Saturday, August 27, 2016

Exploring St. John's East Part 1: The Battery, Signal Hill And Quidi Vidi Village

St. John’s, the oldest city in North America, is a brilliant vacation destination. It is here on its eastern fringes, straddled along our rugged coast, that you will discover the charming communities of The Battery, Signal Hill, and Quidi Vidi. 

There are few places on the North American continent that offer so much within a confined geographical region. Visually spectacular and culturally and historically rich, each neighborhood delivers an enriching, most unique rural NL travel experience that’s only a minutes’ drive from the hustle and bustle of downtown city life.

St. John’s East holds a near and dear place in my heart, my family goes back 5 generations here. Great-Grandfather Samuel Codner himself was a fire Sergeant at the old East End Fire Station. It is on these very hills that I hiked as a boy.

Our blog presents to you, thrilling points of interest, ordered in sequence, of course, to optimize your travel time and maximize your holiday experience.

The Battery

A visit to The Battery is to experience a Newfoundland outport in the heart of St. John’s. Situated at the entrance to St. John’s harbour under the slopes of Signal Hill, it is here you will travel along Narrow winding roads passing colourful houses, fishing stages and wharfs.

An award-winning app called the Inside Outside Battery has even been created that will help get you on your way! Click here to download.

a view of the rocky cliffs of the battery from the narrows of the harbour at st. john's, Newfoundland, Canada, an eco adventure and cultural landscape travel trip
Brian Summers, Flickr

the harbour at st. john's, Newfoundland, Canada looking at the multi colored houses, a cultural heritage wellness travel hike
 Jeremy T. Hetzel, Flickr

three tourists take photos of the narrows harbor in st. john;s, Newfoundland, a photography travel paradise
Jeremy T. Hetzel, Flickr

Stay At Battery Bluff Cottage

Beautiful modern accommodations built into the cliffs below Signal Hill. All suites offer a spectacular view of the harbor, downtown, and the 'Narrows'. 

Your home away from home provides all the amenities needed to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable including a fully equipped kitchen and your own private entrance.

exterior of Battery Bluff Cottage in St. John's, Newfoundland with balcony, a wellness beautiful holiday accommodation
© Battery Bluff Cottage

interior living room with leather coach and chairs, hardwood floors and artwork at battery bluff cottage in St. John's, Newfoundland, a holiday stay
© Battery Bluff Cottage

interior of the battery bluff cottage in St. John's, Newfoundland overlooking harbor and green hills, an idyllic travel planning spot to lay your head
© Battery Bluff Cottage

kitchen with sink, window and counter top at battery bluff cottage in St. John's, Newfoundland, a holiday accommodation
© Battery Bluff Cottage

out on the balcony of battery bluff cottage in St. John's, Newfoundland looking out at the city and harbor, beautiful, wellness holiday stay
© Battery Bluff Cottage

bedroom at battery bluff cottage in St. John's, Newfoundland with bed and dresser, a lovely spot to sleep on your travels
© Battery Bluff Cottage

Pearcy’s Twine Store & Stage/Inshore Fishing Museum

Since the 1992 cod moratorium, the knowledge and skills pertaining to the inshore fishery (a Newfoundland and Labrador way of life for centuries) are slowly disappearing. 

Thankfully, Charlie Pearcey, a fisherman, tradition bearer and amateur archivist is sustaining the tradition and practices by educating countless visitors at his red twine store in the Outer Battery.

Upon entering his delightful little store, you will be captivated by his remarkable treasure trove of artifacts related to the history of the inshore fishery. In 2014, Charlie was officially recognized for all his hard work, being designated a “Provincial Tradition Bearer”.

little girl and man on the doorstep to Pearcy’s Twine Store & Stage/Inshore Fishing Museum in st. john's, NL Canada, a truly authentic vacation experience
© Newfoundland & Labrador Tourism; Barrett & MacKay Photo

shelves of cultural and historical artifacts at Pearcy’s Twine Store & Stage/Inshore Fishing Museum in st. john's, NL Canada, an experiential vacation destination
© Intangible Cultural Heritage - Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador

folk art made of wood of boats and fishing stages at the battery at shelves of cultural and historical artifacts at Pearcy’s Twine Store & Stage/Inshore Fishing Museum in st. john's, NL Canada, a wellness and culturally enriching vacation experience
© Intangible Cultural Heritage - Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador

inside Pearcy’s Twine Store & Stage/Inshore Fishing Museum in st. john's, NL Canada with wooden artifacts including dog pulling sleigh of wood and lighthouse, a wonderful heritage travel experiential visit
© Intangible Cultural Heritage - Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador

living history travel viewing wall of historical photos at Pearcy’s Twine Store & Stage/Inshore Fishing Museum in st. john's, NL Canada
© Intangible Cultural Heritage - Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador

Blue Moon Pottery

Artist Isabella St. John is one of the most established potters in the province, producing porcelain, stoneware, and raku pottery for over 40 years. She has also operated her own studio and shop, Blue Moon Pottery, in the Outer Battery since 1985. 

Blue Moon Pottery is jointly shared with her niece Erin Callahan St. John, a craftswoman in her own right. Many of their works are inspired by their natural surroundings.

Stop by their lovely studio located near the beginning of the Signal Hill Trail, see their amazing works and take in the gorgeous views overlooking St. John’s harbour and Narrows.

bright yellow exterior with green trim on narrow street at the battery at Blue Moon Pottery studio in st. john's, NL, an authentic and creative shopping travel experience
© Blue Moon Pottery

flower and plant garden at the battery at Blue Moon Pottery studio in st. john's, NL, a healthy, artistic vacation point of interest
© Blue Moon Pottery

two artists inside the Blue Moon Pottery studio in st. john's, NL making creations, an experiential creative holiday point of interest
© Blue Moon Pottery

beautiful pottery plates and vases at Blue Moon Pottery studio in st. john's, NL, a cultural craft shopping travel experience
© Blue Moon Pottery

two cod fish sculptures at Blue Moon Pottery studio in st. john's, NL, a culturally enriching holiday retail shopping excursion
© Blue Moon Pottery

sun bowl with green and brown trim created at Blue Moon Pottery studio in st. john's, NL, authentic culture and heritage arts travel shopping
© Blue Moon Pottery

Battery Murals

The captivating murals of the Outer Battery, a peek into what life was once like for Newfoundlanders living here, leading out to the North Head Trail.

narrow outer batter road with heritage murals of Newfoundland fisherman and women, a historical holiday experience in St. John's, NL, Canada
George Ian Bowles, Flickr

historical murals of women, children and man playing an accordion on outer battery road in St. John's, NL,  Canada, a delightful experiential holiday point of interest
Anne Beaumont, Flickr

Signal Hill

North Head Hiking Trail


map of North Head Hiking Trail on Signal Hill National Historic Site of Canada in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, an amazing adventure hiking trek
Image Via Grand Concourse

North Head Trail is Signal Hill’s most popular and challenging hike that takes you along a narrow coastal path through the harbor Narrows before ascending 500 feet to Signal Hill’s top parking lot.

This 1.7 km (1 mile) trail takes approximately 90 minutes to complete. Along the way, you will take in spectacular views of our rugged coastal beauty, the great and unending Atlantic Ocean and historic sites.

Connect with the trail from Outer Battery Road. Do it preferably in good weather and not during the winter nor at night. ImportantBe careful with young children, the trail does run fairly close to the edge at some points. This is not a hike for anyone below 10-12 years old without supervision and a rope.

view of the narrows entrance to harbour and city port at North Head Hiking Trail on Signal Hill National Historic Site of Canada in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, a healthy holiday hiking point of interest
Theo, Flickr

narrow pathway with chain rope attached to rock along the narrows entrance to harbour and city port at North Head Hiking Trail on Signal Hill National Historic Site of Canada in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, a breathtakingly beautiful vacation hike
Theo, Flickr

one hiker ascends staircase and two others descend near cabot tower on the North Head Hiking Trail on Signal Hill National Historic Site of Canada in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, a health and wellness adventure travel holiday
George Ian Bowles, Flickr

tourists sits on rock wall in parking lot of Cabot Tower with mist and fog rolling over the hills behind him from North Head Hiking Trail on Signal Hill National Historic Site of Canada in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, a fun and healthy eco adventure vacation activity
Theo, Flickr

Signal Hill and Cabot Tower

Signal Hill National Historic Site is an outstanding natural landmark rich in communications and military history. It is the site of the last military conflict of the Seven Years War in North America between Britain and French in 1762. 

