St John’s, Newfoundland

St John’s, Newfoundland, Canada

St. John’s is the capital and largest city in Newfoundland and Labrador in Canada. It is located on the eastern tip of the Avalon Peninsula on the island of Newfoundland.

Signal Hill National Historic Site commemorates the cliff top where signal flags once alerted local merchants, customs officials and harbour pilots to approaching ships. Cabot Tower, built in 1897, is perched atop the hill. The Tower was used for signalling until 1960 and houses exhibits of Marconi’s historic, first-ever transatlantic wireless message, received on the hill in 1901.

Cape Spear, 7 miles southeast of town, is the easternmost point in North America. The original Cape Spear lighthouse, built in 1836, has been restored and is Newfoundland’s oldest surviving lighthouse.

Visit the Memorial University Botanical Garden, 110 acres of cultivated and natural habitat.

La Verniere wooden church was built in 1876 and is the second largest wooden church in North America.

Learn about the history of the islands at the Musee de la Mer or visit the village of Havre-Aubert, home to the islands’ first Acadian colony.

Take a whale and bird watching boat tours out of Bay Bulls to see huge colonies of Atlantic puffins.

At Salmonier Nature Park see moose, lynx, snowshoe hare, snowy owls, eagles, river otters and Arctic fox.

Go sea kayaking in Cape Broyle or hike on one of the numerous scenic trails here.

The disabled cruiser visiting St John’s 

Where You’re Docked

Cruise ships dock at the Port of St John’s, which is approximately 275m away from the downtown area.

Taxis wait at the pier and there is a Tourist Information kiosk here also.

The main Tourist Office can be found on Water Street, the main shopping street

Good to Know

Heavy traffic 

Getting Around

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Currency & Best Way to Get Money

The official currency is the Canadian Dollar.


The official language in St John’s 


Locally made blueberry, bakeapple (aka cloudberry) and partridgeberry jams and hand knitted wool sweaters make nice gifts.

Try some delicious fish chowder, seasonal lobster or moose stew.

Points of Interest

  • St John’s – a seven-

St John’s Accessible Excursions

Whether your cruise ship stops in 

St John’s Accessible Guided Tour

This 4 hour accessible