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Buskers are relatively new in Newfoundland and Labrador. I seen a little of the 2nd Annual Festival on August 5, 2007. I didn't realize why there was so much activity when I arrived downtown and it was because of the festival. It was very well attended.
International, national and local performers put on a great show. Juggling, acrobatics, magic, and comedy.
A show every 30 minutes with over 30 shows per day. More details to follow.
Sandwiched in betwen Water Street and Duckworth is George Street. Another great place to stroll. This street has the highest concentration of pubs and bars and places to eat. Not much else to buy on George Street other than food and drink.
But take it in on a nice sunny day or late evening when it is buzzing with activity.
Check Out the Row Housing....
There is lotsa row housing in the older sections of St. John's and they always seem to be catching on fire.
Fires are common enough in these older homes: Lots of row houses are approaching 100 years old, they are made of timber and many have roofs that are joined.
We live in a neighourhood with many attached homes: fire engines are a frequent visitors at any time of the year.
Guy Faulks Nite is the worst time for fires because rowdies have been known to set alight derelict houses. If you want to see one of these Guy Faulks fires then just wait until November 5 and then chase the firetrucks from Fort Townshend to their destination.
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Party Time: George Street
St. Johns has some of the best nightlife you could ever ask for hands down. It has something like 75 bars on one strip and they all offer something for everyone from the young to the older such as live music to house. George st is famous in Canada for being a party area and it lives up to its name. O'Reillys, Atomic, Sundance, etc etc etc are all good and you can find anything you want, such a Great time! The pubs offer excellent food and are busy just about everyday of the week and Mardi Gras is the highlight of the year :) Everyone will point you in this direction of this famous or infamous st. and the newfs are sooo chilled out, they are fantastic hosts. You will meet locals, foreigners and East coasters at every stop and you will have a brilliant time! Word of advice: bring your game face cause the newfs can drink like no other! ENJOY.
The Courthouse is located at the bottom of Church Hill, and it has under gone a major facelift in 1988. The exterior architecture is impressive but there is nothing much inside since it is still a working courthouse.
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Downtown St John's
The main streets in St John's are Duckworth Street, Water Street and Grower Street. These streets are easy to navigate and there are lots of shops, restaurants etc. If you want to buy souvenirs, there are several shops at Duckworth Street which sell interesting souvenirs of Newfoundland. The city's tourist office is located at Water Street.
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Walk the Battery
The Battery is an area downtown that run along signal hill. It is a nice little area to walk throughout, the houses are all colorful and unique and plenty of great views from the city.
This picture will give you an idea of what the houses are like.
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If you want to put your feet up and relax after a lot of walking downtown St. John's there is a park right off of Water Street across from the War Memorial.
My apologies for not remembering the exact name right now but it is a great place to put your feet up and enjoy the views of the harbour!
The Water Front
After you have taken in Water, Duckworth and George Street, wonder on down to the Water Front and you will find lots of fishing boats, concession stands in the summer season and larger boats ranging from tankers to cruise ships!
You really get an atlantic feeling down in this area.
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Fort Amherst is located on the opposite side of the downtown area right out on the narrows.
Pay close attention to the signs and it is best to park where the city asks you to. Trust them!!
I really enjoyed the view over there. Look at the sea gull in this picture and the unique houses on the opposite side of the narrows!
Go Bar Hopping
St. John's George Street is fantastic! It's about 2 or 3 blocks long and packed with different bars and nightclubs. If you don't find a bar there that suits your tastes then you just aren't looking! My mother and I stumbled upon this street by happy accident. It seems like a modest unassuming street until you turn the corner and find yourself in the middle of a big street party.
Apparently George Street has the most bars per square foot per capita in Canada (or was it North America?) As our friendly cab driver stated to us - in a charming accent - "It's the only place where you can fall off yer barstool and land in another bar!"
We happened to be there on a Friday and Saturday night. Friday was hoppin' and Saturday was packed, even in the street. (We later learned that there had been a beer-sponsored-invitational-house-party type of thing elsewhere that night which had actually run out of beer and a lot of those people had moved the party to George Street, which is what accounted for the unusually large crowd there that night.) I'm not sure what the street would be like during the week. Another friendly cab driver said that, during the weekdays, it's more like a good place to meet friends after work.
You don't have to be drinking to enjoy the street. The place reminded me of a carnival. Adding to the party atmosphere, there are even streamers overhead outside.
The only time I've ever seen a place like it is when we went to Paradise Island in Orlando FL. If you've ever been to Paradise Island, I'll tell you that George Street is just as fabulous as that, if not better - and there's no cover charge to get in (although we did find that one of the bars had a cover charge of $4 because they were featuring a live band.)
I hear that there are a number of festivals held on this street at various times during the year.
I want to go back there! I just had to let the people know about this place!
Colonial Buidling and Government House
These impressive buildings of St John's are located at Military Road on top of the slope of St John's city.
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Check out this old Gernman cannon from WW 1
This old German cannon ids a souvenir from World War One.
The cannon is in Victoria Park on Water Street in St. John's.
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The Supreme Court House Building
One of the more distict and historic buildings in the downtown is the Supreme Court House Building.
You won't miss it walking along Water Street.
1000 of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians died in the war.
While in the water street area you should pay a visit to the memorial in thier honor.
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