Autumn in St. John’s is as colourful as the row houses. With pops of orange, red and yellow sprouting from the tree tops, it is a wonderful time to enjoy the season in Canada’s most easterly coast.

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A Green Retreat

Add a touch of greens to your fall escape at the Wilds Resort & Golf Course. Located under an hour from downtown St. John’s, The Wilds lets you play in nature as their unique course is situated in the beautiful Irish Loop and nestled on the banks of the Salmonier River.

Rent a villa or cottage for a true feeling of solitude or stay in one of their relaxing suites that caters to your every whim. During your stay you won’t have to worry about leaving the resort when mealtime comes. Enjoy breakfast, lunch, and supper at their new restaurant, and relax and enjoy the evening at their lounge.

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A Pint & Fork Full

Begin your Downtown Food Experience with a beer tasting and food pairing in one of the oldest buildings in Newfoundland, home to YellowBelly Brewery. Next you will delight in the savoury treasures from Newfoundland’s brackish waters, or if your taste skews more towards the land, maybe a plate of moose bolognese is in order.

You’ll wrap up your downtown evening on the famous George Street at Canada’s Favourite Bar. Known for its live music offerings, you’ll dance the evening away and become an honorary Newfoundlander during a Screech In ceremony.

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Feathers & Foliage

Fall is the perfect time to embrace the colourful foliage and feathers with a guided bird walk at MUN Botanical Gardens. A ‘Friend of the Garden’ will take you through the grounds to learn about Newfoundland birds and plants. Bird watching sessions are available October 6th and 20th starting at 9 a.m.

Please meet in the parking lot across the road from the main gate. The group leaves promptly on time, so please be there a few minutes early. Binoculars are helpful and comfortable footwear is essential. Walks usually last 1.5 – 2 hours. Newcomers are welcome.

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An Autumn Snapshot

From jellybean houses to the ripening berries on the hillsides, St. John’s is popping with colourful experiences. Be sure to bring your camera and hop on board a photography tour with a local guide, who will not only take you to the best hidden gems but also show you how to best capture the beauty of our island.

Moments like North America’s first sunrise are ones you will want to hold on to and just like they say “a picture is worth a thousand words.”

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A Restful Day Indoors

Though the outdoors are full of adventure, a restful day inside may be just what you need. Put up your feet for complete relaxation at one of the nearby spas who focus on you. Sit fireside as you sip a tea and receive a pedicure or unwind with a massage to de-stress.

Plan a day of pampering with a group of friends or time away with someone special.

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A Guided Hike

Explore the outermost regions of Canada along our spectacular coast with a guided hike on the East Coast Trail. Uniting historic communities with over 336 kilometres of trail, volunteers will guide you through a specific path which is likely to include towering cliffs and headlands, sea stacks and deep fjords.

Enjoy this free group experience and learn about the colourful history of both the land and people as they wind you through our forests and shoreline.

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Published: October 7, 2019