Welcome to St. John's
St. John’s is our capital, founded more than 400 years ago, and today a sophisticated, cosmopolitan and safe city.
Things to do
Shop on Water Street. Enjoy music on George Street. Hike up Signal Hill. Experience underwater life at the Fluvarium, ‘The Rock’ at Johnson Geo Centre, art at The Rooms or plays at LSPU Hall. Jog the trails to Quidi Vidi Lake, ski in Pippy Park or skate at Mile One Centre. The choices seem endless.
Don't be put off by what you hear about Newfoundland weather!
Sure, it can be windy, rainy or foggy in St. John's on any given day - but that can change quickly to blue skies and sunshine by lunch time.
We have what's known as a temperate climate. Winters here are generally mild with an average temperature of 0 degrees Celsius.
During the summer months, the temperature can go from cool to hot with an average of 20 - 23 degrees Celsius. Even on the hottest day, there's always an ocean breeze to keep you comfortable.
On average, the annual rainfall is 1191 millimetres and annual snowfall is 322 centimetres.
Arts and Culture
Live music, live theatre...St. John's is filled with cultural diversity and many unique experiences that make life in this city like no other.
St. Johns' premier theatre experience, featuring dozens of theatrical and musical presentations throughout the year. Also home to the AC Hunter Library, and the Basement theatre as well. And all of this, just a few moments from the main campus.
Run by Newfoundland's Resource Centre for the Arts (RCA), 'The Hall', as it's known around town is home to numerous theatrical and film events over the year, and features an art gallery.
The Rooms is home to the province's museum, art gallery and archives, as well as many traveling exhibits. You'll also find the best indoor view of the Narrows here!
Take a night off and enjoy a reading by one of the province's many authors or a visiting writer from Canada or beyond. Scheduled monthly readings and special events are happening year round.
In St. John's you'll also find festivals and concerts around every bend, no matter the season.
Searching for some live music? Rock, jazz, country, folk, pop or alternative - you'll find it here. From small venue shows throughout the city to big name acts live at the Mile One Centre there are shows happening around the city every day.
St. John's is also home to a variety of arts, music and cultural festivals. Check out the City of St. John's Calendar of Events to find out more about events happening throughout the city.
In St. John's alone you'll find enough history to keep you busy for years.
Go back in time by visiting these city historic sites:
- Fort Amherst
- Signal Hill
- Fort Townsend/The Rooms
- The Basilica
- Water Street
- The Colonial Building
Discover more about our past by taking a walking tour of some of our haunted sites, or take a moment now and explore our heritage.