Top 10 Things To Do in St. John’s, Newfoundland

A picture of the St. John's harbour, Newfoundland

The City of St. John's looking into the harbor

Being back home in Newfoundland the last 24 hours has reminded us there are tons of fun things to do in St. John’s and because it’s the oldest city in North America, you’ll find it completely fascinating (don’t forget to check out our 14 interesting facts of Newfoundland post from yesterday) and full of unique flavor…

…and in case we forgot to mention it, we are originally from here so we can promise you, this blog is just “a tad” bit biased. 🙂

But seriously though, you know what it’s like…

…where you’re from is never as interesting as other places you visit and get to explore for the very first time… wouldn’t you agree?

And since we’re talking about our home town (and you can call us Newfs, Newfies or Newfoundlanders :-)) it wasn’t until we start travelling the world…

…that we realized what a unique and special place Newfoundland truly was!

Now, one thing you do need to keep in mind is the best time of year to visit, in our opinion, is the months of June, July or August as the winters can be quite harsh and the hot summer days typically come about for a short period of time.

That said, if you’re looking for a unique vacation experience, you’re looking in the right place!

Here is a short list of the plentiful and fun things to do in St. John’s, Newfoundland… the Province’s capital city… this list will keep you busy and will help you see and get the most out of your visit.

Signal Hill in St. John's, Newfoundland

A view from Signal Hill in St. John's, Newfoundland

1. Visit Signal Hill in St. John’s. First things first, visit the highest peak in the city, where it was guarded from pirates, and is where the very first wireless telegraph was sent from… walk along the grounds, soak in the history and breathe in the fresh Atlantic air. (you won’t have any other choice because there is always a nice breeze up there! :-))

2. Get “Sreeched in” at Trapper John’s on George Street.  This is a fun ceremony preformed for people who visit Newfoundland as a “welcome to the province”. It’s so much fun!

3. Visit the Cape Spear Lighthouse and stand on the last piece of land before you hit Europe… it’s the site of the most easterly point of land in North America.  Walk along the cliff and… don’t forget your camera!

4. Take a haunted hike one evening and enter dark alleys and laneways to hear about the city’s ghoulish tales from back in the day.

5. Spend an evening on the famous street that is, from one end of the street to the other, filled with nothing but pubs and bars.  It’s called, George Street and no visit would be complete without a “stop in” here.

6. Take a boat ride to do some whale watching (May to September are the best times of year to see them) and icebergs (best times of year to see them is May and June).

7. Attend the St. John’s Regatta that’s been happening on the first Wednesday of August since the beginning of the 1800’s.  It happens around Quidi Vidi Lake where there are boat races and lots of entertainment and attractions for the whole family.

8. Dine on a local favorite dish, fish & chips, from Ches’s Fish & Chips.  They have been serving the locals since the 1950s… and it just makes our mouth water thinking of it! Yum!

9. Relax! You’ll find it inviting and easy to do as the atmosphere is slow paced there.  Unlike our dialect which is quick on the tongue, the people are friendly and everything is done at a relaxed speed, unlike most metropolitan cities.

A picture of Fort Amherst near St. John's, Newfoundland

Fort Amherst, Newfoundland

10. Fort Amherst is the other part of the narrows which is where the ships pass to enter St. John’s harbour.  Like Signal Hill, it’s a fortification site that kept all enemies out of the city… to get there you’ll enjoy an amazing drive over a tiny winding road, then you may just find yourself longing to have a picnic to enjoy the incredible look out and views!

We could go on and on with this list of fun things to do in St. John’s, Newfoundland but the blog would look more like an encyclopedia 🙂

So go ahead and have a blast in the oldest city in North America and fill your days with awesome memories (like we talk about in our Free eBook: “Stop Collecting Stuff and Start Creating Memories: 9 Great Reasons to Travel Now”) and hopefully, you’ll leave our shores wanting to come back to visit again because you had so much fun!

We appreciate YOU!

Nancy & Shawn

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5 Responses

  1. Annie May 22, 2012 at 8:15 AM #

    Thank you for your tips. I have a friend who will be visiting in a couple of weeks and she asked me to do some research on what to do in St. John’s. Your post was very helpful, having never visited St. John’s myself.

    • Nancy & Shawn Power May 22, 2012 at 10:24 AM #

      Hi Annie,

      You are most welcome. Have a fantastic time with your friend and let us know your favorites!

  2. Mia Ken January 16, 2013 at 8:09 AM #

    Thanks for the list! My husband and I are thinking about spending a weekend up there to look at real estate in st. johns and also get a feel for the town before taking a job offer there. I am excited to try these places out!

    • Nancy & Shawn Power January 16, 2013 at 8:38 AM #

      Mia Ken, Good luck to you both. If you’ve ever been to Northern Europe, it is very similar. Quaint, slower pace, tons of history and so much more. It’s a great place. Yes, please do try out all those places we recommended. Let us know how your weekend goes.

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