This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in St. John's. To help you make friends with St. John's before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
St. John's, Newfoundland’s largest city, has captured the heart of many a visitor with its open-hearted generosity and the warmth of its welcome. It’s nearly impossible to walk down a street here without making a new friend or two. St. John’s retains a small-town charm while still offering a remarkable array of attractions and services.
St. John's is built on natural harbour with streets that rise steeply from the water and are lined with row houses painted in a kaleidoscope of colors. As one of North America’s oldest cities and Britain’s first colony in the New World, history is all around and above you, with Signal Hill perched in lonely spendour high on a hill. Music and laughter spills from the pubs lining George Street, with tourists, other visitors to St. John's hostels, and locals rubbing elbows in complete ease. Dining options are much more varied than elsewhere in Newfoundland, so foodies should take advantage.
St. John's hostels can be found in the center of the city, within walking distance of the pubs and restaurants and most attractions.
When you're staying at a St. John’s hostel, keep in mind that the city makes a good base to explore the surrounding area, whether you prefer to check out the wildlife in Witless Bay Ecological Reserve or the historic enclave of Ferryland, or somewhere else on the Avalon Peninsula entirely.
Written by local enthusiast for St. John's hostelscanuckatlarge