Explore St. John's
St. John's HotelsShop for antiques in the brightly colored wooden stores on Duckworth Street, climb Signal Hill for dramatic views over the dark and turbulent waters of the North Atlantic Ocean, or expand your knowledge in the 21 National Historic Sites of Canada, endless museums, and civic sites as you step back in time on a visit to St. John’s. Outside the garish city streets, where houses are painted in vibrant hues, a vast expanse of verdant parkland entices you with winding walking trails, hidden campgrounds, and protected nature reserves. Inland saltwater lakes sparkle on sunny days and quiet spots can be found on the rocky coastline where Canada extends to its most eastern point into the sea.Things to seeOn the cliff edge at St. John’s, where the frigid waters of the North Atlantic Ocean flow into the harbor bay, an ancient lighthouse and stalwart gun battlements stand guard against long-forgotten invaders. Sloping pathways and steep steps lead to this National Historic Site of Canada, perched on its rocky outcrops that protect the bay from the constant onslaught of dramatic waves. The mile long stretch of tranquil inland water that makes up Quidi Vidi Lake, grazes the edge of the historic city of St. John’s. Surrounded by tree-filled parklands, it provides a welcome spot for a picnic, and in August every year the usually calm waters are disturbed by the churning of powerful paddles, as six-crew boats take to the water in the annual Royal Regatta. The century-old railway station at St. John’s now houses the railway coastal museum. Miniature displays of 1940s trains trundle their way around make believe-villages and dioramas of early town life depict the era when steam trains brought business and tourism to the town.Hotels in
St. John'sHotels in St. John’s are welcoming and homely affairs. Around the harbor, the waterfront area boasts glass-fronted multi-story accommodation, with a surprisingly up market feel for such a small coastal town. Some mid-budget range hotels provide self-catering facilities, comfortable dining rooms, and well equipped kitchenettes with modern conveniences. If you don’t mind avoiding the city center, comfortable motel-style accommodation is conveniently located on the Trans Canada Highway and close to the Airport to the north. They cater well for short and long term vacations and typically offer flat-screen televisions, tea and coffee makers, and WiFi.Where to stayThe brightly colored houses that cover the hillside next to the city’s historic waterfront, wind their way up the hillside in a garish maze of European architecture and modern design. Hotels in St. John’s line the edge of the bay and cram into busy downtown streets between old fishmongers and modern urban cafés. The wide main streets and terraced townhouses are home to eclectic eateries and boutique clothing stores, and colorful art galleries showcase paintings that portray life on Canada’s easternmost point.How to get to St. John'sSt. John’s International Airport sits right off the Trans Canada Highway. Shuttle buses and public bus networks run their way from the arrivals terminal into the vibrant heart of the city, dropping you off close to discount hotels and high-rise accommodation, from the waterfront to Signal Hill. While you’re in St John’s, the lively city streets and windswept promenade are easy to reach on foot. There are some attractions that lie further south, and if you don’t want to rely on public transport, hire cars are a great way to get around.