Two trains, two planes, and a combined 20hrs of traveling (not counting local buses and shuttles) I finally reached St. John’s Newfoundland, Canada!

Rest? Rest is for the dead it seems, because the moment I arrived, it was already time to go exploring. Though I did feel quite dead from lack of sleep.

Before embarking on an epic upcoming road-trip with three other travel bloggers(Candice, Seattle, and Zak) to the Travel Blog Expo in Toronto, Candice has been showing us around much of her hometown of St. John’s.

First thing on the list? A hike.

Overlooking the city below is Cabot Tower, a stone citadel built atop Signal Hill in commemoration of Queen Victoria and used as a defensive lookout over history. The hike to reach the top takes you along a snaking trail beside the coast gives you some wicked views of the city and the harbor. The hike itself wasn’t too rough; the trail was a tad rocky and we did have to climb a few hundred stairs, but the payoff was well worth it.

With a retro flare given to the photos, I present to you Signal Hill National Park and Cabot Tower!

Oh, and feel free to tap/click the photos for full-sized beauty.


St. John’s harbor shimmering as the sun sets.



A weather-worn abandoned shack on the shoreline. Once upon a time it saw better days, but you can’t get a better view than this waking up in here.



A ship with a shallow wake cruises into the horizon.



The snaking Signal Hill trail giving you an amazing sight of St. John’s harbor.



Cabot Tower perched high above. To reach this, we would have to hike 241 stairs. Needless to say, I can now consider myself a stair master.



The jagged and beautiful coastline of St. John’s.



Cabot Tower, constructed in 1897 in honor of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee and the 400th anniversary of John Cabot’s landfall.



Fort Amherst in the distance.



Just look at the view.



George’s Pond, or from what I heard — Dead Man’s Pond. Maybe it’s an “old wives tale” but I was told that after someone was hanged in the town during the settlement years, they would toss the dead bodies in this pond.


Dusk over St. John’s.

Have you been to St. John’s or Newfoundland? What’s you favorite photo?



  1. gardenbre May 18, 2013 at 12:16 am

    Wow – some stunning scenery – thanks for all the photos. Welcome to Canada!

    1. JustChuckinIt - Site Author May 18, 2013 at 7:26 am

      Thanks! Enjoying it immensely!


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