Quidi Vidi Village, St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Quidi Vidi Village, one of the oldest fishing villages in North America, is a beautiful ocean-front community located in the east end of St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada.
One of the first thing people tend to notice when entering Quidi Vidi Village is the proximity of the homes along narrow streets and the friendly demeanour of the residents. One is immediately struck with a step-back-in-time feel. The smell of fresh clothes hung to dry on clotheslines and the creative lawn displays on many properties represent of cultural values of the village.
The historic interest and vibrant colors of the ocean front stilt homes in Quidi Vidi "Gut" (Quidi Vidi harbor) are just a few things that many visitors to the area find quite appealing.
For those inclined, there is an access to an amazing hiking path (part of the East Coast Trail) from where one can appreciate magnificent coastline, ocean, and community views. Bird watchers will be compelled to try to identify the many species of song birds, raptors, and sea birds in the area. As a special treat, the path offers amazing views of icebergs and ocean mammals (including whales) in season. At times, seals have been seen resting on the boat launch in the village.
Adjacent to the boat launch, be sure to visit the Quidi Vidi Plantation. Here, you will find a collection of friendly artisans creating unique craftwork which they offer for sale, the perfect place to purchase a personalized gift or a memento from a visit to “the rock”.
Not to be missed, Quidi Vidi Village is home to the province’s largest microbrewery, Quidi Vidi Brewery. The building, reconstructed from an old fish plant, lies just inside the mouth of the harbor. They pride in their ales which are made from icebergs several thousand years old. During site tours, staff relay tales of the business and offer taste tests of their various products. Also, if planning a visit to Quidi Vidi Brewery, be sure to check their schedule for kitchen parties to be entertained by live music, dancing, and great fun.
Directly adjacent to Quidi Vidi Brewery, plan to treat your tastebuds to a meal of iceberg-beer battered fish and chips at the Quidi Vidi Fish and Chips shop (operating from a food truck).
Displayed proudly, the victorious punt had been occupied by a competitive rowing crew in the '81 Annual Royal St. John's Regatta held at Quidi Vidi Lake. The Regatta is the only organized annual sporting event in Newfoundland that is weather dependent (first Wednesday in August, weather permitting. If poor conditions are present on that day, the event is deferred to the next favorable day).
A visit to Quidi Vidi Village, although within close proximity to downtown St. John’s, certainly has an “off the beaten path” feel and is a refreshing way for visitors to recapture the essence of rural Newfoundland life.