St John's

St John's, NewfoundlandPhoto: Peter Helm

Tour Newfoundland and Labrador by renting an RV in St John's. Known as the 'Gateway to Canada' and with Cape Spear, the most eastern point in the Americas being only 15 minutes south, St. John's is the furthest town out into the Atlantic on the continent, making it the nearest point in North America to Europe. It's the main financial and commercial centre for Newfoundland and Labrador, and the capital of the province.

About one-third of Newfoundland's population lives in St. John's and surrounding area. The city extends out from a century-old urban core of windy streets and wooden houses, to include suburban developments, shopping centers and industrial sites.

Situated on an island carved in granite rock, St. John's is structured around a cozy harbour. On the coastline, the landscape is quite rugged and barren with many cliffs and crevasses. The city has many hiking trails and lookout points carved into the seaside hills of the city. Thick wooded areas dominate the outskirts of the city, with heavily wooded areas still existing in the city.

The people in St John's (mostly of English or Irish descent) are known for their warm hospitality, which makes up for the fact that, according to Environment Canada, of all major Canadian cities, St. John's is the foggiest, snowiest, wettest, windiest, and cloudiest. The city also has more days with freezing rain and wet weather than any other Canadian city. However, St. John's residents are proud of their climate, calling it character-building and invigorating. The city will truly give you an authentic Canadian experience if you choose to make it part of your motorhome road trip!

St. John's is the beginning of the Trans Canada Highway as it begins its 7775km journey from coast to coast.

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