SJIWFF28 • October 17-21, 2017
Welcome to St. John's
We welcome you to visit St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador! What better excuse to spend some time in Canada’s easternmost province than our incredible film festival?
October is the perfect time to visit. The trees are brilliant shades of red, yellow, and orange. The ocean air is clean, cool, and crisp. And our tiny city will embrace you with open arms.
Things to Do
Our small city has a great variety of things to do. Here are some suggestions:
- Head out to Cape Spear, and stand on the easternmost point of North America
- Check out some live local music (you can refer to The Overcast’s event page for inspiration)
- Hike to the top of Signal Hill
- Enjoy some fine dining at one of our many wonderful restaurants
- Hike some of the East Coast Trail
- Enjoy the nightlife on famous George Street, and get Screeched-In at Christian’s
If arriving overland, you will need to reserve a spot on the Marine Atlantic ferry.
If you’re coming from outside Canada or the United States, you may need to apply for Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). You can find all the details on the Government of Canada website.
Where to Stay
We recommend booking your stay at the Quality Hotel Harbourview because of its ideal location next to most of our Festival venues, as well as many popular sights in St. John’s. Our Festival shuttle also services this hotel (to and from certain Festival events).
October is usually a pleasant time for visiting St. John’s, but the weather can be unpredictable. It’s best to prepare for colder temperatures, as well as occasional heavy rains. Be sure to bring layers and a waterproof jacket.
Most of our film screenings and events take place in downtown St. John’s — an area of town that’s easily walkable. It’s in your best interest to situate yourself in this area.
For events and screenings that take place beyond the downtown core, the Festival often provides a free shuttle service (space is limited).
Metrobus is the city’s only mode of public transit, and it services most parts of the city. Individual fare is $2.50 (you’ll need to ask for a transfer slip if transferring), but you can also pick up passes from one of the Sales Outlets listed here. Generally, though, you won’t need to use the bus if you’re staying downtown.
You can also book a rental car, but it’s advised to make a reservation far in advance of your arrival date. A rental car is great for getting out and exploring nearby highlights, like Cape Spear or the Irish Loop.