In the summer of 2017, my now wife, Anna, and I got married. We wanted to do it in a beautiful location but also somewhere we had never been. Somehow she found St. John’s Newfoundland. St. John’s is the capital city of the Canadian province of Newfoundland & Labrador. Home to roughly 200,000 people in the area, it is also one of the oldest English settlements in North America. For years St. John’s number 1 industry was fishing but is now and large oil and gas town that supports various off-shore rigs.
St. John’s is also home to the famous Jelly Bean Row and George Street. The houses along Jelly Bean row are all sorts of vibrant colors while George Street – a 2 block portion of George Street just up from the waterfront houses numerous bars and restaurants and can be pack full of people at 1 in the morning. If you’re looking to become an honorary Newfoundler, as my brother did, George Street is the place to “screech-in”. The process involves eating a small piece of “Newfie steak”, taking a shot of the local Screech, and kissing a cod fish!
The area around St. John’s is beautiful and breathtaking. In the late spring and early summer, icebergs will make their way along the coast of Newfoundland and even come into the St. John’s harbor. During the summer you can also see whales off the coast and sometimes in the harbor. A short drive south of St. John’s and you will end up at Cape Spear, which is the most eastern point of continental North America. We very much enjoyed are trip to St. John’s and look forward to visiting again soon!