People have been visiting St. John’s for over 500 years, but it has far more to offer the weekend visitor than just history! Enjoy the many sea food restaurants, shops and galleries, live entertainment and the Celtic music which has developed a style all of its own since the early settlers arrived from the UK and Ireland in the 16th century. But you can’t ignore the past, and this part of colonial Canada has such an exciting one. Visit Signal Hill (which in 1901, was on the receiving end of the first transatlantic wireless signal by Marconi) and Cape Spear, the most easterly point in North America, better known as the Far East of the Western World.
Also special to this area of Canada is the wildlife, and you will enjoy a whale watching cruise aboard a catamaran.
Ms Winsor - Travelled Rocky Mountaineer
"The Rocky Mountaineer was superb"
Everything went to plan and ran smoothly with planes, cars, trains and accommodation. The Rocky Mountaineer was superb and a great experience, so well organised and such good service on board. The selection of hotels we ended up with was an eclectic mix. Cathedral Lodge in Field was outstanding and by far the best in terms of location, style and service. Just out of this world although the Black Fish Lodge experience was equally good although quite different. Lovely people there who took good care of us with amazing wild life spotting opportunities along with the fishing.
I can’t thank you enough for your patience in the planning process getting the package together and trying to match to our specific requirements. You always understood the brief and were quick in following up options and so on. Not an inexpensive holiday for sure but so memorable. It will be very hard to beat.
Itinerary (4 Nights)
Here’s a day-by-day guide to your itinerary. Feel free to ask us to add other days or ideas and excursions by contacting us directly, so we can give you the best price.
Fly into St. John’s direct from the UK on Air Canada and transfer independently to your...
Fly into St. John’s direct from the UK on Air Canada and transfer independently to your hotel to begin your weekend.
4 nights in St. John’s.
This morning jump on board a double decker bus for a two hour city tour of...
This morning jump on board a double decker bus for a two hour city tour of St. John’s the oldest city in North America. After lunch at one of the 250 resturants ranging from fast food to fine dining, visit the first manned Lighthouse located in the far East of the Western World in Cape Spear.
Get ready for your Whale Watching Tour. Step on board for your 90 minute Catamaran nature...
Get ready for your Whale Watching Tour. Step on board for your 90 minute Catamaran nature cruise from Bay Bulls to Witless Bay. See the majestic whales frolic in their natural habitat and be ready for more birds than you can point your camera at. The waters surrounding Bay Bulls are home to the world’s largest population of humpback whales and in the right season (Late May – early July) stupendous icebergs.
After your morning on the high seas take a trip up to Signal Hill. Signal Hill overlooks the historic port city, witness to a bygone era. As early as 1704 signal flags were flown from this site to inform merchants of the approach of ships whether hostile or friendly. With its panoramic view of the Atlantic ocean, port and city, Signal Hill has been the site of countless military endeavours over the centuries.
Spend a day on your own to do some shopping or more touring. We recommend...
Spend a day on your own to do some shopping or more touring.
We recommend a visit to Johnson Geo Centre – a science interpretation centre with a special focus on the geology of Newfoundland and Labrador. Cut from the ancient rock of Signal Hill, go deep underground to experience the story of the earth and beyond. Through interactive exhibits and guided tours, discover the fascinating history of the planet, the incredible forces of nature that shaped the land, and the tragic story behind the sinking of the Titanic.
When you’re finished, visit the small, picturesque fishing village of Petty Harbour. It’s about 20 minutes away. Wander around and take in the calm air of this hidden gem. Relax. Turn off your mobile phone and get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. For the adventurous, we dare you to try one of North America’s longest zip lines. Soar high over Petty Harbour and look out for whales jumping in the ocean below.
If you enjoy hiking, there is no better place than St. John’s. The famous East Coast Trail unites wilderness hiking with richly historic communities and winds right past St. John’s, along ocean paths that make up 300km of developed trails. Hike from downtown St. John’s to Cape Spear along the 13mile ocean-side path with some of the most dramatic vistas you might ever get to see. This is one of the most breathtaking hikes in the world.