Most Easterly Point in North America
Standing on the east coast of the Avalon Peninsula, you're the first in North America to see the sun rise. It's where you'll find the most easterly, and one of the oldest cities on the continent - St. John's. Spend time in the city, and visit Cape Spear National Historic Site and Bell Island.
Day 1 - Where City Meets Sea
Start by exploring downtown St. John's. There are plenty of shops and boutiques, lively bars, and a range of restaurants. Share a bite and have a glass while listening to some of our award-winning local musicians.
Day 2 - Three Spectacular Vistas
Make your way to Cape Spear Lighthouse National Historic Site. Stand at the most easterly point in North America and watch the sun rise. Return to the city and head up to Signal Hill - where Marconi received the first transatlantic signal in 1901. You can drive up, or hike the North Head Trail which starts in the Battery, a charming assortment of colourful homes at the base of the hill. The trail climbs - very steeply in spots - to a magnificent view of the coast and the city. After stopping for lunch visit The Rooms, where the Provincial Archives, Art Gallery and Museum combine for a commanding view.
Day 3 - Off (& Up) the Shore
Hop on a boat tour and head for the ocean. It's the best way to view the magnificent weaving coastline and to come face-to-fin with a 30-tonne humpback. Keep an eye out for puffins and other seabirds.
Back on dry land, it's on to the quaint fishing village of Quidi Vidi. Be sure to stop by the Quidi Vidi Plantation to see artisans at work, and relax by taking in a tour and tasting at Quidi Vidi Brewery. Indulge in locally harvested and sourced edibles at Mallard Cottage restaurant, located in one of the oldest buildings in the city.
Take the car for a spin along Marine Drive to Middle Cove Beach, then on to Flatrock and Pouch Cove. The scenery is full of majestic cliffs washed by surf. If it's capelin season, bring along a dip net or bucket and catch the tiny silvery fish with the locals. In Pouch Cove take a stroll on Stiles Cove Path or Biscan Cove Path, both part of the East Coast Trail Network.
Day 4 - A Day on the Iron Isle
A trip to Bell Island starts with catching the ferry from Portugal Cove. Once off the ferry, head up the hill and east to the lighthouse to catch sight of both coasts of Conception Bay.
For the first half of the 1900s, iron ore mining was the industry here. Visit the Mine Museum and take the tour down into Number 4 mine. An unexpected delight of the museum is the exhibit of photographs taken by Yousif Karsh on his visits to Newfoundland.
Elsewhere on the island, visit the man-made tunnels connecting pebble beaches at Grebe's Nest on the north side, the World War II monument at Lance Cove Beach, and the murals in Wabana. At the island's far western end, The Bell is an excellent spot for a picnic.