Fly To St John’s, Canada
The capital of Newfoundland and Labrador in Canada, St John’s is also the oldest city in North America and also the largest city in the province of New Brunswick. It’s located on the steep slopes of a harbour with colourful houses lining its hilly streets, making it look like a miniature San Francisco. And like that famous city, St John’s is also home to many artists and musicians.
‘The City of Legends’ is a joy to explore with its rows of Victorian buildings downtown and impressive mansions tucked away in side streets that were once the homes of timber barons. Although it's the largest city in Newfoundland, the vibe is still very small-town.
Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African passport holders travelling to St John’s, Newfoundland do need a Visa to enter Canada. Be sure to leave ample time for Visa applications and ensure that your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date. Also make sure that you have 2 blank pages available for entry stamps.
- The South African Embassy in Canada is located in Ottawa at 15 Sussex Drive, K1M 1M8, Ottawa, Ontario. Phone: +1-613-744-0330. Website: southafrica-canada.ca.
See and do
Life is simpler here and the residents of St John’s are unaffected and very friendly. On your first visit to St John’s, many locals will direct you to view the spectacular sight from Signal Hill, or they might tell you to take a walk along Water Street, the oldest street in North America and listen to live music while enjoying a pint or a shot of rum in one of the pubs in George Street. Visit the ancient cemetery in the city, called the Old Burial Ground. It dates all the way back to 1784, but it’s since been restored.
Explore the Waterfront area, which offers lots of history and 19th Century buildings with fascinating gargoyles and sculpted heads. The most popular walk to embark on is Prince William’s Walk, an hour-long self-guided tour of St John’s very impressive commercial buildings.
There’s a lot to see above and below the town itself. You see, Saint John has a number of fascinating places to visit underground, including malls, shops, hotels, a museum, city market, sports arena, aquatic centre and city library. They are all interlinked through an elaborate maze of underground passageways and overhead pedestrian walkways called the Inside Connection. This network is certainly worth exploring and also gives you something to do when the weather turns foul.
St John’s is also the ideal base from which to explore the Avalon Peninsula, especially Cape Spear, the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve and Ferryland, all of which can be visited from St John’s on a day trip.
St. John’s International Airport – YYT
St. John’s International Airport (code YYT) is located 6km from St John’s town centre and serves an average of 1.5 million passengers per year. The airport is the gateway to Newfoundland and Labrador.
Food and beverage: The food court offers a variety of fast food outlets and cafeterias. There is also a restaurant on the first floor.
Lost Luggage: Contact your airline directly if your baggage fails to arrive. All airlines have representatives at the airport. If you lost an item before boarding at the airport, call 709 7382402 and if you lost something in the airport terminal building, visit the Lost & Found department on the main floor of the Airport Terminal Building, in the Security Operations Centre.
Airport Hotels: Comfort Inn Airport, Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton St John’s Airport, Hillview Terrace, Suites, Holiday Inn St John’s, Ryan Mansion Boutique Hotel, Super 8 Motel St John’s.
Car Hire: Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, National, Thrifty.