Fog Cancer: Making the most of St. John’s

March 9, 2017

As sure as the weather is bound to be unpredictable, and as sure as you’re bound to make some amazing new connections and memories during this year’s Survivor Conference, a YACC event in St. John’s means YACCers will make the most of the trip to North America’s eastern edge.

We fully encourage you to come a few days early or stay a few days after Survivor Conference 2017 to learn more about why this national organization perched its HQ on the edge of the country; here are a few things to keep in mind:

1. Accommodations are on you. As much as we would like to host everyone here for weeks, our conference budget can only cover your hotel fees for four nights. The Comfort Inn has offered a special rate for Survivor Conference guests should you want to stay there, but it is about six kms away from the most popular sites on a pedestrian-unfriendly road.

2. Book your rental car ASAP. Tourism season kicks off around early June as our waters fill up with icebergs and whales, and getting a rental car can be Mission: Impossible.

3. Get outside of the city! Sure, St. John’s has scenic downtown, Signal Hill, Cape Spear, and more, but there are some gems a short drive outside the capital city. Brigus, Cupids, Ferryland, and Bell Island are all within an hour’s drive each way; Trinity and Bonavista are closer to the three-hour mark; and Gros Morne is about eight hours across the province. If you plan to make it to the west coast of the island, consider flying home from the Deer Lake Airport to save yourself the trip back.

4. Be prepared. As we mentioned at the top, the weather is unpredictable, especially in early June.  You might want to bring a winter coat, rain boots, and sneakers — and that’s just for the walk up Signal Hill! You will be able to get anything you need, but pack on the side of caution.

5. Speaking of preparation, visit the Newfoundland & Labrador tourism website for everything you’ll need to know.

Let us know if you have any questions!

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