News posted in June, 2014Clear
Don’t you love it when you stop a local while traveling and they tell you about a hidden gem? Many of our resident ambassadors shared a few of their favourite hiking trails, restaurants, watering holes, festivals and more. Here are their recommendations of things to take in while you are exploring this colourful place. Enjoy!
"There are a million reasons to visit St. John’s – we want YOU to help us narrow it down to the TOP 5!" We asked our locals to be ambassadors to the rest of the world! What are the very best reasons to visit our colourful city? Is it our food? The fresh ocean air? The people? Here within, five notable choices:
A love of the ocean and its natural surroundings led owners (and brothers) Joe and Loyola O'Brien to offer guided tours of the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve aboard their refurbished fishing vessel the Rob and Rand. Operating under the name Bird Island Charters in 1985, they were the first boat-touring company to operate out of Bay Bulls, Newfoundland. Their great service, emphasis on safety, and unique brand of entertainment quickly attracted a growing number of visitors. They soon added two 46-foot passenger vessels, the Atlantic Puffin and Atlantic Whaler, to give visitors an even more comfortable tour. This year marks their 30th anniversary and I was thrilled to join in on the celebrations! Atlantic Puffins, Humpback Whales, seabirds, icebergs, sea stacks, caves and a geyser are just some of the sights you can see during one of their daily boat tours - I couldn't wait to get on the water.
Nestled in woodland above the village of Open Hall in Eastern Newfoundland, Eagles Cliffe Cottages provide luxury accommodations with a breathtaking view of the islands and waters of Bonavista Bay. Lovingly built by local craftsmen, each 4 star cottage has a cathedral ceiling and a stunning open plan kitchen, dinning and living room. The impressive floor to ceiling windows allow you to take in the views while light floods into every room. Open Hall offers all the quiet of rural Newfoundland, within an easy 3.5 hr drive from St John’s.