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Cape Spear - most easterly point in North America. Mr. Sunseeker with...

The new Cape Spear Lighthouse

Old Cape Spear lighthouse - oldest remaining in NFLD

Inside the old lighthouse residence

Wildflowers all around the meadows

WW II gun emplocements all around the Cape and St. John's areas

This is it - the most easterly point of the New World...

St. John's must be the home of the east coast Coast Guard...

Old fishing houses on the cliffs near the entrance to the harbour

Old buildings in the business section by the waterfront

Looking down at the waterfront from Signal Hill (hote the Silverseas Silver...

Fort Amherst - more WWII gun emplacements and another lighthouse, guarding the...

Signal Hill and the Cabot Tower

The Queen's Battery on Signal Hill, overlooking Fort Amherst and the entrance...

St. John's at night from Signal Hill

We spent our one whole day in St. John's learning how to navigate it's maze of windy, narrow little streets in our motorhome. Add in the problem that St. John's has the worst street signage ever, and you can guess why the THREE different city maps we were using got very creased and torn! We went first out south of the city to Cape Spear, the farthest East point in the New World! The weather was fairly good in the morning, so we had fun climbing the 230 odd stairs and more hills up to the two lighthouses, old and new. The old lighthouse as usual was open as a museum, so did more stairs inside that. The scenery around the point was of course amazing, with waves crashing on the rocks below and nothing between you and say Spain except a few waves. Most of the major points around St. John's had been fortified first in the French British wars of the 1700s, and then again in WWII, when the German Uboats were around. Cape Spear was no different - there were several huge guns left behind in the WWII fortifications. After Cape Spear we drove back to the harbour and around it and up to Signal Hill. Signal Hill was also fortified by the British in the 1700s, but very little remains of that. Cabot Tower was built near the end of the last century to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Cabot's discovery of NFLD, and also Queen Victoria's 60th Jubilee. It contains a museum about Marconi, who received the first Trans-Atlantic wireless signal at that location. The whole area was VERY windy, as you might expect from a spot open to the Atlantic. That evening we found parking in the downtown area and walked over to the Keg for a nice dinner out, then back up to Signal Hill for photos. Then eventually we found our way back to our campsite in Pippy Park - the equivalent of Stanley Park but more rustic.

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