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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 $70 Per Family
Breakout NL are a physical adventure game place in which participants have to use elements of the room to solve a series of puzzles, find clues, and escape the room within a set time limit. Players must be observant and use their critical thinking sills and team work to escape the room.
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Breakout NL

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 $175 Per Person
Newfoundland is internationally renowned for its winter birds – most of which can be found in and around St. John’s. We search rugged coastlines for sought-after seabirds; visit quaint ponds to spot both local and European waterfowl; stroll wooded trails to find northern finches and songbirds, and enjoy the world-famous gull flocks in one of North America's oldest cities. Sometimes, we even find a rarity or two to add a little extra excitement to our day!
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Bird-The-Rock Bird & Nature Tours

Starting at $3300 Per Person
Join us to count humpback whales and enjoy the romantic history of old St. John's. An amazing holiday for whale enthusiasts and seabird watchers. Enjoy comfortable nights, wild days and some of our planet's most dramatic landscapes as we census humpbacks and hang out with some of the planet's largest seabird gatherings. Learn about our pioneering studies of eastern North America's orcas. Savour lobster and look for puffins, caribou, moose, icebergs, sperm whales, and other local highlights.
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Wildland Tours

Starting at $2399 Per Person
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History, scenery, culture and eccentric characters will all play an important role in your journey through Newfoundland and Labrador. Be inspired by the vivid streets of St. John’s, awed by the coastal views of the Atlantic Ocean, and uplifted by the notorious hospitality of the people who want you to love their home as much as they do.

From St. John’s, you will partake on a cross-island adventure to the coast of Labrador, visiting rural communities and small fishing villages along the way.

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Maxxim Vacations

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 $1860 Per Person
NEW: 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 three nights of culinary intrigue, great coastal hiking and walking and a unique music scene unmatched anywhere in Canada. We’ve made the hard-to-secure dining reservations, booked your car and prepared Hare's Ears Cottage; a raincoat-yellow painted cottage located in the picturesque Outer Battery Village.
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CapeRace Cultural Adventures Inc.

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 $199 Per Night
We have your day planned! Check in at 4pm, take a stroll downtown historic St. John's, come back to our onsite bar, Magnum & Steins, for a drink, and then when hungry feast on our 3 course with wine pairing tasting menu in our wine bar. Retire to your room in our lovingly restored 1892 property and relax in your comfy bed. With garage parking conveniently across the street, sleep in and check out at 11am.
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The Duckworth

Starting at $199 Per Couple
Hop aboard Newfoundland’s Award Winning Boat Tour with O’Brien’s and set sail to the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve. Enjoy the view of half a million Atlantic Puffins and millions of other seabirds. A birders Paradise! Feel the chill as you pass by 10,000-year-old icebergs. Watch in awe at humpback whales in their natural environment.

Spend a restful night in St. John’s at Memorial University’s Paton or Macpherson College.

1 night stay, return shuttle to boat tour and two boat tour tickets.

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O'Brien's Whale and Bird Tours and Memorial University Residences Paton/ Macpherson College

Starting at $149 Per Person
You are bobbing up and down in the Atlantic Ocean. In the distance a different shade of blue grows and brightens, until it is white. It takes a moment to process that this is the underbelly of a humpback whale. How can anything living be so big? The whale surfaces for air and notices you. How curious and strange you must be to her. She decides to have a closer look. You realize you now have a new friend; too bad you can’t text her later. Available option: no snorkeling / stay aboard Zodiac!
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Ocean Quest Adventures

Starting at $299 Per Couple
Set sail on an award winning boat tour for the thrill of a lifetime! View half a million Atlantic Puffins at the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve. Watch playful Humpback Whales frolic right before your eyes. Breathe in the fresh ocean air as you past by towering icebergs. Return to the Holiday Inn for a swim in their new pool with giant water slides, check out the state-of-the-art fitness center and dine at Eastside Mario’s. Tour & shuttle, one night stay, restaurant gift certificate.

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Holiday Inn St. John's & O'Brien's Whale and Bird Tours

 

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