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In a city that is over 500 years old you may be surprised by how much has changed and the exciting new adventures that are waiting for you to discover in 2020.

Hotel News

Opening:

Opened Fall 2019, the Hilton Garden Inn St. John’s is ideally located in the heart of historic downtown St. John’s. This brand new hotel is just minutes from the scenic harbour front, iconic nightlife on George Street, and many popular restaurants. Conveniently located just steps from St. Johns Convention Center and the Mile One Center, this 166 room hotel includes more than 2,600 square feet of meeting space.

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Expanding

JAG Hotel is undergoing an impressive expansion to include additional guest rooms and a concert hall.

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Renovating:

The Quality Hotel Harbourview has been fully renovated and will be re-branded as Doubletree by Hilton St. John’s Harbourview in early 2020.

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Newly rebranded to the Comfort Hotel & Conference Centre, it is conveniently located next to St. John’s International Airport. Owned by a local Newfoundland family, guests can expect welcoming, modern St. John’s accommodations, as well as a hearty breakfast with plenty of healthy options to ensure you’re energized for the day ahead.

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The Holiday Inn St. John’s Conference Centre is currently undergoing an extensive renovation which includes the guest rooms and lobby — completion will be in 2020.

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Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland’s lobby and and restaurant are undergoing renovations to be completed in early 2020.

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Food Tourism

There are a number of craft breweries popping up across the province that capitalize on local ingredients and flavours of our island including:

Ninepenny Brewery

Landwash Brewery

Yellowbelly Brewery & Public House

Quidi Vidi Brewing Company

Bier Markt & Mill Street Brewpub

Join in on an excursion “Around the Bay” as you delight in local beer, food, and brilliant company while visiting craft breweries and the Newfoundland Distillery Company.

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Alt Hotel St. John’s is freshly home to Terre Restaurant & Café — a restaurant with great food inspired by the local landscape and nearby sea, using traditional cooking methods.

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A true taste of a Newfoundland tradition, Salt Water Society offers a fish, feast and fire experience where you will explore the waters, wildlife, and landscape of our island onboard a cod fishing tour followed by a fireside feast on the beach, prepared by an executive chef.

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You’ll likely have fallen in love with these two local favourites while visiting St. John’s — now you can make one more visit before departure and even take a taste with you!

 

Two highlights of the newly expanded Departures Lounge are the  YellowBelly Public House. YellowBelly’s famous craft beer and cider is on tap and you can purchase 2-packs to go.

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Adventure

Bird the Rock will customize bird & nature tours for you: day or week-long adventures, exploring on your own or planning for a group. The expert guide Jared Clarke now also offers winter birding tours.

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Leads group hikes for various abilities over varying terrain, coastal and inland, on their extensive trail system.

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Feel the spray of a humpback whale on one of their ocean safari tours or get under the water during a snorkelling adventure. If you wish to stay dry and onboard ask them to diver for the freshest scallop you will ever eat in your life.

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Leading trail runs, and offers kayaking tours throughout the summer months. They also offer cross-country skiing and evening snowshoe hikes seasonally.

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Takes you back to our roots — on the wharf and out on the sea. Learn first hand what it would be like to live and fish in an outport community, right in the heart of St. John’s!

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Experience more than ever! Here’s just a taste…

1. A Shot of History Rum, Newfoundland, and the Golden Age of Piracy

2. Ghosts of Signal Hill From the creator of the award-winning St. John’s Haunted Hike, listen to tales of looming ghosts, wayward pirates, buried treasure, tragic drownings, and the headless phantoms of Signal Hill.

3. Defenders of the Narrows Step back in time to 1862 and enlist in the Royal Newfoundland Companies on Signal Hill.

4. Signal Hill Tattoo Thrill to cannon boom and musket fire as you witness soldiers in period uniforms demonstrate skills covering over a century of Newfoundland military service.

Transportation

Launched in 2019, this seasonal service with a flexible schedule gives you the freedom to see St. John’s at your own pace. Stops are located near all major attractions and landmarks. Hop off at any of the 10 stops and explore, or stay on board and listen to their guides’ live tour!

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The newly expanded Departures Lounge offers an additional 145,000 square feet and spectacular new amenities to make your departure process smoother and more enjoyable. Improvements to the Arrivals area have commenced.

Flying Out? Arrive early and explore!

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This specially-priced, seasonal transit route makes regular stops to St. John’s attractions and along Water Street in downtown St. John’s.

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