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St. John’s Newfoundland

By on May 9, 2014

St. John’s Newfoundland has become one of the most desirable destinations in Canada to host meetings, conferences and events. It is interesting to note that delegates of conferences held in St. John’s tend to travel with more people and stay longer than when they travel to other destinations. 50-60% of delegates surveyed extended their stay in our province.

Rich with history, rife with culture, and sprawling with natural beauty, St. John’s is a City of exaggerated proportions. All these wonders have been here for thousands of years, embraced by those who happened upon them.  And while finding the true spirit of the city, you’ll stumble upon wildlife, colourful characters, dramatic vistas, and an abundance of culture. In fact, being the most easterly point in North America merits our very own time zone, half-an-hour off-kilter with the rest of the world.  Around every corner, around every bend, is the unexpected, and this unexpected is good.

The St. John’s Convention Centre (SJCC) expansion is well under way and on target. It is doubling its capacity and improving its divisibility and layout. Construction will be completed December 2015.

Here are some interesting cultural nuances:

St. John’s is the Far East of the Western World.  Because of the location it has attracted international visitors for hundreds of years influencing the fabric of the culture.  The only place in Canada with its own dictionary.  There are 1000s of words and expressions that are unique to Newfoundland.  The cadence has a lilt. Just an hour south of St. John’s you will hear a real Irish lilt to the vernacular. Travel another hour and the place names and dialect are French.  As an island many of these coastal communities were only accessible by boat and only in the spring/summer hence the forming of their own dialect. And the only form of entertainment, was storytelling and music. They were an integral part of the community and have stood the test of time and are an important part of the visitor’s experience. The scenery of the coastal communities that seem untouched in many ways, the music and the stories are all things that set the destination apart from all others but none more that the colourful characters of this place. The people of the place are the friendliest folk you will meet no matter the cove, gut or neck you wonder into.

Despite our geography we are easy to get to:

Just 2.5 hours non-stop from Montreal or 3 hours from Newark it is an easy destination to travel to.

Unique to St. John’s:

It is the only place you can view an iceberg, humpback whale and Atlantic Puffins on the same day in the same boat trip.

Taste Iceberg Beer and watch the brew master at the Quidi Vidi Brewery. 10,000 year old icebergs are harvested and the water is used in the making of this award winning beer.

Go snorkeling or diving with the humpback whales.

Have breakfast and do yoga in the bunkers at Cape Spear and experience the first sunrise in North America. Not a bad way to start your day.

Take over the town:

A convention of 400-600 people feel like they own the city. It will be the only large group in the city and they have everyone’s undivided attention.

If planners are interested in holding their activities in your area, who should they contact?

Lisa Martin-Davis, or  1-877-739-8899 ext. 5

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