St. John’s is home to some of Canada’s most celebrated artists. Here’s where to discover some of the historical, artistic and musical attractions that await throughout this beautiful coastal city.
Be sure to visit The Rooms, which houses the province’s archives, museum and gallery. Its exhibit Beaumont-Hamel and the Trail of the Caribou pays homage through artifacts, videos and photography to the heroes of the First World War’s Battle of Beaumont-Hamel—a tragic offensive in which many young Newfoundland soldiers perished.
Afterward, visit Eastern Edge Gallery to discover contemporary artworks across genres from creators living in Newfoundland and beyond. This artist-run centre also hosts a contemporary arts festival called Hold Fast in August.
Listen to some of the province’s most exciting new musicians at the intimate Concerts by Candlelight series, running on select evenings through October. It takes place at The Commissariat, a beautifully preserved Georgian house that’s part of the city’s former British military complex and now a provincial historic site.
Looking for something livelier? Head downtown to party with 40,000 fellow revellers at the iconic George Street Festival, July 27 to Aug. 2 in 2017. There will be plenty of other international and homegrown talent taking the stage
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.
Five Places to Visit On Newfoundland’s Irish Loop
Newfoundland’s Irish Loop, located on the southeastern part of the Avalon Peninsula, is named for its Irish history, which spans 400 years. Take this scenic road trip from St. John's and make stops along the way at charming spots such as Lighthouse Picnics in Ferryland and the Colony of Avalon.
What to Do On a Fall Trip to St. John’s, Newfoundland
St. John's charms with its friendly locals, surprises with its innovative food scene and stuns with its rugged, jaw-dropping landscapes. Visit a national historic site like Cape Spear Lighthouse, explore downtown or the Quidi Vidi neighbourhood and drive to nearby towns such as Ferryland or Middle Cove Beach.