The City of St. John's is Canada's most easterly city and the capital of Newfoundland and Labrador. Because of its protected harbour and proximity to the fishing grounds of the North Atlantic, the town was initially a commercial trading outpost for Europeans engaged in the fishing industry. Although most downtown buildings date only to the late Victorian period, St. John's suffered frequent fires, the last and most significant in 1892, which destroyed almost the entire town.
By day wander down the narrow, crisscrossing streets carved by horse and carriage. Wander past colourful jellybean row houses wedged together, lining the sides of steep hills and hidden alleyways. Once you've meandered down to the harbour, look towards the Narrows and imagine a time when the waters were brimming with fishing schooners.
By taking a quiet stroll through the beautiful village of Quidi Vidi, who you discover the charming village-within-a-city, embodying the spirit of an old fishing outport, or take in the view of the City from the top of Cabot Tower on Signal Hill National Historic Site, where Guglielmo Marconi received the first transatlantic wireless signal on December 12, 1901.
In the evenings, enticing aromas and lively music drift through the streets renowned for their exciting nightlife. With easy access to wildlife, marine life, seabirds, whales and icebergs (in season), it's easy to lose yourself in this fascinating city where you will find warm, fun-loving people with high regard for friendliness and hospitality.