St. John's is an ex-military town and it is still the provincial capital of the province of Newfoundland. There are a few very interesting buildings, several of which you can tour and have a good look around. Newfoundland only became part of Canda in 1949 and was still a British colony before that.
Commissary house: Restored to 1830 with period dressed staff inside to tell you about the restoration and life as it was there for the Commissary for the Fort William, situated nearby where the Hotel Newfoundland is now. It's only open during the main Tourist season but is a good view at a way of life over 175 years ago. It's on King's Bridge Road near Gower Street.
Government House: Walk across the grounds and gardens of Government House where the Lieutenant Governor of the Province resides. The large sandstone mansion is lovely, with large manicured lawns and flower borders. There's a greenhouse in behind and a 12 foot deep moat around the building. Huh? Apparently it is a snake pit. Excuse me??? Well apparently the plans for the building were mixed up with those for a similar mansion to be built in Bermuda and the *moat* keeps the snakes away. Must have worked because there isn't a snake to be found on the island of Newfoundland!!!
Colonial Building: The Colonial Building used to be the legislature building where the representative Assembly met before Newfoundland joined Canada in 1959 and is now the Public Archives. It was completed in 1850. The archives in this building now have some very interesting photos of the history of the city and the building which was badly damaged by riots in 1932. Interestingly, the ruling party sat on the non-traditional left side of the chambers because the heating was on that side of the room. To this day the tradition continues even though they now meet in a more modern Confederation building.