St. John’s is filled with capture worthy and thumb-stopping potential. From the rolling cliffs dotted with colourful houses to the extensive wildlife that flock to our land and sea, you’ll want to have your camera ready when you’re out exploring.
Contrary to what you may have heard, there is no one street called “Jellybean Row”. Instead, you can find these bright and colourful houses throughout our city, especially in the downtown area.
Being a city that is over 500 years old, history is around every corner of St. John’s. From Signal Hill, that served as a watchtower over St. John’s Harbour, to homes and churches that have stood for centuries, this place is made up cultural and historical wonders.
Welcoming travellers to our shores for over a century, our lighthouses are the careful watch keepers of our coastline. A must visit is the oldest surviving lighthouse, Cape Spear, which was constructed in 1836 and is perched at the most easterly point in North America.
Witness one the largest migrations on earth as scores of up to 10,000 humpbacks gather along the coast of Newfoundland & Labrador. The ocean becomes a meeting ground for other whales and aquatic life including minke and blue whales, orcas, and white sided dolphins to name a few. Get up close and person in a kayak or take a boat tour from our harbours.
Hear the snap, crackle and pop as these gentle giants glide through our waters. The pure white and gemstone blues have travelled over 3 years to reach “iceberg alley”, which is situated along the eastern coast of NL.
With close to 30,000 km of coastline and dense boreal forests situated in between, Newfoundland & Labrador is a paradise for birds and bird watchers alike. 350 species flock to our island destination, lovingly referred to as “the rock”, to find refuge, nest, and feast off of our rich land and sea.
The East Coast Trail unites genuine wilderness hiking with richly historic communities and spectacular views. With over 300 kilometers of developed trail to explore, the paths will take you past towering sea stacks, deep fjords, abandoned settlements, lighthouses, a 50-metre suspension bridge, and many more attractions.
Though St. John’s is the capital city of Newfoundland & Labrador, nature is entwined throughout this beautiful place. From Victoria Park on the west end to Bannerman Park, just a 10 minute walk from our downtown, you’re never too far from a bit of green space. Plus, many parks also offer free public Wi-Fi, should you need it. Did you know, St. Johns is also home to one of Canada’s largest urban parks, Pippy Park!
Also known as The Narrows, the entrance to St. John’s main Harbour is located in the heart of our downtown. Looking down from above at Signal Hill gives you a birds-eye view, or take it all in aboard a boat tour.
Just like the tide, the fog rolls in and out of St. John’s Harbour, enveloping the land before disappearing as quickly as it arrived.
Published: January 2, 2022