Our first stop is at The Rooms, the tallest landmark in St. John's, is a museum and art gallery with amazing views of the city and Signal Hill. The building itself is a beautiful piece of architecture and well worth a visit if you are in the city. There was a great display on all the aboriginal groups who live here and the different immigrants who helped make it this beautiful part of Canada.
These squid are very hard to find, and the subject of many a horror movie. A large number of them have been found around Newfoundland. Won't catch me in the water here, LOL, doesn't help that it never gets above 7 degrees C.
Next stop was Signal Hill. I am so glad we drove up, it was a long and windy road. There are lovely hiking trails and amazing views when you get to the top.
In 1762 the French surrendered to the British at the Battle of Signal Hill.
Above is Amherst Lighthouse where you can see the battlements surrounding it. One very interesting fact I learned was that during the 2nd World War, the Canadian and American troops set up bases here and you can see all the cannon and battlements along the walls. When I first read Canadian I thought what are they talking about, well guess what, Newfoundland wasn't part of Canada then, and when they finally voted to join Canada they only won by a margin of 52%, a very close vote Lucky for us they joined.
Above is Cape Spear which we visited in the morning.
The view of St. John's Harbour, a very busy port and the start of the narrows which the ships have to get through before reaching the open sea.
Another little fishing village in a pretty little cove.
We went down to the little village we spied from the top of Signal Hill, it was just as quaint as I thought. There is an amazing restaurant down here called the "Mallard Cottage", featuring fine Newfoundland dining. It had a set menu which we couldn't get in to, and they recommended reservations.
Another blustery day, so thankful we brought our winter coats and hats. Luckily we were never uncomfortably cold, and it makes for great walking weather.