Living on an island has its advantages. One of the biggest is the ability to be on a beach or a cliff, overlooking the ocean within hours, or in our case within 15 minutes. Yesterday, we headed out to the beach in Middle Cove. The town of Middle Cove is about a 10 minute drive outside of the capital city of St. John’s. The beach is a popular place for people to enjoy the Sunshine while looking out at the waves of the mighty Atlantic Ocean.
Being this close to the ocean makes me grateful that I live on an island. The ability to be standing on the shores of the Atlantic within minutes is something to be very thankful for.
Have you been to the ocean lately?
- Summer in St. John’s (alidoesit.wordpress.com)
- Mists of the Avalon (seastrandsstudio.com)
I recently went to St. John’s to see some friends I hadn’t seen in years. While there I had a chance to have a look around this old city. Well, the city is old by North American standards. In fact, its the oldest English-founded city in North America. The city has been blessed geographically with a sheltered harbor, which came in handy during the second world war as it helped ships involved in anti-submarine warfare.
The best view of the city’s harbor,the city itself and the Atlantic ocean is from the top of Signal Hill. Signal Hill gets its name from Marconi. He received the first transatlantic wireless signal on this hill back in 1901.
Cabot tower sits on the top of the hill. Construction begun on this building in 1898 to commentate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee and the 400th anniversary of John Cabot‘s discovery of the island.
The city itself is the largest city in Newfoundland and Labrador with a population around 200, 000 including the metro area. Much of the city can be seen from Signal Hill.
Being a harbor city, it is a great place for spotting ships. More ships can be seen in the summer. Some cruise ships make St. John’s one of their ports to visit.
St. John’s is a great little city to visit. The view from Signal Hill is the best to see this old North American city.
P.S Thanks to my good friend Matt for taking me up there.