St.John's - The Oldest City in North America
2 to 3 hours
The capital of Newfoundland, St. John's is set on the shores of a harbour whose spectacular scenery is world famous. Seasonally inhabited by fleets of European fishermen since 1497, the first permanent settlers were the British who landed here in the middle of the 18th century. The city's architecture is a wonderful blend of colourful wooden houses, stately stone and brick churches, colonial buildings and modern commercial structures. An independent island spirit fuels the Newfoundlander's humour and down home hospitality. There are few cities as friendly as St. John's.
Signal Hill: Cabot Tower was built to defend the harbour from a seaward attack. Situated atop Signal Hill, the tower is also the site of Marconi's first transatlantic wireless communication. The hill offers a panoramic view of the city, harbour and surrounding sea.
Quidi Vidi: The primary motivation for the establishment of this battery was to protect the city from a sneak attack from behind. Located on a cliff overlooking the tiny inlet of Quidi Vidi, the battery could also hold off a seaborne attack.
Commissariat House, Government House and Garrison Church: Erected during British colonial times, the limestone used in construction was imported from Cork, Ireland. Today the buildings continue to stand in stately watch over the city.
Basilica of St. John the Baptist: Built in 1850 of imported stone, the Basilica is designed in the shape of a Latin cross with 43 metre towers at the corners.