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The capital of Newfoundland, St. John’s is also the province’s biggest city but still a compact, friendly and easy place to explore. Based around the steep slopes of its harbour, the colourful houses and maze like streets are home to artists, musicians and a young, energetic crowd. St. John’s is America’s oldest city, a fact the locals are very proud of and are sure to let you know during your stay. Take in the views from Signal Hill, enjoy great dining options in the big choice of eateries or enjoy a pint of the local tipple in a pub on George Street. St John’s also makes a great base from which to explore more of Newfoundland and the Avalon Peninsula.
Downtown - This is where you’ll find the best entertainment and the busy hub of the city. The colourful Victorian architecture is considered the place to live by the diverse mix of people that call this city home.
City East - This side of the city is where you’ll find the big green spaces and golf courses. It’s close to the airport and just a few minutes’ drive to the city centre, with some recently developed new neighbourhoods and highly sought after real estate.
City Centre - Essentially a combination of several historic neighbourhoods, including Georgestown and Churchill Square, complete with their charming tree lined streets. This is the real cultural hub of St John’s and a lively place to hang out.
City North - Based around the Kenmount Terrace and Kenmount Road parts of town, this is where you’ll find some of the major retail options in St John’s.
There’s a big choice of museums to visit in St. John’s, including The Rooms cultural centre at Fort Townsend. The Royal Coastal Museum and Johnson GeoCenter are also well worth a visit and kids will love the Fluvarium, a part underground aquatic centre. The major historic sites of Signal Hill, where Marconi received the first transatlantic message in 1901, and the harbour are the city’s focal points. There’s also a good selection of outdoor space, with Bowring Park and Bannerman Park offering good recreation activities.
Throughout the year there’s a number of major festivals, including the legendary Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival in Bannerman Park, which takes place in early August. There’s also a thriving cultural and arts scene in the city, with the St. John’s Arts Centre and LSPU Hall at its hub. From the city, you can explore the East Coast Trail, a 150 mile coastal hike made up of 24 segments of varying lengths, with smaller haunted hikes around the city available too. Or you can hop on board a boat and take an iceberg tour out along the coast of the Avalon Peninsula.