Are you planning to visit The city of St. John this vacation or merely wondering about exploring new places in the city as a resident? Here are 12 absolutely mind-blowing places to check out in this beautiful part of Canada. Read through the article to not miss out on any of our personal favorite sites in the City of St. John.
But first, an introduction to the city – The city of St. John is the capital of the state or province of Newfoundland and Labrador. It is also the biggest city in Newfoundland and Labrador, which justifies its position as the capital of the region. It is one of the oldest cities to be discovered in North America, as proof has been found, which puts forth the fact that the town existed in times as early as the early sixteenth century.
Festivals like Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival, George Street Festival, Victoria Park Lantern Festival and the Festival of New Dance and Mardi Gras are sad, not held throughout the year, so you should be aware of things that you can do to plan a much-needed break from life and to disconnect.
It is home to a population of over 108,000 people and is the 20th largest city in Canada. It is the easternmost city in the Northern part of America and has a rich history. Much of this can definitely be attributed to the role it played in many historic wars fought internationally, like the War of 1812, the French and Indian War, the American Revolutionary War, among others. It is heralded by the locals as one of the most famous tourist attractions in the country.
Here are 12 really cool places that you can see and things that you can do in the city of St. John in Canada.
12 Reasons To Visit The City Of St. John:
1. Go to The Rooms
The city of St. John’s is one that has a lot of cultural and historical significance to Canada. One of the most recommended places that you should check out if you’re planning to absorb the rich history that the city offers, you should head down to The Rooms. The address that you’re looking for is 9, Bonaventure Avenue. It is a location that sits Downtown and has three significant historical offerings.
You can find an art gallery, a museum, and the Provincial Archives all in one place. This is a must-see sight for art enthusiasts and the people interested in historical artifacts. The Rooms were inaugurated all the way back in 2005 and can be seen from almost any point in the city of St. John.
2. Go to Cape Spear
Cape Spear is arguably one of the coolest names for a place that I have ever heard, and it is a slightly relaxed place to see after all. It is at a distance of about 8 kilometers outside of the city of St. John and is out on the far east, so east, that it is the easternmost point of the North American continent.
Cape Spear lighthouse is another beautiful attraction that makes a visit to the easternmost point worthwhile. The beam stares out into the sea, as a tower does. It is highly recommended that you watch the sunrise or the sunset at least once during your visit because the view is one that you probably won’t find in any other corner of the world.
The lighthouse was built all the way back in 1836 and is 184 years old in 2020. This makes the lighthouse the oldest one in the province of Newfoundland, the City of St. John, and Labrador.
Picnicking, bird watching, and hiking are among the other things that you can do at Cape Spear apart from just visiting the lighthouse.
3. Drive Along the Killick Coast Trail
Canada has a lot of places with cool names, and they really deserve them to be very honest! If you simply love driving along a trail like nothing else, then you simply have to drive along the 55 kilometers long Killick Coast Trail.
The view is simply stunning and goes through Cape St. Francis and Conception Bay. It ends on the other side at Topsail. Paradise Cove is a location on the trail that offers ferry rides. You can take a ferry here to see spectacular views of the hills among which Conception Bay is nestled in. The stretch back to the city of St. John passes through Route 21 and 20, another great time with a great view to drive by.
4. Signal Hill Hike
Signal Hill is one of the first places that you’ll actually end up checking out if you ask the amazing Canadian locals for advice. It is undoubtedly one of the city’s most popular tourist spots and landmarks. You can try your hand at hiking with a hike to the top of the Signal Hill.
The top of the Signal Hill offers you a beautiful view of the city and the ocean both. You can also check out Cabot Tower at the top of the hill, an incredible work of architecture that was constructed at the beginning of the twentieth century. The purpose of its construction was to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the discovery of Newfoundland by John Cabot, whom the Tower is named after. Cabot Tower is a National Historic Site of Canada, along with the Cape Spear Lighthouse mentioned above.
5. The (Former) Largest Church in Canada
Whether or not you’re a believer in the true son of God, you really should consider checking out the now second-largest church in Canada, the Basilica-Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. It is the mother church and the symbol of Roman Catholic Christians in the province of Newfoundland. Construction of the Basilica was completed in 1855, and it is the site of one of the most famous works of sculpture,