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.
St John's Neighbourhoods Map
St John's Attractions Map
Blue = Main #1 Trans-Canada route, Green = alternate #2 route
St John's Accommodation & Attractions
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Accommodations Directory Listings
Here are some of the hotels, motels, campgrounds, and lodges/cottages to be found along the Trans Canada Highway:
5 Guest Rooms Majestic 2 storey, 125 year old house, water front, situated on one and half acres of beautiful gardens, old maple trees, a splendid 200-year old cherry tree, patios and an oceanfront deck. Smoke Free Enviroment
4 star Luxury hotel with conference/convention center, beauty parlour, business centre, car rental, handicap facilities, health club, pool, squash courts, high speed internet access.
The latest in luxury accommodations. Hometel on Signal Hill is located at the base of Signal Hill. With a collection of Brownstones, we offer flexibility to rent a hotel-style guestroom or a complete home, depending on your requirements.
10 Rooms Panoramic view, caribou, whales, fossils, lighthouses, icebergs and hiking, midway on the Irish Loop Drive. Near Pre-Cambrian Fossil Site, East Coast Trail/Cape Race Lighthouse & Museum Nearby.Bird/Whale/Iceberg/Caribou Watching
37 Rooms Award winning property, nationally certified staff, minutes from Memorial University, Health Sciences Complex and Historic Downtown.
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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:
Carved out of the rugged wilderness, the beauty of our 18-hole cours inlcudes natural brooks, wetlands and ravines, with an ocassional moose wandering the fairway. The Wilds Resort also has a 40 site RV park,. restaurants
110 acre nature reserve and botanical
garden with hiking trails featuring
native Newfoundland habitats. A wide
variety of special events, workshops,
family programs, nature hikes, flower
shows and much more.
. The winery has made its mark in the industry making unique wines made from Newfoundland berries and fruits and some specialty wines using Iceberg water.
Test your climbing skill on a variety of climbing walls and courses, to prepare yourself for great recreation in a scenic outdoor environment, or enjoy climbing indoors when the weather gets rough. Individuals and groups bookings are both welcome.
Quidi Vidi Brewing Company Limited (QV) was established in 1996. QV is a Newfoundland-based independent brewing company focused on producing world-class quality
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