Travel Postcard: 48 hours in St. John's, Newfoundland

Tue Jun 22, 2010 11:12am EDT
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By Sharon Ho

St. John's, Newfoundland (Reuters Life!) - As the oldest and most easterly city in North America, St. John's is a city with a harbor carved out of 500-year-old rock and downtown streets filled with multi-colored houses.

Reuters correspondents with local knowledge help visitors to get the most out of a 48-hour visit to the charming location.


6:00 p.m. - Start your visit with Newfoundland cuisine at the Bacalao Restaurant. Order a Jiggs Dinner Cabbage Rolls, which is salted beef, carrots, turnips and potatoes rolled in a cabbage leaf, or a Cod's Tongue Salad as an appetizer. Bacalao, which means salt cod in the Mediterranean, offers a daily salt cod dish. The restaurant also serves local wines made from blueberry and partridgeberries.

9:00 p.m. - Stroll to the cobblestoned George Street where traffic is closed to vehicles in the evenings. The street boasts the most bars per square foot in North America. The Trapper John's pub welcomes visitors to Newfoundland with a "screech-in" ceremony which involves drinking a shot of Screech, or rum, which is a traditional mainstay of the Newfoundland diet, and kissing a toy puffin.


9:00 a.m. - Begin the day with a hike along the Outer Battery to Signal Hill which has scenic views of St. John's and the ocean. Signal Hill is known for being the location where Guiglielmo Marconi received the first wireless message in 1901. It was also a harbor defense site for St. John's from the 18th century to the World War Two.

Noon - Visit The Rooms for the art gallery, museum and provincial archives. Its architecture was designed to imitate fishing rooms where families would gather to process their catch. The gallery features local and international artists such as the photographer, Edward Burtynsky. The Rooms Cafe offers a scenic view overlooking St. John's.   Continued...