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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, friendly city will embrace you with open arms.
If arriving overland, you will need to reserve a spot on the Marine Atlantic ferry. Most people choose to fly into St. John’s International Airport (YYT). If you’re flying, please check our our airline discounts:
Air Canada: Head to aircanada.com and put code EFCBB3W1 in the promotion code panel to receive 10% off eligible fares.
West Jet: Head to westjet.com/conventions and put code N24QJ38 in the promotion code panel to receive 5% off Econo or 10% off EconoFlex and Premium fares for travel within Canada. Joining us as an international guest? You can also use this code to receive 2% off Econo, 5% off EconoFlex and 10% off Premium fares for trans-border travel to/from St. John’s!
When to travel: Our weather can be unpredictable and there are limited flights to/from St. John's, so we recommend playing it safe and arriving at least a day before (or at minimum early morning the day of) your film screening or the event you wish to attend!
Travelling from outside of Canada? The Government of Canada has a new entry requirement: visa-exempt foreign nationals who fly to, or transit through a Canadian airport, need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). Please visit the link for more information, to check if you will need one or to get your eTA.
Where to Stay
We recommend staying in the downtown core to be next to most of our Festival venues, as well as many popular sights in St. John’s.
The Alt Hotel St. John's is our Official Festival Hotel and Industry Hub. With its prime downtown location overlooking the harbour and a spectacular view of The Narrows Channel, the Alt is at the heart of this year’s Festival events. Maximize your Festival experience and enjoy St. John’s at it’s finest by staying here.
Plus, the Alt Hotel is offering all Festival guests a generous room discount! Avail of the nightly rates of $135 Queen/$145 with ocean view, $140 King/$150 with ocean view, and $155 for a room with 2 Queen Beds.
Discounted rates will be available October 12-21st. To book, call the reservations team at 709-383-2125 and quote the booking code FILM2019, or book online here.
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 local live music
Hike to the top of Signal Hill
Explore historic Downtown and the view of the Narrows from our Harbour front
Enjoy some fine dining at one of our many wonderful restaurants
Shop at amazing local businesses
Visit The Rooms- our provincial archives, museum and art gallery, with an amazing view of the city
Hike some of the East Coast Trail
Enjoy the nightlife on famous George Street and get Screeched-In!
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.
Also, don't forget to adjust your clocks and check your smartphones! We have our own timezone- Newfoundland Standard Time.
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.
There are several cab companies as well if you'd rather pay for a taxi than walk up the hills! We really like Newfound Cabs (be sure to ask for an accessible cab or a booster/car seat, if required.)
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, Petty Harbour or the Irish Loop.
Hoping to explore some of the province beyond the Festival? A great source for driving distances, tips and requirements can be found on NL Tourism site here. The Festival also recommends Enterprise for car rentals.
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