CUCCOA - Conference Pre/Post Tours

CUCCOA 2017 Annual Conference Pre and Post Tours


Things to Do

Arranged Activities

For you enjoyment throughout your stay at CUCCOA 2017 we have arranged various tours with McCarthy’s Party. To view and book some of these excursions, please click HERE


Local Attractions

Signal Hill

A popular landmark, Signal Hill  offers a multitude of hikes coastal views. It was also the site of St. John’s harbour defences from the 17th century to the Second World War and where Marconi received the world’s first transatlantic wireless signal in 1901.


Geo Centre

Open since 2002, the Geo Centre houses exhibit galleries related to our planet and provincial geology, oil and gas exploration, natural resources, space exploration, and the Titanic disaster. Located on Signal Hill make it a day, walk to the top, and enjoy the view and brush up on your history.


The Rooms Museum

The Rooms is a place for those who live here and those who want to experience it fully. It’s a destination and a journey. A gathering place, a creative space and a cultural centre as distinct and unique as Newfoundland and Labrador. The Rooms is a short walk from the Sheraton and has a lovely café with sweeping views of the Harbour.


North Atlantic Ziplines (NAZ)

NAZ is Canada's longest Zipline course. Soar along the rugged coastline and view the historic fishing village of Petty Harbour from 10 zip lines ranging from 300 to 2,200 feet in length. About a 15 minute drive from the Sheraton. While you’re there have lunch at Chafes Landing to experience some local flavors along the way!


Boat and Sightseeing Tours

Ocean Quest Adventures  

Iceberg Quest Ocean Tours




Short Trips

Cape Spear (20 minute drive) – as east as you get. Make sure you climb up to the lighthouse.

Petty Harbour  Local fishing village with antique shops, zip lining, and a touch tank aquarium.  Home of Alan Doyle of Great Big Sea (15-20 minute drive).

Brigus   A pretty little village, and nice relaxing stroll. In the same area visit Cupids Archaeological Site, the first English Settlement in Canada (1 hour drive).

Irish Loop A scenic drive down the Southern Shore of Avalon peninsula, visit the Ferryland Colony of Avalon archaeology dig and have a picnic lunch at the Lighthouse (reservations highly recommended; afternoon outing, or better part of a day if you go around the whole loop).

Cape St Mary’s Bird Sanctuary Big cliffs and rocks so covered in birds all you see is feathers (afternoon).

Baccalieu Trail Northern part of the Avalon including Northern Bay Sands Provincial Park (full day).


Hiking and Walking

Quidi Vidi Lake and Village Historic fishing village with its own brewery and a craft collective. There’s a trail that runs around the lake and all the way to Signal Hill. Do NOT try to climb Signal Hill from the ocean side unless you are in decent shape. There are some very steep, very long stairs.

Bowring Park and Pippy Park are popular easy walks and fun way to spend an hour or two or take in the Grand Concourse and enjoy other walking trails within the city.

The East Coast Trail also encompasses the city and beyond and has walks for every level.

Historic Cupids is located on the shores of one of a string of scenic harbours that punctuate the coast of Conception Bay North, and again has trails for all levels.



Food and Drink

Water Street and Duckworth Street offer many cafes and restaurants, everything from decent pub grub to the award-winning Raymonds

The Rooms café for lunch or brunch on weekends, it is hands down the best view in the city. 

Bacalao Restaurant and Mallard Cottage  are slightly outside the main downtown area, but both specialize in upscale local fare, but within walking distance. Reservations for Mallard Cottage brunch need to be made weeks in advance, so if it’s on your agenda, book in advance!

Chafe's Landing in Petty Harbour has rave reviews of its fish and chips, a must while you’re in St. John’s.

And no trip to St. John’s would be complete without a visit to George Street.  Stroll through during the day and again at night!

Important Dates





Pre/Post Tours


What To Bring





Contact Us

Conference Co-Chairs:

Mary Garnier

Yuri Gidge



Carol Ford
[email protected]


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