© Jamie Jennings 2007
Located on the cost of the Atlantic Ocean, St. John's is the capital city
of Newfoundland, and is the oldest English-founded settlement in North
America. St. John's offers many attractions and activities such as:
- Walking and Hiking Trails
There are many walking and hiking trails located throughout St. John's.
These trails offer an excellent way to view the beautiful coastline.
- Signal Hill National Historic Site
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, and in 1901, was on the receiving end of the first transatlantic wireless signal by Marconi.
- Marine Life
Besides humpback and minke whales, one can see fin, sperm, blue, pothead, sei and right whales in the coastal waters surrounding Newfoundland and Labrador.
A variety of whales, marine life and icebergs in season, can be seen from vantage points within the city and from tour boats operating out of St. John's harbour. Just outside the city limits a marine bird sanctuary comes alive with seabirds and other marine life during the summer months.
- Historic Downtown
Museums, galleries, historical buildings, parks, restaurants, pubs and specialty shops can be found along the narrow winding streets and laneways of one of the oldest mercantile districts in North America.
- Grand Concourse
Major attractions in St. John's are connected by a series of urban walkways, connecting parks, historic sites, the fluvarium, magnificent Victorian architecture and scenic ponds and river systems teaming with trout, waterfowl, songbirds and other wildlife.