St. John’s & The Peninsulas

One of the oldest cities in North America, St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador, has a fine harbour, surrounded by pretty buildings and lots of bars and restaurants many of which have live music while you eat.

St. John’s is an excellent starting point for your Newfoundland & Labrador holiday. Be sure to visit Signal Hill which was the reception point of the first transatlantic wireless signal by Guglielmo Marconi in 1901.

Another highlight of your Newfoundland & Labrador holiday will be Cape Spear, the most easterly point of North America and the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve to see the puffins, whales and Icebergs (best time June).

Why Should I Visit St. John’s & The Peninsulas?

The Bonavista Peninsula is home to the pretty fishing communities of Trinity Bight and Cape Bonavista. Visit the set of Random Passage the replica of The Matthew, the ship sailed from Bristol by the 15th century explorer John Cabot when he discovered Canada.
The Avalon Peninsula, to the south of St. John’s, is where you will find the Avalon Wilderness Reserve, the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve and the Cape St. Mary Ecological Reserve. Witless Bay is one of the best places to see the whales, puffins and icebergs in June and July

Things to do in St. John’s & The Peninsulas

Whale watching is one of the most exciting activities to experience! Be amazed by these ‘gentle giants’ as we watch them feed, play and migrate through our study area around the Bonavista peninsula. See fin, humpback, sperm, Minke, and pilot whales and, although rare, orcas too. You may also expect to see various species of dolphins and porpoises, eagles and offshore sea birds including puffins and northern gannets.

May 15 – Oct 15: daily at 9am, 1pm & 5pm

The M.V. Iceberg Quest travels through “the narrows” for an inspiring 2-hour narrated tour enabling you to enjoy the unique coastline of Newfoundland and to view the City of Legends from the sea; just as the great explorers did centuries ago. Watch the local wildlife in its natural habitat : puffins, seals and seabirds. There is also a good chance that you will be able to observe the mighty humpback whale as these waters contain the largest population of the species.

May 01 – May 31: 1pm
Jun 01 – Jun 30: 1pm & 4pm
Jul 01 – Aug 16: 930am, 1pm, 4pm & 7pm
Aug 17 – Aug 31: 1pm & 4pm
Sep 01 – Sep 30: 1pm

Frontier’s Personal Experience

St John’s is such a pretty town, with wooden clad buildings all painted in different colours which the locals call jelly bean houses.  The history is that years ago fisherman would paint their boats and with the remaining paint, they would paint their wooden clad houses. Whether that’s true or not, houses in many of the streets are painted in these jelly bean colours which look so pretty, clean and well looked after.

Joanne Moores, Frontier Canada