Quidi Vidi is one of the most picturesque places in St. John’s. A small fishing village within the capital city, Quidi Vidi is a step back in time with its stages, wharfs, and winding roads. Still an active fishing community, it’s not uncommon to see fishermen with their daily catch while icebergs, whales, and seals float by.
We set up in front of one of the most photographed fishing stages in the community. Dancer Justin Power, who runs the Hotspot at Quidi Vidi Brewery every second Wednesday, was inspired by Lakim’s disco groove and the serene surroundings. In this video, his fun, bouncy vibe is so infectious you can hardly tell his shoe falls off halfway through the take.
If you have a day to explore, Quidi Vidi is filled with must-sees and dos. Quidi Vidi Brewery, the first craft brewery in the province, sits right on the water and serves the famous Iceberg Beer. Mallard Cottage, one of the top restaurants in Canada, is known for its farm-to-table menu and heritage atmosphere. Linda’s, also known as the Inn of Olde, is the perfect place to grab a drink, explore the quaint space filled with knickknacks, and hear stories from some of the original residents of the village.
The East Coast Trail and Signal Hill hiking trails also run through Quidi Vidi village, with two trails offering stunning vistas and moderate hiking. Sugar Loaf Path heads north and is a pretty steep incline, but once you reach the top the views of St. John’s, the village, and the sprawling ocean are unparalleled. Going south, Cuckolds Cove links to the Signal Hill Trail network, and you can often see whales, eagles, and the occasional iceberg from the trail.
There’s a lot of activity in the idyllic Quidi Vidi village, and you’ll often see hikers, foodies, and locals gathering or hoping on a fishing boat to catch some fresh cod. If you’re in the area, be sure to head to the Hotspot to learn the hustle and some break dancing and hip hop moves.