Exploring St. John’s East — Part II

Part two of exploring St. John’s East takes you to the Quidi Vidi’s: the lake and road. Your visit here will complete your full circumnavigation around the Battery, Signal Hill, and Quidi Vidi, three exceptional enclaves of historic St. John’s.

Stay At The Sheraton

Sheraton Hotel is ideally situated to begin exploring historic St. John’s East, directly overlooking St. John’s Harbor, the ‘Narrows‘, and Signal Hill.

Each room is beautifully appointed with exquisite furnishings, luxurious décor, and sumptuous dining. A fitness center and pool are situated on the lower lobby, as well as, Rosewood Spa, in the hotel lobby, for personal pampering and relaxation. Lane Gallery is also located in the hotel lobby to view world-class NL photography.

a relaxing hotel vacation stay at the Sheraton Hotel downtown St. John's, Newfoundland

Sheraton Dining


Oppidan is an absolute hidden foodie gem. Dining here rivals any haute restaurant in the city (without breaking the bank) with an award-winning menu from Chef Roary MacPherson, Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador’s “Restaurateur of the Year”.

Meals at Oppidan are freshly prepared, beautifully presented, and delicious, with popular selections like pan-fried cod, seafood platter, Newfoundland screech glazed salmon, and Atlantic lobster ravioli. The ambience here is intimate and classy with spectacular city views.relaxing holiday travels smiling and enjoying cheesecake and fruit bowl at oppidan in the Sheraton Hotel downtown St. John's, Newfoundland a healthy food travel option with a plate of vegetable garden salad in the Sheraton Hotel downtown St. John's, Newfoundland oppidan dining room


Biver (rhymes with shiver) are for those with a less hearty appetite seeking a less formal setting. Creative, imaginative, and locally relevant small plates are carefully paired here with local craft beers and wines.

local and international cuisine travel at biver dining restaurant in the Sheraton Hotel downtown St. John's, Newfoundland

Row Quidi Vidi Lake

St. John’s Rowing Club is the only slide seat rowing club in all of Newfoundland. Located at Quidi Vidi Lake Boathouse, they offer learn-to-row programs geared towards all ages and experiences.

This is a wonderful opportunity to get out on this beautiful 1,600 meter (1 mile) long lake for fun and fitness. An easy, 3.9 kilometer (2.4 mile), 50 minute, trail also loops around the lake.

Note Situated inside the boathouse, you shall also find the Royal St. John’s Regatta Museum.

a wellness holiday and exercise on your Newfoundland travel to St. John's in a boat gliding down quidi vidi lake, with hills and dusk and sun setting in background

Attend The Royal St. John’s Regatta

The Regatta is the oldest continuous sporting event in North America with its own coat of arms and Latin motto “Certamen Traditione Regatur”, meaning “Let the Contest be Governed by Tradition”.

Held on the first Wednesday in August (weather permitting) at beautiful Quidi Vidi Lake, the Regatta is much more than NL’s most favorite sport, but one of the best summer social events in the city. Here you will find concessionaires offering all types of food, treats, and games of chance with throngs of people flocking lakeside to watch the races.

Five rowing crews make up a race, beginning and ending at the head of the lake, but not before they “turn the buoys” at the halfway point on the other end, a spectacular feat of athleticism and teamwork.

Tip If large crowds are not your thing, perch yourself hillside, adjacent to Workplace NL on Forest Road, for that perfect vantage point to watch the races. Do not forget to bring your binoculars.

a family travel experience at the colorful concession stands and games of chance at quidi vidi lake at Royal St. John’s Regatta, the oldest sporting event in North America in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

Stroll The Anglican Cemetery

Anglican Cemetery, located at the corner of Empire Avenue and Forest Road, adjacent to Quidi Vidi Lake, is one of the most beautiful cemeteries in St. John’s with countless maple trees that serve as a natural canopy. This peaceful, reflective and idyllic refuge is a sheer delight to stroll through. Take time to read some of the many headstones and graves dating back hundreds of years.

Among the identified buried here include Newfoundland Prime Ministers, victims of the Knights of Columbus Hostel Fire, which occurred in St. John’s on 12th December 1942, as well as numerous casualties from the First and Second World Wars.

a historical and moving point of interest to visit on your authentic Newfoundland holiday to the headstones and graves at the Anglican Cemetery and burial site in City of St. John's, NL

Walkabout Forest Road & King’s Bridge Road

For a taste of old world opulence, look no further than the heritage homes lining Forest Road and King’s Bridge Road. These former British merchant houses are architectural beauties standing beneath a dense canopy of mature maple leaf trees. A walkabout here echoes a bygone era.

a history travel point of interest on any NL experiential travel holiday is to view historical and heritage architecture house with white porch on Forest Road Extension & King’s Bridge Road in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

Visit Quidi Vidi Pewter

Quidi Vidi Pewter is home to local metal artist Ray Cox, a pewter smith originally from Connecticut who came to Newfoundland in 1972 and never looked back. Inside this cute studio, on Quidi Vidi Road, are original, one of a kind, works that encompass two dimensional and three-dimensional pieces.

Ray’s remarkable and unusual creations include “Air Cast” pewter bowls and “Natural Colour” motifs including whales and whale tails, trees, and the mummer series. One of his cast pewter bowls was even given by then Governor General Adrienne Clarkson to Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles as a wedding present.

Note Ray works irregular hours, so contact him for appointment.Ray-Cox4948e3f27d80ce96663fe2ef6b50ea65an artistic experiential holiday experience viewing a beautifully created metal alloy silver plate by Quidi Vidi Hand Wrought Pewter in Newfoundland and Labrador Canadaphoto

Shop At Belbin’s Grocery

Belbin’s, on Quidi Vidi Road, is a neighborhood grocer that has been in business for over 50 years, having survived and prospered based on good ole fashion values. They take pride in highly personalized service, including home delivery for just $3.99. Some of the finest cuts of meat in the city can be found here, as well as, a wide selection of local NL products that keep bringing back the faithful.

a where to shop food place on your holiday at Belbin's Grocery Store on Quidi Vidi Road in St. John's, Newfoundland an authentic food holiday viewing the display case at Belbin's Grocery Store on Quidi Vidi Road in St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada including jigg's dinner and seal flipper pie

Stop Into Alexis Templeton Studio

Alexis is a real gem for the city of St. John’s. At her lovely craft studio, on Quidi Vidi Road, she makes magnificent pottery beautifully finished in several distinctive glazes. Her celebrated creations can be even found adorning the fine dining tables at Raymond’s on Water Street, one of the top restaurants in all of Canada.

Note Alexis also holds classes at her studio, your hands-on experience in her craft.a creative vacation at Alexis Templeton Studio in Newfoundland, CanadaDSCF5778-1600x1200Version 2IMG_1399-e1493679331615-1200x1600-2-1600x1096tempelton0562-1600x1068

Grab A Bite At International Flavours

A fixture on the St. John’s foodie scene for nearly two decades, International Flavours, located at the corner of Signal Hill Road and Quidi Vidi Road, presents authentic homemade Pakistani Cuisine fused with Middle East and African flavours.

Menu options are limited, but prices are economical and portions are big and delicious. Main plates are a fresh mix of fragrant basmati rice, spiced lentils, and colourful stir-fry vegetables served with or without chicken or lamb. This is a small, no-frills spot that has big flavor.

middle eastern cuisine foody holiday with a plate of lentils at International Flavours in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador