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Lost and found— St John's


Thanks to a strong leader, oil discoveries, new direct flights to Europe and a prime-time drama set in St John’s, it’s boom time for this Canadian province, leading everyone from Norwegian engineers to New York art directors to relocate here.

Canada, Newfoundland, St Johns

It’s Wednesday night and the streets of St John’s, Newfoundland, are deserted. All 120,000 people in this city, it seems, are glued to their TVs watching CBC’s new detective series, Republic of Doyle.

The hit series has become a national anthem for New Newfoundland. Executive producer, creator and star Allan Hawco, a handsome blue-eyed Newfoundlander says, “It’s a 10-year dream of mine to have this detective show set in St John’s, the city I love. For my entire life, our province was always in a depression with everybody having to leave to find…

Monocle fixes

  1. Newly constructed buildings don’t do justice to the landscape. Bring in some good regional (or international if necessary) architects who are sensitive to the island’s vernacular architecture.

  2. Parking downtown is a problem, so what about bike paths? It’s a myth that the temperatures are much colder than New York and the cold shouldn’t stop people cycling anyway – look at Copenhagen.

  3. For some reason the names of the roads change almost every block. It only makes sense to someone who’s lived here a long time. If you want to make life easier, make urban navigation easier.

  4. Market St John’s as the closest North American hub to Europe. London is just four hours away.

  5. Create a hotel and convention centre that will make headlines and attract a global audience.

Made in Newfoundland

  1. ‘Riddle Fence’ – local arts and culture journal
  2. Handknit puffin sweater from NONIA, a clothing collective of ladies from local rural communities
  3. Handknit wool socks from the NONIA ladies
  4. The real thing: Auntie Crae’s homemade blueberry and bakeapple jam
  5. Newfoundland’s famous rum, Screech
  6. Indie rock band Hey Rosetta’s latest CD

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