The provincial capital and by far the largest city in the province, St. John’s is a wonderful, lively mix of history, culture, scenery and humour. At the heart of the hilly city is the harbour, surrounded by many carefully-restored historic buildings and old rowhouses painted so colourfully they’re known as the Jellybean Houses. Must-sees? Signal Hill (site of the world’s first transatlantic wireless message transmission), the Johnson Geo Centre and the dramatic new museum/art gallery called The Rooms. Accommodation ranges from brand names (Fairmont, Delta) to heritage inns and charming B&Bs. Make time to sample Ches’s Fish & Chips…and come nightfall, battle your thirst on George Street – famous for its 20 pubs and bars within two blocks.