St. John's
Canada
By Hannah Shambroom

Jutting into the Atlantic Ocean off the Eastern coast of Canada, Newfoundland makes up the island portion of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Its capital and largest city, St. John’s, earns bragging rights as the easternmost point of North America. The city is nestled on the northeastern tip of the Avalon Peninsula, one of the first permanently settled areas on the continent. For those interested in North American history, beautiful natural landscapes, or even just a taste of true Canadian culture, WhatsCheaper.com recommends a visit to St. John’s, Newfoundland.

Its easy access to both international and domestic travelers makes St. John’s an excellent starting or ending destination for your Canadian explorations. Visitors coming from within Canada can fly into the St. John Airport (YSJ), an easy and scenic 9-mile trip from the center of the city. To fly in from outside Canada, enter the country through St. John’s International Airport (YTT). WhatsCheaper.com can assist in booking your flight reservations; click (https://www.whatscheaper.com/flight.php) to get started today! WhatsCheaper.com can also assist with your accommodations using our hotel finder (https://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php). With warm summers and relatively mild Canadian winters, St. John’s is the perfect vacation spot all year round.

As one of the oldest British-founded cities in North America, St. John’s is replete with English colonial history. The area stood as England’s first overseas colony, claimed by Sir Humphrey Gilbert in 1583. WhatsCheaper.com recommends a self-guided walking tour throughout this historic settlement. Start by strolling down the city’s winding hilly roads, once traveled by horse and carriage. Enjoy the unique and distinct architecture of St. John’s – the narrow row houses are all painted in characteristically bright colors, remnants of British colonial heritage.

Next, take a stroll down to the harbor and take in the vista looking out to the Atlantic. The boats dotting the shoreline will surely paint a picture of the city’s former role as a major hub in the North American fishing industry. WhatsCheaper.com suggests a visit to Quidi Vidi, a neighborhood that was once known as a historic fishing village. Now the home of Newfoundland’s largest microbrewery (the Quidi Vidi Brewing Company), the district continues to exude the charm of its past.

Water Street, running parallel to the harbor, is commonly considered the oldest street in North America. Developed in the early 16th century, it was first a commercial trading post to the Europe. Today it is home to shops, cafes, pubs, and restaurants. WhatsCheaper.com recommends poking your head into some of the art galleries and local boutiques. Residents of St. John’s are known for their hospitality, and shop owners will be happy to make recommendations, give directions, or even just have a pleasant chat.

Downtown St. John’s acts as the cultural hub of Newfoundland. One can find many interesting museums and spots of historic and cultural relevance. The National War Museum, located on the waterfront, boasts an elaborate WWI monument, erected on the site of Sir Humphrey Gilbert’s landing. WhatsCheaper.com also urges you to visit The Rooms, Newfoundland’s principle cultural facility and home to the Art Gallery of Newfoundland and the Provincial Museum of Newfoundland and Labrador. The Railway Coastal Museum resides in the 104-year-old train station on Water Street, offering visitors a detailed history of transportation in the region.

For great nightlife, WhatsCheaper.com urges you to visit George Street, a side street at the western end of Water Street. Full of fun bars and restaurants, it is an excellent spot to start your evening. For a relaxing night out, sit back in a café and enjoy live music or local theater. For a more wild night, hit up any of the bars and clubs, always alive with music and dancing. The street also hosts several annual festivals, including the George Street Festival each August, and a Mardi Gras celebration held, interestingly, in October.

For a taste of the Canadian wilderness within the confines of St. John’s, WhatsCheaper.com recommends a visit to one of the city’s many urban parks. Try hiking up to the top of Signal Hill to the iconic Cabot Tower, the site where the military guarded the shore in the 18th and 19th centuries. From the top of the cliffs, you can see out to the harbor and city skyline, an unbeatable view. Also at the top of Signal Hill sits the Johnson Geo Center, a science center open to the public where you can learn about the fascinating geographical history of the region.

Drawing together history, heritage, and culture with a strikingly contemporary vibe, St. John’s, Newfoundland appeals to all types of visitors. WhatsCheaper.com invites you to begin your exploration of this North American landmark city today!

MUST SEE IN St. John's LIST:

  • 1. Signal Hill
  • 2. East Coast Trail
  • 3. Bowring Park
  • 4. Rennie's River Trail
  • 5. Cabot Tower
  • 6. Johnson Geo Centre
  • 7. George Street
  • 8. Cape Spear Lighthouse
  • 9. Clovelly Golf Club
  • 10. Basilica of St. John the Baptist

St. John's EVENT CALENDAR:

  • 1. Shakespeare by the Sea Festival - May
  • 2. Nickel Independent Film Festival - June
  • 3. George Street Festival - August
  • 4. Newfoundland & Labrador Folk Festival - August
  • 5. Mardi Gras - October
  • 6. St. John's International Women's Film Festival - October

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Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland
115 Cavendish Square, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
By Doree Simon

Experience the oldest city in North America surrounded by warm Canadian hospitality and colorful modern accommodations at the Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland. With a spectacular view of St. John’s Harbor, the hotel offers every amenity to provide guests with a pleasurable and comfortable stay in this well-preserved cultural and historic town. Just a short walk to the business and shopping districts and a quick drive to Cape Spear Historic Park, the easternmost point in North America, the Sheraton is situated in a prime location for travelers with all types of interests.

Guests will enjoy numerous opportunities to relax in luxury throughout the Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland. The exquisite lobby overlooks an atrium complete with a stunning waterfall and trees, and guests can branch out the heated indoor pool, sauna, whirlpool, or Rosewood Day Spa. Complimentary access to the Sheraton Health Club gives guests a place to work out after a long of travel, work or sightseeing, and complimentary high speed internet access throughout the hotel and guest rooms makes internet use ultra simple.

All of the Sheraton’s 301 smoke-free, pet-friendly guest rooms and suites were designed to ensure that their guests experience a comfortable and convenient stay in Newfoundland. Each room comes standard with cable television, hypoallergenic pillows and plush bedding, bathrobes, a hairdryer, iron and ironing board, refrigerator, coffee maker, umbrella, individual climate control, free daily national newspapers, and a spacious office area with a phone with international direct dialing and voicemail, dataports, outlet adaptors, and a spacious desk. Guests can choose from a variety of themed suites or guest rooms with views of the city or the harbor.

A multilingual staff is available around the clock to help with everything from trip itineraries to transportation to check-in at 3p.m. and check-out at 12p.m. Whether you’re having meetings at nearby corporate offices, want to tour the harbor by kayak, or just want to relax with a massage at a spa, this hotel is the perfect place for you to stay in Newfoundland. Just click here (https://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php) to let WhatsCheaper.com help you book your next stay at the Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland. 

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