St. John's is the provincial capital of Newfoundland and Labrador.

A port city on the Atlantic Ocean, being very abundant in fishery. St. John's is the largest city in Newfoundland with a population of roughly 214,000 (2015 CMA estimate). The city is vibrant in culture and is well known for its art community.

St. John's City Site
St. John's Demographics

St. John's History

St. John's abundant history dates back to the Italian renaissance (early sixteenth century). Fitting to present day, the city gained momentum as a commercial trading outpost. In 1921, the Newfoundland government incorporated St. John's as a city. Today, the city resides as the primary financial and commercial centre of Newfoundland and Labrador.

St. John's History
St. John's: Canadian Encyclopedia

St. John's Weather

The climate of St. John's is humid continental with warm summers. Temperatures vary from -10°C to 21°C, and you can expect a daily average of 16°C during the warm season. Amid the cold season, the average daily temperature is around 3°C. The capital city takes joy in having the third mildest winter in Canada, with daily lows of -8°C.

St. John's Climate
St. John's Forecast

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Cost of living in St. John's

According to Numbeo, the cost of living in St. John's is $843.64 for a one bedroom apartment. The same apartment in St. John's will cost you 81 percent less than in New York City. St. John's ranks 6th for quality of life in all cities within Canada.

St. John's Cost of Living (Expatistan)
St. John's Quality of Life (Numbeo)

Real Estate

The average price of a home in the St. John's metro area was $307,000 (2016 Census). Per the most recent census, there are 78,960 private dwellings in St. John's. Typically, home buyers in the St. John's area require a mortgage. All the major banks and credit unions in the city provide mortgages with different rates.

Home for Sale in St. John's
Apartments for Rent in St. John's

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St. John's has two main hospitals for adults, both offering emergency services. The Janeway Children's Hospital, the only children's hospital in the province, includes emergency services. Blackmarsh Family Care Clinic is a walk-in medical clinic requiring no appointment.

Healthcare in St. John's
Eastern Health


St. John's is pedestrian friendly, with readily available public transit and cycling routes. You can take an affordable ride with Metrobus, or a bike ride at your leisure. If you're visiting St. John's and you'd prefer a rental vehicle, you'll want to book a few months in advance, especially during the summer season. The primary air hub is St. John's International Airport, which serves more than 1.5 million passengers a year.

St. John's International Airport
Metro Bus Transit
St. John's Car Rentals


St. John's is in the eastern region of Newfoundland and Labrador English school districts. St. John's contains 91 schools with approximately 19,000 students. In higher education, there are 17 campuses for College of the North Atlantic in Newfoundland and Labrador, one being in St. John's. The primary campus of Memorial University, the only university in Newfoundland and Labrador, is in St. John's as well.

St. John's School District
Colleges of the North Atlantic
Memorial University

Enjoy The City


St. John's offers a multitude of lodging, from rural accommodations to B&Bs. Ocean View Hotel is an ideal place to stay if you'd like a scenic view of the North Atlantic Ocean. If you'd prefer to stay somewhere in the heart of St. John's, Cantwell House Bed and Breakfast is in the vibrant downtown area. Airbnb, a more affordable option without sacrificing comfort, are common in St. John's.

Where to Stay in St. John's
St. John's Accommodations


St. John's culinary scene consists of copious amounts of various fish. Mallard Cottage has a dynamic seafood selection, and it's built around seasonal availability. If you're one for an artful view, Raymonds is internationally acclaimed for their beautifully prepared dishes. For an enjoyable morning, Fixed Coffee and Baking serves a flavorful cup of coffee and a tasty pastry stuffed with Newfoundland berries.

St. John's Ten Best Restaurants
Dining in St. John's

Things To Do

If you're fond of doing new things, you'll be quite happy with St. John's. With an average snowfall of 16 feet during the winter in Newfoundland and Labrador, skiing and snowmobiling are always an option. On a similar note, a breathtaking view of the North Atlantic Ocean makes for a spectacular hike. For the culture aficionados, St. John's provides many diverse festivals emphasizing drama, literature, film, etc.

Explore St. John's
TripAdvisor Top Ten Things to Do
Family Adventures in St. John's