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When you’re looking for things to do in St. John’s, look to the past. Whether you climb Signal Hill to Cabot Tower or visit the Basilica of St. John the Baptist, there’s no shortage of landmarks from St. John’s long history.
Learn more about the history of Canada’s oldest city, with a visit to The Rooms. Archives and art are housed under one roof, at this museum-art gallery hybrid. For more art and less history, the Leyton Gallery of Fine Art focuses on works produced in Eastern Canada.
See the landscape that inspires so many artists, by getting outside in St. John’s. Here, nature exists in extremes. Visit the most easterly point in North America, Cape Spear, or see some of the biggest animals in the world, with whale watching in Petty Harbour. Unpredictable weather means every trek on the East Coast Hiking Trail or trip to Butter Pot Provincial Park is different than the last.
No trip from Toronto to St. John’s is complete without a drink on George Street. With the most pubs per square foot in North America, there’s no better place to grab a pint. The nightlife here is bustling and friendly, just like St. John’s.
While pronunciations vary, most locals agree on “Kiddy Viddy”. The origin of the name is uncertain, but there’s no doubt that Quidi Vidi Village is a destination that should be on the list of any trip from Toronto to St. John’s.
This historic fishing village sits by Quidi Vidi Lake. During the summer, this lake hosts the St. John’s Regatta, unpredictable maritime weather permitting. However, most of the year, fishing boats find safe harbour on the lake’s quiet waters.
Recently, Quidi Vidi Village has begun to pull in more than just fish. Artists and craftspeople alike are drawn to the village by the Quidi Vidi Village Plantation. You can visit this arts incubator to see the artists at work, and even buy some of the handmade goods produced there.
This village is easily walkable, and its winding streets and waterfront views invite you to wander. Don’t miss out on Quidi Vidi’s landmarks during your travels. While Mallard Cottage may look precarious, it has held up long enough to become a national historic site.
Before heading back to Toronto, kiss a cod then get “screeched in” with a shot of their local rum at the Quidi Vidi Inn, just one of many St. John’s traditions you have to experience for yourself.
If you were to try to find the centre of downtown St. John’s, you might land in the water. Curved around St. John’s harbour, the downtown is never more than a stone’s throw from the Atlantic. It may be strangely shaped, but the downtown is sure to be a highlight of your trip from Toronto to St. John’s.
Get to know St. John’s history and culture during your time downtown. Part archive, part art gallery, The Rooms are your window into the city’s culture. For pure arts, the Leyton Gallery of Fine Art puts the spotlight on Eastern Canada’s artists. If that’s not enough St. John’s for you, visit the historic Cathedral of St. John the Baptist and Basilica of St. John the Baptist.
When you’re looking for places to eat in St. John’s, downtown’s Duckworth Street is home to some of the most interesting restaurants in the city. Whether you want something eclectic or environmentally conscious, you’ll find food to suit your taste.
For an after-dinner drink, make your way to George Street. With more pubs per square foot than anywhere else in North America, there’s always beer on tap.
If you want photos to commemorate your trip from Toronto to St. John’s, strike a pose along Jellybean Row. Jellybean Row doesn’t refer to any one road in St. John’s, but to the brightly coloured Victorian row houses, you can find throughout downtown. Gower Street and Bond Street are good places to look, but half the fun is stumbling on these architectural confections.
Before you fly back to Toronto, use downtown as a jumping off point to explore more of St. John’s. Head north to the Narrows, to see Signal Hill and Cabot Tower. From there, it’s a short walk to The Battery, where you can start your next St. John’s adventure.
Toronto to St. John’s direct and connecting flights are available to get you there year round.
Fly direct from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (YTZ) to St. John’s International Airport (YYT), with a stop in Ottawa or Montréal and a stop in Halifax. Toronto to St. John’s flight time is 3 hours and 35 minutes on average. The distance from Toronto to St. John’s is around 2,120 km / 1,320 mi.
For connecting flights, fly from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (YTZ) to St. John’s International Airport (YYT), with a connection in Ottawa or Montréal and a connection in Halifax . Connection times vary.
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