Things To Do

Things To Do

For delegates looking to spend some time in St. John’s and the surrounding areas before or after the conference, there are many great sights and attractions for you to take in. The following links provide ideas and options for you to enjoy – but this is by no means an exhaustive list. Please use care and your own good judgement when selecting an activity.

O'Brien's Boat Tours
Sail to the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve, home to ½ a million Atlantic Puffins and millions of other seabirds. Feel the chill as you pass by 10,000-year-old icebergs. Take in the beauty of our rugged coastline, named Top Coastal Destination in the World by National Geographic. Enjoy the view from our fully enclosed, heated cabin with panoramic viewing. Ample rail space on the upper and lower deck provide picture perfect views. (Sightings vary by season and cannot be guaranteed.)
There is a conference special for delegates.
     Date: Saturday, May 6, 2017 (based on a minimum of 20 guests)
     Tour time: 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
     Shuttle pick-up available at 2:00 p.m. (additional charge applies, $29.95/guest)
     Location: Bay Bulls, about 30 km from conference hotel (~30 minute drive)
     Book here:
     Promotion code: physed2017
     * Minimum number of guests required for this tour: 20. You will receive an email if the minimum is not reached and the tour is canceled.

Iceberg Quest (weather permitting)
Length: 2 hours
Start Time: 4:00 p.m.
Capacity: 100 (new boat)
Viewing: Whales - they get as early as April.  Icebergs - good chance of seeing them.
Cost: $70.00

Johnson Geo Centre
The Johnson Geo Centre is a geological interpretation centre located on Signal Hill in St. John's. Most of the centre is located underground, in an excavated glacial formation that shows the exposed bedrock of the hill. The Geo Centre is a 15 minute walk from the conference hotel.
General Admission: $12.00/adult

Quidi Vidi Brewing Company Tour
Quidi Vidi Brewing Company Limited (QV) was established in 1996. In the past 20 years QV has been brewing world-class beer for the local and selected Canadian and International markets. Drop down to Quidi Vidi and take a 45 minute tour of the brewery which includes a sample of five beers. Tours usually operate Monday to Saturday,12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. QV is located 2.5 km from conference hotel.
Cost: $10.00+tax/person

East Coast Trails Hike
The ECT are located on the Avalon Peninsula in Newfoundland. About 220 km of the trail is made up of 18 distinct, but continuous sections from St. John's south to Cappahayden. These sections of the ECT have been developed to international hiking standards and are signed, mapped, and maintained.
     Conference Recommended Hike: Blackhead to Cape Spear National Historic Park (located at the most easterly point in North America)
     Length: 4.7 km
     Allow: 1 - 2 hours
     Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
     Special Attractions:  Coastal hike featuring  glacial scoured landscape, rugged cliffs, sea caves, whale watching, bird watching, Second World War dummy fort and a ocean view of the entrance to St. John's Harbour. The hike will conclude at Cape Spear National Historic Park. The park features a Second World war Coastal Defense battery located on a rugged cliff next Cape Spear is Cape Spear Lighthouse (oldest lighthouse in NL).

Stan Cook Sea Kayak Adventures
Experience Outdoor Education at it’s Finest. Stan has been offering students and teachers opportunities to be inspired by Newfoundland’s seascape since 1970 when he was teaching Physical Education at Br. Rice High School. As an extremely early adopter of experiential and outdoor education, his coastal kayak adventures have been designed to allow guests to discover the marine environment while engaging in their personal education. Icebergs, caves, waterfalls and maybe a few whales, show paddlers a unique range of outdoor experiences in just a few hours on the water.  No paddling experience is necessary as the tours are Fun, Safe, Easy and Educational.
There is a PHE Canada special for delegates and their family:
     Return Shuttle and Pick Up Available
     Book at - under promo code: PHE 2017
     Dates: Thursday May 4th 1:00pm - 5:00pm; Saturday May 6th 2:00pm - 6:00pm
     Minimum 6 guests.