Thursday, June 28, 2012

St. John's, NL, Canada - the most easterly point in North America

St. John's is a small scenic Canadian city on the Atlantic coast. It has the distinction of being the most eastern point in North America (see the sign below). That makes it the closest to Europe - London is only 5hrs by flight from here.

St. John's, NL, Canada

Signal Hill

Because of this strategic geographical vantage, St. John's is also where Marconi received the first transatlantic wireless transmission in Morse code. The place is referred to as Signal Hill.

Signal hill, St. John´s, Canada
St. John's, NL, Canada (night)

Atlantic coast

St. John's allows you to be very close to nature. You can basically walk around the Atlantic coast for hours. There are many hiking trails and national parks nearby. Of course, proximity to nature has its disadvantages as well, esp. in terms of weather conditions. Winters here can be really chilly with minimum temperatures dropping to -15-20 for most of the winter months.

Atlantic coast

City, University & culture

St. John's is the capital of Newfoundland & Labrador (NL). NL was one of the last provinces to be integrated into Canada. Because of their mixed heritage, people here have a strong (Newfoundland) accent which is different from the general Canadian accent. However, that does not stop people here from being very friendly and welcoming towards foreigners.

St. John's can in many ways can be termed as a "student" city with around 20, 000 students (out of St. John's 100, 000 population) enrolled at the local university here - Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN).

There are around 250 Indian families here. They also have their own temple which is quite an achievement for such a small community. Do visit it if you get time! Get in touch with the Indian association@St. John's for further information: Friends of India  

Memorial University, St. John's, NL, Canada

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