A weekend in Newfoundland! What a great idea! If it is your first time to the island you may find yourself wanting to stick in St John’s to have the opportunity to explore the city thoroughly.
OR you may think, “Hell, I want to see as much of this strange place as possible in my three days!”
If you’re more interested in the former, I would recommend having a look at my chockablock 1 Day in NL itinerary. Especially the “Bit more time up your sleeve” section. Because in all seriousness you could take those activities and spread them out, giving yourself a more leisurely experience, and having the opportunity to revisit the things that you really enjoyed.
If you’re coming to Newfoundland for a weekend and looking to see as much as possible, you should consider spending a night or two out of St John’s. If you’re not renting a car, you’ll be jumping on the shuttles from St John’s, most of which leave in the early afternoon, returning first thing the following morning.
Our top pick for a city-escape is obviously the Bonavista Peninsula.
I mean, who doesn’t want to walk one of the Top 3 Coastal trails in Canada, and one of the top-10 in the world. Where is this, you ask? Our very own Skerwink Trail.
Not to mention the world-class Rising Tide Theater in the picturesque town of Trinity. Here guests are privy to a selection of powerful stories of Newfoundlanders, both new and old, set in the original fishing houses from the 18th century.
3 Epic Days in Newfoundland:
Day 1 – Arrive in St John’s and take a few hours exploring the city.
Check out The Rocket Bakery for some coffee and a sandwich for lunch
Take a walk up Signal Hill, and enjoy the views. Keep an eye out for whales.
Head back into town for dinner, see 1 Day in NL for our top picks in St John’s
After Dinner, check out The Rooms, they often have evening events on the go. Or head to George Street for a beer, and get Screeched In at Christian’s Pub!
Day 2 – Wake up early for the sunrise at Cape Spear, or catch some extra ZZZs if you’re feeling a bit rough after the Screeching ceremony
Head to breakfast at the Bagel Cafe, Rocket Bakery, or Jumping Bean.
If you have wheels, I would hit the road after breakfast, getting you into Port Rexton around lunchtime. If you’re on the shuttle, you’ll get into town around 5pm, so make sure you’ve eaten before they collect you.
If you’re on the Bonavista Peninsula for lunch head to the Two Whales Cafe or the Mercantile for a delicious soup and sandwich, before checking into your accommodation.
After lunch, or when you get off the shuttle, hit the Skerwink Trail – 5km loop that you will not regret! Make sure you have space on your camera…
From the hike you can loop straight to the Port Rexton Brewery for delicious hand crafted ales.
Head back to your accommodation, freshen up, and get some dinner sorted. Not cooking for yourself? See our list of local places to eat here!
Consider attending a show at the Rising Tide Theater at 7pm, be sure to pre-book, as they can sell out.
Head to bed.
Day 3 – Have breakfast at your accommodation – or head to the Mercantile for a light breakfast of home-smoked salmon on a fresh bagel with cream cheese…
Shuttlers will be on the bus at 7:30am, and be back in St John’s for lunch.
Drivers have some time to check out the town of Trinity, see the heritage buildings, and maybe take a walk up Gun Hill to get fantastic panoramic views of the area, before heading back to St John’s in the early afternoon.
In St John’s take a trip out to Quidi Vidi- a 40 minute walk from downtown. Enjoy a tour of the brewery, and head into the Plantation for arts and crafts.
Head back into town for a delicious dinner, before making your way to the Underbelly for a nightcap.
Day 4 –Head home!
Bit more time up your sleeve?
Why not take a drive around the Bonavista Peninsula?
One addition I would make to a weekend trip to Newfoundland if you have a bit of extra time, is to do the 3-4h Route 230/235 loop around the Bonavista Peninsula. Within a few hours you have the opportunity to see a puffin colony up-close, a beautiful Provincial Park, and to grab a meal at the Bonavista Social Club or Boreal Diner in Bonavista. Not to mention the countless whale-watching opportunities all along the coastline.