Location and Local Attractions

At Wit's Inn is located in downtown St. John's, the oldest city in North America. We are close to the many historic sites found in the city including Signal Hill National Historic Site, Commissariat House Provincial Historic Site, Fort Amherst and Quidi Vidi village. We are a short walk from the beautiful Roman Catholic Basilica and Anglican Cathedral.

Signal Hill National Historic SiteFluvariumEast Coast Trail SystemCape St. Mary's Seabird Ecological ReserveThe BatteryIce Flows off the Coast


We are also within easy walking distance to many other attractions such as the Provincial Museum and Art Gallery found at The Rooms, Government House, Bannerman Park, the Johnston Geo Centre and the Railway Coastal Museum.

St. John's is a hiker's paradise. There are numerous beautiful trails throughout the city. Together they form The Grand Concourse. We are close to a number of trails including the trail along the Rennies River which will take you to Pippy Park and the Fluvarium, the many trails of the Signal Hill National Historic Site and a walk around Quidi Vidi Lake. If you like longer hikes, the East Coast Trail is easily accessed from many places in St. John's or surrounding areas.

St. John's can also be used as a base for full or half day trips to a variety of beautiful and interesting locations. Cape Spear Lighthouse National Historic Site, the most easterly point in North America, is only 17 km away, while thousands of breeding gannets can be found at Cape St. Mary's Seabird Ecological Reserve which is a 2 hr drive away. Even closer to St. John's is Cupids, the first settlement in Canada (1610), and Hawthorne Cottage National Historic Site in Brigus. Just south of St. John's you will find the communities of Bay Bulls and Witless Bay where you can take a whale and seabird tour and the Colony of Avalon, Lord Baltimore's 1621 settlement in Ferryland.

If you would like to learn more about the things to see and do in St. John's and other parts of Newfoundland and Labrador, please contact the city and/or provincial visitor centres or the St. John's Visitor's Kiosk.