If you have some spare time on your hands and looking for something to do, Destinations St. John’s has the answers to that as well. You might also want to consult the City of St. John’s page or perhaps the Newfoundland Tourism website.
About St. John’s
Want to know a little more about St. John’s to help prepare for your visit? Here’s a link to further information as provided by the City of St. John’s.
We have also asked our planning committee for their suggestions of things to do. Keep checking back, we’ll have more and more information for you.
|Jeannie Bail||Quidi Vidi Plantation
Looking for a unique gift? The Plantation is a craft incubator, featuring the studios of 10 local artists who work in a variety of mediums, including glass, fiber/textile, clay and woodcutting. The artists work and sell their creations in this architecturally-striking building, with gorgeous views of “The Gut” (a local expression for Quidi Vidi Village). Be sure to drop in if you are hiking one of the many trails in the area, including the famous East Coast Trail! Note: it is closed on Mondays.
|Beth Maddigan||The Rooms
The Provincial Archives, Art Gallery & Museum is a popular destination for visitors and locals, but for library-lovers it is a must-see! This is a destination filled with the stories of Newfoundland and Labrador, engaging visitors with delightful interactive and visually engaging ways to experience those stories. In addition to the exhibits and experiences, The Rooms also has an amazing view of downtown St. John’s and the harbor from its multi-level atrium.
|Janet Goosney||Cape Spear
Come to Cape Spear and stand with your back to the sea at the most eastern point on North America. It’s a great photo opportunity, but be prepared for messy hair – the wind is fierce! And if you’re smart you’ll bring your mitts – it’s only June, after all. Located on a rugged, rocky outcropping just outside St. John’s, you will be awed by the natural beauty of Cape Spear – the crashing waves, the ocean skyline, and if you’re lucky, an iceberg or two, or possibly a whale sighting! Walk along the trail and visit the Cape Spear lighthouse, the oldest one still standing in Newfoundland. Both the lighthouse the light keeper’s residence have been restored and are open for public viewing. Explore further to learn about the history of this important North American outpost, which functioned as a strategic location for troops during the Battle of the Atlantic and as a navigation point for early European explorers. Today Cape Spear is a designated National Historic Site of Canada. Finally, just stand still, close your eyes, and breathe in – the clean air, the smell of the ocean – you’ll want to bottle it and take it home with you!
|Michelle Swab||Take in Some Live Music
St. John’s is home to an amazingly diverse and active music community. From traditional Irish music to hard rock, there is always something on the go! Folk Night at the Ship (Wednesdays at 9:00, $5 cover), The Rocket Players at Rocket Bakery (Tuesdays 12:30-1:30, free) and the traditional session at O’Reilly’s Pub (Sundays 3:00-6:00, free) are popular with locals – be sure to get there early if you want a seat! For live music listings, check out The Overcast. And if you want to take some local music home, be sure to visit Fred’s Records on Duckworth Street.