We parked our RV at the Pippy RV Park right in the middle of the city and decided to take a hike up one of the trails to the Botanical Gardens - whew!!!! That was about an 8 km round trip hike with much of it including 300 steps straight up. The Garden was lovely and thank goodness the hike back was mostly down hill. We toured Signal Hill at night and in the day - and had a breathtaking view of the Narrows, St. Johns Harbor and the city. Hardier souls hiked the trails up and down and around the Hill - but we passed due to the big hike we'd done the day before. Cape Spear was awesome and the scenery is absolutely astounding. A trip to St. Johns would not be complete with out a stroll down George St. - and we - along with a bus tour of 44 Seniors (well I guess we are Seniors too) were well entertained by a local performer and a Step (tap) Dancer who had to be pushing 80 - pretty impressive!
Our last day we toured the Battery (houses literally clinging to the cliffs over St. Johns Harbor) and Quidi Vidi Village - another old fishing village that is recreating itself and has the very successful Quidi Vidi Brewery which we toured. An example of diversifying the economy since the decline of the Cod Fishing Industry - the facility the brewery was originally intended to be a fish processing plant, then in 1992 the Cod embargo was in force - so the building sat empty for a few years till a group came along with a business plan in place for a Brewery - and the building fit their plan perfectly.
|Enjoying the Botanical garden|
|Don't Pick the Grapes!|
|Neat Archway in the garden - putting all that cut wood to good use|
|View of the protected St. Johns Harbor and the Narrows from Signal Hill|
|Jelly Bean Houses along an old street in St. Johns - classic - originally the brightly painted houses were for the fishermen to more easily recognize their home as they came home from the sea - now it is classic St. Johns.|
|Gun at Fr. Waldergrove - guarding the Narrows|
|The Shaw's at Cape Spear - the most Easterly point of Canada. We are closer to points in Europe that Westerly points in Canada!|
|Part of a reconstructed fortification tunnel system built into the craggy rocks at Cape Spear. It must have been pretty damp and gloomy in bad weather - we were there on a bright sunny day!|
|Cape Spear Light House - built in 1836 - oldest one built along the Nfl coast - like the Bonavista Light House - the family home surrounds the tower. Looks like the same 'plan'.|
|A wee bit of vertigo - peering down the cliff side from the Cape Spear Lighthouse. Sandra likes to get close to the edge to get a good picture - this drives Barry crazy!|
|Looking across Quidi Vidi Lake in Quidi Vidi Village. They are rebuilding buildings that were literally smashed into match sticks by a surge storm in Feb. 2010.|
|Murals depicting the Fisherman lifestyle in days gone by along the narrow roadway leading to the Battery Village.|
|Brightly colored Battery homes - which literally cling to the side of the cliffs overlooking St. Johns Harbor. They mold the houses around the craggy rocks along the cliff side. It would be interesting to view the interior floor plans!|
|These very visible signs are posted in areas of high moose contact (certain travel areas favored by the moose). This year is a bad year for moose accidents apparently. We only saw one, thank goodness and he was not on the road!|
|An interesting rock garden display at the Botanical Garden - vertical slabs of slate with the alpine plants planted in between. Kind of replicating nature!|
|Part of the series of 300 steps along the walking trail leading up to the Botanical Garden. Glad we didn't forget our water that day!|
|Right in the city - nice park.|
|Directional signs at Signal Hill|
|Cabot Tour at Signal Hill commemorating the 400th Anniversary of John Cabots' landing on Nfl soil (rock!)|
|Parked (packed) like sardines in the Belly of the Nfl Ferry. Buddy had to stay in the trailer but he was fine for the 5 - 6 hour trip. But he did enjoy being fussed over once we docked and retrieved him from his berth.|
We crossed back over to North Sydney, NS on Friday Sept. 9 - and will now plan the balance of our Eastern Canada tour. We don't plan anything in advance - just one or two days ahead of time. I guess at this time of the year one can get away with that - no reservations anywhere - and no problem! Awesome trip so far!