About the Conference Meeting Site
The meeting activities will take place in the Delta Hotel, the adjoining Convention Center and Marconi Hall and Mile One Stadium. All are easily accessed, have a view of the harbor and are within walking distance of many wonderful restaurants and bars for after-hours activities. George Street, the heart of St. John's nightlife, boasting more bars per square meter than any other city in North America, starts right outside the Convention Centre doors. The Delta Hotel will serve as the headquarter hotel.
About St. John's, Newfoundland
St. John's is a city where the park-lined rivers support some of the most productive salmonid habitat in the world, is a place where whales and icebergs gather in June. Newfoundland has a vast marine ecosystem in transition and a people whose livelihood has always been tied to the sea. Here the water masses meet with dramatic and exciting efforts on weather, climate and ecosystems….and St. John's is only three hours away from Newark, Montréal or Toronto and five hours from London.
In 1983, ASLO hosted a meeting in St. John's that is still being talked about today. Those of us who were there well remember following Yvette Edmondson up to kiss the cod and down a shot of Screech to become honorary Newfoundlanders. Twenty-five years on, we look forward to welcoming you to St. John's for another memorable ASLO Summer Meeting.
Minutes from the mighty North Atlantic, on Canada's far eastern shore, St. John's and Eastern Newfoundland await. Always within sight of the sea. Alive with the breath of history. Wide open spaces, infinite possibilities.
While we know there will be great science presented at this meeting, as well as the opportunity to get together with colleagues from ASLO, SCL & NABS, you may not know about the things that Newfoundland and St. John's have to offer.
This is where North America and Newfoundland begin. Flooded by oceans, scoured by glaciers carved into rocks, bays, cliffs and coves, no two places alike, every colorful nook and cranny its own distinct adventure, Eastern Newfoundland's ever-changing vistas promise scenic coastal roads, cozy colonial towns, barrens and moors, steep cliffs, river estuaries, rugged coastlines and dramatic headlands. From Cape St. Mary's Ecological Reserve on the Avalon Peninsula to the “Grand Banks” fishing grounds off shore, to the John Cabot landing site on the Bonavista Peninsula, only one thing is the same, no matter where you go people will embrace you and welcome you to their special place.
Newfoundland and Labrador's capital city, St. John's, is Canada's oldest - arguably its most distinctive - city. Rising spectacularly from the water's edge, St. John's promises you a sophisticated city experience with small town warmth and safety. St. John's is a grand old lady, from her elegant historic houses and scenic walking trails, to her stately landmarks and cultural treasures. Underneath beats a youthful heart and a boisterous spirit that finds its expression in one of North America's liveliest arts and music scenes. Year-round St. John's has many adventures, all within easy reach. You won't have to venture very far for shops, galleries, concerts, fine restaurants, festivals and sizzling nightlife. Go fly a kite on Signal Hill. Watch whales play off Cape Spear. Touch a sea cucumber from the ocean floor at the Marine Science Centre. Spend a day roaming the Avalon Wilderness Area. Explore pre-history and early colonial history at an archaeological dig or an 18th century fort. Spend a day at a nature park or a seabird sanctuary. Hike along a dramatic coastal trail. Browse through antique shops and craft shops. Unwind to the gentle beat of the blues. It's all here in just one place.
The following web sites offer additional options and more detailed information:
- St. John`s City web site: http://www.stjohns.ca/visitors/index.jsp
- Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Tourism web site: http://www.newfoundlandlabrador.com/
From coffee shops to four-star dining, from heaps of steaming mussels to piping hot toutons (fried bread dough covered in molasses), St. John's and Eastern Newfoundland is an adventure in wining and dining. Enjoy a wide variety of international cuisine - Greek, Japanese, Thai, Italian - just to name a few. Choose from take-outs, family restaurants and fine dining rooms. Dig into a tasty mound of traditional Fish n' Chips. Let your taste buds tingle with brews from our local micro breweries.
- St. John's - the oldest city in North America and the capital city is where North America and Newfoundland and Labrador begin. Experience small town warmth and friendliness with big city sophistication.
- The Irish Loop - located south of St. John's on the Avalon Peninsula, is home to millions of seabirds, frolicking whales, spectacular scenery, enchanting history and friendly faces. Visit the site where Lord Baltimore first walked along “Prettie Street” more than 350 years ago. Have a “yarn” with friendly folk whose voices are filled with an Irish lilt. Enjoy a picnic at the lighthouse in Ferryland.
- The Cape Shore - located on the south west of the Avalon Peninsula, is a land of vivid beauty and colorful history. Visit Castle Hill National Historic Site. Enjoy an outdoor theatre presentation of the Faces of Fort Royale. Discover Argentia, where President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Prime Minister Winston Churchill agreed to the Atlantic Charter on their warships, off Ship Harbor in 1941. See for yourself why this land was so valuable to the French and English settlers. Visit Cape St. Mary's Ecological Reserve in St. Bride's.
Exit the Trans Canada Highway, west of St. John's to Route 80 and join The Baccalieu Trail, located on the north west of the Avalon Peninsula. Here is where icebergs are abundant in the spring and early summer. Visit Cupids, the oldest English settlement in North America dating from 1610. Visit Brigus, home of Captain Bob Bartlett, Arctic navigator, who led Admiral Robert Peary to the North Pole. This community has such a startling beauty that American artist Rockwell Kent established a summer residence there in the early part of the century. Enjoy a cool dip in the Atlantic Ocean at Salmon Cove or Northern Bay Sands.
- The Admirals' Coast - follows Route 60 along a picturesque coastal route of Conception Bay. Enjoy a picnic at Holyrood Park or hike to Butterpot Mountain. Search for trilobite fossils along the banks of Manuels River or visit Topsail Beach for a refreshing ocean swim.
Continue on along Route 50, northeast of St. John's on The Killick Coast with its spectacular scenery and photographers delight. Take a 20 minute ferry ride to Bell Island and tour the underground mine or visit the torpedoed Bell Island wrecks of WWII. Visit the Ocean Science Centre at Logy Bay, the Flatrock Grotto, the largest shrine of its kind east of Montréal and the towns of Pouch Cove and Torbay along the way.
- The Discovery Trail - located on the Bonavista Peninsula, features panoramic scenery, historic sites and captivating history and culture. Your journey will take you to Bonavista where John Cabot made land in 1497. Visit the Ryan Premises, a national historic site that tells the story of the fishing industry. Join Rising Tide Theatre for a celebration of history and culture at Trinity. Photograph whales, seabirds and icebergs along the coast or enjoy a round of golf.
- The Heritage Run - Towns on the Burin Peninsula, offered ice free ports and safe haven for the once great Grand Banks fishing fleets. Visit the Fisherman's Museum in Grand Bank. This region of the province is home to a wide variety of museums and heritage homes - the wild and rocky coastline will captivate you. Along with traditional music and dance, summer festivals are a must. Enjoy whale watching, lighthouses, hiking trails in such places as Garden Cove, Red Harbor, Burin or Swift Current.
Nearby is Fortune, the gateway to St. Pierre and Miquelon, the last French possession in North America where the rhythms of life are similar to those in the homeland. This is a great place to experience the French culture, to buy wine and perfume, but remember, you have to pass through customs on your way back.