In 1901, Guglielmo Marconi also revolutionized global communications by receiving the first transatlantic wireless signal on these very hills.

Atop this magnificent site sits Cabot Tower, an NL cultural icon named After John Cabot (Giovanni Cabot), the Italian explorer who first discovered Newfoundland in 1497. Cabot Tower was constructed between 1898 and 1900 in honor of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee and the 400th anniversary of John Cabot’s arrival to Newfoundland.

While visiting Signal Hill, be sure to visit Cabot Tower’s exhibit and Heritage Gift Shop and then take its narrow interior steps to its top for a magnificent outdoor panoramic view of St. John’s and the surrounding ocean and coastline.

Want to become part of history? How does firing off the noon day cannon sound to you? During the summer months, this option is available by contacting Parks Canada. For a closer view of our beautiful city and lovely harbor, be sure you proceed down the trail towards the Gun barrels at Artificers Yard.

picture of Cabot Tower atop Signal Hill National Historic Site of Canada with blue sky's and green rocky rolling hills in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, a rewarding history travel holiday
Zach Bonnell, Flickr

2 ladies in traditional military attire and garb fire off the noon day cannon overlooking harbor from Cabot Tower atop Signal Hill National Historic Site of Canada in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, this is a thrilling and fun living history holiday activity
© Canadian Tourism Commission

interior of Cabot Tower museum atop Signal Hill National Historic Site of Canada in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador with narrow white and green winding staircase, a cultural and historical travel experience
Shawn, Flickr

view of yellow container ship entering port from Signal Hill National Historic Site of Canada in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador at sunset and dusk, a breathtaking, gorgeous wellness vacation spot
Emmanuel Milou, Flickr

cabot tower lit up at night at Signal Hill National Historic Site of Canada overlooking bright St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, a beautiful vantage point for travel tranquility
Brian Summers, Flickr

beautifully lit port and harbour from Signal Hill National Historic Site of Canada in St. John's, NL, PURE HEAVEN ON EARTH AND WELLNESS TRAVEL EXPERIENCE
Brian Summers, Flickr

Ladies Lookout Trail

illustrated map of Ladies Lookout Trail in St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada, an eco adventure hiking trip
Image Via Grand Concourse

This trail has significant historical value because Signal Hill was originally called Ladies Lookout. It is on this very hill that the women of early St. John’s kept watch for the safe return of their loved ones.

Ladies Lookout Trail also delivers some of the most magnificent scenery found on the Avalon Peninsula. Beginning at the top parking lot, the trail will take you to Cuckold’s Cove Trail which then leads to Quidi Vidi Village.

This is an intermediate trail that is 0.7 km (0.4 miles) long and takes roughly 20 minutes to complete. Double your time and distance should you wish to proceed onto Cuckold’s Cove Trail and Quidi Vidi Village. I have done the full jaunt many times and I highly recommend the full route.

Fog rolling in to Cuckold's Cove on a hiking trek in St. John's, NL, Canada
Theo, Flickr

ocean waves crashing rocky coastline and hills from Cuckold's Cove on a hike travel adventure in St. John's, NL, Canada
Hugh Millward, Flickr

Johnson GeoCentre

The Johnson GEO CENTRE is a world class tourist attraction that takes you deep underground to experience the story of planet Earth from the inside, out! 

Cut directly from Signal Hill’s ancient rock, the external walls of the exhibit area are of natural, 550 million years old exposed rock — 100 million years older than the eastern Appalachian Mountains and over 400 million years older than the western Rocky Mountains!

Our province’s oldest rocks are found in northern Labrador and are dated at 3.87 billion years of age, amongst the oldest discovered anywhere on the planet. There is no other place on the planet so accessible and that so fully illustrates the history of Earth, dating back nearly 4.5 billion years to its birth.

