A fishing settlement from the early 1600s, this oceanfront village within the city of St. John’s, Nfld., is a charming destination for nature-lovers, craft fans and revellers, alike.
Stop in at Gracie Joe’s, a cozy cash-only spot that offers a simple brunch menu. Try the eggs Benedict and smoked salmon on homemade focaccia or banana-nut French toast served with maple syrup and fruit, then, with a coffee to-go, head out to explore.
A four-kilometre loop, Quidi Vidi Lake Trail takes you around a peaceful lake where you might spot rowers cutting through the water, local joggers pounding the path and more than a dozen types of gull swooping overhead.
At Inn of Olde (known locally as “Linda’s”), owner Linda L. Hennebury tells stories by the crackling wood stove. This pub and accidental museum has more than 1,000 souvenir spoons on the wall and antiques in every corner.
Centuries-old Mallard Cottage is one of the hippest restaurants in St. John’s. Todd Perrin’s team riffs on traditional Newfoundland fare, sourcing ingredients as locally as 10 steps away—from the backyard chicken coop and chef’s garden.
A new generation of artisans breathe life into time-honoured techniques at Quidi Vidi Village Plantation. Wander into the open space, chat with the crafters at work and pick up some one-of-a-kind textiles, jewelry, ceramics or woodcut prints.
At Quidi Vidi Brewing Company you can see how craft beers are made—including one brewed with 25,000-year-old iceberg water. Enjoy a cool one, right on the wharf. Tip: Swing by on Fridays for kitchen parties with live music and barbecue.
Getting there: WestJet flies to St. John’s 71 times a week from three 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.