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St. John’s

Explore a coastal city rich in history and culture


No matter what type of traveler you are, you’ll find something that tickles your fancy in St. John’s. Nestled in the steep hills of a sheltered harbor, the capital of Newfoundland is home to an impressive food culture, sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean, colorful row houses, exquisite art galleries and more. With a population of just over 200,000, this thriving city offers the perfect blend of modernity and old town charm.

It’s also a destination with a long history. Europeans discovered the area in the early sixteenth century, making St. John’s one of the oldest cities in North America. Thanks to its harbor and plentiful fishing grounds, St. John’s became a commercial trading outpost and was the world’s largest salt cod supplier for centuries. The outbreak of the Napoleonic Wars in the 1700s created a huge demand for the commodity, which led to an influx of Irish immigrants who were eager to work. Today, St. John’s is a laid-back city bursting with artists, musicians and friendly locals who speak with the most distinctive accent west of Ireland.

Scenic Signal Hill


No trip to St. John’s is complete without a visit to Signal Hill. Located on a rocky hill, this iconic landmark provides dazzling views of the vast Atlantic Ocean and picturesque harbor. It’s also the place where Guglielmo Marconi received the first trans-Atlantic wireless message in 1901. Check out Cabot Tower, the castle-like building on top of the hill, to uncover interesting exhibits about Marconi. For dramatic cliffs and breathtaking sunrises, head to Cape Spear. The easternmost point of the North American continent, Cape Spear features two lighthouses and is the perfect lookout point to spot whales and icebergs.

If you want to delve deep into Newfoundland’s distinct and diverse culture, be sure to check out The Rooms. Resembling traditional fishing rooms, this cultural hub combines the Provincial Museum, Provincial Archives, and Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador. Learn how different cultures helped shape the province over the centuries. Or, meander through the galleries to discover captivating masterpieces and the local artists behind them.

East Coast Trail

Love the great outdoors? If so, the East Coast Trail is calling your name. This 335 mile-long hiking trail takes you through soaring cliffs, scenic headlands, deep fjords and a wave-driven geyser. It’s also a great way to come face-to-face with wildlife. Keep your eyes peeled for whales, sea bird colonies and herds of caribou.

When sightseeing leaves you famished, know that a thrilling culinary scene awaits you. From traditional seafood dishes to international cuisines, St. John’s provides a wealth of innovative eateries and sophisticated dining options. Try classic East Coast dishes with a contemporary twist at Bacalao or Raymonds, or explore the lively George Street to find pubs, patios and exciting nightlife.

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