It’s not a surprise to discover that St. John’s is a natural host. After all, people have been dropping by North America’s oldest city for 500 years. They come for different reasons. Some are attracted by the stunning scenery and for others it is the natural spark and spirit of the locals.
St. John’s is also an increasingly popular host of meetings and conventions. The city is home to a wide range of accommodation and conference options. Among the hotels who have set up shop in St. John’s are Holiday Inn, Delta St. John’s, Ramada and the Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland. For big sized meetings, the city also features Mile One Centre, a sports and entertainment complex that has seating for up to 7,900 patrons and offers full service for trade shows and exhibitions.
The city’s other major venue is the St. John’s Convention Centre which is located on New Gower Street, in St. John’s historic downtown. The big news is the Centre’s $60 million expansion which will double its current capacity, giving it 100,000 sq. ft. under one roof. The expanded Centre is scheduled to open in January of 2016.
What really sets the city apart though are the wonders sprinkled in and around St. John’s. Meeting goers can go fly a kite on Signal Hill or watch whales play off Cape Spear. They can hike along coastal trails and see the majestic icebergs from Greenland push through the ocean swells or browse through antique shops and craft stores. At night, they can celebrate the continuous carnival on George Street (which boasts more bars per sq. ft. than any other street in North America) and tap their shoes to the traditional fiddle music and step dancing. Most of all, they’ll learn to relax and at least for a little while, live on Newfoundland time.