Newcomers & Visitors
The City of Mount Pearl Welcomes You!
Mount Pearl is a progressive and family friendly city with many amenities in close proximity. The city is located adjacent to St. John’s, the capital of Newfoundland and Labrador. Mount Pearl has a dynamic economy rooted in innovation and excellence, and is known for its community spirit. If you are wondering what community events are taking place during your visit, be sure to check out the City’s calendar of events.
Mount Pearl is known as a city within a park. Enjoy over 60 parks, playgrounds, and trails, as well as a swimming pool, fitness centre and skating arena. All parks and facilities, as well as the Admiralty House Communications Museum, are linked through 60 kilometers of beautiful forested walkways.
Mount Pearl is located a mere 12 minutes from the St. John’s harbour and only 15 minutes from the St. John’s International Airport. Mount Pearl occupies 1,500 hectares in the western end of the beautiful Waterford Valley. While you are visiting, be sure to check out the beautiful Waterford River that runs throughout Mount Pearl. The river boasts aquatic life, is protected in a park-like setting, and runs directly into the Atlantic Ocean at the St. John’s Harbour. Despite the natural surroundings, Mount Pearl has a very urban environment, possessing all the services and amenities you will need. The City contains a thriving business sector and is the prime location for many new developments in the region.
A significant portion of the City is situated on land granted to Sir James Pearl in 1829 by the Colonial Secretary in recognition of many years of faithful service to the Crown. Mount Pearl was was incorporated as a Town on January 11, 1955. In recognition of its growth, Mount Pearl was incorporated as a City on July 21, 1988, making it the province’s third city. Mount Pearl has grown from 1,500 people to approximately 23,000 people, and is now one of the largest cities in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Mount Pearl has multiple state-of-the-art recreational facilities which draw provincial and national competitions to the City. It has two high schools, three intermediate schools and three primary/elementary neighbourhood schools. There are approximately 1,100 businesses and 15,500 people employed within Mount Pearl.
At its heart, Mount Pearl is a large city with a small community cohesiveness.
If you are new to the City, more information can be found below:
- Directions and Transportation Options
- Immigration Societies
- Where to Stay
- Neighbourhood Watch Program
- Mount Pearl Community Profile
For more information on events, tours, attractions and things to do in our province, please visit:
- Newfoundland & Labrador Department of Tourism
- Newfoundland & Labrador
- Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador
- Destination St. John’s
|Approx. 23,000 (2016)|
|Provincial Flower||Pitcher Plant|
|Provincial Tree||Black Spruce|
|Language||Mount Pearl is a primarily English speaking community.|
|Time Zone||Mount Pearl is situated in the Newfoundland Standard time zone (UTC 3:30) and operates on Daylight Savings Time with a one-hour difference from the second Sunday of March to the first Sunday of November.|
|History||Mount Pearl was incorporated in 1955 and became Newfoundland and Labrador’s third community to acquire city status on July 21, 1988. The city is located near St. John’s on the western end of Waterford Valley. Although Mount Pearl’s origin dates back to 1829, it was essentially a farming estate that has only recently been transformed into an urban community.|
|Important Numbers||Emergency: 911
Mount Pearl Municipal Enforcement: 1-709-748-1058
|Most bars, restaurants, hotels and other places serving alcoholic beverages are open until 3 a.m. Legal drinking age in Newfoundland is 19 years age. Liquor, wine and beer are sold in government stores operated by the Newfoundland Liquor Corporation. Individuals must also be 19 to purchase cigarettes and other tobacco products.|
|Media||Local papers include The Telegram and The Pearl Newspaper.|
|99.1 HitsFM Today’s Hits (99.1 FM)
94.7 OZFM Today’s Hits (94.7FM)
101.1 Coast Classic Hits (101.1FM)
97.5 KROCK Classic Rock (97.5FM)
103.9 Classic Country (103.9FM)
CHMR University Radio (93.5FM)
CBC NL (88.5FM)
VOCM Community Radio (590AM)
CICQ Tourism Radio (92.3 FM)
|Postage||The main post office is located at 29 Commonwealth Ave. It is open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.|
|Tax||The Harmonized Sales Tax, or HST, is 15% on most goods and services.|