With barely a cloud in the sky, my husband and I lucked out with the perfect summer day in St. John’s, Newfoundland! Docking right in downtown, all the sites are an easy walk from the ship. Hiking to Signal Hill and searching for the famous Jelly Houses (it’s not a difficult search 😉 ) – we blew past our record steps!
My husband and I started our day in St. John’s with a hike up to Signal Hill. We trekked directly from the port, climbing up to the Signal Tower. Signal Hill is a National Historic site in Canada and named for receiving the first transatlantic wireless signal! It has also served as a military lookout, overlooking The Narrows – the only entrance to St. John’s harbor.
Don’t miss these epic Atlantic coastal views from Signal Hill (you can also take a taxi or tour)! We wandered the trails, met many locals getting their weekend exercise, and followed the path along the entrance of the harbor back to downtown.
A lucky coincidence – our tired feet walked by Brewdock after our adventures on Signal Hill. With numerous choices on tap, our craft brew loving hearts found our element. Their outdoor beer garden was the perfect spot to quench our thirst and the warm service made us feel right at home. 🙂
The Canadian couple we met on our cruise talked about the “jelly houses” they were going to visit in St. John’s. Having no idea what they were talking about – I had to find out more. 🙂 I learned about the colorful Victorian houses dotting the hillsides of downtown! There’s not an actual Jellybean Row, as the brightly painted houses are scattered all throughout the blocks just up from the harbor front. I’d heard they were traditionally painted like this to welcome the men home from fishing – to spot home through the fog. After a bit more digging, I unfortunately discovered this is a widespread myth. During the 70’s – the downtown area needed some spiffing up and the eye-catching paint trend caught on with many of the homeowners!
The locals are extra friendly in St. John’s and gracious hosts! Add this special spot to your places to visit.
Until the next adventure – bon voyage!