downtown St. John's

we call it the oldest City in North America

and in Rosemary House's 'Rain, Drizzel and Fog', Mary Walsh said her father said St. John's was a City when New York was a mudhole.  

St. John's is and always has been a rock star. early sailors found the way in to the sheltered  harbour through walls of rock. cobbled stone made the lower path - early name of Water Street - passable a hundred or so years ago and in the spring of 2019 in the big little dig/the little big dig the roads were again rock uphove.  what would become St. John's the Captial stretched up steep from the harbour in magnificent paths of least resistance where people setttled and set up shop and built houses - colourful perhaps, but not as colourful as they are now - and built churches and neighbourhood. a lot of churches. up until the 80s there were 10 churches between Harvey Road, Quidi Vidi Road and Springdale Street - a distance of less than three kilometres. 

often there is rain, drizzle and fog, but as Republic of Doyle has shown the world, the sun shines and when it is more magnificent than any other place. and people and the place took on the characteristsics of each other. sharp, friendly, unique, interconnected.  downtown.  it's us.

we could't think of a better way to launch the all-new guide to the good than with a feature on the most magical spot downtown

the g2g downtown video


the podcast - downtown talk with Byron

  • turning to 2020 is a big deal for downtown, and there's a guy who knows it from all angles.  Byron Murphy is a livyer, a landlord and a business owner on the almight Water Street, and he tells a great story!  keep an eye out for the podcast, produced in partnership with CHMR Radio and thanks to Darrell Power.

look for the good   

  • get a few new deets on the companies that make yyt downtown yyt downtown and win a dandy prize pack - click here

community think tank

  • downtown St. John's - what brings you down? check out the yyt downtown community think tank and let people know where you draw the line.  scroll toward the end of the home page.

inside scoop ~ trade tips from the experts

  • what do people need to know about downtown?  people need to know that parking is plentiful!  we're going to get the parking gurus to share the skivvy on the parking. 

the links

nice night shot of St. John's, NL

a row of colourful chairs facing the waterfront, downtown St. John's

sunny roof Water Street St. John's

rainy day going down Prescott Street, St. John's, toward the harbour.

craft council shop and gallery entrance in Solomon's lane.  accessible entrance on Duckworth Street

top window of Bishop Feild school

many repairing a guitar

two women performing - playing guitar and singing - at Battery Cafe, downtown St. John's

business keeps chugging along during detours on Water Street when the dig was being dug


gravel road on Water Street heading west during the dig of 2019

post dig Water Street at Merchant, facing west

a mother and daughter showing henna-ed enjoying the downtown vibe

old building with big beautiful windows

wooden door from a downtown neighbourhood