Greater St. John's
It was flooded by oceans, scoured by glaciers, and landscaped into an amazing geographical creation with rocks, cliffs, coves and bays. From the brightly-painted homes of Petty Harbour to the picturesque coves of Wittless Bay, the greater St. John's area brings together many different aspects of Newfoundland life. The area was originally settled by English and Irish colonists who arrived as early as the 1600's, and tales of their early fishing and farming adventures continue to be passed on. The area offers much in the way of short day trips from St. John's. This year, National Geographic named the Avalon Peninsula as the very top of 99 coastal tourism destinations in the world, beating out popular seaside travel spots in Wales, New Zealand, Hawaii, Italy, Australia and other provinces within Canada.