St. John's, a classic harbor city, is the capital of Newfoundland, Canada's easternmost province. Newfoundland and Labrador became part of Canada in 1949 after 400 years of existing independently. Visitors to Newfoundland find themselves straddling the centuries. Old accents and customs are common in small towns and outposts, yet the major cities of St. John's on the east coast and Corner Brook on the west coast are very much a part of the 21st century.
Since the late 15th century, explorers, adventurers, pirates and all manner of seafarers have found their way to St. John's spectacular harbor. A thriving modern city that has preserved much of its heritage and culture, it offers an enticing combination of old-world charm, unique architectural and historic landmarks, fine cuisine and many other attractions, most within walking distance from the port.
Visitors can tour the surrounding countryside, stop at small villages, charter boats for whale or bird watching, or take guided walks of historic downtown featuring such unique sites as Cabot Tower on Signal Hill overlooking the harbor and the city. Finally, as in many areas of Newfoundland, the famous friendliness, hospitality and charm of the people of St. John's, plus the Newfoundland folk music found in many of the lively bars along the waterfront, ensure a perfect visit.