Saint John's Travel Blog

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I wish i stayed here longer. i will come back to explore the other side of the island. maybe do a B&B in the summer. I enjoyed the weather and the people.

St. John's is the provincial capital of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada; at a 2006 census population 100,646 (metropolitan population 181,113) it is the largest city in that province, and the oldest English-founded city in North America.St. John's is a sister city with Waterford, Ireland.

The city is located on the northeast coast of the Avalon Peninsula in southeastern Newfoundland, and on the large Atlantic Ocean. It is the most easterly city in North America, as well as the second largest city in Atlantic Canada (after Halifax, Nova Scotia).
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The downtown area exists to the north of St. John's Harbour and the rest of the city expands uphill to the west, north, and east.

Signal Hill rises above the entrance of St. John's harbour and because of its strategic location, was a natural site for a signal station and fortifications protecting the harbour and city below. As early as 1704, flag signals were flown from the summit of Signal Hill to inform St. John's of approaching ships, both friendly and hostile. In 1762, English and French forces fought the last North American battle of the Seven Years' War on Signal Hill. When the military withdrew in 1870, the Newfoundland government turned the vacant barracks into hospitals. It was in one of these, on the summit of Signal Hill, that Guglielmo Marconi made communications history when he received the first transatlantic wireless signal in 1901.
Cabot Tower was built to commemorate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee and the 400th anniversary of John Cabot's voyage of discovery. It is the location of the last signal station in Canada. Signal Hill stands today as one of the province's best known landmarks. Cabot Tower offers a spectacular panorama from its viewing platform.. Along the perimeter of the 19th-century fortification, the Lookout Trail offers an interpretive walkway featuring display panels on the rich history of Signal Hill, St. John's and Newfoundland. The site also features walking trails and picnic facilities. Signal Hill offers a panoramic view of St. John's, the harbour, the ocean and the coastline. Cape Spear, North America's most easterly point, is visible to the southeast. Located atop Signal Hill is Cabot Tower, St.
John's most visible landmark. Cabot Tower is open to the public and features historical exhibits and a gift shop. Signal Hill Tattoo, a 19th-century reenactment, takes place in July and August. The Tattoo with its colour, pageantry, military drills and cannon firings have been a major summer tourist attraction in St. Johns since 1967. A Canadian Heritage Award winner, the Signal Hill Tattoo is an entertaining, historically accurate representation of the Royal Newfoundland Companies, a British Veteran's Regiment that was garrisoned in St. John's from 1824 to 1880. The Interpretation Centre at Signal Hill features an audiovisual presentation on the history of Newfoundland

Quidi Vidi Village is a picturesque fishing village within the City of St. John's. While wandering through the narrow winding roads you can visit Mallard Cottage or you can walk the Quidi Vidi Rennies River Trail.

Quidi Vidi Battery, overlooking scenic Quidi Vidi Village, was originally erected by the French during their capture of St. John's in 1762. Later rebuilt by the British, it was occupied until well into the 19th century. Restored to the 1812 period, this battery is now staffed by guides dressed in period uniforms of the Royal Artillery.

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