An alternative to driving yourself around is to take a sightseeing jaunt with a local guide, who can offer an insider's perspective. One specialized walking tour is the St. John's Haunted Hikes, in which the Reverend Thomas Wickam Jarvis, played by actor Dale Jarvis, leads several different and very popular walking tours of city sites linked to hauntings and urban legends; on summer evenings, the tours (C$10–C$15) begin at the west entrance of the Anglican Cathedral on Church Hill at 9:30 pm. Look for the crowd of people standing in the dark. The ToursByLocals website has links to accredited St. John’s guides who lead walking and other tours for cruise-ship passengers and other visitors.

St. John's Haunted Hikes. When you are the oldest city in North America, you contain your fair share of ghoulish histories, both real and mythological. This walking tour explores them all as your guide spins tales of murder most foul and famous ghost sightings associated with the darkened alleys and streets you tread. 709/685–3444; C$10.

ToursByLocals. These vary in content and length, as each tour is created and given by an individual guide. It is a great way to get a local to yourself! The itineraries range from a half-day tour of a park to multiday road trips. St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador. 866/844--6783; Starting at C$154.

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