Land Tour

Discover St. John's: Exploring the city through art, culture, and cuisine

Kevin Major

Your Guide: Kevin Major

Kevin Major has published twenty-five books, ranging from novels, non-fiction, poetry, and plays to works for youth. He has received numerous awards, including a Governor’s General Award for his first book, Hold Fast. As Near to Heaven by Sea: A History of Newfoundland and Labrador which traces the story of his homeland from continental drift to modern political upheaval.

He has recently ventured into crime fiction, with the offbeat private detective and tour guide Sebastian Synard at its centre. Set in St. John’s, the fifth novel of the crime series, Five For Forteau, was released in 2023.

Kevin lives and writes in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador.


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    Meet craftspeople and immerse yourself in Newfoundland's art scene

    Meet passionate artisans in their natural habitat at The Rooms and Quidi Vidi Artisan Studios. Witness their work firsthand, gaining insight into unique techniques and inspirations, making your visit a captivating journey into the vibrant world of Newfoundland's art scene.

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    Learn about sustainable fishing practices in Petty Harbour

    Engage with a local community-based non-profit organization, in Petty Harbour, that is committed to safeguarding the intangible cultural heritage of Newfoundland and Labrador's family fishery.

    Learn more about the importance of responsible fishing practices, the cultural traditions of the region, and unleash your creativity by trying your hand at printmaking.

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    Explore St. John's iconic landmarks

    Experience the beauty of St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador by exploring its iconic landmarks. Take a leisurely stroll through the colourful streets and lanes of the old downtown, known as Jellybean Row, where vibrant row houses create a picturesque scene.

    Ascend to the heights of Signal Hill for breathtaking panoramic views of the city and the vast Atlantic Ocean. Visit Cape Spear, the more easterly point in North America, where you can witness stunning coastal views.

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    Savour local dishes and experience Newfoundland and Labrador cuisine

    Indulge in the flavours of Newfoundland and Labrador and experience traditional cuisine. Delight in local dishes and have the opportunity to meet the harvesters who bring these culinary delights to life.

    Eat to your heart’s content while supporting local, sustainable, and regenerative food systems.