Climate and Travel Information


Eastern Newfoundland has a moderate four-season climate.  The cold Labrador Current and the warm waters of the Gulf Stream meet on the Grand Banks in the North Atlantic just off the coast of Newfoundland.

With its location in the middle of the North Atlantic one can experience extremes of ‘weather' in a short period of time.  In fact, locals will tell you that if you don't like the weather, just "wait a minute, it will change."  Surprising to many is the fact that St. John's has the third most temperate climate of all cities in Canada (behind Victoria and Vancouver).

Late spring and summer days in the city and region are usually warm with a cool ocean breeze.  Mornings and evenings can be cool; carrying a warm sweater and a windbreaker is a good idea

Average Temperatures are pleasant and sunny. A little cool for swimming.

Day: 10 to 20 C/50 to 68 F
Night: 0 to 10 C/32 to 50 F

Suggested Wardrobe

For the city, pack lightweight clothing with a sweater, raincoat or light topcoat for cooler evening temperatures (temperatures by the ocean are usually a little cooler).  To enjoy the many outdoor activities and natural beauty of Eastern Newfoundland, we recommend good walking or hiking shoes.

Traffic Regulations

The use of seat belts is mandatory in Newfoundland & Labrador for drivers and all passengers.  A child weighing less than 9 kg must be secured in either an infant carrier or a convertible car seat adjusted to the rear-facing position.  Radar detectors are illegal.  It is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol limit exceeding .05 milligrams of alcohol per liter of blood.  The use of hand held cell phones by the driver of a vehicle, when driving, is prohibited.

Wheelchair Accessibility

Establishments listed as "wheelchair accessible" meet the minimum requirements set out in the provincial Building Accessibility Act and Regulations.  These establishments have a main entrance and, where provided, public washrooms that an individual in a wheelchair can access unassisted.  Hotels/motels with the accessibility designations have a wheelchair accessible room or suite, but there are no guarantees wheelchair users could access all the establishment's attractions.

Customs Information – Entry Regulations

People visiting from other countries require a valid passport and possibly other documentation.  Since obtaining travel documents outside Canada can take time, it is important to check with the nearest Canadian Consulate, Canadian Embassy or High Commission well in advance of a trip to Canada.

Health Insurance

Visitors to Canada should obtain travelers' health insurance before leaving home.  Most health insurance coverage does not extend outside the country of residence.  Visitors may find they have either no health insurance or inadequate coverage in Canada.  Daily rates for hospital care can vary from hospital to hospital and from province to province, but a hospital stay can cost in excess of $750 CDN per day.  Visitors requiring prescription medication should bring a copy of the prescription for renewal in Canada.

Traveling with Children

Customs officials are on the lookout for missing children.  Parents or guardians traveling with children require a proof of citizenship.  If a child is traveling with one parent or guardian, a letter of consent from the absent parent(s) must accompany the child.

Personal Baggage & Recreations Equipment

Visitors can bring non-restricted sporting goods and personal baggage into Canada, duty and tax-free, by declaring them on arrival to customs officials.  Register the serial numbers of equipment such as cameras, bicycles, etc. with Canada Customs.

Pets and Animals

Visitors may bring cats, dogs and horses to Newfoundland without a permit and they can be moved freely around the province.  However, the importation of non-indigenous animals and the movement of Labrador Huskies from Labrador to Newfoundland is restricted.  If you have any questions about bringing animals to the province please contact:

Animal Health Division
Department of Natural Resources
PO Box 8700, St. John's, NL  A1E 3Y5
Tel:  709-729-6879

Note:  There are no snakes, poison ivy, or poison oak on the island of Newfoundland.

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