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Raymonds Restaurant

For the foraged dishes

Chef Jeremy Charles and GM Jeremy Bonia have created a restaurant where sea captains of yore and current captains of industry (and the cast of Republic of Doyle) would be equally at home. Charles’ food is fresh, bright and ultimately thoughtful. He goes in deep with meat and he’s expert with fish.

Chinched

For the squid

Squid, a.k.a. calamari, is bait fish in Newfoundland, so it’s all the more alluring here marinated in gochujang and charbroiled to a perfect texture. Chef-owners Shaun Hussey and Michelle LeBlanc source all they can from the province, from heritage pigs for the house-cured charcuterie to the Rock’s renowned root vegetables. Try the buttered charred carrots, served with crunchy farro, chickpea vinaigrette and a refreshing dollop of crema.

Rocket Bakery and Fresh Food

For the sandwiches to-go

Call ahead to Rocket Bakery and Fresh Food and have your roast-chicken sandwich prepped to go, or stop in to refuel after your twack around downtown St. John’s.

The Battery Café

For a quick lunch

The Battery Café is a great bet for barista-brewed coffee, takeout smoked salmon sandwiches and bottles from Quidi Vidi Brewing.

The Watershed Coffee Shop

For pre-hike snacking

The Watershed Coffee Shop offers a wharf-side seat in bustling Petty Harbour. Grab a power-packed hemp and pumpkin-seed cookie before hiking the East Coast Trail, right out back.

Mallard Cottage

For the Newfoundland seafood

In a remodelled two-century-old heritage house in sleepy Quidi Vidi Village, hometown chef Todd Perrin and sommelier Stephen Lee elevate familiar Newfoundland cooking with top-notch sourcing and technique. Sit on wooden spoke chairs in the new back room, or take a seat in a dark, moody corner of the low-ceilinged front room and pick from the seasonal menu offering the best of Newfoundland produce, meat and fresh seafood.

Fishing for Success

For the cod-salting experience

Jig for cod with fourth- generation fisherman Leo Hearn in Petty Harbour. At the inshore fishing grounds, drop a line from your rowboat-size dory, sound your lure off the ocean floor, then haul up your catch, hand over hand. Pay attention as Hearn points out the landmarks that guided fishermen before fish-finders. Back on dry land, you’ll clean and salt your cod, then warm up with a cup of real fisherman’s stew.

Ecotours Zodiac Adventures

For the whales and humpbacks

Wildlife crowds the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve when the sardine-like capelin roll in to spawn each summer. Some 260,000 puffin pairs summer here (they mate for life, aw) with auks, murres and gulls. Captain Tyler can take you close in his 12-seat Zodiac, steering the craft into Gull Island’s dramatic sea caves. See fin whales, humpbacks or, if you’re lucky, a pod of orcas or dolphins.

Signal Hill Historic Site and Trails

For a historic hike

Newfoundland is called The Rock for a reason: Climb Signal Hill at the east end of the city and you’ll realize exactly why. We suggest visiting historic Cabot Tower, the site of the first radio contact between the New World and Britain, then taking a hike. The challenging 1.3-kilometre North Head Trail clings to the red rock cliffs, through the Narrows, the Battery and back into St. John’s Harbour.

Wallnuts Climbing Centre

For a rock climbing trip

Wallnuts Climbing Centre is located about 20 minutes from Flatrock – a town so friendly that cars stop if you even think about crossing the street. Graded by difficulty, the climbing trips range from a staircase to a climb that takes years of training, a specific gene pool and guts. The variety allows beginners, intermediate and experienced climbers of all ages to take advantage of the rocks.

Fred's Records

For the rare vinyls

Fred’s modest shopfront conceals a sprawling sonotheque with resounding wood floors that make their own tune as you creak and thump your way along the stacks of records. Hand-drawn signs call out Newfoundland, In Performance and Staff Picks sections, the latter chosen by the local musicians and artists who work there. Look for hard-to-find vinyl from homegrown artists like Mark Bragg or The Once.

Alt Hotel St. John’s

For the harbour views

Stirred from your sleep by a morning foghorn, just tap the bedside button to roll up the blackout shades in your harbour-view king room and survey the scene. The 148-room hotel overlooks spectacular St. John’s Harbour and the Narrows, with ocean-going ships unloading a few metres below you and the fishing fleet returning to port across the way. The waterside setting streamlined the assembly of the Groupe Germain’s first prefab hotel, delivered by boat in 92 finished modules before opening. Downtown is at your doorstep, and one of the country’s best tables, Raymonds, is right next door.

Blue on Water

For the island hospitality

Follow the action on Water St. from the large windows overlooking the oldest street in North America at this twelve-room boutique inn. Blue on Water combines world-class contemporary interior design with Newfoundland’s friendly personality. Be sure to try the seafood brunch offerings at the street front dining room or walk 100 metres to the famous, pub-filled George St.

JAG Hotel

For the classic-rock vibe

Opened in 2014 with 84 rooms, JAG Hotel sparkles in the city’s west end with its slick classic-rock-themed decor (the lobby and the Exile Lounge are packed with photos and posters of Eric Clapton and Ray Charles from owner John Steele’s collection). Relax in your room with custom-made Ossetra bath products, such as the birch bark exfoliating soap, are made from iceberg water.

Info about getting from the airport, public transportation and more.

Getting from the Airport

City Wide Taxi is the only company operating from St. John’s International Airport, offering flat-rate transportation to downtown. Rides cost between $12.50 and $30 depending on your destination. The Metrobus Route 14 serves the airport for $2.50 from two drop-off and pickup locations: one near the arrivals area and another near the Holiday Inn Express & Suites St. John’s Airport.

Public Transportation

The Metrobus system is a convenient way to travel around St. John’s for the low price of $2.50 a ticket. For a special sightseeing experience, take the Link. This special bus service loops around the city’s main tourist attractions and lets you hop on and off at your leisure from Wednesday to Sunday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. (The Link operates from June to September.)

Taxis

Taxis in St. John’s operate on a meter except for flat-rate airport services.

City Wide Taxi: 709-722-7777
Jiffy Cabs: 709-722-2222
Red & Yellow Cabs: 709-726-6666

Weather in St. John's

Thursday moderate rain
14°C Jul 02, 2020
Friday heavy intensity rain
9°C Jul 03, 2020
Saturday overcast clouds
11°C Jul 04, 2020
Sunday few clouds
13°C Jul 05, 2020
Monday broken clouds
15°C Jul 06, 2020
Tuesday sky is clear
18°C Jul 07, 2020
Wednesday sky is clear
20°C Jul 08, 2020
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Halifax (YHZ)

St. John's (YYT)

Jun 02, 2021

One-way/Economy
CAD126*
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Toronto (YYZ)

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Jun 13, 2021

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Edmonton (YEG)

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Jun 09, 2021

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CAD295*
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Fredericton (YFC)

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Apr 22, 2021

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CAD315*
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Ottawa (YOW)

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Oct 10, 2020

One-way/Economy
CAD210*
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Fort McMurray (YMM)

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May 17, 2021

One-way/Economy
CAD300*
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Calgary (YYC)

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Jun 05, 2021

One-way/Economy
CAD297*
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Montreal (YUL)

St. John's (YYT)

Apr 04, 2021

One-way/Economy
CAD218*
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Moncton (YQM)

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Apr 22, 2021

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CAD317*
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Saint John (YSJ)

St. John's (YYT)

Jan 26, 2021

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CAD310*
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*Fares displayed have been collected within the last 48hrs and may no longer be available at time of booking. Learn more about this offer. Additional baggage fees and charges for optional products and services may apply.