St. John's

Travel Guide
St. John\'s

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

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 $84 per night from Nov 17 to Nov 17
Situated in St. John's, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Avalon Peninsula and Avalon Mall. Memorial University of Newfoundland Botanical Garden and Memorial ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,281 reviews)
"Great stay, super clean and quiet!"

Reviewed on Oct. 18, 2021

Sandman Signature St. John's 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 $101 per night from Oct 29 to Oct 29
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. Quidi Vidi Lake and Admirals Green ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (975 reviews)
"The room was big and beautiful."

Reviewed on Oct. 18, 2021

Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton St. John's Airport
Jag Boutique Hotel
Jag Boutique Hotel
4.5 out of 5
115 George Street West, St. John's, NL
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $114 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 24
Located in Downtown St. John's, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Newman Wine Vaults, George Street, and Mile One Centre. St. John's Convention ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (946 reviews)
"Great location, friendly and helpful staff. No on-site parking but the valet parking service is efficient and reasonably priced."

Reviewed on Oct. 16, 2021

Jag Boutique 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.
The Inn by Mallard Cottage - King Suite
The Inn by Mallard Cottage - King Suite
St. John's, NL
The price is CA $346 per night from Oct 20 to Oct 20
Located in Quidi Vidi, this vacation home is within a 10-minute walk of Avalon Peninsula, Signal Hill National Historic Site, and Quidi Vidi Lake. Quidi Vidi ...
The Inn by Mallard Cottage - King Suite
Executive Apartment in the Heart of Historic Downtown St. John's
Executive Apartment in the Heart of Historic Downtown St. John's
St. John's, NL
Located in Downtown St. John's, this apartment building is steps from Avalon Peninsula, Basilica Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, and St. Bonaventure College. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (25 reviews)
Had a good month.
"We spent a month in this property, which was clean and cute. In a great location, with easy access to all the downtown activities and restaurants. I would definitely recommend this place if you want to enjoy downtown St. John's in comfort."

Reviewed on Dec. 11, 2019

Executive Apartment in the Heart of Historic Downtown St. John's
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 steps from Avalon Peninsula, Atlantic Place, and St. John's Courthouse. Leyton Gallery of Fine Art and ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (41 reviews)
"Very clean, spacious, modern and comfortable condo. Beds were very comfortable. Great linens. Our host was very responsive and gave loads of suggestions for dinner, sightseeing etc. Excellent location but some might find proximity to bars a little loud. Did not bother us at all. I would definitely ..."

Reviewed on Sep. 29, 2021

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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