Johnson GeoCentre in front of pond with rocks and ducks sitting atop in St. John's, Newfoundland, an educational, geological and experiential holiday point of interest
Eric Harrison, Flickr

mother mommy and baby girl on a family travel trip to Johnson GeoCentre in St. John's, Newfoundland pointing to an exhibit
© The Johnson GEO CENTRE

exterior of Johnson GeoCentre in St. John's, Newfoundland at night lit up, an informative and educational holiday travel destination
© The Johnson GEO CENTRE

Signal Hill Interpretive Centre & NL Chocolate Café

Be sure you tour the visitor center and its interactive, multi-media displays and kiosks. Learn about Signal Hill’s fascinating role in military and communications history from the 1600s to WW2. The movie alone is worth the small admission price.

On site is the newly opened Newfoundland Chocolate Café. This delightful little spot is home to creative and positively delicious artisan crafted chocolates made right here in Newfoundland. 

Their yummy menu also offers coffee, cake, gelato, and sandwiches. There are eat-in tables and outside picnic tables weather permitting. A great spot to unwind and reenergize after your Signal Hill jaunt!

exterior of Newfoundland's Signal Hill Interpretive Centre & NL Chocolate Café with concrete walkway, a foodie and historical museum holiday trip
© Newfoundland Chocolate Company

glass display of exquisite, yummy treats at the Signal Hill NL Chocolate Café, a delicious food holiday point of interest
© Newfoundland Chocolate Company

customers of Signal Hill NL Chocolate Café sit outside on a warm sunny, summer day overlooking port of St. John's, a wellness and relaxing trip to unwind
© Newfoundland Chocolate Company

Ghosts Of Signal Hill

Daring escapes, murdered pirates, ghost ships, buried treasure, tragic drownings, and headless phantoms: it is all in a night’s work at Signal Hill National Historic Site.

From storyteller and celebrated folklorist Dale Jarvis, award-winning creator of the St. John’s Haunted Hike, comes an evening of ghost stories, historical tales and strange adventures on Newfoundland’s most historic hill.

Join the dashing Lieutenant Ranslaer Schuyler by lamplight inside the historic Queen’s Battery and prepare for the thrills and chills as local lore and legends unfold after the lights go out.

Ghosts Of Signal Hill takes place every Friday and Saturday at 8:00 pm throughout July and August. Tickets are $15 (cash only) at the Visitor Center on Signal Hill Road.

There is a short uphill walk to the site so bring good shoes. It gets dark early, so bring a flashlight to help your way up and down the hill. There is no lavatory at the Queen’s Battery but there are washrooms available at the Visitor Center.

image of Ghosts Of Signal Hill with skull stick, a cultural heritage, storytelling and folklore holiday experience in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
© St. John's Haunted Hike


Ghosts Of Signal Hill founder and folklorist Dale Jarvis in traditional, historical military attire and garb with hat and gun at Signal Hill in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, an authentic experiential travel experience
© St. John's Haunted Hike
Signal Hill Tattoo

The Signal Hill Tattoo is an internationally known historical animation program that has won numerous awards including the coveted Canadian Heritage Award. 

The Tattoo portrays the garrison life and duties of His Majesty’s Royal Newfoundland Regiment of Foot and the 27th Company-2nd Battalion-Royal Regiment of Artillery, ghostly echoes of a bygone era of British military might.

Each summer, audiences are thrilled by cannon, mortars and musket fire booming alongside the stirring tunes of the Fife and Drum Band. The Tattoo is performed at O’Flaherty Field, one of the sites where defenses were erected during the War of the Spanish Succession (1702-1713).

The Tattoo runs from July 1 until mid-August on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 11:00 am and 3:00 pm (weather permitting). The Signal Hill Tattoo is a ‘must-see’ tourist attraction.

Signal Hill Tattoo parade of military officers with union jack English British flag marching across the field with furry hats and traditional red garb and attire and gaskets, a must-see tourist attraction in Newfoundland and Labardor
Richard Murdey, Flickr

Signal Hill Tattoo parade with guns, drums, music on grassy field in St. John's, NL, a top tier travel entertainment cultural and historical event
Richard Murdey, Flickr

Blueberry Picking On Signal Hill

Blueberry fever hits Newfoundland’s most historic hill usually during the first week of August (depending on the summer weather). A cooler spring, warmer fall in recent years has seen an abundance of blueberries lasting well into September.

