Personal and Family Needs
Banking Services: All major Canadian banks have offices in St. John's. Listed below are the branches in the university area. For information on the location of other branches, you may consult the website or the yellow pages of the local telephone directory. Each can advise you of the documentation necessary to open a new account.
- Scotiabank, www.scotiabank.ca, 21 Elizabeth Avenue, 576-1988
- RBC Royal Bank, www.royalbank.com, 65 Elizabeth Avenue, 576-4545
- CIBC, www.cibc.com, Rowan Street, Churchill Square, 576 -8777
- TD Canada Trust, www.tdcanadatrust.com, 80 Elizabeth Avenue, 758-1850
- BMO Bank of Montreal, http://www4.bmo.com/, 384 Elizabeth Avenue, 758-2110
- Newfoundland and Labrador Credit Union, www.nlcu.com, 240 Water Street, 722-5824
- Eastern Edge Credit Union, www.easternedgecu.com, Fort William Building, 739-2920
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Education in Newfoundland and Labrador
The Department of Education website contains information about education in the province from early childhood learning and kinderstart, and kindergarten to post-secondary. Note that the sidebar on K-12 contains links to a comprehensive overview of the Newfoundland school system, including Distance Education, French language education, home schooling and private schools.
The website for the Eastern School District, the board that serves the St. John`s region includes information on the calendar, schools in your neighbourhood, the feeder system, wheelchair accessibility, French immersion programs and other pertinent information.
Private Schools and Special Programs
- The Eastern School District offers an International Baccalaureate Program, a challenging two year course of study aimed at students 16-19 years old, and recognized in universities around the world.
- Conseil Scolaire Francophone: St. John’s has one school that is part of the province-wide francophone public system. Visit their website.
- St Bonaventure’s College is an independent Roman Catholic school in the Jesuit tradition, offering instruction from Kindergarten to Grade 12.
- Lakecrest is a private school, offering instruction from Kindergarten to Grade 9. It is a member of the Canadian Association of Independent Schools.
Lifelong Learning Opportunities: St. John’s offers a number of possibilities for continuing education, professional upgrading and personal enrichment courses. See Lifelong Learning at Memorial for courses which fit this range. You may also check the College of the North Atlantic or the Anna Templeton Center of Craft and Design. See Learning and Development or the Gardiner Centre at Memorial for courses which fit this range.
Learning English:There are several language programs available for those who may be interested in availing of such services. Memorial University’s English as a Second Language Program offers several options. The Association for New Canadians also offers English as a Second Language, with levels ranging from Pre-benchmark level to CLB Level 7. The College of the North Atlantic also runs ESL programs.
International Students Associations: Some of the International Student Groups may be of interest to faculty arriving from outside of Canada.
Eldercare facilities and resources
For those who may be seeking care for elderly relatives, the information that follows gives some of St. John's options. Prices and availability of accommodations may vary greatly.The Department of Community Health and Services maintains Healthy Newfoundland and Labrador, which lists resources including hospitals, nursing homes and personal care facilities.
Privately owned senior residences in the St. John's area include :
- Cambridge Estates Personal Care Home (709) 576-4663
- Chancellor Park
- Chartwell Select Elizabeth Towers
- Kennys Pond
Information on other services available for seniors is available through the Seniors Resource Centre of Newfoundland and Labrador, Ph. 737-2333 . This site also lists educational programs, lecture series, socials and other events.
Memorial runs Campus Childcare Incorporated for the children of students, faculty and staff of the university with remaining spaces available to the general public. The facility has 4 self-contained childcare centres, Toddler, Pre-School Part-time, Pre-school full-time and the Activity Centre which provides Kindercare and After-school care. For information on spaces available contact Tracey Rose, Executive Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 864-4728.
St. John’s has many other daycares and education facilities for children age 2 and older. View a list of daycares and preschools in the St. John’s area, as well as Mount Pearl, Paradise, Conception Bay South, and Goulds.
Afterschool and general activities for children
- Swimming lessons and other programs are offered at the Aquarena, part of the University sports complex, The Works. The Works also runs Camp Watchamacallit in the summer holiday period.
- There are Red Cross swimming and safety programs at the HGR Mews Community Centre, Mundy Pond, and at the Wedgewood Park Recreational Centre, Gleneyre St. See City of St. John's Recreation programs. Summer daycamps held in various parks throughout the city are also very popular.
- The YM-YWCA of the Northeast Avalon has children's classes as well as afterschool care in various schools in St. John's.
- KidsNL provides a listing of activities from art to equestrian to nature programs for the younger set. You may also wish to check out Anna Templeton Center, Bulldog Fitness, Cygnus Gymnastics, Irish Step Dancing, Kids and Teens @MUN youth programs (offering themed summer camps, including Art, Science and Musical Theatre, a limited number in French), MUN Botanical Garden and Wonderbolt Circus.
Other activities that may be of interest:
- Baseball - The St. John's Minor Baseball Association has registration in the spring.
- Basketball - Besides school leagues you may wish to see www.citystarsbasketball.com at the YMCA.
- Cross country skiing and snowshoeing – For information on rentals and children friendly areas check the City of St. John’s Parks and Recreation website.
- Dance - See the Yellow pages of the local directory for listings of schools.
- Hockey - For information on children’s hockey see the Caps Minor Hockey.
- Skating: For information on Powerskate, Canskate and lessons see Prince of Wales SC
- Soccer: See City of St. John’s Youth Soccer Association. Registration is in early Spring. See also Soccer Newfoundland and Labrador.
- Tennis - Information may be found at Tennis Newfoundland & Labrador.
- Music - St. John's offers a variety of musical possibilities for children. The Newfoundland and Labrador Registered Music Teachers Association has a directory listing those who offer private tuition. Classes are also offered through some of the music shops as well as organizations such as Music for Young Children and the Suzuki Talent Education Program 738-2277, which specializes in violin and cello.
- Many schools have strong choir and choral programs. There are also private groups such as Shallaway for children ages 7 to high school. Pupils must audition for admission.
Adult Leisure and Sports: St. John’s has a number of sports and fitness centers. The Works, one of the most comprehensive, is part of the university and offers Preferred Rates to members of the Memorial community. There are a number of recreational sports leagues in the city. Golfers may wish to consult this golfing website and for winter sport enthusiasts, see cross country skiing.
There are endless possibilities for outdoor adventures in Newfoundland and Labrador, and certainly much to do on the Avalon Peninsula. One of the best ways to see St. John’s and its environs is on one of our many walking trails. Have a look at some of these sites/sights:
Life events: This life events website offered by Service Canada contains information on a variety of questions. about services offered in Canada. Topics range from Getting Married, Buying a Home, Starting a Job Search, to Losing a Wallet. It may be worth a look for those for those who are new to North America.
Transportation in and around St. John's
- St. John's and surrounding areas are serviced by Metrobus.
- The City of St. John's also provides a para-transit service for those with disabilities.
- Bus service from St. John's to Argentia ferry, Newhook's Transportation, (709) 682-4877, 726-4876.
- DRL Coaches provide bus service from St. John's to Port-aux-Basques, (709) 263-2171, 263-1854