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City Travel Guide - St. John's
Colourful houses in St. John's Newfoundland The Cabot Tower in St. John's, Newfoundland Cape Spear Lighthouse near St. John's, Newfoundland

"A visit to St. John’s will enrich you with its history and capture your heart with its picturesque scenery."

St. John's Tourism

St. John's isn’t just the provincial capital and largest city of Newfoundland and Labrador, but also the oldest city in Canada. It is the most easterly city in North America, as well as the second-largest city in Atlantic Canada after Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Sailing is a given in St. John’s. The annual Royal St. John’s Regatta is North America’s oldest continuing sporting event. The Regatta began officially in 1825 and has run the first Wednesday in August every since. Regatta Day is probably the only Municipal Holiday in Canada that is dependent on the weather. If it is raining or too windy, the holiday is simply put off until the next suitable day.

The good times in St. John’s keep roaring in August with the annual Newfoundland & Labrador Folk Festival held in Bannerman Park, featuring musicians, dancers and storytellers from around the province. It is a perfect opportunity to get an earful of the traditional Newfoundland lifestyle with music, dancing, storytelling and traditional good times.

To get a real sense of St. John's, a walk along the waterfront is a must. The harbour, located in historic downtown, has provided shelter to explorers, merchants, soldiers, pirates and mariners of all kinds over the last 500 years. Historic buildings, coves, plaques and parks along the route help depict the history of St. John's since discovery by John Cabot.