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St. John's

The closest point between North America and Europe, St. John’s has been a natural meeting place for over 500 years

The youngest province in Canada. The oldest street in North America. Its very own, unique time zone. Organizations come from all over the world to meet in this jellybean coloured city where modern convention spaces, team building activities and hospitality is unlike any other. When business meetings break, delegates decide: hunt for icebergs, go swimming with whales, or live it up on famous George Street? Meetings are colourful in St. John’s — you only have to chat up the locals to know why.

St. John's by the Numbers

TOTAL GUEST ROOMS

2,600

TOTAL MEETING SPACE

9,290 sq m | 100,000 sq ft

ST. JOHN'S CONVENTION CENTRE

1,816 sq m | 47,000 sq ft |
1,548 Gala

BIGGEST HOTEL BALLROOM

1,093 sq m | 19,550 sq ft |
1,548 Gala

Experts to help you plan
Destination St. John's

Entering Canada
Destination Canada

Time Zone
Newfoundland Time Zone

Current Time

This place is perfect for meetings that:

  • Originate from the U.K. or Ireland – direct, short flights from both
  • Are focused on ocean technology and northern natural resources – the industry pros are all here
  • Infuse their meetings agendas with local culture and experiences
  • Animate their events with colourful characters and experiences
  • Seek easy access to natural attractions and experiences

You can count on:

  • Open minds. Open hearts. St. John's is open for business.
  • Big charm, small city with first-rate meeting facilities and amenities
  • Destination St. John's rolling out the welcome mat — inspirations, introductions and expert advice
  • Plenty of ways to entertain your group, in and outside of their meetings
  • Easy collaboration between industry and education centres to round out your agenda
  • Proven host city welcomes international team sporting events
  • Your delegates making plans to return for the Royal St. John’s Regatta, or the  George Street Festival

MOVING YOUR PEOPLE

St. John’s International Airport (YYT) to your registration desk: 15-minute drive

Once you’re here: your own two feet, public and private charter transportation, kayak, fishing boat, motorized boat

BEFORE — AFTER — IN-BETWEEN MEETINGS

PLANNING ESSENTIALS

Get a good night’s rest

Delta, Fairfield by Marriott, Holiday Inn, Sheraton and Ramada are just a few of the international brands your team will recognize. Delegates luxuriating at the Delta Hotel can access St. John’s Convention Centre or Mile One Centre via the interconnecting pedway. For those looking to stay somewhere distinctly local, other nearby accommodations range from award-winning inns to charming seaside cottages.

Stretch your budget in Canada

It’s a fact. Event dollars go further in Canada. With the Canadian dollar hovering between 25 and 30% below the U.S. dollar, planners are encouraged to enhance their meeting experience here. Dollars saved on the program requirements can translate into more bells and whistles or your bottom line, you pick.

Groups coming from outside of Canada may be eligible for financial or other tax incentives — inquire at time of booking.

Foreign Exchange

Biggest bang for your meeting buck

October to May is the best value season

May through end of September offers the most recreational and sightseeing activities to round out your program

Weather

Spring

-2°C to 4°C

28.4°F to 39.2°F

Summer

8°C to 15°C

46.4°F to 59°F

Fall

5°C to 11°C

41°F to 51.8°F

 

Winter

-6°C to 1°C

21.2°F to 33.8°F

Here's how we can help you get planning

The team at Business Events Canada helps meeting planners bring corporate, association and incentive events to Canada. Contact our team for:

  • Inspiration
  • Impartial insights
  • Introductions
  • Bid assistance
  • Planning tool kit