By land and by sea, the Railway Coastal Museum highlights the history of Newfoundland rail-and-nautical services. The museum sits inside the 110-year-old Newfoundland Railway station, which is at the beginning of the Trans Canada Trail and the original railway route. Visitors can explore the old platform, a restored 1940s train car, and the stories of the people and events that shaped Newfoundland's past. Along with these railway-themed exhibits, the museum showcases the efforts of the Newfoundlanders who created the Coastal Services passenger, mail, and freight routes.
An expanse of 550-million-year-old rock surrounds the geological exhibits at The Johnson GEO CENTRE, a 33,600-square-foot facility that resides mostly in stone’s favourite hangout: underground. There, the Steele Earth & Space Theatre screens high-definition science-minded films in 2-D and 3-D, and the Geo Theatre projects the four-billion-year history of the earth onto a rock wall featuring a cave, running stream, and glowing lava. Exhibitions include scientific oddities such as a cutaway of the earth and 565-million-year-old fossils preserved in layers of volcanic ash. The museum also highlights the educational opportunities found in more recent events: real-life artifacts and interactive kiosks tell the Titanic's tragic story, and the ExxonMobil Oil and Gas Gallery explores energy with scale models of an oil tanker and offshore supply vessel.
At the KidsPlace, youngsters aged 1–7 can put on science-inspired plays on the puppet-theatre stage or study trilobites and eight-track tapes in the fossil corner. The gift shop also outfits kids with educational books and games, and adults can stock up on agate wind chimes and sterling-silver jewellery. In between bites of GEO sandwiches in the GEO café, members can peruse schedules of numerous monthly events or plan enrollment in summer camps aimed at junior scientists.
As a provincial crown corporation, the Newfoundland Labrador Liquor Corporation oversees the handling and distribution of alcoholic beverages throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. Spanning 24 retail stores and more than 100 agency locations, the NLC provides these cities and outlying communities with beverages that help make parties rowdier, holidays more festive, and soccer games actually interesting. Unlike many other provincial liquor services, the NLC blends and bottles its own spirits, and is responsible for dispersing more than 125,000 cases of liquor. Additionally, the shops carry a multitude of wines as well as beer brewed locally and around the world.
Provincial Historic Sites shows off preserved and restored 17th-, 18th-, and 19th-century landmarks for the public’s awe. Students of sipping age can indulge curiosities in the Newman Wine Vaults, listening to barrel-aged legends—which unfold as early as 1679—about Portuguese port wine. Beothuk Interpretation Centre at Boyd's Cove draws visitors into artifacts and exhibits celebrating a native Beothuk village as it existed 300 years ago. From the Interpretation Centre, guests walk through dense forest to the village to see the remaining authentic house-pit outlines, as well as a sculpture memorializing the Beothuk's tragic demise.
George Street features two solid blocks of nothing but bars, pubs, and restaurants??a publicly renowned concentration of food and drink. Not as many people, though, know the story of how the street came to be. That's where George Street Spirit Tours' guides come in. They lead excursions down the famed avenue, unveiling the history of the street in general, along with some if its more notable establishments. After certain tours, they'll take groups into one of the pubs to sample the fish 'n' chips, or into the greater expanse of St. John's to learn about Newfoundland.
They even offer the opportunity to become an honorary Newfoundlander by participating in ceremonial Screech drinking. Screech is an intensely potent rum, which, when coupled with a recited oath, a kiss from a cod fish, a certificate, and souvenir shot glass, transforms any visitor into a local, at least until that fickle codfish takes up with yet another tourist.
At first blush, Langley Wine Tours seems like a simple tourism booster, drawing attention to the lush vineyards that dot the region's rolling hills. That description is true, of course; the tour grants oenophiles access, tours, and tastings at seven destinations, including Back Yard Vineyards, and Krause Berry Farms & Estate Winery. However, that's not where Langley Wine Tours magnanimity ends. Instead of keeping its well-earned money, the company donates 100% of its profits to the Langley Animal Protection Society. The company also gives back to its best customers; travelers can enter to win a variety of prizes by collecting tickets at each of their destinations, with gifts ranging from hotel stays and helicopter rides to cases of wine and singing telegrams delivered by the town crier.