Thursday, July 16, 2009

St. John's, Newfoundland

Recently spent some time in St. John's and traveling around Newfoundland. Going to St. John's almost seems like stepping back in time to a simpler less crowded and busy world. A small town feel where you can get around the entire downtown area by walking alone.

Driving in St. John's, especially in the central part of town, can be a challenge. A bit of a tangled web of streets, many of which are one-way. Intersections where five or six streets come together and only certain turns are allowed. Many of the streets seem to change their names along the way so finding directions on a map can be a bit frustrating. Luckily most drivers in St. John's seem to be patient and less hurried than in the big cities and traffic is not as heavy. This makes it much easier on the tourist newbie trying to find his or her way.

There are many great scenic areas near St. John's. The closest being Signal Hill and it's surrounding area. A great view of the St. John's harbour from there and great hiking trails for exercise and amazing views of the coastline. Just south of St. John's is Cape Spear with it's lighthouse and more amazing coastal views. Northwards has Middle Cove with a cool rock beach and many other small towns and villages continuing up the peninsula.

One other attraction is the availability of locally brewed beer including those brewed right in the village of Quidi Vidi in St. John's. I developed a strong affinity for their 1892 traditional ale.

Overall a great place to visit and a gourgeous province to travel through and see.