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Travel to St. Johns Canada

Updated on May 9, 2015

The city’s five century old roots belie the present atmosphere, with eclectic architecture, glass office blocks, brick-lined buildings, fashionable shops, effervescent cafes and Atlantic cruise ships lined up on it’s shores. Initially, it was a natural fortress which was built around its harbour which drew the navy and the fishing industry. Now, it’s been transformed to a thriving port city catching the fancy of numerous tourists.

The city’s airport, St. John's InternationalAirport is about 6 km from the city centre. Regular flights take off to Calgary, Toronto, Montreal, Halifax and London, England. A number of taxis are available on the streets, buses can get you around the city also. St. Johns was discovered by European explorers in 1497. By the 17th century, the city was an established city and considered to be the one of the most important places in the New World. Most tourists will remember the city for its brilliant coastline, skirted by cruise ships, small tour boats, fishing boats, long-liners, and the loaded supply ships. It also experiences one of the windiest and snowiest weather in all of Canada. Although, the winters are comparatively mild.

A few of the attractions in the city that you shouldn’t fail to see are the Signal Hill which towers over the harbour; the Cabot Tower which offers a panoramic view of the city’s coastline and is also North America’s oldest lighthouse; the trails and charming monuments at the Bowring Park ; the Railway Coastal Museum, displaying a century old collection of rail and coastal history and the Government House, a grand piece of architecture which houses the British Royal family on their visits to the city. Dropping by Kenmount Road’’s Avalon Mall, the largest shopping centre in Newfoundland, or the Village Shopping Centre in the West End are among the primary activities of the travellers here.

The two arterial roads of St. John are Water Street and Duckworth Street, both of them a few centuries old. Also named the Lower Path, Water Street is North America’s oldest street and even after a few centuries, it remains as the apex commercial hub of the city. Another notable site is the Battery, a nearby village which offers pleasing views of small houses strewn over overhanging cliffs. A walk to the Grand Concourse, an extensive trail spread throughout the city or a visit the calm QuidiVidiLake would be worthwhile, as well. Adventurous travellers should try a hike up the Rennie's River. The Our Dogs statue at HarboursidePark and the Making Fish sculpture at the Convention Centre are landmarks not to be missed, either.

Among the other attractions are the Thomas Anglican Church; the Roman Catholic Basilica ;St. Andrews Presbyterian; Eastern Edge Art Gallery; The Fluvarium which is basically an aquatic centre; Newfoundland Science Centre and the Newman Wine Vaults containing historic wine vaults dating back to the 18th century. A ferry can take you across to the nearby islands such as the scenic BellIsland or the fishing village of Petty Harbour .The Bay Bulls is yet another tourist spot, as its home to range of boat tour companies offering tourists whale and iceberg watching.

St. John's is also a gateway for bird watching and seaside picnics. While on a visit to St Johns, one can sit for hours by the beach watching the icebergs drift by the craggy coastline, as the idyllic moments pass by.


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