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The Rooms

St. John's, our province's capital, is the perfect combination of big-city luxury and small-town charm. As the oldest and most easterly city in North America, this is where heritage lives. Melded with culture, history, and personality, St. John's has survived two World Wars, five centuries, countless hardships and triumphs. It's become a rare, old city full of character, experience and charisma, with a contemporary, sophisticated edge.

Wander down the narrow, criss-crossing streets carved by horse and carriage over 100 years ago. Pass the colourful jellybean row houses wedged together in every space lining the sides of steep hills and hidden alleyways. Once you've meandered down to the working harbour of the waterfront, look towards the Narrows and imagine a time when the waters were brimming full with fishing schooners.

Visit Quidi Vidi, our charming village-within-a-city, which still embodies the spirit of an old fishing outport. Then, hike up nearby Signal Hill through the famous Battery, where tiny wooden homes still cling valiantly to cliffsides ravaged by ocean waves. The unmistakable, iconic Cabot Tower guards the top of Signal Hill, where military men guarded our shores throughout the 1700s and 1800s. Here, Marconi famously received his first transmission across the Atlantic in 1901. Look out over the cliffs and watch the city's harbour and captivating skyline spread out before you. Perched on the top of the horizon is The Rooms, home to our provincial museum, art gallery and archives, standing next to the striking twin clock towers of the Basilica of St. John the Baptist.

As you explore the history of this place, shop at the many fine boutiques, shops, cafés, restaurants, pubs, and art galleries lining our streets. In the evening, sit back, relax, and enjoy live music or local theatre where actors will whisk you away to another place and time.

George Street

For nightlife excitement, head to the famous George Street. Here, clubs, pubs, bars, and restaurants are stacked and crammed. Every evening, George Street blazes with energy, especially during the George Street Festival – five days and nights of dynamic musical entertainment. For more information on George Street and upcoming events on the street visit the George Street Association website.

Here in St. John's, courteous and lively people will treat you as friends – willing to send you in the right direction, help you on your way, or even take you there. Always happy to tell a tale, no matter how tall, just to make you smile. Certainly, this city is like no other.

Getting Here:

St. John's, the capital city of Newfoundland and Labrador, is the most easterly point in North America, located at the beginning of the Trans-Canada Highway Route 1, just 3 hours from Toronto, 4 from New York and 4.5 from London England.

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City of St. John's Official Website

Starting at $125 Per Person
Let Lori guide you through the streets of downtown St. John’s with a food tour that takes you to four of the best restaurants this city has to offer. At each stop, you’ll have the opportunity to taste their specially selected offerings alongside a paired beverage.

Lori has worked as a chef in this city, she has run her own personal chef business and these days you’ll find her foraging and offering cooking classes. To say the least, she has an inside experience to offer you.

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Cod Sounds

Starting at $90 Per Person
Sit back, relax and enjoy the view as humpback whales breach, pectoral fin and fluke slap right before your eyes. With the largest population of humpbacks returning each summer you never know what you’ll see. You may even witness a rare double breach. Cruise to the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve, home to 1/2 a million Atlantic Puffins and millions of other seabirds. Sail past towering icebergs. Package includes: 2 hr Award Winning Boat Tour, Shuttle Service, 1 Iceberg Beer, 1 Puffin Souvenir

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O'Brien's Whale and Bird Tours

Starting at $2490 Per Person
Multi-region
The key we give you to three restored coastal homes unlocks more than doors. It opens what National Geographic Traveler calls “one of the world’s most transformative travel experiences.” Meet the local characters whose spirit and wit gives their neighbours endless glee. With our home-grown guide book written for the trip and an unlimited distance vehicle, find the places you want to see, get close to wildlife, and hike trails to pristine spots that transform the spirit.
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CapeRace Cultural Adventures Inc.

Starting at $299 Per Couple
Wake up in one of North America’s National Historic sites and prepare for adventure!

Step aboard award winning Iceberg Quest. Sail past a glittering parade of 25,000 year-old icebergs. Witness the mighty humpback whale in full breach. Bask in our National Geographic coastlines as our Captain regales you with the history and culture of our people.

Retire to the Murray Premises Hotel for a dose of 19th century charm coupled with modern day luxuries in St. John's first ever boutique property.

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Iceberg Quest Ocean Tours

Starting at $25 Per Person
The Newfoundland Chocolate Cafe on Signal Hill, in partnership with Signal Hill National Historic Site, is offering a picnic lunch package to be enjoyed along the wind swept cliffs of Signal Hill. Watch whales frolic offshore and icebergs drift past in season. Choose from a selection of sandwiches and beverages - not to mention sweet treats, including homemade gelato, chocolate fondue, gourmet hot chocolate and a selection of brownies, cakes and pastries. Oh my!

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Newfoundland Chocolate Company

Starting at $1860 Per Person
Multi-region
Culinary Getaway to St. John's. A compact extended weekend full of great food, local music and outdoor fresh-air adventures all within the city limits. Arrive Thursday, experience 3 nights of culinary intrigue, great coastal hiking and walking and a unique music scene unmatched anywhere. We’ve made the hard-to-secure reservations, booked your car and prepared Hares Ears Cottage located in the Outer Battery Village; a spot that Conde Nast Traveler calls "The Most Beautiful Place in Canada".

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CapeRace Cultural Adventures Inc.

Starting at $250 Per Package
Capture amazing shots of the colourful architecture in downtown St. John’s. Delight in the vibrant reds, yellows, blues and pinks of the clapboard houses nestled tightly together. Tour guide (local professional photographer) Maurice Fitzgerald will take you to the most colourful streets and best vantage points. Get one-on-one photography instruction to help you get striking images of Jellybean Row. You’ll also enjoy locally made chocolate and coffee to keep those creative juices flowing.
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Far East Photograhy Tours

 

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