St. John’s

St. John’s is such a fun city to start Leg 5! We were honoured to visit the Government House of Newfoundland and Labrador and meet with the Lieutenant Governor, Frank F. Fagan. In the evening, we were thrilled to have some local storytellers on board the ship to spin a few yarns and entertain us into the night. Leg 5 is off to a great start! St. John’s, the capital of Newfoundland and Labrador and its largest city with a population of over 200,000, sits on the upper eastern corner of Newfoundland. In fact, St. John’s sits on the most easterly corner on North America. The now extinct Beothuk people once inhabited Newfoundland. St. John’s is one of the oldest English-founded cities in North America, shown on maps as early as 1519. The town was founded on a booming fishing industry. Today, it is still alive as a centre of music, art and science on Canada’s east coast.