This is a favorite summer pastime of mine since I was a little boy, grazing the hills for these tasty, healthy treats with my Nan and Pop, a wonderful childhood experience.

Signal Hill is covered in blueberries and you will see droves of people picking away, but they are not always in clear view, they tend to grow amidst low-lying shrubs. A little effort on your part will yield a bountiful reward!

bowl of healthy, wild and organic Newfoundland blueberries, a wellness travel foodie activity
meanderweb, Flickr

family travel with mom and son blueberry picking in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, wellness and fun rolled up in one
© Newfoundland & Labrador Tourism

Quidi Vidi Village

Quidi Vidi is the only community in the province that is actually referred to as a village. Pronounced “Kiddy Viddy” Or “Kwi-Dee Vi-Dee”, it’s an exceptionally charming and scenic St. John’s neighborhood. 

Situated around a well-protected harbor, known locally as “The Gut”, it is a tiny sheltered corner of the east coast that gives you a glimpse of the Atlantic Ocean from inside “The Gut”.

Quidi Vidi is home to four centuries of settlement. Historically, it was a fishing village but became active after World War II for the construction of nearby U.S. Pepperrell Air Force Base in Pleasantville.

Today Quidi Vidi is now a part of St. John’s, though it still possesses a distinctly rural, small-town feel. It is also very easy to explore on foot, taking you no more than 10 minutes from start to finish.

harbor view of quidi vidi village with boats, blue sky, clouds and forested hills in St. John's, NL, a cultural holiday must-see
Ayrcan, Flickr

authentic and charming wellness heritage travel watching brightly colored fishing stages and boats in harbour with rock wall at quidi vidi village in St. John's, NL
Robin Dawes, Flickr

Dee Jay Charters

Dee Jay’s recently celebrated 25 years in service and is one of the finest adventure boat tours in all of NL with a crew that is friendly, welcoming and highly knowledgeable.

Your 2.5-hour ocean excursion takes place aboard their vessel the Shanadithi II, a 42′ Cape Island style tour boat that combines the best of a big boat and that of a zodiac. Departures take place from downtown St. John’s at Pier 6. 

Sailing out through the famous harbor narrows, you navigate in and around picturesque Quidi Vidi Village. From here you visit Cape Spear, the most easterly point in all of North America. Finally, you will travel through Blackhead Bay, Deadman’s Bay and Freshwater Bay.

On your journey, you will have the opportunity to see majestic icebergs, magnificent whales, countless species of delightful seabirds (including the famous puffin) and of course Newfoundland’s breathtaking coastal beauty. A tour with Dee Jay Charters is to experience the most amazing natural wonders on our planet!

Footnote: they also offer ocean cod jigging and “screech-ins” (become an honorary Newfoundlander), So contact ahead for details!

dee jay charters boat travelling through the Atlantic Ocean in Newfoundland, a sensational iceberg, whale and seabird boat tour experience
© Dee Jay charters

a thrilling travel adventure encounter seeing two killer whales aboard dee jay charters boat in the Atlantic Ocean in Newfoundland, Canada
© Dee Jay charters

a female tourist aboard dee jay charters boat in the Atlantic Ocean in Newfoundland, Canada, holding a huge chunk of ice from iceberg in the background, a happy and adventurous vacation experience
© Dee Jay charters

female tourist aboard dee jay charters boat in the Atlantic Ocean in Newfoundland, Canada, cod jigging, pulling up fish on line and smiling, an eco adventure must-do on your travels to St. John's
© Dee Jay charters

a guy smiling on deck of dee jay charters boat tour with massive iceberg right behind him and the coastline of Newfoundland, a thrilling adventure holiday travel must-do
© Dee Jay charters

two tourists aboard dee jay charters boat tour are in awe as a humpback whale breaches with beautiful coastline of Newfoundland on a sunny, summer travel day
© Dee Jay charters

Inn Of Olde Pub

Standing outside the pub, you could not possibly imagine what surprises await you inside this odd looking structure. 

Dimly-lit with a low ceiling and sloping floor, the Inn Of Olde is really someone’s basement turned into a charming pub that has retained its old essence.

Upon entering, you will immediately marvel at the countless memorabilia and antiques adorning the walls and ceiling. This eclectic assortment of treasures, worthy of a museum, has a feel of visiting an aunt or grandmother.

