• St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada •
Seven hours is what it took to drive through the fastest route with varying levels of rain and fog from Gros Morne to St. John’s, North America’s most easterly city.
To think that St. John’s was merely a side trip; the east coast trails, numerous lighthouses, the shopping, and seafood options for dining… Our time there passed by in a blink of an eye, and we realized the city deserved more than the 48 hours of rain and fog we spent.
Shortly after arriving at our airbnb in the town of Paradise (Newfoundland has a lot of intriguing names for towns and such), just on the outskirts of downtown St. John’s, we headed to Signal Hill.
We weren’t really there for the Cabot Tower. Rather, we went as far as we could on the North Head trail. Now that I think about it, the trail was fairly easy and relatively safe, so I really think we could have walked its entirety in the dark (if only we weren’t camera people), while basking in the good weather, amazing views, and the vast Atlantic Ocean.
We settled back into our airbnb late, tired once again, but I felt proud having learned to cook scallops (now my favourite) and prepare clams for the first time. I feel a lot more comfortable in the kitchen now, considering I’ve pretty much spearheaded a lot of the meals we made. Chilli, seafood pasta, clam in broth, the spicy salami-bakeapple sammies. And pretty much every breakfast we had.
But what I looked forward to was decent sleep without having to worry about waking up early.
Sad to say it was raining though. Of the two days we were in St. John’s, the rain did not let up.
Quidi Vidi Village is a little ways from downtown St. John’s, past the waste management centres. I know, odd, but at least it has mountains bordering itself from the outside.
Our breakfast experience at Mallard Cottage was spectacular. I don’t think I’ve ever had a dining experience like it in Toronto. The coziness, rustic, and feeling of warmth as we sat down at our table, waiting, and then eating… this is definitely a restaurant you must go to if you’re in St. John’s. I guess the rainy weather helped with the atmosphere.
You are also given the option to fill a box, which comes in three sizes, with as many of their desserts from their dessert table as you can. We bought a large sized box for $15, and it was 100% worth it! Lightly-flavoured and moist creations. Oh, and make sure to make reservations!
We opted for the simpler portion of the Cobbler Trail to Torbay Point to walk off our breakfast, the one starting from one of the neighbourhood roads and has loads of boardwalk planks to step on. I would definitely describe it as surreal… not because of the views. Rather, it was the opposite.
Dense fog only left us with probably 10 metres of visibility. As much as we were looking forward to more of the Atlantic Ocean, I was actually quite content with the foggy photo-taking.
Visiting Cape Spear in heavy downpour was unsuccessful (I was definitely not taking pictures), although we managed to walk around a bit before getting soaked. But after another seven hour drive back the following day, hallelujah, we entered Gros Morne in good weather.
Although tired, we decided we would return to the Tablelands and finish what we couldn’t initially. Yeah, we walked the short trail late in the afternoon, into dusk, but at least we reached the end.