CAPE SPEAR Almost seven miles from St. John’s, high on a rocky cliff on the most easterly point of land in North America, Cape Spear lighthouse served as an important approach light to St. John’s for more than a century. Built in 1834, the lighthouse is the oldest surviving lighthouse in Newfoundland. It has been restored and furnished to acquaint visitors with the flavor of the long-standing history of lighthouses in Newfoundland.
NEWFOUNDLAND COUNTRYSIDE An overview of Newfoundland showing the lakes, parks, and highways that entice you through the countryside. Blessed with fresh water and well treed expanses, this island known as “the Rock” has unique attractions, such as the airplane museum in Gander.
QUIDI VIDI Quidi Vidi is a working fishing village that lies about two miles north of St. John’s Harbor. The cove is known for fish flakes and houses for curing and cutting open cod fish, as well as for its Brewery, located in a large green and white fish plant on the water’s edge. Constructed in 1762, Quidi Vidi Battery prevented enemy ships from landing soldiers for an assault on St. John’s.
SIGNAL HILL This national historic site from 1704 got its name because the arrival of ships was announced from there by a series of flags. Every city bus tour will make a stop at this important strategic military location. Cabot Tower was built at the summit in 1897. Inside is a museum that captures the story of Guglielmo Marconi, who received the first transatlantic wireless signal at this site in 1901. Re-enactments of 19th-century battles are presented here daily, every summer, by the Signal Hill Tattoo.
ST. JOHN’S The capital city of St. John’s is famous for its attractive, naturally sheltered harbor and infusion of seafaring traditions. Its waterfront bursts with character as colorful wooden houses cling to the hillside. The distinctive architecture found in the historic parts of town give way to modern amenities, with plenty of hotel accommodation to suit your taste.
NEWFOUNDLAND MUSEUM The most comprehensive museum in Newfoundland, featuring displays of natural habitat, whales, history and lifestyles revolving around the fishing industry and exhibits of Aboriginal culture. Find out about the families and lifestyles of migratory fishermen that first frequented the shores some 500 years ago, establishing communities that survive to this day.
ST. JOHN’S HARBOR A naturally protected harbor is enhanced with colorful wooden houses. The port hosts boats of every ilk, including Russian naval ships carrying submersibles for sea exploration. Tours of the harbor also embark along the docks here and, depending on the time of year, you can enjoy whale sightings or skim alongside dramatic icebergs.