Owner Linda Hennebury, your host, is funny and charming with a heart of gold and personality to match. Take a seat, have a cold beer and try some of Linda’s delicious sea fish chowder as she shares some wonderful Newfoundland love and amazing stories that will keep you laughing.

Food options are limited but reasonably priced particularly for those travelers on a budget. This place is hopping at night too with a great bunch of locals who are very welcoming to “come from aways”. The Inn of Olde is also the go-to spot for your “Screech In” (become a certified honorary Newfoundlander)!

Don’t miss this amazing little gem, feel what it is like to be a local Newfoundlander and share in some wonderful people offering true authentic hospitality. Be sure to give Linda a hug before you leave!

white exterior of Inn Of Olde Pub in Quidi Vidi Village, St. John's, NL, Canada, an authentic and entertaining cultural heritage experiential must-do
haven't the slightest, Flickr

beer painting with newfoundland map at Inn Of Olde Pub in Quidi Vidi Village, St. John's, NL, Canada, a folk art, cultural travel site
Jeremy T. Hetzel, Flickr

women smiling playing guitar with fellow band-member playing a banjo at a tightly packed Inn Of Olde Pub in Quidi Vidi Village, St. John's, NL, Canada, a music, cultural heritage, authentic entertainment holiday experience
Zach Bonnell, Flickr

two male musicians play guitar inside Inn of Olde in Quidi Vidi Village, Newfoundland with wall of historical knickknacks and artifacts behind them, an enriching experiential travel must-see
Zach Bonnell, Flickr

Mallard Cottage

Where else in Canada can you experience exceptional dining at an 18th Century vernacular style cottage? 

This former large, rambling antique shop (a National Historic Site and one of the oldest wooden buildings in North America) was painstakingly restored over a two year period by sommelier Todd Perrin and team. 

Today Mallard Cottage has been transformed into a top Canadian foodie locale (all the while retaining its rustic charm and historic integrity). The food here is inventive, sustainably sourced, delicious and fresh. Their specialty is seafood and wild game.

Mallard Cottage is also never content with the foodie status quo with a menu that is always changing, a culinary art gallery of sorts. Seats are increasingly difficult to come by so be sure you make reservations.

exterior of Mallard Cottage dining restaurant with white clapboard and green trim in St. John's, NL Canada, an authentic, award winning foodie travel spot
Image Via http://www.saltandserenity.com/

crowd of customers eating inside the Mallard Cottage dining restaurant in St. John's, NL Canada, a world class, authentic, sustainable vacation eatery
© Mallard Cottage

Paris breast at Mallard Cottage dining restaurant in St. John's, NL Canada, a delicious meal for travelers to order
Paris Breast, ewinchiu, Flickr

roast pork at Mallard Cottage dining restaurant in St. John's, NL Canada, yummy food eating holiday
Roast Pork, ewinchiu, Flickr

seafood and vegetable stir fry supper at Mallard Cottage dining restaurant in St. John's, NL Canada, a wellness food trip to take in
© Mallard Cottage

women smiling at Mallard Cottage restaurant in St. John's, NL, this is healthy wellness holiday
Jeremy T. Hetzel, Flickr

dessert table with bottles of wine underneath at Mallard Cottage in Newfoundland and Labrador, a delightful restaurant dining travel experience
© Mallard Cottage

Quidi Vidi Village Plantation

Quidi Vidi Village Plantation serves as a craft enterprise incubator and is a major St. John’s hub for creative activity. 

This beautiful building atop its own wharf was designed to reflect the fishing stages and fish plants that occupied the site since the 1600s.

Housed on its upper level are several artists’ studios where you will meet passionate artisans in their creative element. Say hello, get to know their process and see all the hard work and unique methods that go into the crafting of their products.

The diverse artistic mediums here range from textiles to ceramic, from print-making to handmade soaps, which is nothing short of inspirational!

A visit here is a rare insight into how these innovative craftspeople create their one-of-a-kind works. The artisans are amazing and the shopping experience is outstanding, further enriched by the opportunity to chat with its makers. 

