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St. John's Travel Guide: 335 reviews and 811 photos

Quick Synopsis

St. John's the city of legends as they say is a fun place to visit, it is scenic, plenty of opportunity for fun times and history.

I visit several times a year for work purposes mainly but I did live in the city to study for 4 years as well.

It is the capital of the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador, the city got its name from Italian explorer Giovanni Caboto (anglicized to "John Cabot"), sailing under letter patent from the English King and on behalf of several Bristol merchants, arrived in St John's harbour on June 14, 1497, which is the day of the Catholic Saint John. By 1527, early forms fo the name were shown on maps, which by 1689 evolved into its present form. By 1832, St John's became the seat of government for the British Colony of Newfoundland, and was incorporated as a city in 1888.

Thoughts on St. John's

Ok I have to separate my politic views here on the provincial government's treatment of the Labrador region versus St. John's as a city to visit.

Politicially the provincial government has really treated the Labrador region in a colonist style, underdeveloping it to its potential and leaving many in the Labrador region with a sentiment of separation, feeling Labrador would be better served as a territory like the new Nunavut territory. So that's what I think about that but what about the city of St. John's.

Despite the circus at the city council classifying as local entertainment, St. John's is without a doubt one of Canada's best and most unique cities. The jewel of Atlantic Canada for cities. The real jewels of Atlantic Canada are out in the rural regions.

St. John's has one of the best night lifes you'll find anywhere on the famous George Street! I can say I have become somewhat of an expert on this area of St. John's.

As you explore these tips you will agree that this is a great city to visit, lots of culture, entertainment, hospitality, local customs, traditional food, history and many sights to enjoy!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Nighlife
  • Cons:The rain and fog!
  • In a nutshell:A fun city!
  • Last visit to St. John's: Sep 2003
  • Intro Updated Apr 20, 2008
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  • easterntrekker's Profile Photo
    Feb 5, 2012 at 5:18 PM

    Good pages and like the Newfie joke. Been to St John's many times...my husband's motherland!

  • Leester's Profile Photo
    Jan 30, 2010 at 7:06 PM

    We're planning a trip to St John's and all of your comments and tips are very helpful - thanks!

  • eriksson977's Profile Photo
    Sep 25, 2009 at 8:24 AM

    Hello Jamie, Outstanding pages. Thanks for the virtual tour. Tomas Eriksson :)

  • BaylorU's Profile Photo
    Sep 18, 2007 at 7:41 PM

    We visited the Quidi Vidi Brewery in late July 2007. Great hospitality and very good beer. I recommend the Quidi Vidi Honey Brown! Jeff & Pat from Texas

  • Jun 17, 2007 at 3:33 PM

    Jiffy Cab doesn't go to the airport. City Wide has an exclusive contract there.

  • Mar 2, 2007 at 5:32 PM

    I have been to Magnum & Steins many times. I have yet to have a problem with any of the food. The BEST food in St. John's.

  • Jan 18, 2007 at 1:30 PM

    Benders is now closed down. I believe it is reopened as Club 8??

  • Dec 5, 2006 at 12:10 PM

    Really beautiful, especially at night just walking around the city. The people are the friendliest u can ever meet! i hope to go back someday

  • victorwkf's Profile Photo
    Jul 21, 2006 at 5:29 AM

    You really have a great page on st john's with lots of beautiful photos! I enjoyed my trip to st john's very much and your page really brings back good memories :)

  • bobsreturn2004's Profile Photo
    May 8, 2006 at 3:16 PM

    St johns looks like such a beautiful city.is it a good place for a single traveler to visit?

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