St John's, Newfoundland on TransCanadaHighway.com
St. John's with a population over 100,000 is the capital of Newfoundland and Labrador. St. John's is the most easterly port and oldest City in North America. The city is progressive and has world-class facilities in marine science and technology and in offshore oil development. St. John's is the headquarters those companies that are exploiting the underwater offshore resources in the Hibernia and Terra Nova oil fields.
The city is surrounded by a mosaic of fishing villages, and hosts several cultural festivals, sports clubs and recreation facilities, to provide big city amenities with "small town" quality of life. Shoppers can stroll the aisles of national retailers or visit charming boutiques along Water Street, the oldest commercial street in North America, with most shops open seven days a week.
The city's music scene is vibrant and eclectic with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, renowned choral groups and a variety of traditional Irish, jazz, and rock performers. St John's nightlife scene is one of the most vibrant in Canada, and a history of lively pubs and taverns since the 1600s. Featuring 1920s light fixtures and cobblestones, George Street is said to have more pubs per square foot than anywhere else in North America.
Whether it's a visit to a park to commmune with nature, an art gallery to absorb some culture, a museum or historical site to the reflect on the area's 500 years of history, or just an opportunity to wander around on the colourful and storied streets, St John's offers its visitors and residents lots to do every day of the week.
There are two points in St John's that can be considered the eastern terminuses of the Trans-Canada Highway: St John's harbour which is best accessed via Highway 2 which loops around the south end of town and past Mount Pearl. You can either access it form the downtown docksides, or take Southside Road which winds along the opposite shore to the mouth of the harbour.
From here there is a view to our other end point: Signal Hill, the place from which Marconi sent his first famous trans-Atlantic radio transmission, marked with a small bastion. This location has a great view of the ocean on one side and St John's harbour and downtown on the other, but you are a few hundred feed above the water (no dipping your toes in the Atlantic from here). If you follow Highway 1 through St John's scenic Pippy Park and past the airport to its endpoint, we've marked the map with a route via Quidi Vidi Lake to Signal Hill.
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St John's Accommodation & Attractions
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5 Housekeeping Cabins 22 acres including cabins, RV park, tenting on 3 ponds. 35 minutes from St. John's. Pedal Boats/Canoes, Weekend Dances for Kids & Adults, Fully Equipped Cabins, Dune Buggies for Rent.
4 Rooms Premium location, great view of the harbour, walking distance to all local attractions. Situated Between the Fairmont Newfoundland and the Delta, Associated with O'Brien's Whale and Birds Tours for Whale and Birdwatching.
A large campground with unserviced and electrical sites, washrooms, kitchen shelters, a grocery store, Laundromat, activity centre, playgrounds, communal fire pits, filling and dumping station, and adjacent hiking trails
There are 20 rooms and a two bedroom housekeeping cabin.Rates are seasonal and may reflect special occasions. , 1 Cottage Country garden bounded by shopping malls, playgrounds, hiking trails, rivers, churches, bus stops.
Walking distance to shops, restaurants, golf course. Guests have free wireless internet access, newspaper, & local calls. Busieness services, handicap facilities, pets accepted, restaurants, room service.
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Attractions Directory Listings
Here are some of the attractions, museums, historical sites, and sports activities to be found along the Trans Canada Highway:
Pro Shop, driving range, club rentals and licensed clubhouse Nine holes laid out along the Humber River, that are challenging, with narrow fairways and wooded rough.
This fine white Irish limestone building, constructed in 1850, was the Legislature Building for the Newfoundland Government until 1960. It now houses the Provincial Archives
We are a non-profit museum that tells the history of the railway and coastal boat service in Newfoundland.
This course is an executive par 3 course at the doorstep to Gros Morne, with 5 par 4's &4 par 3's. It offers every golfer 9 holes of challenging play, nestled in a quiet serene setting.
Championship 18-hole golf course is Atlantic Canada's premier golfing destination, one of the top 30 courses in Canada. Seaside course crisscrossed by two salmon rivers, and is home to several nesting bald eagles. Also squash, racquetball,
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