Its lower level is also a popular event venue that showcases a wide range of local talent including musicians and entertainers.

exterior, orange facade of Quidi Vidi Village Plantation in St. John's, Newfoundland, a creative hub an artistic and craft holiday experience
B D T, Flickr

band performing at Quidi Vidi Village Plantation in St. John's, Newfoundland with picturesque harbour behind them, a cultural heritage and wellness vacation
Zach Bonnell, Flickr

artist demonstrates her weaving craft on wheel at Quidi Vidi Village Plantation, St. John's, NL, Canada, an authentic and inspirational creative experiential travel holiday
© Quidi Vidi Village Plantation

upstairs looking into craft rooms at Quidi Vidi Village Plantation, St. John's, NL, Canada, a creative artist hub and artistic travel learning holiday
© Quidi Vidi Village Plantation

two artists painting ceramics in front of large bay window overlooking harbour and rock and hills at Quidi Vidi Village Plantation, St. John's, NL, Canada, an informative and learning vacation experience
© Quidi Vidi Village Plantation

artist sewing fabric with machine at Quidi Vidi Village Plantation, St. John's, NL, Canada, a wellness and creative culture learning trip
© Quidi Vidi Village Plantation

Quidi Vidi Brewery, Tour & Newfie Kitchen Party

Quidi Vidi Brewery is an independent brewing company (NL’s largest craft brewery) with deep cultural roots in the area. To begin, a guided tour of their wonderful brewing facility is a must. See where iceberg beer is made and sample their eight brands of world-class award-winning beers that are on tap!

Friday evenings, beginning at 5:30, they also host a Newfoundland “kitchen party”. This is a fun-filled boisterous event featuring live local music by the brew crew band. Their foot-stomping performance will have you up on the floor in no time.

Quidi Vidi Brewery has wonderful staff and tour guides offering tons of Newfoundland spirit, humor and knowledge. It is well worth the visit!

exterior of Quidi Vidi Brewery with green clapboard next to docks in st. john's, Newfoundland, a cultural and beer travel must-see
haven't the slightest, Flickr

folk art of viking drinking quidi vidi beer, a wellness travel point of interest in St. John's, NL
B D T, Flickr

crowds of people dancing at a Newfoundland Kitchen party at quidi vidi brewery in st. john's, an authentic cultural immersion travel vacation
© Quidi Vidi Village Brewery

quidi vidi beer brands, a cultural experiential learning holiday in Newfoundland and Labrador
© Quidi Vidi Village Brewery

dockside overlooking harbour on a warm, sunny summer evening at Quidi Vidi Brewery, a cultural wellness trip
© Quidi Vidi Village Brewery

group of tourists at picnic table overlooking harbour at Quidi Vidi Brewery tasting beers, a happy and fun holiday experience
© Quidi Vidi Village Brewery

brewery beer, lager and ale tour in Quidi Vidi, St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada, authentic heritage travels
jessica, Flickr

brewery tank on a lager, ale and beer making facility tour, an educational and informative cultural, experiential learning holiday on the rock in St. John's, NL
jessica, Flickr

Quidi Vidi Battery

Quidi Vidi Battery is a reconstruction of a British coastal battery dating to 1812. Situated at the mouth of Quidi Vidi Harbour, it sits upon an archaeological site excavated by the province in 1965 and 1995.

Quidi Vidi Battery represents an important period in Newfoundland history, one of 12 coastal military installations the British designed to protect St. John’s from an attack overland.

First opened in 1967, it was the first Provincial Historic Site developed by the province that opened to the public. In keeping with the period of 1812, the site consists of a barracks, gun deck with two cannons and two carronades and a powder magazine, all enclosed by a wooden palisade.

Quidi Vidi Battery was the longest-lived coastal battery, manned by British military personnel until British forces left Newfoundland in 1870, a true testament to its strategic importance.

This is a beautiful place to begin or end your tour of Quidi Vidi Village. Come learn about our fascinating military history, enjoy the natural landscape and take in the crisp Newfoundland ocean air.

entrance to battery at gut at quidi vidi village, St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada with wooden fence and historical sign, history and travel
© 2011 Brockway Entertainment

battery with cannons in the gut at quidi vidi village, St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada, an authentic military travel experience
Johnathan Nightingale | Flickr

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