Welcome to Avalon Peninsula
The landscape along the coastline's twisting roads is vintage fishing-village Newfoundland. Many visitors make day trips to the peninsula's sights from St John's, which is easily doable, but there's something to be said for burrowing under the quilt at night, with the sea sparkling outside your window, in Cupids or Branch. Four of the province's six seabird ecological reserves are in the region, as are 28 of its 41 national historic sites.
Much of the East Coast Trail runs through the area; keep an eye out for free guided hikes. The ferry to Nova Scotia leaves from Argentia.