Did you know that St John's was the most easterly town in the whole of North America and also its oldest? It's therefore no surprise that a weekend break here is all about stepping back in time and getting away from it all. Known for its colourful clapperboard houses, this is an outdoorsy sort of town so pull on your boots and get out to explore. The views from the cliff top paths are stunning, or take a boat trip out from town – if you're lucky you might spot whales or icebergs, depending on the time of year. St John's is also a busy University town, so there's no shortage of nightlife and entertainment options. Head down to George St for the town's most lively bars and the friendly Canadian locals will do their best to make you feel welcome. In a town that's so well-known for fishing and seafood, finish your weekend trip in one of the restaurants by the port with lobster and a local beer.