July 31 – Cape Spear-St. John’s Harbour-Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi Bay-Confederation Building

We tried to rent a car but there were none available. It seems there are not very many rental cars in St. John’s and they were all booked up for several weeks. Now what do we do?

David at the Delta concierge arranged for a local taxi to drive us around to see the sights and the driver would also be our guide. Sounds good to me.

Our first stop was Cape Spear located on the Avalon Peninsula just a bit south of St. John’s. It is the easternmost point in Canada, and North America.

 

 

 

 

 

A short walk up the hill to the lighthouse keeper’s house

 

Parks Canada has placed a pair of red Muskoka chairs in National Parks across the country. We came across these at Cape Spear.

This is the oldest lighthouse in Newfoundland. I couldn’t imagine being out here in such a remote location but I am glad someone did it. The fog horn still works and there were several signs warning that if the horn sounded it could cause a hearing loss, proceed at your own risk.

Just over the hill from the lighthouse is the remains of a gun emplacement from World War II. There is restoration work taking place to be better display the gun for its historical significance.

St. John’s Harbour – some of the fishing fleet

 Colourful buildings

Terry Fox Memorial at Mile 0

 

 

Harbour entrance

 

Signal Hill

 

Quidi Vidi Bay

 

Confederation Building

 

The Rooms Archive

 

 

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