A Tour of St. John's Newfoundland and Labrador
A tour of St. John's Newfoundland and Labrador is one marked with contrasts. Alongside of modern buildings and office complexes and elegant subdivisions o are many elements of the past 500 years of history of the city.
In the downtown area, we can start at the Convention Centre and Stadium that opened in 2001. Surrounding the centre is the largest selection of traditional pubs, ethnic restaurants, and music everywhere -from jazz to hip-hop.
The downtown area is also home to some of the finest artists and artisans in North America and there are galleries and shops filled with crafts that are beautiful and unique. St. John's also boasts of the liveliest night life anywhere, with the streets, especially George Street, buzzing well into the early morning.
Since St. John's was ravaged by frequent fires, especially the Great Fire of 1892, most of the older buildings date from the Victorian period. Among the buildings that should be visited are the Anglican Cathedral, which is said to be the best example of Gothic architecture in America, and the Roman Catholic Basilica which is the largest church in the nothern half of the New World. And for the History Lover, there is the Commissariat House, the Colonial Building and the Rooms, opened in 2005 which houses the Museum, the Archives and the Art Gallery.
St. John's is a city that is appealing because of its many green spaces. Large parks, such as Bowring Park, and Extensive Walking Trails, provide for many hours of exploration and discovery. And of course a short drive outside St. John's reveals enchanting coastal scenery and views of the Atlantic Ocean.
For more modern sights, there is the campus of Memorial University, the Arts and Culture Centre and a variety of schools, and residential areas.
The best view of the city is to had from the top of Signal Hill at Cabot Tower. Here Marconi received the first wireless message and every summer there is the performance of the Signal Hill Tattoo.
Books & Pictures to Further Your Exploration of St. John's Newfoundland and Labrador
The Oldest City The Story of St. John's, Newfoundland by Paul O'Neill
Cows Don't Know It's Sunday - Agricultural Life in St. John's - Hilda Chaulk Murray
Sweep You Across For a Penny, Ma'am Stories From St. John's and Beyond by Tom Furlong
St. John's, Newfoundland - Brian C. Bursey (Book)
images matted for framing pictures of St. John's
St. John's, Newfoundland - Christmas Cards
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