Exploring Canadian Backroads Coast to Coast 2007 travel blog

An off shore rig ready to be towed to sea

St. John's Newfoundland

St. John's Newfoundland

This is a private yacht which is even equipped with it's own...

St. John's Newfoundland

Another fairly decent day however it was cool with rain predicted for the afternoon and it was quite windy. We headed north along Conception Bay then east to St. John's, the capital of Newfoundland and the largest city. Our first stop was a Tim Hortons were the bike promptly blew over as soon as we got into the resturant. A great way to start the day.

Along the coast we came across an oil drilling platform in the bay. Although it was quite a distance away it was clearly a massive structure. It appeared to be in transit rather than operating. As I understand it the actual drilling and production in Newfoundland is quite a ways off shore, not in the bays or inner shore area.

The traffic in St. John's was not too bad at all and we had no trouble cruising through right into the downtown area. Downtown St. John's is a very interesting place to drive into. The route we took brought us through old neighbourhoods full of large old houses. As we neared downtown, which runs along the waterfron of the harbour, the hilly streets are flanked with multi coloured, old row houses. The commercial street are lined with old buildings of every description. This is alikely place with loads of charm.

We treated ourselves to a nice hotel on the water front and spent the rest of the day and evening just wandering the streets taking in the atmosphere. It did begin to rain in the early evening but since we were off the bike it did not really matter. After diner we just took a cab back to the hotel. Looking back I think this is the first covered vehical we have been in for nearly two months.

Tomorrow we plan on heading out to Cape Spear, the most eastery point of land in North America.

One note of caution if traveling to Newfoundland. I tried to have a prescription refilled in St. John's and found they can only fill prescriptions written by a doctor in Newfoundland. They do not accept transfers from other provinces.

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