The maritime city of St. John’s is a picturesque vision of Canada’s Atlantic Coast. Book a flight to St. John’s and prepare to take in natural attractions, oceanside history, and small-town charm.
Finding things to do in St. John’s is simple, but first head to Signal Hill and survey the adventures that await in the city and harbour below. The colourful houses of Jellybean Row will definitely catch your eye.
Close by, you’ll find scenic walking trails and the gothic revival Cabot Tower, built in 1898 in honour of John Cabot plus Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee.
For some modern fun, head to The Rooms. Overlooking St. John’s Harbour, this museum is home to permanent and temporary collections focused on sea creatures, fishing, boating, and architecture.
After some indoor exploring, find your way outdoors for one of St. John’s most popular tourist draws, whale watching. Set sail on a true St. John’s adventure, spotting various species of these spectacular marine mammals.
Back on dry land, raise a glass to St. John’s welcoming nightlife at pubs, bars and restaurants on George Street. You may just run into a mardi gras or street festival filled with live music and local revellers.
Get a real taste of St. John with these eateries and watering holes that have been local and tourist hangouts for decades. Be sure to come to a halt for your very own screech-in, a well known and rowdy pub ceremony welcoming out-of-towners to Newfoundland and Labrador.
If you want to drink in some more local flavour, crack open a really cold one about 10 minutes outside of St. John’s at Quidi Vidi Brewing Co. This microbrewery features a beloved iceberg beer that’s a local and tourist favourite.
As the oldest city in North America City, St. John’s is full of history but also mixes in modern attractions. Book a flight to St. John’s and experience this unique oceanside city.
Whether you’re escaping the hustle and bustle of the big city or just looking for a one-of-a-kind getaway that offers tranquillity and history, book a flight to St. John’s. Let Cape Spear save you from the clutches of the same old vacations.
Established in 1836, the history of Cape Spear attracts tourists 12 km southeast of St. John’s. Cape Spear’s geographic location is the basis of its fascinating history steeped in World War II and the Battle of the Atlantic. It has also served as an important navigational feature for centuries.
The centrepiece of this quiet cape is the Cape Spear Lighthouse. Newfoundland and Labrador’s oldest lighthouse is perched atop a two storey house and has been restored to its original 1939 appearance. As the most easterly point in North America, Cape Spear is the perfect place to catch the first breathtaking rays of the sunrise on the continent.
Guided tours give visitors a glimpse into how the lighthouse keeper and his family went through their daily lives on Cape Spear. Other walking tours tell the true-life tales of the World War II gun battery and the Cape’s other historical sites.
If you’re more of an independent explorer, get your bearings at the Visitor Centre on the hill, then take a scenic route on the expansive East Coast Hiking Trail. From various lookout points, you may just spot some humpback whales, seabirds or icebergs floating along the North Atlantic waters.
Just a 20-minute ferry ride from St. John’s Portugal Cove, is a small and fascinating stretch of local history known as Bell Island.
Despite being partially underground, Bell Island’s Mine Museum and Underground Tour shines a bright light on some interesting local mining history and artifacts. A guided tour of the Number 2 mines is the museum’s biggest attraction.
The Bell Island Lighthouse is a good spot for lunch and snack breaks. The manned lighthouse stands 88 metres above sea level. Although it isn’t accessible to the public, even at its base you’ll have a picture-perfect vantage point with views of icebergs, birds, whales and other wildlife depending on the season.
The nearby Keeper’s Café and Interpretation Centre lets visitors relax on the cliffs while learning more about the area’s history and stocking up on souvenirs.
If you prefer exploring on your own two feet, there’s the Gregory Normore Walking Trail, totalling 21 km, named after Bell Island’s first settler. For more snap-worthy sights, head to Harry’s Lookout on Beach Hill.
Another, darker side of Bell Island attracts many visitors as well. This small island located off the Avalon Peninsula is often dubbed the most haunted island in North America. Starting at sundown, join the Bell Island Haunted Walking Tour if you dare to find out why.
Not only is the island rumoured to be the hangout of departed former residents, it’s also said to be the home of many other supernatural beings. Whether or not the rumours are true, Bell Island owes them to the folklore of earlier generations, influenced by their English, Scottish, Irish and Eastern European roots and the shipwrecks of centuries past.
Book a flight to St. John and voyage over to Bell Island for some fascinating takes on local history.
Porter’s check-in desk is located in the departures area.
St. John’s International Airport (YYT) is about 10 km / 6 mi from downtown St. John’s.
Taxis from downtown cost about $25 CAD.
Please allow sufficient time to drop off your car rental before your departing flight.