St. John’s is a special place. We’re the capital of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the province’s largest city, but despite that, this city has a distinctly welcoming feeling.
You’ll want to dress for the weather, which can change. A day in October can be sunny and warm, then windy and cool, then a bit rainy, and then warm again, all within a few hours. We recommend lots of layers, including a waterproof jacket and sturdy footwear for exploring Signal Hill.
That said, there are plenty of places to dress up too (we don’t wear rubber boots all the time!). St. John’s has a reputation as a musical city and is also becoming more and more well known for our restaurants. We recommend that you book well in advance at some of the hot spots (including place like Raymonds and Mallard Cottage.) In most situations though, you should also be able to find a welcoming and tasty spot to eat just walking in off the street.
There are a number of hotels close to Memorial's Facility on Signal Hill where the conference is being held. Several are within walking distance but do recall that when we say "hill" we mean it- the incline is quite steep and it can be quite breezy in October. Airbnb is also a good option here, especially if you're interested in staying in one of the iconic colourful rowhouses that St. John's is known for.
We've arranged a special rate with Alt Hotel which is located right on the harbourfront of downtown St. John's. It's a brand-new hotel and right in the middle of the shops and restaurants. To take advantage, just call the hotel and use the code "1810Battery."
For more information about planning your trip, we recommend that you take a look at the Provincial Government’s tourism site.