The provincial website for Newfoundland and Labrador is an excellent source of information about how to travel here.
The St. John’s International Airport is about 10 minutes away from the campus and the taxi fare is approximately $25.00. Air Canada, Westjet, Porter, and Continental, as well as the locally-owned and operated Provincial Airlines fly out of this airport.
For car travellers Marine Atlantic ferryboats operate between Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. There is year-round, daily service between North Sydney, Nova Scotia and Port aux Basques, in southwestern Newfoundland. There is a summer service between North Sydney and Argentia, Newfoundland. Argentia is a 90-minute drive from St. John's whereas Port aux Basques, at 900 km away, is at least a day’s travel. The Argentia service begins June 17th, but crossings are not every day so check the schedule. North Sydney to Port aux Basques is about a 5 hour trip [time at sea] and North Sydney to Argentia is about a 14 hour trip.
There are a number of car rental agencies in St. John’s. However, demand can be high so an early reservation is advisable.
Downtown's Duckworth and Water street offer many of locally-owned shops and restaurants, from the Newfoundland cuisine to the international. The night-life on famous "George Street" showcases live music in a broad selection of bars, leading to a lively night-life. The adventurous can brave a traditional "Screech-in" to become honorary Newfoundlander
A pleasant walk or short drive from the harbour up to National Historic Sight "Signal Hill" offers a taste of the Atlantic and great view of the city.
Without straying too far from the city, an ~15km trip takes you to Canada's eastermost point, Cape Spear.
The peninsula has a series of well-maintained trails, which are perfect for a short trip along the coast to spot Whales, Icebergs or any of Newfoundlands wide-variety of sea-birds.
If you're looking to see whales, be sure to join the CSM-organized Boat Tour
In June you can expect the daytime temperatures to be in the mid-teens dropping to single digits overnight. Bring a sweater and some rain-gear.
The CSM/SCM meeting ends June 23rd. You should be aware that June 24th is a city holiday in honour of St. John the Baptist. Some local businesses will be closed but many that are associated with tourism will remain open and cultural events are held during this time.
Newfoundland Daylight Time is ½ hour ahead of Atlantic Daylight Time, 1.5 hours ahead of Eastern Daylight Time.