Experience St. John's

Fast facts
  • Admire the colourful houses of downtown St. John’s
  • Learn about the province’s history and the Seven Years’ War at Signal Hill
  • Watch the sunrise or sunset from Cape Spear Lighthouse
  • Catch glimpses of humpback whales, puffins and majestic icebergs

The capital of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, St. John’s is a charming city with a rich history and breathtaking landscapes. The city’s quaint downtown district overlooks the serene St. John’s Harbour and is famous for its colourful houses and local restaurants serving the freshest seafood. Learn all about the province’s fascinating history at Signal Hill, a military lookout point overlooking the city that played an important role in the Seven Years’ War. Hike out the Cape Spear Lighthouse National Historic Site, the most eastern point in Canada and the province’s oldest lighthouse.

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Travel tips

National language: English and French

Currency: CAD (Canadian Dollar). CAD

Language notes: Hello and bonjour! In Canada there are two official national languages.

Voltage: 120V

What to buy: One of the few places in Canada to find natural sea salt is the Newfoundland Salt Company in St. John’s, which harvests from the waters off Bay Bulls. Take a jar of their fleur de sel home to garnish dishes with a taste of St. John's.

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