"I'll Come Where You're At" Top 5 Page for this destination St. John's by tvor

St. John's Travel Guide: 344 reviews and 838 photos

St. John's is the capital city of the Canadian province of Newfoundland, the last province to join Canada. The island of Newfoundland is near the Grand Bank fishing ground, frequented by various excursions not all that long after Columbus found his way over this side of the "pond". They say that John Cabot landed here in 1497. That's open for debate but there had been a settlement here a very long time and it's purported to be the oldest city in North America. It's already been proven that the Vikings had a settlement in the north west coast of Newfoundland centuries before Cabot.

The downtown was levelled by fire at the end of the 1800's and has been rebuilt. The steep hills are lined with colourfully painted wooden houses. The edge of the downtown has elegant public buildings and stately story-book like houses. There is the famous
George Street, with more pubs and bars per capita than anywhere else.

A short drive outside the city brings you to beautiful natural surroundings, provincial parks and reserves. Most of Newfoundland is pretty remote, and there are still outport fishing villages that can't be accessed any other way but by boat. But St. John's has a small but international Airport. You can take a car ferry (by reservation) from North Sydney in Cape Breton in Nova Scotia to Port Aux Basque year round and to Argentia in the summer as well.

Anyway, modern St. John's is a small city that surrounds a small harbour which is very sheltered from the sea by a narrow inlet beneath high craggy cliffs and hills. The people of Newfoundland are some of the friendliest and most down to earth you'll find anywhere.

The title of the page? There's a saying in Newfoundland, "Stay where you're toand i'll come where you're at" (thanks to a commenter who pointed out i had it the wrong way around!)

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Historic, friendly, not very expensive, plenty to do in the city and surrounding area
  • Cons:Fly or a long road trip and ferry ride to get there
  • In a nutshell:It's worth the effort to get to St. John's
  • Last visit to St. John's: Mar 2001
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Aug 21, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    Nice pics

  • Jul 7, 2012 at 10:09 PM

    Hi! I'm looking for possible ways on how to get to Bayside Canada because I;m meeting my seafarer husband there this coming August. Their ship will dock at Bayside NB. Do you have any idea how to get there from Moncton through public ride? thank you very much,


  • Sep 28, 2010 at 3:10 PM

    Hi tvor. Just wanted to make sure you have our sayings down right. The correct saying is: "Stay where you're to till I comes where you're at." Other than that I loved your blog about St. John's.

  • nickandchris's Profile Photo
    May 27, 2010 at 7:27 AM

    Like the idea of the church "taking off" in the wind!! Looks like there are some lovely places here.

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Aug 19, 2007 at 1:21 PM

    Nice tips!

  • zlatiq's Profile Photo
    Oct 2, 2006 at 8:59 AM

    great tips!i'm thinking of going there one of these months..i see snow in your photos..is it ok there in december?thnkx

  • victorwkf's Profile Photo
    Jul 21, 2006 at 5:08 AM

    Very good information and photos on St John's, bring back good memories :)

  • bobsreturn2004's Profile Photo
    May 8, 2006 at 3:19 PM

    every time i look at my guide book,i cant help reading about Newfoundland espicially St johns.i found your pics and your review to sum up what i thought, despite it being called a city its still has a certain charm.

  • Sininen's Profile Photo
    Mar 3, 2006 at 9:45 AM

    Hello Diane! What a great page on St. John's! I used to write to a guy there many years ago and it is nice to see where he lived. One day I will visit it. Happy Birthday, Sini

  • jamiesno's Profile Photo
    Dec 16, 2004 at 11:42 AM

    Diane you have a great St. John's page. I really enjoy this city as well. Ches's is the best. I might try out the Cantwell House sometime this year just to see what it is like :-)


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