When you build your home at Tranquil Point, you’ll soon discover that right on your doorstep are a wealth of opportunities to enjoy both natural and man-made marvels. For example, the East Coast Trail runs from Portugal Cove in the north to Cappahayden in the south, running through St. John’s and Tranquil Point on the way.
Following the paths of the East Coast Trail will take you on an unforgettable adventure past towering cliffs and headlands, sea stacks, deep fjords, and a natural wave-driven geyser known as the Spout. Along the way, you may be lucky enough to encounter some of the wildlife highlights of the region, including several species of whale, the world’s southernmost caribou herd, seabird colonies, and even ecological reserves.
Newfoundland and Labrador has an interesting history that has shaped the way people live and work to this very day. In around 1000 AD, Vikings are believed to have settled briefly in L’Anse aux Meadows, which is located south of Greenland and faces out to the Labrador Sea.
The city of St. John’s is thought to have received its European name when Italian explorer John Cabot arrived in 1497, supposedly on the feast day of Saint John the Baptist. From around the year 1500, European explorers and fishermen from England, Portugal, Netherlands, France, and Spain explored the region and fishing expeditions came seasonally.
When visiting Newfoundland and Labrador, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to immerse yourself in the local culture via hands-on learning experiences. Getting involved is a great way to ensure that Newfoundland and Labrador remain a part of you, long after you’ve gone.
The Newfoundland and Labrador Tourist Board website lists a range of opportunities to immerse yourself in local traditions. For example, you can arrange to hear stories and legends that are filled with old-world charm, and coloured by Irish, English, French, and Indigenous influences.
The height of summer is a great time to drive north of Tranquil Point to St. John’s for 11 days of festivals and fun. This includes the historic Royal St. John’s Regatta, a family-friendly Buskers Festival, and the lively George Street Festival.
And for those who’d like some world-class cuisine to go with their entertainment, Elliston’s Roots, Rants and Roars combines celebrity chefs with music and storytelling, as does The Gathering in Burlington.