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When it comes to Canada, there are plenty of beautiful towns to choose from. But if you’re looking to do something a bit different (and much more remote), check out St. John’s in Newfoundland and Labrador.
The easternmost province of Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador offers scenery that can’t be beaten. During the summer, the rainbow of row houses scattered among the downtown area seem even brighter, the birdlife can be heard from all angles, and the hiking opportunities are endless. St. John’s is the capital of the province and one of the largest cities in the area. It’s also home to Signal Hill, where you can greet the sunset before anyone else in North America every day. Don’t miss the week in late July when the bars along the busiest street in downtown St. John’s celebrate the George Street Festival with music acts coming in from near and far.
The area thrives on tourism, with whale watching, puffin spotting, and hiking tours offered in the warmer months. You can’t escape the soundtrack of waves crashing up along the coast, which is best enjoyed with a picnic at the nearby Ferryland Lighthouse. The adventurous can take on the zipline course flying over Petty Harbour.
Don’t let the connecting flight push you away: St. John’s is also a winter destination, providing you pack your warm weather wardrobe. It’s much more mild than the weather you’d see in other near-Arctic locations (think: Iceland or Northern Norway), which makes it a great place to take in sights without risking frostbite. In fact, a snow-covered St. John’s could make your list of most beautiful winter destinations around the world. While not common, you may be lucky enough to see small icebergs floating by the town during the dead of winter.
For a quaint dinner destination no matter what the weather may be, head to Quidi Vidi. This small lakeside neighborhood is where you’ll find Mallard Cottage, one of the oldest wooden structures in North America and one of the best places to grab a meal.
It may take you a bit longer to arrive, but once you’re in St. John’s, chances are the scenery and lush nature will have you planning your next visit.