Rich and colourful, rugged and refined, St. John’s is the creative capital, and the beating cultural heart of the province. Woven into our history and tradition is a new wave of art, architecture, music, and cuisine all waiting for you to discover.
Explore our town by taking a guided tour of the colourful cityscape and historic sites, pop into a gallery or museum to see Newfoundland & Labrador through a curated lens, or hike past icebergs and whales. Being the most easterly city in North America comes with the perks of endless coastlines and amazing ocean views
After a day of exploring the colourful neighbourhoods of St. John’s unwind and get ready to tap your toes to fiddles and mandolins in one of the city’s many live music venues. Generations of influence from Ireland and the British Isles make St. John’s no stranger to pubs, pints, and laughs. Fancy something different? As home to one of North America’s premier entertainment districts, we have every variety of nightlife, enjoyed by a genuine mix of locals and visitors alike.
As many businesses have experienced operational changes under COVID-19 restrictions, we strongly recommend contacting them directly to confirm details before planning your visit.
Out to Sea
In the late spring, iceberg and whale watching is a regular event in St. John’s, with a steady flow of giant visitors to be found along our coastlines. Perched on shore are their friendly cohabiters, with over 400 species of birds including the famous Atlantic puffin, St. John’s is considered to be the seabird capital of North America.
This isn’t the kind of city break that skimps on nature. In fact, St. John’s is surrounded by whales, icebergs, seabirds, hiking trails, lighthouses, and dramatic scenery, not to mention pristine parks, lakes, ponds, and walking trails inside the city. Here, you can sample the history and traditions that come with a 500-year-old port city, and still trek along the rugged coastline in search of that perfect photo opp.
As evening hits, many of the city’s downtown offerings keep the hour happy and the belly full with finger foods and cozy atmospheres. Being a stone’s throw from the sea provides chefs and diners alike with an one-of-a-kind culinary universe. Feeling crafty? Take a stroll to a local craft brewery for a tour and a swig of a variety of malts and hops. With a pulse point on native ingredients our restaurant and craft brewery scene is casual, cool and inventive. Check out Destination St. John’s website for lots of local fare!