St. John's Newfoundland
Collected by Marc Perrotta , AFAR Contributor
230 Signal Hill Rd, St. John's, NL A1A 1B3, Canada
Completed in 1900, Cabot Tower looks like the remnant of a larger castle and dramatically commands the highest point on Signal Hill. Overlooking the entrance to St. John’s harbor, this National Historic Site of Canada was designed in a neo-Gothic...
175 Signal Hill Rd, St. John's, NL A1A 1B2, Canada
Located in a deep rock formation on Signal Hill, the Johnson Geo Centre is a geological interpretative museum that focuses on the geology of Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as the history of the oil and gas industry in the area, geothermal...
200 Military Road, St. John's, NL A1C 5M3, Canada
Built between 1839 and 1855 in a Lombard Romanesque style and designed by the German architect Ole Jørgen Schmidt, the Basilica Cathedral of St. John the Baptist exemplifies the beautiful contrast of polychromy and austerity typical of early...
St. John's, NL, Canada
Passing through St. John’s, the East Coast Trail extends north and south of the city and includes 265 kilometers (165 miles) of developed trails that lead past fjords, atop cliffs and by a geyser named the Spout that is powered by crashing waves....
9 Bonaventure Ave, St. John's, NL A1C 5P9, Canada
Completed in 2005, the Rooms houses the Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Provincial Archives and Museum. Designed in a historicist postmodern style, the Rooms competes with the Basilica Cathedral of St. John the Baptist for...
305 Waterford Bridge Rd, St. John's, NL A1E 1E7, Canada
The pride of St. John’s, Bowring Park is an 81-hectare (200-acre) urban park. Endowed with a duck pond, numerous sculptures, tennis courts and miles of walking paths, Bowring Park’s original 20 hectares (50 acres) were designed by Frederick Todd...
50 Military Rd, St. John's, NL A1C 5W4, Canada
Designed in England to house the governors of Newfoundland, Government House is currently the residence of the lieutenant governor of Newfoundland and Labrador, who acts as the representative of Queen Elizabeth II. The late Georgian–style house is...
495 Water St, St. John's, NL A1E 6B5, Canada
Housed in the former Riverhead Railway Station, the Railway Coastal Museum celebrates the history of the Newfoundland Railway. The station, which was completed in 1903, was decommissioned after the railway ceased operations in 1988—the same year...
Blackhead Road, Cape Spear, St. John's, NL A1C 5H2, Canada
A popular outing for both visitors and locals, Cape Spear is the easternmost point in North America and provides dramatic views out over the ocean, the chance to see whales in the spring and summer and a connection to the dramatic forces of...
95 Water St, St. John's, NL A1C 1A4, Canada
Recognized by Wine Spectator and enRoute and on the Diners Club list of the top 50 restaurants in the world, Raymonds is the premier dining experience in St. John’s. The accolades are justified and stem from chef Jeremy Charles’s obsession with...
8 Barrows Rd, St. John's, NL A1A 1G8, Canada
Just five minutes from downtown St. John’s, Mallard Cottage is a quaint 18th-century wooden house located in the Quidi Vidi Village at Quidi Vidi Lake’s north end. The beautifully restored heritage building is a wonderfully cozy place to enjoy...
290 Duckworth St, St. John's, NL A1C 1H3, Canada
Like many restaurants these days, the Reluctant Chef focuses on local ingredients. But without any set menu, chef Tony Butt embraces his creative side by cooking up surprise courses and a menu of meat, fish and vegan options based on his whims and...
65 Lemarchant Rd, St. John's, NL A1C 2G9, Canada
Despite being named after the Spanish word for salted cod, the chef at Bacalao focuses on reinventing traditional Newfoundland cuisine. Cod, of course, is a favorite dish, but the locally sourced game is also a popular choice. For brunch, you may...
9 Bonaventure Ave, St. John's, NL A1C 5P9, Canada
As part of the Rooms, a cultural center that houses the Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Provincial Archives and Museum, the Rooms Café is perched high above the city with views of the skyline and the harbor through an expansive...
166 Duckworth St, St. John's, NL A1C 1G2, Canada
This local favorite literally oozes chocolate—at the downtown Duckworth Street location, chocolate sculptures drip from the ceiling. But it is the artisanal bars, gelato, truffles and other exquisite creations that helped the company grow and open...
158 Duckworth St, St. John's, NL A1C 1G1, Canada
Not just your typical gift store, the Heritage Shop is devoted to upholding the cultural heritage of the province by showcasing the best of local crafts, jewelry, food and publications. Sales from the shops help fund the nonprofit Historic Sites...
275 Duckworth St, St. John's, NL A1C 1G9, Canada
Organized to support local artists and craftspeople, the Craft Council of Newfoundland has lofty ambitions—in its own words, "to maximize the artistic and economic potential of the craft community of the province." For travelers to St. John's,...
245 Duckworth St, St. John's, NL A1C 1G8, Canada
Maybe it’s the long winters or the need to provide a joyful welcome home for returning sailors. Whatever the reason, the bright, candy-colored wooden row houses of downtown St. John’s seem to be everywhere, lighting up every step through the city’...
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