The best of St John's
– a fantastic museum in a fantastic structure in a fantastic setting. Newfoundland & Labrador's history, natural history, art, culture, archives and architecture, all rolled
into one amazing building. One of the best museums in Canada; if you only go to one
tourist attraction in St John's, make it this one.
Signal Hill (www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/nl/signalhill/index.aspx)
– walk a few minutes east out of downtown St John's and you're in another place altogether, hundreds of feet above sea level, with a glorious view of the world. A steep climb from the town takes you on a route into a National Historic Site that includes the Johnson GeoCentre, Gibbet Hill, the Signal Hill tattoo, the visitor centre, and the Queen's Battery. And when you get to the top, you've got Cabot Tower, where Marconi received the first transatlantic radio signal, and where you've got a good chance of spotting some humpback whales. If the fog's not in, of course.