This quaint fishing village located just in the east end of St. John’s will transport you to a different time. From the idyllic cottages dotting the roadside to the wharf lined with colourful fishing stages, Quidi Vidi, pronounced as Kitty Vitty or Quada Vida, depending on who you speak to, offers a glimpse into quintessential island outports of Newfoundland & Labrador.
You have just arrived in Quidi Vidi and now it’s time to head back out again. Witness the sun’s first rays hitting North America as you travel by boat to Cape Spear. Passing St. John’s Harbour along the way, this two hour fishing tour with Quidi Vidi Charters will leave you breathless as you watch whales, eagles and maybe even an iceberg pass by. As you troll for fish you will learn about the history of St. John’s dating back to 1497 and with help from the seasoned captains you’ll jig for cod.
After everyone has tried their hand at jigging, you’ll head back to the wharf where you will learn to fillet a fish and enjoy it right on the dock. If you are a late riser not to worry, you can still hop on board later in the morning or for an afternoon treat.
After working hard for your brunch you’ll likely want to wash it down with a refreshing brew. Quidi Vidi Brewery, situated just down the road from the fishing charters, is where you can perch yourself for a few hours to enjoy the view and locally crafted beers. From recipes dating back to the Great Fire to seasonal mixtures fermented with regionally harvested berries, there is something for everyone on their rotating menu.
If you are looking for a bit of entertainment, we suggest popping in on a Saturday afternoon, where live music by a local folk/rock artist fills the tap room. As you head out for the rest of your day in the village make a pit stop into the hop shop and browse its selection of branded gifts and maybe even purchase a case of the exclusive blue bottles, Iceberg Lager, to bring back to the hotel to enjoy for later.
Your next place to visit is also an ideal photo stop. The large yellow building on the edge of the harbour is where you can take your turn at twacking, also known as window shopping, after you snap some classic shots of the sheds and twins lofts of course.
The Quidi Vidi Village Plantation is the perfect place to pick up gifts for friends, family, and especially yourself. With up to ten unique artisans working in their studios there is always something new to discover.
Shopping has a way of making you feel hungry so it is time to refuel at the quaint and extremely delicious Mallard Cottage. This award winning 18th Century Irish-Newfoundland vernacular style cottage is a one-of-a-kind restaurant. Their menu celebrates the array of wild and local ingredients all while being displayed alongside a vital piece of Newfoundlands built heritage.
Speaking of heritage, what better way to end your day in Quidi Vidi than at the The Inne of Olde also known as Linda’s. This unassuming parlour/pub is tucked into the hill at the fork in the road.
Keepsakes, family photos and trinkets coat the walls, giving you the best eye-spy game you could ever find. Here you are guaranteed to find something new to look at every time you visit. Linda’s is truly a local treasure and a must visit for a taste of real Newfoundland pub culture. Be sure to have a chat with Linda as you sip a pint and hear a few tales from the regular patrons.
Sometimes it feels like all trails lead to Quidi Vidi. From the top of Signal Hill – Ladies Lookout Trail to the Grand Concourse paths from downtown to Quidi Vidi Lake, taking the scenic route is highly recommended. In the summer you can also schedule an Ales & Tales walking tour with Parks Canada at Signal Hill National Historic Site.
This Historic City and Cape Spear Tour from McCarthy’s Party not only takes you to the beautiful Quidi Vidi but other stops also include Jelly Bean Row, Government House, the Roman Catholic Basilica and an orientation of the shops and restaurants of the downtown core.
From downtown St. John’s, to Cape Spear – you can explore St. John’s with Hop On Hop Off. Its 10 stops are conveniently located near all major attractions and landmarks including Quidi Vidi. The flexible schedule gives you the freedom to see St. John’s at your own pace.
All tickets are valid for 2 days. The 120 minute tours run from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm and buses are scheduled to stop every 30 minutes at each stop.
Online: Purchase your tickets online in advance. Coming soon!
In person: Tickets are available for purchase at each of their 10 stops aboard the busses. Debit/credit accepted.
Operating season is from June 1 – October 26, 2019.
July & August
June, September & October
Learn more by visiting their website.
During the summer months, from June 26 until September 29, on Wednesdays through Sundays, you can hop on The Link which connects you to the attractions of Downtown, Signal Hill and Quidi Vidi Village. This hop-on, hop-off service can be purchased for singles or groups of five people travelling together.
You can purchase with a full day or two-day pass or just pay single trip cash fare.
Link Day Pass
Unlimited boarding for one or two days, as specified on your ticket.
Single Fare – One Day $10.00
Single Fare – Two Day $15.00
Group Fare – One Day $25.00
Single Trip Cash Fare
Are good for one boarding of The Link or Metro. After exiting, you would have to pay the single fare to board again. Note: Exact fare is required, as drivers do not carry change.
Adults & Seniors $2.50
Being a capital city means that hailing a taxi or cab is fairly easy there are many service providers including:
City Wide Taxi 709-722-7777
Jiffy Cab 709-722-2222
Red & Yellow Cabs 709-726-6666
Newfound Cabs 709-744-4444 *Accessible and 15 passenger bus available to hire
Executive Taxi 709-726-2600 *Accessible upon request
General taxi meter rates start at $3.75. Some taxis offer child car seats upon request. Passenger vans are also available upon request. Taxi companies can also provide city tours, speak with a driver for details and rates. For a complete list of Taxi’s available please click here.
Parking is limited in this quaint part of town and can be accessed off Quidi Vidi Village Road (The Blvd) and at the Sugar Loaf Path Parking.
Published: November 27, 2019