2010 New England and Atlantic Canada travel blog

St. John's, NL - Pippy Park Campground - Site 142

Bauline East to St. Johns, NL 0

Bauline East to St. Johns, NL 1 - the Newfoundland provincial flag...

Bauline East to St. Johns, NL 2 - big hills along the...

Bauline East to St. Johns, NL 3

Bauline East to St. Johns, NL 4

Bauline East to St. Johns, NL 5 - coming into St. Johns

Bauline East to St. Johns, NL 6 - subdivision after subdivision

Bauline East to St. Johns, NL 7

Bauline East to St. Johns, NL 8 - more subdivisions

Bauline East to St. Johns, NL 9

Bauline East to St. Johns, NL 10

St Johns 1 - quaint houses near downtown

St Johns 2 - downtown

St Johns 3 - colorful houses

St Johns 4 - more colorful houses

St Johns 5

St Johns 6

St Johns 7 - Basilica of St. John the Baptist through the...

St Johns 8 - Basilica of St. John the Baptist after passing...

St Johns 9 - Anglican Cathedral of St. John's the Baptist

St Johns 10 - Side view of The Anglican Cathedral of St....

St Johns 11 - Anglican Cathedral of St. John's the Baptist from...

St Johns 12

Views from Cape Spear 1

Views from Cape Spear 2 - Signal Hill Historic Site

Views from Cape Spear 3

Views from Cape Spear 4

Views from Cape Spear 5

Views from Cape Spear 6 - one of the two gun enplacements...

Views from Cape Spear 7 - the lighthouse from sea level

Views from Cape Spear 8 - the lighthouse complex as we started...

Views from Cape Spear 9 - some of those 147 steps

Views from Cape Spear 10 - the 69 additional steps to the...

Views from Cape Spear 11 - view of the newer lighthouse from...

Views from Cape Spear 12 - the oldest surviving lighthouse in Newfoundland

Views from Cape Spear 13 - some of the coastline South of...

Views from Cape Spear 14 - the newer lighthouse built in 1955...

Views from Cape Spear 15 - the coastline to the West of...

Views from Cape Spear 16 - the sign showing the position of...

Views from Signal Hill 1 - the tower at the top of...

Views from Signal Hill 2 - the flags that have flown over...

Views from Signal Hill 3 - Fort Amherst across the Narrows from...

Views from Signal Hill 4 - Old Fort Amherst and the newer...

Views from Signal Hill 5 - the St. John's Harbor and downtown...

Views from Signal Hill 6 - Cape Spear from Signal Hill -...

Views from Signal Hill 7 - a ship and boat traversing the...

Views from Signal Hill 8 - more of St. John's

Views from Signal Hill 9 - the Basilica of St. John's the...

Views from Signal Hill 10 - the Anglican Cathedral of St. John's...


It was a short 37 miles up to St. Johns from Bauline East under beautiful blue skies. We are in Pippy Park RV Park with 50 amp full hookups, great WiFi and good cell reception, all a product of being in the city I guess. We even have three channels of over-the-air TV! We did a little sightseeing but since it was such a beautiful Sunday afternoon, everything was mobbed, not even a parking place at one site, so we will attempt the sightseeing again tomorrow. Hopefully, the weather will hold off one more day.

Well, the weather did not hold off and it rained most of the day Monday. It was also very cool. We were running the heater all day to remain comfortable. I know that makes those of you at home a little envious but I guess that is just the way it is. :-) Since it was supposed to clear out for Tuesday, we just stayed in and planned our activities here to get them all done in one day and made some reservations for next week.

Tuesday we did the sightseeing thing. First was trip to Cape Spear, which is the Eastern most point in North America. I thought that was neat since we were at the Western most highway point last year in Anchor Point, AK. This is a very picturesque place as the lighthouse has been placed high on a hill and you can see quite a bit around the shoreline. There are also supposed to be whales and icebergs in the area but it is a little late for icebergs and we looked for a while but didn't see any whale blows.

Next was a side trip to see a couple of old, huge churches. First was the Basilica of St. John's the Baptist which was the largest building built up to that time in 1839-1855. Then we went to see The Anglican Cathedral of St. John's the Baptist which was built in 1847. We were unable to go into either one. They both are huge churches with the latter having next to no parking lot.

We then went to Signal Hill which is the main attraction in St. John's. It is one of the highest points around and gives great views of the whole St. John's area. It was used since the late 17th century to signal to the town what ships were arriving long before they actually entered the harbor. Each country and company had a different flag which was hoisted as they came into view of the hill. During the many conflicts between England and France as well as later it was used to defend the port as well. It overlooks The Narrows which is only 200 feet wide and the only way in to St. John's Harbour.

A trip to Walmart was then in order to pick up a couple of items, then lunch at Boston Pizza where we had some fabulous pasta, and afterwards a trip to Sobey's to restock the pantry. Tomorrow we head for Thorburn Lake from which we will tour the Bonavista Peninsula.

P.S. I have added a few pictures to the last blog that I forgot I had taken. The sunset

one is really nice.

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