|Most popular in||January||High demand for flights, 12% potential price rise|
|Cheapest in||September||Best time to find cheap flights, 2% potential price drop|
|Average price||C$ 647||Price for this month|
|Cheapest price||C$ 314||From Toronto to St. John's|
C$ 454 - C$ 703
0 - 22 °C
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St. John was obviously a popular chap in these parts as evidenced by the fact that two cities in Atlantic Canada bear his name. This is St. John’s, the capital of Newfoundland and Labrador, as opposed to the St. John that can be found in New Brunswick.
Located on the eastern tip of the Avalon Peninsula, St. John’s is the easternmost point of North America and is also the oldest town founded by the English on the continent. It is perched on the steep slopes of the harbour and features multi-coloured row houses lining the local streets in a manner that some have suggested is reminiscent of San Francisco.
However, this is a million miles (or 1.6 million km) from California and not just in terms of the climate. Newfoundland in general and St. John’s in particular retains its historical standing as the centre of the local English colony but also revels in its small-town appeal. It is no surprise then that many visitors arriving on cheap flights to St. John’s choose to use the city as a base while getting to know the surrounding area including the Witness Bay Ecological Reserve and Cape Spear.
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From Toronto, you can get to St. John’s in 3h when you fly with WestJet or Air Canada. These same airlines service Vancouver and offer flights lasting from 7h 55m to 8h 25m. If flying from Calgary, the shortest flight available is 7h in length. However, you can get a really quick, 4h 15m flight from both Quebec City and 2h 55m from Chatham-Kent in Ontario.
Along with flights from Toronto, you can enjoy nonstop travel from Montreal, Halifax and Cambridge to St. John’s. Some airlines providing direct flights include Air Canada, WestJet, PAL, and Porter Airlines. One-stop travel is even easier to find. These flights are possible from Windsor, Moncton, Victoria and Charlottetown with layovers being most common in Toronto and Montreal.
There is a Metrobus that provides economical transportation from St. John’s International Airport to the center of town. It will pick you up outside of Arrival Hall and runs 7 days a week. St. John’s City Wide Taxi offers another option for travelers needing to get downtown. Further, a couple of hotels such as the Monroe House Executive Guest House have complimentary shuttles that will pick you up from the airport and take you to their downtown hotel. If you want to drive yourself, consider renting a car from an agency with offices at the airport such as Alamo, Thrifty and Budget.
Tourists visiting St. John’s can enjoy outdoor excitement and adventure, while also exploring the culture and arts. This includes activities like fishing, golfing, boating, shopping or attending a concert or opera performance at the Opera on Avalon. Hiking is also popular as it provides tourists with the opportunity to see waterfalls and watch for bald eagles and whales. Some of the city’s most popular landmarks and attractions include Signal Hill National Historic Site, MUN Botanical Garden, Johnson Geo Centre, and The Rooms (a group of museums and art exhibits).
The city of St. John’s is located in the Province of Newfoundland (a large island in Canada). Flying from other cities in Canada such as Vancouver, Toronto or Montreal to St. John’s, you won’t need a passport. The airline crew will, however, require that you show a government-issued, picture identification before you board the plane. A driver’s license or provincial identity card will suffice. If traveling with children, be sure to bring along their birth certificate. For older kids, a picture school id is also okay.
Regardless of the time of year, sunseekers do not generally have cheap flights to St. John’s at the top of their lists. However, the local climate is far from extreme and although the winter high is just below freezing at -1 degree Celsius, the summer sees temperatures rise to a comfortable 20 degrees Celsius.The St. John’s climate is also known for a few outstanding characteristics within Canada, making it the cloudiest, foggiest, windiest, snowiest and wettest city in the country. It is also considerably warmer than much of the country, regardless of the time of year.
The summer months tend to make up the local high season with many local events scheduled to take place in July and August including the Royal St. John’s Regatta, George Street Festival, Shakespeare by the Sea Festival, Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival and the Discovery Days celebration marking the city’s founding.
The winter when the area is at its wettest, windiest and coldest is the time when fewest visitors make their way to St. John’s, making it an ideal time to secure the best hotel rates (but beware that many of the local attraction may operate on reduced schedules if not close altogether through this period).
By car: Depending on one’s point of view, St. John’s is the start or finish of the Trans-Canada Highway with the other end in Victoria, British Columbia so it can serve as a starting point for a very long journey. Local roads, albeit smaller, are well maintained and getting around St. John’s is a relatively straightforward affair. Renting a car is likewise easy and can be done at the airport or in the city.
By foot: While the weather may suggest a different approach, walking is encouraged in St. John’s, where a walking network has been developed to match any in Canada. It is called the Grand Concourse or a series of walkways connecting parks, rivers, ponds and lakes throughout St John’s and nearby towns of Mount Pearl and Paradise – more than 100km in total.
By bus: Metrobus operates the local bus network which is made up of 18 local routes which cover all of the attractions in St. John’s.