Book a flight from Halifax to St. John’s and experience all that the oldest city in North America has to offer.
This town is a true breath of fresh ocean breeze. To commemorate your visit, make sure you snap a photo of the colourful houses lining the town’s famous, and endearingly named, Jelly Bean Row.
From a zipline, you’ll catch great aerial views of St. John’s attractions and the historic village of Petty Harbour-Maddox Cove. Friendly staff are on hand to teach visitors about the surrounding historical and natural attractions while telescopes are available to give you a closer look at the area’s natural beauty.
Back on the ground, be sure to save some space for The Rooms. This museum houses permanent and temporary exhibits on World War I, boating, fishing, architecture and also has an extensive cartography collection. Listen closely and you may even encounter some fascinating avant-garde sound sculptures.
They say you shouldn’t throw stones if you live in a glass house, but the modern glass-fronted structure that the Johnson Geo Centre calls home is full of stone and rock-related exhibits. St. John’s impressive geological interpretation centre is located on historic Signal Hill.
It features a stellar exhibit on the solar system with illuminated and suspended model planets. At the Johnson Geo Centre’s outdoor area, the Geo Vista Park, visitors can explore hundreds of millions of years of geological history. If you’re in search of even more tranquility, a number of scenic and relatively short drives will transport you to even more peaceful locales by the ocean.
First settled in the early 1600s, it’s no wonder St. John’s has lots of history. Bell Island is a great day trip and offers a peek into St. John’s past. Easily accessible by ferry from Portugal Cove, Bell Island has been dubbed the most haunted island in North America. Take a haunted walk starting at sunset if you dare.
This island’s haunted history is steeped in stories of the supernatural, originating from its inhabitants’ native lands and folklore. If you’d rather explore by daylight, there are iron mine tours, historical outdoor murals, the Bell Island Lighthouse, and the neighbouring and welcoming Lightkeeper’s Café.
St. John’s is a great home base for a myriad of scenic hikes and day trips. Book a flight from Halifax to St. John’s and have your camera ready for picturesque outings.
After your flight from Halifax to St. John’s, make downtown your first stop.
Pull up a chair and enjoy St. John’s nightlife on George Street. This central street in downtown St. John’s is home to welcoming pubs, restaurants and lively music and street festivals.
By daylight, you’re sure to notice the vivid colours of Jelly Bean Row Shop & Gallery.
Be sure to bring your camera to capture these colourful houses that line several of St. John’s downtown streets.
Start off at Signal Hill, a historical site and lookout with spectacular views of the harbour and city below. The name Signal Hill comes from the hill’s function. In past centuries, merchants, customs officials, and the harbour pilot spotted flag signals from their spot on the hill and knew that they needed to prepare for the incoming ships to dock.
Below this iconic point and throughout the area, you’ll find performing arts theatres, centuries-old churches, fine art galleries, tea rooms and distinctly local St. John’s attractions. All making downtown a unique and entertaining escape.
The Leyton Gallery of Fine Art spotlights work from up-and-coming Canadian and international artists, all created in eastern Canada.
Take a break at historic parks like Kings Beach at Harbourside Park, Martin’s Meadow Park and Bannerman Park. Bannerman Park housed refugees of the Great Fire in 1892 and today hosts annual music festivals.
Raise a glass to Newman Wine Vaults on Water Street. Now a museum space dedicated to the history of liquor trade in Newfoundland and Labrador, the vaults retain their brick and stone architecture from centuries ago. The wine aging practices they used were also steeped in history, dating back to 1679.
For shopping, dining and souvenirs, you’ll want to dive into other spots along Water Street. Book a flight from Halifax to St. John’s and explore this downtown centre with offers of handmade goods, friendly greetings and familiar maritime warmth.
About one hour from St. John’s along the Baccalieu Trail, the sweet little town of Cupids might steal your heart. Cupids is located on the shores of Conception Bay North and is often called “the birthplace of English Canada.” Its 400 years of history is steeped in stories of pirates, pilgrims, and Aboriginal communities.
With a population fewer than 1,000, Cupids has a close-knit creative community. In a theatre modelled after Shakespeare’s Globe in London, you may be treated to innovative and elaborate Shakespearean performances.
If your family happens to have some maritimers, you may even uncover a bit of your own history here. The Cupids Legacy Centre features a museum, legacy hall and archaeological dig site. The centre focuses on Cupids long and rich history with interactive exhibits.
The Archaeological Dig at Cupids Cove Plantation Site is a mere five-minute walk from Cupids Legacy Centre. At this designated provincial historic site, you can take a closer look at European and Aboriginal artifacts on display, as well as the cleaning, labelling and cataloguing process. Experts are also on site to answer questions.
When you’ve satisfied your archaeological curiosity, head over to the Spectacle Head Trail, right across the street from Cupids Legacy Centre. A short hike of about 35 minutes brings you 100 metres above sea level.
Along the way, you’ll spot the John Guy Monument built in 1910 in honour of Cupids 300th birthday. Be sure to also stop and smell the roses at Millbrook Gardens across from the monument.
This lush little spot is full of regional and native plants, and even hosts flag raising events. Book a flight from Halifax to St. John’s and get ready to fall in love with this peaceful, history filled town.
Fly non-stop from Halifax Stanfield International Airport (YHZ) to St. John's International Airport (YYT). Halifax to St. John’s flight time is 1 hours and 40 minutes on average. The distance from Halifax to St. John’s is around 885 km / 550 mi.
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