St.John's - Gardens and Wildlife
The capital of Newfoundland, St. John's is set on the shores of a harbour whose scenery is world-famous. During our tour of the gardens of St. John's we will see a wonderful blend of coloured wooden houses, stately stone and brick churches and commercial structures.
Memorial University Botanical Gardens: The only botanical garden in Atlantic Canada, the MUN Botanical Garden is 110 acres of both cultivated and natural habitat. An extensive rock garden features limestone and acidic areas, an alpine house, heritage garden, cottage garden, heather and rhododendron garden, peat beds, vegetable garden, wildlife garden and perennial border. Well-maintained trails lead you through numerous natural habitats including boreal forest, fen, bog (with orchids, pitcher plants and sundrews), rocky barrens and lakeshore. Oxen Pond (14 acres) has waterfowl, trout and resident osprey.
The Fluvarium: Located on the shores of Long Pond in Pippy Park, this unique building gives visitors a chance to see the secret underwater life of a river. Look into Nagle's Hill Brook through nine underwater windows and see brown trout in their natural habitat. There are also fascinating exhibits and live displays of freshwater creatures.
Ocean Sciences Centre of Memorial University: The centre conducts scientific research on the ecosystem of the Atlantic Ocean. Guided tours feature the viewing of harbour and harp seals. There is also a touch tank that allows visitors to come into physical contact with a variety of ocean creatures. Visit displays on seals and whales, an aquarium of native fish and Newfoundland's fishery.