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St. John’s, a city on Newfoundland island off Canada’s Atlantic coast, is the capital of Newfoundland and Labrador province. Its harbour was settled by the British in the 1600s. Downtown is known for its colourful row houses. Above the city is Signal Hill with walking trails and the site of the first transatlantic wireless communication, Cabot Tower, which commemorates John Cabot’s discovery of Newfoundland.
Downtown is home to Water Street’s historic district and George Street’s pubs and entertainment. Overlooking the city, The Rooms is a museum complex showcasing the region’s heritage and fine art. The 1855 Basilica-Cathedral of St. John the Baptist stands nearby. To the south, Cape Spear is North America’s easternmost point and a historic site marked by a 19th-century lighthouse. The city lies on the cliffside East Coast Trail, which offers 540 kilometres of wilderness hiking along the Atlantic coast. Boat tours from the harbour are popular for viewing humpback whales, puffins and icebergs.