St. John's Cruises
The capital city of Newfoundland and Labrador has a rich, colourful history. St. John’s has oodles of old world charm, interesting architecture, historic landmarks, beautiful countryside and a cultural scene as fresh as the Atlantic.
St. John’s first permanent settlers were the British in the mid-18th century, and North America’s oldest city has long been an exploration gateway to the Avalon Peninsula, Cape Spear and the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve. To this day, St. John's is much-loved by visitors who arrive for the chance to see indigenous wildlife such as puffins, whales and other natural wonders.
St. John’s jelly-bean-coloured houses line hilly streets, and the city is home to artists, musicians, and wonderful, cutting-edge eateries. The Downtown district typically offers the best food, pubs, entertainment and shopping, while Signal Hill, one of Canada's National Historic Sites, provides incredible views of the spectacular harbour and surrounding areas.
Signal Hill National Historic Site
Situated on top of a rocky hill overlooking the town of St John’s at the harbour mouth, Signal Hill National Historic Site is where Guiglielmo Marconi received the first wireless
transatlantic message in 1901. Originally known as the Lookout, Signal Hill was also where merchants, custom officials and pilots could coordinate incoming and outgoing
ships after receiving flag signals from the top of the hill. The impressive Cabot Tower, perched at the summit, was built to commemorate the 400th anniversary of John Cabot's voyage of discovery and is today the most prominent landmark in the province.
Cape Spear Lighthouse National Historic Site
Located just outside St John’s, the Cape Spear Lighthouse National Historic Site is North America’s most easterly point. Here you can witness the rugged continent’s edge and the dramatic scenic coastlines.