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Over Signal Hill, away from town, is the tiny picturesque village of Quidi Vidi. Make your first stop Quidi Vidi Brewery , which cooks up Newfoundland's most popular microbrews. Located in an old fish-processing plant on the small wharf, it's a scenic place to slake one's thirst. The fee includes ample tastings and a bottle to sip while touring. Be sure to try the Iceberg brand, made with water from the big hunks.
Nearby you'll find the oldest cottage in North America, the 1750s-era Mallard Cottage , now a charmingly cluttered antique/junk shop. Profits go to maintenance.
The 1762 Quidi Vidi Battery atop the hill was built by the French after they took St John's. The British quickly claimed it, and it remained in military service into the 1800s. Period-garbed interpreters dole out historical information.
Inland from the village, Quidi Vidi Lake is the site of the city-stopping St John's Regatta. Royal St John's Regatta Museum is on the 2nd floor of the boathouse. Opening hours vary. A popular walking trail leads around the lake.
Quidi Vidi is about 2km from the northeast edge of downtown. Take Plymouth Rd, go left on Quidi Vidi Rd, then right on Forest Rd (which becomes Quidi Vidi Village Rd). For the brewery, bear right onto Barrows Rd. For the battery, veer off on Cuckold's Cove Rd. For the regatta museum, take a left off Forest Rd onto Lakeview Ave. You can also walk from Signal Hill via the Cuckold's Cove Trail, which takes about 30 minutes.