Private jet charter and flights to St John's
Private jet charter and flights to St John's
The provincial capital of Newfoundland and Labrador is a city of superlatives. St John’s is North America’s oldest and eastern-most settlement (excluding Greenland) and arguably the continent’s most colourful city. Downtown’s famous rainbow houses pop perfectly against a clear blue sky or bring much-needed colour to an overcast Atlantic coast day; while the city’s setting on the breathtaking inlet of The Narrows only adds to the magazine cover-worthy vistas. Get a fast qoute from Air Charter Service to charter a private jet to St John's.
Perhaps due to its far-flung setting on the very edge of the continent, St John’s moves to the beat of its own drum. It even has its own time zone, with the day starting half an hour earlier than in the rest of Atlantic Canada. The city’s heritage revolves around the fishing industry and the fact that it’s one of the New World’s most coveted settlements, passing back and forth between the French, Basques, Dutch and British during its 500-year history.
Travel guides frequently liken St John’s to the American city of San Francisco, and there are certainly similarities between the two – hills climb steeply from the harbour, streets are lined with characterful Victorian houses and there’s an artsy, bohemian vibe. In St John’s, much of the action takes place along Downtown’s George Street, a narrow road that stretches 300 metres a couple of blocks back from the waterfront. The semi-pedestrianised street is lined with restaurants, pubs and live music venues where an eclectic range of bands play each night. A block to the east is Water Street, considered to be one of North America’s oldest roads. The sailors, mariners and merchants who once traded here have been replaced with shoppers, diners and revellers; however, many of the mid-19th-century buildings still remain.
Aside from Downtown’s colourful historic buildings, the city’s most famous spot is Signal Hill. Its elevated position overlooking the harbour and surrounding area once made it the perfect spot for the area’s primary military defences; and today makes it a great place to see incredible views of St John’s and the Atlantic Ocean. As well as the fine vistas, the hill has an important place in the history of communications – it was on this spot in the early 20th Century that the first transatlantic wireless signal was received by Guglielmo Marconi.
One of our favourite spots in the city is the Battery, just to the east of Signal Hill. This pretty-as-a-picture neighbourhood’s colourful clapboard houses seem to cling to the cliffs at the entrance to the harbour. Another local area worth a visit is the old fishing village of Quidi Vidi, which is home to a battery of the same name. This National Historic Site is a reconstruction of a British battery that was originally built to protect the region from an overland attack in the late 18th Century.
Approximately seven miles southeast of St John’s is the beautiful Cape Spear. The rugged cliffs here mark the easternmost point in Canada and North America (excluding Greenland) and are home to Newfoundland’s oldest surviving lighthouse. Arrive before dawn to be one of the first people on the continent to see the sunrise; then visit the lighthouse to discover what life was like for its mid-19th Century keepers. You can also hike along the spectacular East Coast Trail, which follows the Avalon Peninsula’s spectacular coast between Cape Broyle and Cape St Francis. Depending on which time of year you visit, you may see drifting icebergs or breaching whales as you walk or just sit in the shadow of the lighthouse.
Continue southwards from Cape Spear and you’ll reach the coastal community of Ferryland which is known for its thriving Celtic cultures and traditions. A couple of must-see sights in the area include the Colony of Avalon, one of the best preserved early English settlements in North America, and Ferryland Head, another of Newfoundland’s lighthouses. One of the most unique culinary experiences in Canada, Lighthouse Picnics, can be enjoyed here. Pick a spot by the historic building for your gourmet al fresco lunch and enjoy the views of the stunning coastline, the northern Atlantic Ocean and, if you’re really lucky, one of Iceberg Alley’s drifting ice towers. This is surely one of the most picturesque picnics in the world.
St John’s and the Avalon Peninsula are served by the city’s international airport. Simply contact one of our team and we will arrange everything you need to charter a private jet to St John’s, Newfoundland.