St. John’s, NL

City of St. John’s

Travelling to St. John’s is easy and accessible through major airlines from any  location.

St. John’s is a special place. It is  the capital of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the province’s largest city, but despite that, this city has a distinctly welcoming feeling.

You’ll want to dress for the weather, which can change. A day in October can be sunny and warm, then windy and cool, then a bit rainy, and then warm again, all within a few hours. We recommend lots of layers, including a waterproof jacket and sturdy footwear for exploring Signal Hill.

That said, there are plenty of places to dress up too (we don’t wear rubber boots all the time!). St. John’s has a reputation as a musical city and is also becoming more and more well known for our restaurants. We recommend that you book well in advance at some of the hot spots (including place like Raymonds and Mallard Cottage.) In most situations though, you should also be able to find a welcoming and tasty spot to eat just walking in off the street.


There are a number of hotels close to Memorial’s Facility on Signal Hill where the conference is being held. Several are within walking distance but keep in mind that the walk involves a steep “hill” and it can be quite breezy in October. Airbnb is also a good option here, especially if you’re interested in staying in one of the iconic colourful rowhouses that St. John’s is known for.

The Alt Hotel is located right on the harbourfront of downtown St. John’s. It’s a brand-new hotel and right in the middle of the shops and restaurants.

For more information about planning your trip, we recommend that you take a look at the Provincial Government’s tourism site.

Conference Location:

The North Atlantic Forum/CRRF 2019 Sustainable Communities Conference  is being held at Memorial University’s beautiful Signal Hill Campus on historic Signal Hill. The campus is located at 100 Signal Hill rd. overlooking both the harbour and the city.

Make sure to clarify that your headed to the Signal Hill Campus, since St. John’s is also home to Memorial’s main campus.


Please note, free parking is not available on-site, and pay-per-use parking is limited.

Pay-per-use guest parking is available at Signal Hill Campus by using the Passport Canada mobile app (available on Google Play Store or Apple Store) or online (

There are only 2 pay-per-use guest lots available:

• lower lot Zone 201
• middle lot Zone 200


The rumours are true: our weather can be a bit wonky sometimes! Your best bet is to check the forecast before you come and pack plenty of layers. Raincoats are a must, but umbrellas tend not be useful because of the winds that tend to accompany fall showers.

We do recommend bringing some sturdy footwear if you’re planning to do much walking, or if you’d like to explore the stunning hiking trails that surround Signal Hill Campus.