The next morning we decided that fog or no fog, we were going to do a tour around the Irish Loop. It starts in St. John's and heads south into the heart of Irish Newfoundland before looping back to St. John's. It is known for its scenery, wildlife and whales...and fog!
We arrived in Bay Bulls, one of the oldest communities in Newfoundland. You can take tour boats from here to see the ecological reserves, but somehow we didn't think we would see too much, and no one came running out to greet us!
We stopped in at the Portugal Cove Visitor Centre which offers tours to the world renown Mistaken Point Ecological Reserve. It's the only place in the world where Precambrian animal fossils are so abundant that they cover exposed areas the size of tennis courts. Huh! Who knew!
Nearby Cape Race was the site of the first wireless station in Newfoundland built in 1904. It was the only land based location that received a distress signal from the Titanic, and it played a major role in relaying news of the sinking to other ships and land locations.
We had lunch at the Trepassey Motel, and there was a lot of excitement in the restaurant as a local girl was being married that day.
We were back on our route when Ed, who was driving, pulled over to the side of the road and said "There's another one!" Another one what? Another carved village! Trust the driver to see it and none of the passengers!
The next morning we decided to give Signal Hill another try. Signal Hill was the site of harbour defences for St. John's from the 18th century to WWII.
The Fluvarium. There are nine viewing windows below ground level where you can watch the brown trout and salmon swimming by in their natural habitat.
This water from this waterfall near the road was rushing down...
And with that, our time in St. John's was over. We would love to come back. It really is a beautiful city!
Now we're heading to Halifax for the Buskers Festival...