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Planning your Trip to St.John's and Newfoundland

We have put together some information to assist you in planning your trip to St.John's. If you need further help or have any questions or even other information to add to this list, please let us know.

Accomodation

Below is a list of places to stay in St.John's.

Possibility #1:

The Stanford Hotel has offered us its efficiency units for $125/night for up to four people in a room. Please ask to be booked under the Gower/Grover Wedding group rate. Here’s what they have to say for themselves:

“Located on LeMarchant Road, minutes from downtown and all amenities, The Stanford Hotel offers its guests value and comfort in the heart of Old St. John’s. We are a 3 ½ star hotel and are committed to delivering a concept of affordable efficiency accommodations in a relaxed and home-like atmosphere. We are a new hotel only 1-1/2 years old."

What we offer:

  • Each guestroom contains kitchen facilities, including microwave, fridge, range, sink, as well as table, chairs and other kitchen amenities.
  • Complimentary Continental Breakfast in our breakfast room each morning (breakfast includes a selection of cereals, muffins, breads, bagels, tea/coffee, milk, juice and condiments)
  • Complimentary High Speed Internet Services
  • Complimentary Shuttle to and from St. John’s Airport upon request
  • Complimentary Parking
  • Guest Laundry Facilities
We also have special car rental rates with Enterprise Rent a Car which offers unlimited kilometers to guests at The Stanford”

Possibility #2:

If you’d prefer something with a bit more charm, there are lots of nice B&Bs as well, and most are downtown. Some of those as well as other hotels can be found listed here: http://www.stjohns.worldweb.com/WheretoStay/index.html

Possibility #3:

Get in touch with us if you’d like us to help you find a place to stay. We even have some friends who might offer up an extra bed if we ask nicely … 

Do you live in St. John’s already?

Then we want you to help us figure our what we’re forgetting. What else should people see if they have a few extra days in the province? We’d be so happy if you would drop us a line and let us know what we should add to the list.

What to do while you are in St. John's

Things we really, really think you ought to do while you’re in St. John’s:

  1. Go to George Street, sit in a pub, and listen to live music
  2. Eat cod at Ches’s fish and chips
  3. Eat fries from Ziggy PeelGoods – chip wagons can often be found on Water St. or in Churchill Square
  4. Walk around downtown and try to find streets that meet at right angles. We know of one intersection – honors to the first CFA (“come from away”) who lets us know where it (or another!) is
  5. Visit Signal Hill, watch the tattoo, wander around Cabot Tower, and learn about Marconi. If you’re feeling hale and hearty, we highly recommend walking the North Head trail which will take you back to downtown
  6. Get thee to the most Easterly point in North America – go see Cape Spear

Other stuff you might want to do – but we’ll forgive you if you run out of time

  1. The Rooms – Museum and Archives
  2. Johnson Geocentre - Geology is COOL, by the way. We’ve decided that you can’t come unless you agree.
  3. Boat tours that leave from the harbour. Unfortunately, the end of August isn’t prime whale-watching season, but the scenery is still fantastic and you might get lucky. The Scademia is popular for this
  4. Spend some time wandering around Pippy Park and drop in at the Fluvarium
  5. City of St. John’s tourism website: www.stjohns.ca/visitors/index.jsp

Some things to see outside the city:

  • The Colony of Avalon a fascinating archeological site at beautiful Ferryland http://www.ferryland.com/index.html
  • Go to Bay Bulls and try a sea kayaking tour - or go on a boat to the bird islands. O’Brien’s is a popular outfitter that can arrange both
  • Terra Nova National Park has great hiking trails short and long – as well as some beautiful views.
  • Bonavista is where John Cabot first landed in North America
  • In Trinity you can watch a unique pageant that will have you walking all over town
  • Provincial tourism information