The End of North America

1) the end of North America is here – Cape Spear – you can not go any further east in all of North America

Before heading west, G and I flew the 3 hours from Toronto last week to Canada’s youngest province, Newfoundland and Labrador (which entered Confederation in 1949). Newfoundland and Labrador is a vast province with roughly 500,000 residents, 90% of whom live on the island.

It is a stark, chilly, windy place with some of the warmest people you’ll meet this side of Ireland.

2) me at the most easterly spot in all of North America; 3) where you want to go?

Newfoundland is a place of firsts:

  • the first ever transatlantic cable was laid here;
  • the first woman to ever cross the Atlantic by plane, Amelia Earhart, left from here;
  • Marconi received the first ever wireless transmission here (at Signal Hill) (you have him to thank for wifi);
  • Europeans – the Vikings actually – first landed here at L’Anse aux Meadows (which we’re visiting later next week) 400-odd years before that charatan Columbus ‘found’ America.

If you get the chance; visit – you shan’t be disappointed. And when you come, make sure you ‘kiss the cod’; try some “screech”; dine on ‘cod tongues with scrunchions’; have a ‘touton’ alongside your breakfast eggs; and visit George Street in St. John’s, which – in another first – has the most pubs per squre foot of any street in all of North America.

4) I got this close to a harbour seal in Quidi Vidi this afternoon

5) shooting Battery Road from Fort Amhurst on the south side of the Narrows

Goodnight from St. John’s and onwards to Cupid and Heart’s Delight tomorrow.

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6 Responses to The End of North America

  1. Fatcat723 says:

    I know bring warm clothing or at least water-shedding clothes.

  2. CurryPuffy says:

    The weather was quite chilly!

  3. christao408 says:

    Looks like an interesting place to visit.

  4. …Same question as ThePrince. It looks like a small cute little town. Picture 3 is ridiculous though :]

  5. ThePrince says:

    nice pictures! what happened to that harbor seal’s flipper???

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