Day 14: Happy Birthday Canada!

Good intentions are there…we get up at 4:30 a.m. only to see it is pouring outside. We wish Canada Happy Birthday, from our warm bed lol.

(Ha! This photo was taken the day before obviously..)

IMG_3727

We visit The Rooms later in the afternoon. Again, a must for anyone visiting St John’s. The newest permanent exhibition: Remember Them as We Do is very moving. It pays tribute to the Newfoundlanders and Labradorians at War and at Home 1914-1949.
Tonight we think of our family celebrating Jim and Jeanine’s 50th wedding anniversary. Wish we could be there… Happy anniversary Jim and Jeanine. Wish you all a fun celebration!

We have supper at Oliver’s. Again, no reservation, no supper (except at the poutinerie next door maybe…)

Tomorrow, we fly to Ontario. Cannot believe it is our last day in this beautiful province. Where else is everyone so friendly and welcoming!  We have enjoyed every minute of our stay. We will be back :

-To drive to l’Anse aux Meadows and see the Viking Village.

-To tour the Burin Peninsula. The communities of Colinet, Grand le Pierre, Brunette Island, Point Enrage, Beau Bois, Port au Bois, Presque, Jacques Fontaine, and Saint Annes certainly reveal some French influence.

-To travel the Irish Loop on the Avalon Peninsula. Because it is over 300 km, we would have needed another 2 days in St John’s.

So yes, to do so much more. Still Lots2see!!

 

Day 13: Exploring Signal Hill

To explore Signal Hill where Mr Marconi received the first transatlantic wireless message in 1901, we have to walk up and up and up…Surely the streets of St John’s (and most coastal towns of Newfoundland) can be compared to San Francisco’s…

IMG_3715

But the view is well worth it.

IMG_3737

IMG_3720

Signal Hill was also visited by Jean Cabot 1497. The Cabot tower was built in his honour.

IMG_3734

Tonight, we attend a dinner theatre by The Spirit of Newfoundland Productions. Where once they stood is a dramatic and comedic tribute to the 100th anniversary of the Beaumont Hamel during WW1. What an exceptional performance!

The plan is to be on Signal Hill tomorrow at 6 a.m. We intend to be the first Canadians to wish Canada a 150th anniversary….

Day 12: In the capital

As mentioned, Bonnie’s home in St John’s at 4 Bannerman St. (not Rd)  is perfect.

IMG_3672

We walk to the harbour and to Water Street. Jelly bean letter boxes? Cute.

IMG_3680

Of course a visit to St-John’s is not complete without a visit to Quidi Vidi, the historic fishing village.

IMG_3696

 

We walk around the lake by the same name and have lunch at the Mallard Cottage, an 18th Century Irish-Newfoundland style cottage, one-of-a-kind venue. Fantastic atmosphere and food. Luckily, all this walking is keeping us fit ha!

We have supper at Raymond’s, one of the highlight of the stay here of course. Then off to George St where all the bars are. (Bourbon street in New Orleans? Not quite but close). At our age, we decide to go <home> for a final drink instead. lol

IMG_3349

Day 11: St John’s here we come!

We leave Fisher’s Loft (room 13) thinking we have to come back. We stop at the Terra Nova information centre. So many trails to explore in that provincial park as well. But, it is raining hard so we drive on.
In Swift Current, (population 300) we discover Vernon’s Antique Toy Shop. Wow! All original classic cars in pristine condition.  Quite impressive to say the least. Vernon welcomes us and obviously has a lot to share with Roger. They will meet again at the Toronto fall auction.

IMG_3660

When we get to our <Jellybean home> it is still pouring. The address is 4 Bannerman St., not to be confused with Bannerman Rd. It takes a while to find it. Many one ways:) but it is the perfect place, clean and cozy!

Only later do we get a chance to take a walk in St John’s. We are happy there will be no driving. We can walk everywhere. But how on earth do people drive in St John’s during winter? Where do they park their cars?

IMG_3677

Day 10: Fun eco-tour

This is our last day in Port Rexton and area. We decide to go back to Bonavista in the morning for an eco-tour with Tuckamore discoveries. Jon and his student Catherine are fun and energetic. So very knowledgeable! Jon covers a lot of interesting subject matter (from plants to bogs to wildlife). Imagine picking the bakeapple berry. Each plant produces one and only berry. With Jon’s powerful binoculars, we get to observe several colonies of puffins up close. These small seabirds have coloured beaks during the breeding season. They are so clumsy when they come to land but they do spend most of their life at sea. Like the Canada geese, we learn they mate for life.

Thanks Jon for this wonderful picture 🙂

puffin

Then off we go to the Port Rexton brewery.  Take your pick : Baycation blonde, Robust porter, Sweater weather, Chasing sun, Horse chops, Nar’ bitter, Garderner’s gose, etc. Which ones did we try again??

What perfect weather! We decide to walk the 5km Fox trail. Breathtaking views!IMG_3622IMG_3621IMG_3617

We have not seen a moose yet!

 

 

 

 

Day 9: Elliston, Bonavista

How lucky are we? Another beautiful sunny day.

In Elliston, we visit the Puffin Viewing Site. With binoculars, we see them in and out of their burrows. So cute.

Elliston is also the capital of root cellars in the world. IMG_3592

The Home From The Sea Interpretation Centre in Elliston is a must to understand the incredibly difficult life of Seal hunters at the beginning of the century.

The Café in Bonavista next to Walham’s Gate Pub is the best and so inexpensive!

In Bonavista, we also tour the Mathew, a full scale replica of Jean Cabot’s vessel when he discovered America in 1497.

IMG_3605

And then Trinity!IMG_3572

IMG_3573

IMG_3577
Of course, a boat in almost every yard…

In Cape Bonavista the lighthouse is one of the few remaining in the world where you can climb the stone tower and see the same seal oil-fueled lights used in the 19th century. The guides are super informative. Great experience.IMG_3614

Notes :

Vamps : Wool socks
Trigger : Mittens with extra finger

Bonavista social club : Recommended place to eat although we did not get the opportunity to do so.

We have not seen a moose yet!

 

 

Day 8: Sherwink trail

Today, we wake up to beautiful sunshine.

We decide to walk the Sherwink 5.5 km coastal trail. This trail was selected by travel and Leisure Magazine as one of the top 35 walks in North America and Europe. What views of Port Rexton and Trinity.

IMG_3537

We do see moose droppings, but still no moose!