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9 Very Best Things To Do In St. John’s – Canada – Hand Luggage Only

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Perched on the island of Newfoundland, St. John’s is one of the best Atlantic coast cities to visit. It’s got that perfect mix of history, access to the great outdoors and that warm Canadian charm. Not only that, there are heaps of the very best things to do in St. John’s dotted all across (and near) the city. 

Yes, it’s much smaller than cities like Toronto and Vancouver, but that’s what makes it so special. It’s totally charming and a perfect place for a holiday or city break without any of the stress, hustle or bustle of bigger cities. 

We had the most incredible time in St. John’s and driving around Newfoundland. This part of Canada is so beautiful.

So, to help you along your way (and so you’re not bogged down with planning), I wanted to share some of the best things to do in St. John’s when you next visit Newfoundland. Have the best time visiting Canada. 

1.) Cape Spear Lighthouse National Historic Site

Best Things To Do In St. John’s Cape Spear

With a history that goes back almost 200 years, Cape Spear Lighthouse is well worth visiting when exploring the wider St. John’s area. 

Easy to get to by car (with easy parking), Cape Spear Lighthouse is the perfect spot to explore on a sunny day. Not only that, you can also visit the easternmost point of North America whilst you’re here. It’s right next to the lighthouse. 

Though make sure to take some layers with you, as the trails can be windy at certain times of the year. Oh, and as always, stick to designated paths and avoid going too close to the cliffs. No one likes a reckless rambler. 

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2.) Quidi Vidi

Best Things To Do In St. John’s Quidi Vidi

On the western side of the city, visiting Quidi Vidi is one of the best things to do in St. John’s if you want to visit for a totally easy stroll around the lake or visit the harbour. It’s totally quaint. 

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Now, although small, it’s the perfect place to stop around lunch (yeah, I’m always thinking of food). Once here, book a table at Mallard Cottage which is totally charming. In fact, I’d go as far as saying it was our favourite eating spot in all of the city. 

Once inside, make sure to try some of their seasonal dishes that are so yummy. Oh, and make sure you leave room for dessert, too. They’re so good. 

Have some energy left in you? Ramble the Sugarloaf Path for views and stop by the Artisan Studios for some local gifts. We spent a full afternoon in this area of St….

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