Welcome to St John's
North America's oldest city sits on the steep slopes of a snug and sheltered harbor. With jelly-bean-colored row houses lining the hilly streets, the city begs comparisons to San Francisco – though in miniature. It too is home to artists, musicians, cutting-edge eateries, inflated real estate and young, iPhone-using denizens. Yet the vibe of Newfoundland's largest city and capital remains refreshingly... Read More
Top experiences in St John's
St John's activities
Newfoundland Puffin and Whale Watch Cruise
This 90-minute cruise visits the incredible Witless Bay Ecological Reserve, home to over 2.5 million seabirds and one of the largest populations of whales in the North Atlantic (seasonal). The Reserve is located at the end of Iceberg Alley. Icebergs pass along the coast each spring and summer, while on their journey from Greenland to their end in the warm waters of the Gulf Stream south of Newfoundland. By the time the icebergs reach the Reserve, they have been sculpted by the seas, sun, waves and shoreline to create incredible shapes. Each season is different! You'll travel aboard a stable catamaran with a comfortable viewing platform for your wildlife experience. The catamaran can accommodate 100 persons in comfort on its outside decks and also has inside accommodations for all passengers in the event of inclement weather. This is the only tour vessel in Newfoundland with sufficient capacity. Visit the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve. The tour includes stops along the sheltered areas of the islands that comprise the Reserve. The areas visited offer great opportunities to view and photograph the nesting sites and activities of several seabird species including, but not limited to, Atlantic Puffins, Common Murres, Razorbilled Auks, Black Legged Kittiwakes, and Black Guillemots. Additional species that may be encountered during the cruise include Northern Gannets, Greater Shearwaters, Northern Fulmars, etc.Whale watching is big part of the tour with peak season from mid-June through mid-August annually. Your cruise is renown for the consistency of whale encounters throughout the summer season. The tour route varies slightly from trip to trip depending on weather conditions, time of the season, and presence/location of whales which move throughout the Reserve. While your local service provider will make all reasonable efforts to provide you with an opportunity to encounter whales in their natural environment, the level of activity and interaction is entirely at the discretion of the whales. Please note that whales cannot be guaranteed on any particular departure. Each cruise is narrated by an experienced, professional crew. Enjoy lively and engaging commentary, with a mix of information about the natural and cultural heritage of the area. The guides and crew are equipped with wireless microphones and are happy to answer your questions or repeat information. This cruise departs from the private dock in Bay Bulls, only 25 minutes from downtown St. John's. Free parking is available on site and a convenient shuttle service (additional charges apply) is available from major hotels and B&B's in St. John's.
Walking Food Tour
Experience the sights, sounds and tastes of historical Downtown St. John’s with this three hour guided walking tour that’s sure to please all your senses!The start time of the food tour is 12pm sharp at The Newfoundland Chocolate Company located at 166 Duckworth Street.We visit five local restaurants along the way by foot. Food samples at each stop will be included such as a traditional turkey and dressing meatball from our most popular Irish pub!The route is approximately 1.8km and does include some stairs.This is a guided tour with historical stories told along the way. Even locals learn a little something about their own city when they take the tour!The tour will go ahead rain or shine so come dressed for the weather. This is an experience you won't want to miss!
Private Tour: Newfoundland Puffin and Whale Watch Cruise with Picnic Lunch
This 3-hour cruise features the incredible Witless Bay Ecological Reserve and its surrounding waters. The reserve is home to over 2.5 million seabirds and one of the largest populations of whales in the North Atlantic. The itinerary is set by you! You can spend all three hours with the whales or more time exploring the coastline with the puffins – it’s your call. Your naturalist is on-board to guide you through this very special journey. Your 3-hour experience includes a relaxing lunch stop in a secluded cove of a nearby abandoned fishing village. Relax and unwind as the sounds of the waves lapping on the shore and the crash of the nearby waterfalls create an unforgettable lunch backdrop. A picnic lunch is provided, complete with a selection of beverages (including complimentary wine and local micro brewed beer).This is a private tour for you and up to 5 of your closest family or friends. Each tour is an exclusive experience. You choose your traveling companions. This experience is not available for children under the age of 5. The "Picnic with the Whales" tour is offered only during the peak of the whale watch season to provide you with the best possible experience. Only minutes from downtown St. John’s, this tour takes you a world away! The cruise departs from the private dock in Bay Bulls, only 25 minutes from downtown St. John's. Free parking is available on site and a convenient shuttle service is available from major hotels and B&B's in St. John's.