Natural attractions, oceanside history, and small-town charm, experience Canada’s Atlantic coast in true maritime fashion when you book flights to St. John’s, Newfoundland.
It’s not hard to find things to do in this Atlantic city, but for a lay of the land when your flight to St. John’s lands, head to Signal Hill and survey the adventures that await below. The colourful houses of Jellybean Row will definitely catch your eye.
While you’re on the hill, 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.
When you’ve climbed down from the hill, take part in 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. Be sure to bring a camera on your flight to St. John’s to capture these massive creatures as they break through the ocean’s surface.
To learn more about the ocean, history, and the area’s culture, 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 a trip to the museum, 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.
With a flight to St. John’s get a real taste of what this city is all about at the 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.
Experience a mix of history and modern attractions in this oceanside city when you book flights to St. John’s.
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On a historic and scenic site, keep watch over the Atlantic Ocean at Cape Spear when you book flights to St. John’s.
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 1839 appearance to preserve its rich history.
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 when you fly to St. John’s.
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’d prefer to explore on your own, 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.
Find peace and tranquility on this easterly attraction when you book flights to St. John’s.
When your flight to St. John’s lands, head to Portugal Cove, where just a 20-minute ferry ride takes you to a small and fascinating stretch of local history known as Bell Island.
Start off your island experience with a beautiful view at the Bell Island Lighthouse, where this manned structure stands 88 metres above sea level. Although the lighthouse 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.
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 #2 Mine is the museum’s biggest attraction.
Back above ground, explore on your own two feet on the Gregory Normore Walking Trail, totalling 21 km, named after Bell Island’s first European settler. For more snap-worthy sights, head to Harry’s Lookout on Beach Hill.
A darker side of Bell Island attracts many visitors who fly to St. John’s 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 flights to St. John’s 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.
The Metrobus route 14 from downtown St. John’s costs $2.50 CAD.
Driving to St. John’s International Airport? There are three parking options at St. John’s Airport close to the terminal. Choose from short-term parking for $2 CAD per half hour, long-term parking for a daily maximum rate of $16 CAD or weekly rate of $80 CAD, or Gold Pass Parking with a monthly fee of $120 CAD (requires a minimum 6-month contract). Pre-pay options are available at the six pre-pay stations in the Airport Terminal Building.