was our second stay with the Hampton Inn and Suites. When we visit the city, we normally have a packed schedule of stuff to accomplish and things to do and this hotel is perfectly located. It makes accessing things around the city simple with its location near major driving routes through the ..."…"

Reviewed on Apr. 12, 2021

Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton St. John's Airport
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 $69 per night from Apr 17 to Apr 18

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. Newman Wine ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (332 reviews)

"I like the rooms and size of rooms, nice decor, nice bathrooms, love the pool and gym area nice space. Would be excellent if a hot tub was also added"…"

Reviewed on Apr. 3, 2021

Hilton Garden Inn St. John's Newfoundland
Sandman Signature St. John's Hotel
Sandman Signature St. John's Hotel
3.5 out of 5
227 Kenmount Road, St. John's, NL
The price is CA $102 per night from Apr 30 to May 1

Situated in St. John's, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Avalon Peninsula and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Memorial University of Newfoundland. Avalon Mall and Memorial ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,397 reviews)

"Great hotel and super clean enjoyed the stay to the fullest"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 26, 2021

Sandman Signature St. John's Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Salt & Battery Seaside Escape
Salt & Battery Seaside Escape
St. John's, NL

Located in Downtown St. John's, this vacation home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Avalon Peninsula and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Memorial University of Newfoundland. Port ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (4 reviews)
Spectacular

"Absolutely perfect in every way!!!"…"

Reviewed on Nov. 1, 2020

Salt & Battery Seaside Escape
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! (47 reviews)
misleading pictures and room

"I was not happy that you advertise the wrong room on your site , i paid more money for the fact your photos for the room we selected shoed us the hit tub and balcony on the roof . this was not the suite we had . the owners said that is on hotels.com for not listing it correctly"…"

Reviewed on Jul. 10, 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 building is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Avalon Peninsula and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Memorial University of Newfoundland. Atlantic ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (37 reviews)

"The location was excellent and the property was exceptional!"…"

Reviewed on Dec. 7, 2020

Water Street and HarborGate Condos
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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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

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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

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Mar 8, 2020

very historic city. good shopping.

3/5 - Okay

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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

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Mar 2, 2020

Friendly people. Picturesque.

5/5 - Excellent

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Feb 22, 2020

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

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