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You’ll feel at home the moment you land in St. John's, yet this city is also one of the most dramatic and captivating places to visit in Canada. You’ll see spectacular seascapes, incredible glacier-carved fjords, pristine wilderness and magnificent waterfalls in this you-have-to-see-it-to-believe-it location.

The capital city of Newfoundland and Labrador, St. John’s is also the most easterly city in Canada, with a distinct history and natural beauty beyond compare.

Take a drive along the coastline for blue ocean and iceberg views. Then visit Conception Bay to see sunken whaling ships and waterfalls – a true photographer’s haven. You’ll also find sheltered, sandy areas perfectly suited for scuba diving and swimming.

In addition to its unique landscape, this quaint yet bustling city is probably equally well known for the just over 100,000 residents who are among the friendliest and most welcoming in Canada. Just take a walk down Water or Duckworth Street and chat with the local boutique and restaurant owners.

St. John's has over 300 restaurants offering up every type of cuisine – from fine dining to casual and fast food. Enjoy a wealth of excellent seafood and locally caught wild game, including pan-fried cod, bacon-wrapped scallops, seafood chowder and stuffed Atlantic salmon. End your night on George Street, legendary for its lively bars. There, you’ll find local music rich in Irish tradition and Celtic ambience, still popular despite being brought here centuries ago by the province's first settlers.

In the summertime, you’ll find lively outdoor entertainment and festivals on every street corner. Don't miss the Royal St. John's Regatta – the oldest annual sporting event in North America. And of course, there’s also the George Street Musical Festival – the largest and longest running annual music festival in Newfoundland and Labrador, leading up to the Regatta.

With traditions and ceremonies abound, let the people of St. John's show you a great time, and discover what it really means to “kiss the cod”. You’ll be hooked.

Before you go, visit the Terry Fox Monument located behind the St. John’s Port Authority building, near where Fox first dipped his artificial leg in the water of St. John’s Harbour at the start of his historic run.

St. John's is a fantastic destination for:

  • culture and history
  • outdoor adventure

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