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.

Brightly colored stilt houses in the ocean front community of Quidi Vidi Village reflect their colors beautifully on the ocean's surface. Autumn colors of red, yellow, orange, and green add a beautiful contrast and make for amazing photo opportunities.
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.
Fog hanging thick in the air at the entrance into Quidi Vidi Village, St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada. Note the narrow streets and limited frontage on private homes in the area.
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.
Fishing boats secured to wooden wharfs in front of Quidi Vidi Village's ocean-front homes
Some of the houses in Quidi Vidi Village, St. John's, Newfoundland, are stilt houses (houses built on stilts in the ocean). Private boats are moored to homeowner's wharfs. Fishing artifact such as crab pots, lobster traps, fishing line, and more are found on most of the ocean front yards.
This private stilt home rests at the base of the massive cliffs in Quidi Vidi Village, St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada. Crab pots, lobster traps, fishing nets, buoys, and more artifact of the fishing industry are clearly on display on the ocean front property.
Red house with private wharf constructed at the base of cliffs at the ocean's edge in Quidi Vidi Village, St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
The fishing village of Quidi Vidi, Newfoundland, Canada, has amazing ocean, forest, and cliff views. Stilt homes built on the ocean, private fishing boats moored to ocean front homes, and fishing artifact in the yards of many homes are just a few of the amazing attractions of this beautiful community in the heart of St. John's.
Boats secured to a private wharf adjacent to the massive cliffs in Quidi Vidi Village, St. John's, Newfoundland
Private boat dry docked on a grassy lawn in Quidi Vidi Village, St. John's, Newfoundland
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.

Trees growing on the cliffs of Quidi Vidi Village, St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada. Imagine the views from the tops of cliffs overlooking 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”.
Boats secured to the boat launch in Quidi Vidi Village, St. John's, Newfoundland
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).
Quidi Vidi Brewing Company, Quidi Vidi Village, St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Stilt houses, The Quidi Vidi Plantation, & The Quidi Vidi Brewing Company are found just inside Quidi Vidi harbor (also known as "the gut").
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).
Punt boat on display in Quidi Vidi Village representing victory in '81 Royal St. John's Regatta rowing competition. The Regatta is the only 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). The Annual Royal St. John's Regatta was officially organized in 1918. The event was cancelled in '20 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
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.
Lobster trap sitting atop fishing net on a snowy cliff base, Quidi Vidi Village, Newfoundland
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