We’ve already blogged about why everyone should visit Newfoundland and Labrador at least once in their life. When you make it to Canada’s easternmost province, you’ll no doubt spend some time in the capital of St John’s (it might even be your base as you explore the wider province).
It’s a small city (when compared to other capitals) and is charming, quaint, and home to a relaxing seaside feeling. There are cultural offerings, foodie delights, and outdoor adventures to be had. When finalising your itinerary, these are the 10 things we think you should do during your St John’s visit.
Go whale watching and iceberg spotting
If you do only one thing in Newfoundland and Labrador make it iceberg spotting and whale watching. It’s actually one of the best places in Canada to do both! In the capital of St John’s, you’ll find several companies offering excursions (and we can book some of them for you in advance!)
Climb to the top of Signal Hill
Visit the place where the first transatlantic wireless signal was received by Guglielmo Marconi in 1901. On the hill you’ll also find the Cabot Tower, which houses exhibits about Marconi. Oh, and you’ll witness breath-taking views of the Atlantic Ocean.
Explore Johnson Geo Centre
When you’re coming back down from Signal Hill, stop by the Johnson Geo Centre where you can touch the rock that sits under Signal Hill. Most of the centre is underground and offers an incredible learning experience about Canadian geology!
Visit Cape Spear
Get outside the city for a bit and visit the easternmost point in North America. It’s also the first place on the continent to see the sunrise, if you’re feeling competitive.
Admire art at The Rooms
The Rooms is an art gallery, museum, and archives rolled into one and is the best place to get a feel for Newfoundland and Labrador’s history and culture. Also, the 2nd floor offers incredible panoramic views through its floor-to-ceiling windows.
Zipline over Petty Harbour
If you want to add some adrenaline to your holiday then you can’t go wrong with Canada’s longest zip line course! Each platform is also home to a display with facts about your current view.
Sample craft beer
The craft beer scene in St John’s is in its infancy but is picking up. Its oldest brewery opened in 1996, and for years it remained a lone soldier. Now there are 14 craft breweries across the province, with 8 in St John’s itself. You can visit a brewery to taste the beers right from the tap, or head to Jack Axes – which is considered one of the best bars in the city for craft beer lovers.
Buy local goods at St. John’s Farmers’ Market
At St John’s Market, you can shop for locally produced art, jewellery, produce, plants, and more. They also have an amazing rotating list of food vendors who serve up an international carousel of tasty treats every Saturday.
Go on a ghost tour
A city as old as St John’s is bound to have a few haunted figures lurking the street. Book yourself onto a ghost tour and travel into back alleys and hidden squares while being treated to stories of St John’s spooky past.
Party on George Street
Finish your St John’s adventure by letting your hair down at night on George Street. It’s a pedestrian street lined on both sides with nothing but pubs, nightclubs, and live music every night of the week. In July there’s even a George Street Festival.