Newfoundland Journals

Glimpses of Newfoundland

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A travel journal to Newfoundland by tvordj

Duke of Duckworth Photo, St. Johns, Newfoundland More Photos
Quote: These are a few stories and reviews from two trips I've made to Newfoundland and the city of St. John's about 10 - 14 years ago.

St. John's in the Winter

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Duke of Duckworth Photo, St. Johns, Newfoundland
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Newfoundland in the winter is not really the most hospitable place to visit. It's barren and blustery, cold and snowy and windy. However, I had a cousin that lived in the city, St. John's and I really needed a few days' break so I flew over to visit in March some years ago. It happened to be at the end of a winter where they had had record breaking snowfalls! The snow banks were still well over our heads even at the end of March when some of it had thawed away!Newfoundland is an island so you can only get there either by air or a sea ferry. Flying worked best for me. St. John's is on the Avalon Peninsula, a southeast bit of the island of Newfoundland. It's got a small natural harbour and a...Read More

Duke of Duckworth

Restaurant | "Best pub in St. John's"

Duke of Duckworth Photo, St. Johns, Newfoundland
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The Duke of Duckworth is tucked away in an alley that connects Water Street and Duckworth Street, called McMurdo's Lane. It's well worth seeking out. It's a tidy pub in the British style with a comfortable atmosphere. It's an Irish style pub but doesn't stick to Irish traditional music in the evenings. It's less touristy than some Irish pubs tend to be and has been able to boast a few famous faces as guests over the years. It's also been featured in the Canadian sitcom, Republic of Doyle. They've got a good pub menu with a good selection of beers and ales. I haven't eaten here, only had a few pints but it's a very popular place so I've no doubt you won't go wrong with a meal as well. ...Read More

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Duke of Duckworth
325 Duckworth St.
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
709 739-6344)

St. John The Baptist Church

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St. John the Baptist Basilica Photo, St. Johns, Newfoundland
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Both the Anglican Cathedral and Catholic Basilica are dedicated to St. John the Baptist. I think that's because legend has it that John Cabot landed in this area on John the Baptist feast day. I visited the cathedral and was surprised to see that the cathedral had a wooden beamed roof! I was offered a free tour by a young lady sitting near the entrance doing cross stitch to pass the time in between visitors and she said the previous cathedral also had a wooden roof which was why it was gutted by fire in 1892 but rebuilt the same way.There was a small museum in a side area and the stained glass was exquisite. The windows have all been made since the fire except for two surviving ones from ...Read More

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Quidi Vidi and The Battery

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Attraction | "You've got to be Quidding"

Quidi Vidi and The Battery Photo, St. Johns, Newfoundland
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Quidi Vidi is pronounced Kiddy viddy. (Thus, the title!) It's a little settlement at the east end of St. John's, Newfoundland. It was a little fishing village and is now a place that tourists can go. It's very picturesque, especially the view across the bay at the little fishing huts nestled at the bottom of a steep hill. There's a lake that is the home to the oldest sporting event in North America, the Royal St. John's Regatta. Records of this event go back to 1818. The village contains one of the oldest houses in the city, built in the 1700's. There's a souvenir shop in it now. It is still a working fishing village, and there are a couple of very old pubs and restaurants here....Read More

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Quidi Vidi and The Battery

St. John's, Newfoundland
(709) 729-0592

Cantwell House

Hotel | "Pretty B&B in St. John's"

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I've been to St. John's twice, once to visit a cousin when she lived there and one other time when I visited for a few days on my own in August a few years before that most recent visit. These stories and reviews go back to the late 1990s and early 2000s so I have no up to date costs and prices. The place I stayed when I was on my own was Cantwell House, a nice B&B at the top end of the downtown area of St. John's. There are lots of lovely B&'B's in St. John's, many in old heritage houses. Canwell house dates to 1893 when it was built/rebuilt after a fire cleared out most of St. John's downtown. They have a lovely lounge upstairs, a large en suite room on the main floor. A couple o...Read More

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Cantwell House
25 Queens Road
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

Heritage buildings in St. John's

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Commisariat House, St. John's Photo, St. Johns, Newfoundland
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St. John's is an ex-military town and it is still the provincial capital of the province of Newfoundland. There are a few very interesting buildings, several of which you can tour and have a good look around. Newfoundland only became part of Canda in 1949 and was still a British colony before that. Commissary house: Restored to 1830 with period dressed staff inside to tell you about the restoration and life as it was there for the Commissary for the Fort William, situated nearby where the Hotel Newfoundland is now. It's only open during the main Tourist season but is a good view at a way of life over 175 years ago. It's on King's Bridge Road near Gower Street. Government House...Read More

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Signal Hill

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Signal Hill Photo, St. Johns, Newfoundland
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St. John's is a very old city, one of the oldest in North America. It was founded by the British but has changed hands with the French several times in the early days. Signal Hill was always used for sending signals between land and sea from a flag mast. Citadel Hill in Halifax also has masts that flew various flag for communication. Signal Hill was later a defensive hill for the city and harbour. Currently there is a Victorian tower built at the summit in commemoration of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee. It's called Cabot Tower after John Cabot who is widely believed to have landed here in the late 15th century, 400 years before the tower was erected. It's claim to fame after that saw it...Read More

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Signal Hill

St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador