Photo by Davin Martinson
With its rugged oceanscapes, thrilling adventures and fascinating wildlife, St. John’s is a nature lover’s paradise. Here’s how to revel in the great outdoors in and around this East Coast city.
Hike the Cape Spear Path
Get the lay of the land by hiking this moderate, scenic path; the four- to six-hour trip goes along the easternmost point of North America. Along the way you’ll see hills, rivers, bogs and coves—and, if you’re lucky, icebergs and whales. After the hike, stop off at the lighthouse and museum to learn what life was like for 19th-century lighthouse-keepers in these craggy parts.
Forage for food
Head to Witless Bay, just 30 minutes from downtown St. John’s, to go on a foraging expedition with Cod Sounds. After picking wild edibles such as chanterelles, berries and beach greens, join your guide for a traditional beach boil-up over an open fire.
Tour Witless Bay
On a Zodiac tour of Witless Bay, you can watch for whales and circumnavigate blue-tinged icebergs. You’ll also see puffins, petrels, kittiwakes and murres dive for fish, and get to observe bald eagles nests’, from a distance.
To explore the area from above, head to neighbouring Petty Harbour, a historic fishing town, to zipline with North Atlantic Ziplines. You’ll launch from points higher than Signal Hill and reach speeds of 80 kilometres per hour as you soar over the ocean and wild terrain. Don’t be surprised to spot moose, bald eagles or even snowy white owls.
Getting there: WestJet flies to St. John’s 11 times a day from four Canadian, one U.S. and two international cities.
Why the History of St. John’s, Newfoundland, is Really Cool
The streets of St. John’s are teeming with history dating back at least four centuries. Visit historic attractions—like Signal Hill National Historic Site, Cape Spear Lighthouse and Mallard Cottage—to learn about one of Canada's oldest cities.