St John’s sits on the northeast corner of the Avalon Peninsula, a jagged, roughly rectangular slab of land divided into four arms and connected to the rest of Newfoundland by a narrow, tapering isthmus. Highlights include the varied attractions along the Irish Loop; Heart’s Content, with its antique cable station; Castle Hill, from where there are panoramic views over Placentia Bay; and the sea-bird colonies of Cape St Mary’s. With the exception of the cape, which is a tad too far away for comfort, all make good day-tripping destinations from St John’s.

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  • Witless Bay Ecological Reserve
  • Cape St Mary’s Ecological Reserve
  • The East Coast Trail
  • Lighthouse Picnics