Welcome To St. John’s Port in Newfoundland & Labrador
Explore new horizons in Newfoundland & Labrador’s colourful capital.
There’s no experience quite like entering the Narrows from the rugged Atlantic Ocean and, within the rocky cliffside, discovering a historic and colourful port city that’s bursting with small-town charm.
North America’s most easterly and oldest city, St. John’s is like no other place your cruise audience has seen before. Visitors to St. John’s are enthralled by its colourful streets, world-class food, unique shops, and spirited people. Here you’ll find an equal supply of stunning views, rich history, and the friendliest people you’ll ever meet.
No matter your cruise audience’s tastes, there’s always something new to explore at the Port of St. John’s. The city is a gateway to extraordinary outdoor adventures, unique cultural experiences, and world-class music, dining, and nightlife. Discover the area’s many hiking trails and parks, or stroll through the bright downtown core and take in historic architecture and sweeping harbour views. Go back in time and learn all about the history of the land (from the formation of the Earth to the military battles fought atop it) on a trip to Signal Hill and the Johnson Geo Centre, or stop by The Rooms and stroll through the province’s largest collection of art and artifacts.
There’s an endless number of sights, tastes, sounds, and colours to discover in St. John’s – and with all the amenities of a modern port, your cruise audience is sure to fall in love with this little piece of paradise on the edge of the Atlantic!
Things To Do
Sights To See
The Rooms – Provincial Museum, Archives & Art Gallery
You can’t miss The Rooms – this unmistakable building is Newfoundland & Labrador’s largest public cultural space and is home to the province’s most extensive collection of artifacts, art, and archival records. They draw upon their collection of the province’s colourful stories and creative spirit to bring history to life in engaging, multi-sensory experiences.
Signal Hill National Historic Site
You can’t miss Signal Hill – and not just because of its position overlooking the St. John’s harbour and downtown centre! This famous landmark is beloved by visitors and locals alike for its hiking trails, stunning views, and the iconic Cabot Tower. The site of military battles and technological triumphs, Signal Hill is steeped in history.
The North Head Trail is Signal Hill’s most popular and most difficult hiking trail. This 1.7 km (1 mile) trail takes approximately 90 minutes and descends almost 500 feet! First-time hikers are advised to check with the Visitor Centre for trail information.
Johnson Geo Centre
Cut from the ancient rock of Signal Hill, the Johnson Geo Centre takes you deep underground to experience the story of our earth and beyond. Through interactive exhibits and guided tours, discover the fascinating history of our planet, the incredible forces of nature that shaped our land, and much more! The science centre is a fantastic activity for the whole family, rain or shine. After your visit, why not take the learning outside with a scenic walk through the Geo Vista Park?
Cape Spear National Historic Site
Stand atop North America’s most easterly point on the craggy headlands of Cape Spear. The views of the Atlantic are sublime from here – maybe you’ll even spot a glittering iceberg, humpback whale, or group of porpoises as they glide by! Cape Spear Lighthouse, the province’s oldest surviving lighthouse, offers a unique glimpse into the lives of 19th century lighthouse keepers and their families.
Discover Downtown St. John’s
Stroll along some of the oldest streets in North America and take in the colourful jellybean row houses, historic sites, museums, and churches. There are plenty of local shops, restaurants, and cafés to dip into along your way (including over two dozen bars, pubs, and clubs on the world-renowned George Street!).
In July and August, the city comes to life and businesses bring their storefronts into the streets at the Downtown Pedestrian Mall, a traffic-free outdoor shopping and dining experience. Numerous picnic tables and chairs can also be found along your way to stop and enjoy the view!