St. John’s is the capital city of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Here you will find luxury amidst a small town ambiance where the people are friendly and there is always something to see and do. Numerous types of accommodations are available ranging from five star hotels and bed and breakfasts to traditional hotel and motel rooms, as well as cottages by the sea. This is the oldest city in North America and you can still amble down the narrow lanes between rows of houses that were once paths for horses and carriages.
Signal Hill is the site of Cabot Tower, from which Marconi sent the first trans-Atlantic signal. There is a replica of a fort here that was used in the days of the French-Indian wars when France and England vied over possession of this island. Visit the Johnson Geo-Center to learn about the geology of the province and some of its history. If you are into walking, then a walk to the Battery and up Signal Hill should definitely be on your itinerary.
The Rooms is one location you definitely have to visit to see the history of the province on display. This is in close proximity to the Roman Catholic Basilica of St. John the Baptist, where you can see the dazzling beauty of an age gone by. See the statue donated by the Portuguese fishermen in the 1950’s when the White Fleet was a regular sight in the harbour. Learn the story of the Basilica when you visit its museum to see numerous artefact and records. See the amazing architecture of the Anglican Cathedral of St. John the Baptist or the architectural style of past eras as you roam the older streets of the city.
The waterfront is alive with fishing boats and ships from all parts of the world. Cruise lines have St. John’s on their ports of call, so many cruise ships tie up to the wharf during the summer months. Just a short walk will take you to Water Street, where there are specialty stores and restaurants.
See the samples of the province’s marine life at the Fluvarium and learn about agriculture and gardening when you visit the Memorial University Botannical Garden. Tee off at the Pippy Park Golf Course or the Bally Haly Golf and Curling Club.
Shop til you drop with the many malls and fine boutiques throughout the city. Nightlife is the name of the game on George Street where both sides of the cobblestoned streets are lined with pubs, cafes and restaurants. If you want to enjoy Irish music at its finest, this is the place for you.