Welcome to St. John’s
A gateway between North America and Europe, St. John’s is the province’s capital and the perfect combination of big-city luxury and traditional small-town charm.
The unique thrill of entering the Narrows from the rugged Atlantic, and discovering enclosed within the rocky cliffs a historic, colourful port city, never fails to impress the thousands of visitors that arrive on cruise ships each year. Once ashore, visitors are enthralled by our historically-infused streets, world-class food, friendly shops and spirited people. The Port of St. John’s is a gateway to extraordinary outdoor adventures, outstanding cultural experiences and world-class music, dining and nightlife — and with all the amenities of a modern port, it has an incredible amount to offer the cruise industry. Our pride in our city encourages us to bring the world to our doorstep and showcase our spectacular landscape and culture.
Things to do
Journey to Cape Spear. A place where, with your back to the sea, the entire population of North America stretches out in front of you. And there’s nothing behind you until Ireland.
Explore the oldest surviving lighthouse in the province, a National Historic Site, and an iconic symbol of Newfoundland and Labrador's marine history.
For the naturalist, Cape Spear will overload your senses with ocean vistas of crashing waves, feeding whales, and majestic icebergs. The site also provides an entry point to the breathtaking East Coast Trail.
East Coast Trails - Sugarloaf Path
Welcome to Sugarloaf Path - 8.9-km, 3-5 hours (one-way), and rated moderate to difficult. This path runs from Quidi Vidi Village, St. John's all the way to Logy Bay. Along the way, you will come across several river crossings, experience coastal scenery, ravens, a World War II observation station, woodland walking and even an Ocean Sciences Centre.
Johnson Geo Centre
The Johnson Geo Centre is a geological interpretation centre located on Signal Hill in St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador. Open since 2002, the Geo Centre houses exhibit galleries related to our planet and our provincial geology, oil and gas exploration, natural resources, space exploration, and the Titanic disaster. Features also include an educational area for children aged 7 and under, periodic hosting of travelling exhibits, a gift shop, and a seasonal café.
Visit the iconic Signal Hill, a spot where flag signals were flown to communicate the names of arriving ships to those who inhabited the habour-front below. Where you can experience the crack of muskets and the roar of cannon fire. Discover how soldiers battled to control this strategic location, or explore the Cabot Tower for a view of St. John's and the North Atlantic that is truly spectacular.
Barrett & MacKay Photo