St. John's

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  • 1. Cape Spear National Historic Site

    Nautical Site/Lighthouse

    At the easternmost point of land on the continent, songbirds begin chirping in the dim light of dawn, and whales (in early summer) feed directly...Read More

  • 2. Maddox Cove and Petty Harbour

    Town/Village

    These neighboring fishing villages lie along the coast between Cape Spear and Route 10. Petty Harbour has become the best day trip for a family...Read More

  • 3. Signal Hill National Historic Site

    Military Sight

    In spite of its height, Signal Hill was difficult to defend; throughout the 1600s and 1700s it changed hands with every attacking French, English...Read More

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  • 4. The Rooms

    Museum/Gallery

    An eye-catching feature of the cityscape since 2005, this lively space celebrating the arts and cultures of Newfoundland and Labrador has a...Read More

  • 5. Anglican Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott, this fine example of Gothic Revival architecture was erected in the mid-1800s, with major additions in...Read More

  • 6. Basilica Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Consecrated in 1855 after 14 years of construction, this Romanesque-style Roman Catholic cathedral holds a commanding position above Military...Read More

  • 7. Bowring Park

    City Park

    An expansive Victorian park west of downtown, Bowring resembles famous city parks of London, after which it was modeled. Dotting the grounds...Read More

  • 8. Circular Road

    Neighborhood/Street

    After the devastating fire of 1846, the business elite of St. John's moved to Circular Road. The street contains some very fine Victorian houses...Read More

  • 9. Commissariat House

    Notable Building

    The residence and office of the British garrison's supply officer in the 1830s has been restored to reflect that era. Interpreters sometimes...Read More

  • 10. Duckworth Street

    Neighborhood/Street

    Once called the Upper Path, this has been the "second street" of St. John's for centuries, Water Street being the main street. Stretching from...Read More

  • 11. Government House

    Government Building

    The lieutenant governor—the Queen's representative in Newfoundland—lives at Government House. Myth has it that the moat around the 1830s structure...Read More

  • 12. Gower Street United Church

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This 1896 church has a redbrick facade, green turrets, 50 stained-glass windows, and a massive pipe organ. The church itself is on a sort of...Read More

  • 13. Harbourside Park

    City Park

    This is the spot where Sir Humphrey Gilbert claimed Newfoundland for Britain in 1583, much to the amusement of the French, Spanish, and Portuguese...Read More

  • 14. Johnson GEO CENTRE

    Museum/Gallery

    Built deep into the earth with only the entryway protruding aboveground, this geological shrine is literally embedded in Signal Hill, itself...Read More

  • 15. Memorial University Botanical Garden

    Garden

    The gardens at this 110-acre natural area include rock gardens, a Newfoundland historic-plants bed, peat and woodland beds, an alpine house...Read More

  • 16. Newman Wine Vaults

    Notable Building

    This 200-year-old building with stone barrel vaults is where the renowned Newman's Port was aged. According to legend, a Newman and Company...Read More

  • 17. Quidi Vidi

    Town/Village

    No one knows the origin of the name of this fishing village, one of the oldest parts of St. John's. The town is best explored on foot, as the...Read More

  • 18. St. Thomas Anglican (Old Garrison) Church

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    English soldiers used to worship at this black-wood church, the oldest in the city, during the early and mid-1800s. ...Read More

  • 19. The Battery

    Town/Village

    This tiny fishing village perches precariously at the base of steep cliffs between Signal Hill and St. John's Harbour. Narrow lanes snake around...Read More

  • 20. The Garden Café

    Restaurant

    On the grounds of the Memorial University Botanical Garden, this café has many teas to choose from, along with fresh-baked scones, soups, salads...Read More

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