The only province in Canada that honours St. Patrick’s Day with a public holiday is, not surprisingly, Newfoundland and Labrador. If you’ve ever wanted to enjoy the best of Irish culture but can’t make it all the way across the Atlantic to the Emerald Isle, then the rocky shores of Newfoundland will surely do.
St. John’s has many fine hotels that will suit your stay, including Ryan Mansion, Boutique Hotel & Spa.
With rooms starting at $255 a night, Ryan Mansion is ideally located in the heart of old downtown St. John’s, only a short walk from several attractions, including restaurants, entertainment, museums, galleries and more. Each room features a spa-inspired en suite bath with heated marble floors, therapeutic tub for two, and luxurious European amenities. As an added, and very interesting bonus, there’s also a strong Titanic link to this hotel.
Ryan Mansion has two different packages, including the Royal Treatment ($885 per person) and the Titanic Getaway ($485 per person).
Vacay.ca Says Head to Shamrock City
Last year Vacay.ca counted down the 17 Days to St. Patrick’s Day by mentioning 17 of Canada’s most outstanding Irish pubs. Among St. John’s entries was Shamrock City.
Vacay.ca Contributor Candice Walsh is no stranger to this pub, and shared her experiences in her article as part of the Best Irish Pubs in Canada series.
Walsh: “Shamrock City has not stood the test of time like its other downtown counterparts, but it’s quickly becoming the place to be. Other than a welcoming, feel-good atmosphere, there are live performers every night, featuring both traditional Irish and Newfoundland music. The open floor in front of the stage is just perfect for dancing a jig, and if you spot The Navigators on the upcoming schedule, make it a point to see them live.
Even on Mondays, you’ll find Shamrock City one of the liveliest bars downtown, with a crowd that’s younger than other spots. Their menu features traditional pub fare, with a fine selection of Irish beers and whisky (and Irish coffee, of course). But a good Irish menu needs plenty of balance with Newfoundland tastes, and so make sure you try some of the cod tongues fried up with scrunchions. You’ll get a healthy blend of old Ireland values with a Newfoundland twist.”
Note: Thank you to obsidiandawn from Brusheezy.com for shamrock images