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City Hostel is located right in the middle of downtown St.John's, only 5 minutes walk to the waterfront and a 10 minute walk from George Street and all the other major amenities (like you'll need anyt... More...
At the southeastern tip of Canada's Newfoundland, St John's is a capital city with all the charm of a small town. Nestled in mountainous landscape by the harbour, it's a blend of historical sites, colourful row houses perched on hilly streets and hiking trails. There's a lively musical spirit here that floats on the sea breeze, infiltrating the modern eateries and filling the buzzing bars each night.
Hostels in St John's, Newfoundland, are conveniently situated near the town's main sites and waterfront. Stay in a beautifully decorated converted townhouse or meet other travellers at a hostel that hosts social events like a party at a brewery. You'll also find a St John's hostel with a common room or outdoor terrace for relaxing and enjoying a few of the local beers. Look for budget-friendly extras like free breakfast and free Wi-Fi.
Neighbourhoods to explore in St John's include the dynamic George Street, where you'll find entertainment, 24-hour dining and nightlife. In the evening the street is closed to traffic, adding to its vibrant social atmosphere. Venture beyond the city centre to the historic fishing village of Quidi Vidi. There's a restored 18th-century military battery and a converted fish-processing plant that now brews a variety of beers – including one made with water from icebergs.
There are plenty of outdoor activities to keep you busy in St John's. Hike the trail up historic Signal Hill for panoramas of the harbour and the occasional sunset concert. While you're at the top check out the tiny castle, where there's a military tattoo performance and live canons in midsummer. Sea kayaks are a fun way to get out on the water, or you can join a boat trip to Witless Bay Ecological Reserve to spot wild humpback whales, puffins and icebergs. Learn more about St John's at the Rooms, a cultural space with avant-garde sculptures, historic weapons and natural wonders (like a giant squid).
Flying into the city? St John's International Airport is less than 10km from the centre. You can reach the city via taxi in around 15 minutes. The city's network of public buses (Metrobus) has routes to various places around the region, including the airport, and is an easy way to travel around. The metered taxis throughout the city simplify the task of navigating the intersections and one-way streets.