Port

St. John's, Newfoundland

Canada

St. John's is the capital of Newfoundland and the largest city in the province. Surrounded by a narrow landlocked harbor on the east coast of the Avalon Peninsula it is the most easterly city in North America. This remarkable port city has experienced a long and colorful history. Europeans arrived in the 16th century to exploit nearby fishing grounds and have left an indelible print on the city. As such, St. John's is known as the oldest city founded by Europeans in North America and much of its history is steeped in legend. Although the most popular theory regarding the origin of the city's name dates back to John Cabot's 1497 arrival, the most likely source stems from Portuguese explorer Gaspar Corte-Real, who first visited the harbor in 1500 and named the distant Waterford River St. John's River. St. John's retains an Old World charm with its narrow winding streets similar to those in London and much of its architecture resembles that found in small Irish towns. The city boasts an impressive array of churches and parkland while spectacular vistas abound from Signal Hill and Cape Spear.


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Excursions

Excursions shown below are a sample of those offered in this Port.

North America's Oldest City - St. John's
Activity Level

Soft

Duration

2 1/4 Hours

St. John’s Harbor was the summer home to many European fishermen in 1497, but its first permanent settlers were the British who arrived in the mid-1700s. The city’s architecture is a pleasant blend of colorful wooden houses, stately stone and brick c hurches, colonial buildings and modern commercial structures. All await your discovery on this brief excursion by air-conditioned motor coach. Read MoreRead Less

St. John's by Foot
Activity Level

Moderate

Duration

2 1/2 Hours

Guests who desire to explore St. John’s by foot will delight in this brief walking excursion.

Land & River Scientific Discovery
Activity Level

Moderate

Duration

3 1/2 Hours

In addition to a colorful blend of wooden houses, stately stone and brick churches, colonial buildings and modern structures, St. John’s boasts the remarkable Johnson GEO Center, a geological marvel built underground in Signal Hill. These unforgettab le sights are yours to discover on this half-day exploration. Read MoreRead Less

Old St. John's & Cape Spear
Activity Level

Moderate

Duration

3 1/2 Hours

Explore North America’s oldest city and easternmost point on this comprehensive foray into St. John’s by air-conditioned motor coach.

Rum, Beer & Newfoundland Screech-In
Activity Level

Soft

Duration

3 1/2 Hours

Raise a glass to the enduring traditions and scenic views of Newfoundland with a couple of pub drinks and one unique celebration.

Signal Hill & Coastal Hike
Activity Level

High

Duration

2 1/2 Hours

Enjoy fresh air and inspiring views with an invigorating coastal trek.

Cruise to the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve
Activity Level

Moderate

Duration

4 1/2 Hours

Keep a lookout for whales, dolphins and thousands of birds during a thrilling catamaran sail. On land, pay a call to Cape Spear’s historic lighthouse.

St. John Highlights & The Rooms
Activity Level

Moderate

Duration

2 1/2 Hours

The unique story of St. John’s and the province unfolds during a motor coach exploration, a visit to Signal Hill, and a stop at the impressive museum, art gallery and archives called The Rooms.