St. John's, Canada

As Canada's most easterly province, the island of Newfoundland is situated on the North Atlantic, with St. John's as its provincial capital. The city of St. John's is on Newfoundland's Avalon Peninsula, and is the oldest city in North America. It has always been a busy fishing port with a good natural harbor bounded by hills. Its history and cultural spirit show strong Irish and Scottish influences evident in its pubs and music. The surrounding land is rugged, with a dramatic coastline heavily indented with bays and inlets, which give way to an interior terrain of wild mountains, hills, lakes and rivers.

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Points of Interest

  • Basilica of St. John the Baptist
  • Signal Hill
  • Cape Spear Lighthouse
  • Johnson GEO Centre
  • Rooms Museum
  • Bird Islands
  • Quidi Vidi

More about St. John's, Canada Points of Interest

  • Basilica of St. John the Baptist

    This Roman Catholic cathedral is built in the form of a Latin cross. Finished in 1855, it sits on the highest ridge overlooking the city of St. John's facing the entrance to the harbor.

  • Signal Hill

    This Canadian National Historic Site is where the first transatlantic wireless transmission was received in 1901. From the North Head Trail, take in the sweeping view of the Atlantic coastline.

  • Cape Spear Lighthouse

    Built in 1836, this historic lighthouse is the oldest in existence in Newfoundland and it is the most easterly point in North America. View the panorama of the Atlantic from this historic spot.

  • Johnson GEO Centre

    Experience the story of planet Earth in this unique learning facility where subterranean exhibits are surrounded by 500-million-year-old rock. Discover all about Earth's natural forces.

  • Rooms Museum

    Discover St. John's history, heritage and culture through its art, archaeology, architecture and archival records at the largest public cultural space in Newfoundland and Labrador.

  • Bird Islands

    These rocky islands are a refuge for hundreds of marine birds, including bald eagles, kittiwakes, and more than 260,000 pairs of Atlantic puffins during the late spring and summer.

  • Quidi Vidi

    This tiny fishing village is home to a battery, built in the 18th century to protect the bay from invaders, and more recently, a brewery built for today's friendlier invaders.

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Walking Tour of St. John's

2 hours | St. John's | Y Y T - 3 8 0
  • Basilica of St. John the Baptist

This narrated stroll through St. John's is an excellent way to get acquainted with this historic city. Tour the downtown core of "North America's Oldest City," and marvel at the colorful buildings, cultural sights and St. John's distinct architectural style, which reflects the city's spirit and ingenuity.

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Signal Hill & St. John's Coastal Hike

2.25 hours | St. John's | Y Y T - 4 7 0
  • Signal Hill

Enjoy the natural wonders surrounding the historic city of St. John's on this coastal hike where the trail features rugged coastal vistas and geological wonders, such as giant boulders carved by glaciers that once existed thousands of years ago.

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St. John's Highlights, Signal Hill & Historic Church

2.25 hours | St. John's | Y Y T - 1 0 5
  • Signal Hill

Enjoy a guided drive through St. John's to see the historic highlights around town on this excursion. Visit Signal Hill where Marconi received the first transatlantic transmission, tour the National Historic Church and view the birthplace of the British Empire.

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Cape Spear Lighthouse, St. John's & Signal Hill

3.5 hours | St. John's | Y Y T - 1 0 0
  • Basilica of St. John the Baptist
  • Signal Hill
  • Cape Spear Lighthouse

Enjoy the rugged coastal beauty of Newfoundland with a scenic drive to the Cape Spear Lighthouse where a panoramic view awaits. Then discover St. John's on a tour of the historic highlights around town.

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Signal Hill & Geo-Centre

3 hours | St. John's | Y Y T - 1 1 5
  • Signal Hill
  • Johnson GEO Centre

Newfoundland has so many geological wonders and is often referred to as the "Galapagos of Geology." Discover these marvels of nature at the fascinating Johnson GEO CENTRE, a world-class museum, interactive exhibition and educational facility.

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Rum, Beer & Newfoundland Screech-In

3.5 hours | St. John's | Y Y T - 3 1 0
  • Signal Hill
  • Quidi Vidi

Get in the "spirit" on this half-day tour that reveals St. John's traditions and history through the tasting of its legendary rum, lagers and ales. Learn about rum production, sample several variations, and then pass through the small fishing village of Quidi Vidi en route to a local brewery for beer tasting. Conclude with a "Screech-In" ceremony, where you'll become an honorary Newfoundlander!

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