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St. John’s is a city full of contrast, where rugged natural beauty meets a contemporary arts & culture scene, tons of history and delicious food ready to be enjoyed. Fly with Swoop and Look out for colourful row houses nestled into the cliffs or hop on a boat and go whale watching – you might even see an iceberg or two. And if you're looking for some bragging rights, find a local pub to get “screeched in” - which includes a shot of screech, a short recitation and kissing a cod!
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The St. John’s airport is about a 10-minute drive from the city centre, so you can start exploring almost as soon as you land! The is also a hop-on-hop-off bus called The Link, a seasonal route operated by public transit that can get you from your hotel or the city centre to many popular attractions such as Signal Hill National Historic Site, Johnson Geo Centre, Quidi Vidi Village, Commissariat Provincial Historic Site, Newman Wine Vaults Provincial Historic Site, and the Railway Coastal Museum.
If you’re looking to travel on a budget, it’s always a great idea to explore local tourism sites like Destination St. John’s to look for free events and activities happening in the area. If you’ve rented a car, there are many local hikes that you can do for free, and in peak seasons you can even see whales and icebergs from the shore if you want to skip the cost of a boat tour (although we would definitely recommend doing one!). Ask the locals about their favourite spots for cheap eats and the best drink specials to really live like a Newfoundlander.
A quick trip from St. John’s you’ll find the town of Quidi Vidi, and when you visit you’ll feel like you’ve been transported back in time! The quaint fishing village has iconic ocean views, fresh fish right off the wharf, and even its own brewery, Quidi Vidi Brewing, which makes the iconic Iceberg beer which is made with water from real icebergs!