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Spend your late summer days around the bay exploring the coastal waters of St. John’s with these top six experiences you can have at sea.

Please be sure to call ahead for reservations and any restrictions or guidelines to be aware of during COVID-19. 

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An Ocean Safari

The Zodiac Boat Tours with Ocean Quest are a Newfoundland adventure experience unlike any other. Imagine exploring an ancient Jurassic Park-like coastline riddled with sea cliffs, caves, and cascading waterfalls. Land on secluded beaches, drift close to whales, and circle icebergs with ease. All this and wide open seas leave the city feeling miles away.

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A Secluded Island Cookout

The Secluded Island Cookout experience with Saltwater Society has the Newfoundland food experience mastered. Check out the sights of Bell Island’s beautiful coastline and take in the nearby wildlife en route to an island landing where you will tuck into a rocky beach in Conception Bay. Warm up, relax and have a few bevies or explore the area while we cook a meal on a beachside fire. Four different options are available to you. Check them out below!

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Catching and tasting Cod

With their experienced captains, Quidi Vidi Charters will offer you a taste of Newfoundland fishing tradition onboard their fishing vessels. Tour along the craggy cliffs and into the vast Atlantic Ocean where you will learn how to catch a cod or two. After a tour past historic landmarks, return to the wharf and enjoy one of the freshest fish and chips you will eat while on the island.

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Magical Picnics

Enjoy a fairytale picnic while relaxing and taking in the amazing scenery around the Ferryland Lighthouse. Offering so much more than fresh handmade lunches and freshly squeezed lemonade, Lighthouse Picnics provide you with the ultimate backdrop. As you walk along a natural isthmus, you’re surrounded by the sea on both sides along the path to the lighthouse. Smell the sea, hear the seabirds, and enjoy the never-ending vistas on your day at the lighthouse.

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Hiking Along the Shoreline

Be prepared to be impressed by magnificent scenery along our spectacular coast. East Coast Trail Association volunteers lead public guided hikes on East Coast Trail paths on weekends from April to November where you can experience the trail for the first time, or enjoy it with a group. The environment of the East Coast Trail is left as unspoiled and natural as possible.

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Published: August 26, 2019