To take the bus from the Sheraton Hotel to Water Street: Downtown shops and restaurants are within easy walking distance of the Sheraton Hotel, but if you wish to take the bus along Water Street, take the #10 bus. Get on at bus stop #2160 outside Caines Grocery (104 Duckworth Street) or at bus stop #1395 at 9 Military Road, near the entrance to Coffee Matters.
If you're planning to rent a car, we strongly recommended that you reserve well in advance of the conference, as it's not unusual for there to be limited availability during the tourist season. Note that many companies do not offer unlimited mileage, so be sure to clarify the terms of your reservation.
No visit to St. John's is complete without taking in the iconic views from Signal Hill. Marconi received the world’s first transatlantic wireless signal here in 1901 and it's the site of St. John's harbour defence. This historic site, home to Cabot tower, offers spectacular ocean views and coastal hiking trails. It's a must-see!
The hiking trails leading to/from Signal Hill will lead you through The Battery, a small neighbourhood on the slopes Signal Hill overlooking the entrance to the harbour (aka "The Narrows"). If you're not in the mood for a hike, walk up Signal Hill Road and turn right on Battery Road; you'll still get a lovely tour of this unique community.
Visit Canada's most easterly point for some breathtaking views and a visit to the oldest surviving lighthouse in Newfoundland and Labrador. Note: You'll need a car or taxi to visit Cape Spear; it's not within walking distance of the Sheraton.
The Rooms is Newfoundland and Labrador’s largest public cultural space and is home to a variety of museum exhibits and archival holdings. We're holding the conference Opening Reception at The Rooms so you can take in the panoramic views from this unique building, but if you wish to tour the exhibits, you'll need to purchase a ticket. The Rooms is also home to a gift shop and the delicious Rooms Café with views overlooking the city.
Whales, Puffins, and Icebergs
Obviously we can't guarantee whales and icebergs, but we hope they visit when you do! They're sometimes visible from Signal Hill or Cape Spear, but your chances of encountering them are higher on a boat tour. If there's sufficient interest, the organizing committee will organize a tour on Monday afternoon following the close of the conference (cost is approximately $70/person). If you wish to join a tour on your own, check out O'Brien's, Gatheralls, or Iceberg Quest.
Infamous George Street is the heart of the entertainment district in St. John's. It's two blocks bars, pubs, and restaurants, and it's definitely worth a visit if you're looking for a lively night out.
You're bound to stumble across live music if you're out and about in St. John's. O'Reilly's Irish Newfoundland Pub on George Street has live music every night. For a smaller venue and more diverse tunes, check out The Ship Pub (265 Duckworth St – Folk Night every Wednesday 9-11:30 pm) or The Black Sheep.