The Port is conveniently located within walking distance of the downtown. North America's oldest city, St. John's is a mix of colorful wooden houses, stately brick churches and Colonial buildings.
This is a hilly town.
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For more than 500 years St. John's has been visited by European explorers, adventurers, soldiers and pirates. St. John's, the provincial capital, is the economic and cultural center for Newfoundland and Labrador.
First discovered in 1497 by John Cabot and later claimed as the first permanent settlement in North America for the British Empire by Sir Humphrey Gilbert, St. John's has a rich and colorful history. St. John's offers an enticing combination of old world charm, unique architectural, historic and natural attractions, top notch facilities and services, and is located in close proximity to spectacular coastlines, historic villages and a diverse selection of wildlife
Downtown St. John's - truly one of the most unique destinations you will ever visit. A place where old world charm mixes with a bustling business core in the oldest commercial district in North America. Take the time to see everything downtown has to offer including our historic churches, art galleries and museums.
Enjoy our music, dining, shopping and special events taking place all summer long. This page features information on Local Attractions, a brief History of downtown, Tourist Information, Tours & Guides available in the downtown, Parking and a Downtown Map.
St. John’s has been the site of several significant modern events. Marconi made the first reception of radio signals from across the Atlantic in 1901 on Signal Hill, above the harbor. Then there was the 1919 departure of Alcock and Brown from St. John’s on the first successful transatlantic flight by a team of aviators. Finally, Cabot Tower on Signal Hill is the last North American landmark sighted by Charles Lindberg on his famous solo flight across the Atlantic in 1927. One reason for these particular honors is the fact that St. John’s is located further east than any other city in North America.
The whales will be gone south by mid September and the operators might not be exactly honest about their departure. If the birds are still on the islands the trip is still very worthwhile. Most people go on the tour to see whales but are more impressed with the birds when they get there. This is the largest puffin colony in the world.
Water Street, the main shopping street, is one block up the hill.
You will find ATMs in many grocery stores, malls, airports and so on, and most are linked to the international networks, the most common being Cirrus, Plus, Star and Maestro. You can also grab cash from an ATM if you use a major credit card although this method tends to be more expensive because, in addition to a service fee, you'll be charged interest immediately.
In Canada the main languages are English 59.3%, French 23.2% (both official); other 17.5%. Quebec and New Brunswick being the most "French" The rest of the country is English speaking.
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