Icebergs & Jellybean Houses

Sandra shares with us some of her photographs and memories of her recent trip to Canada.

We arrived in St John’s to a light snowfall on May 12— wasn’t it supposed to be spring?

With a population of around 220,000, the capital of Newfoundland is located on a beautiful harbour and over looked by the Cabot Tower on Signal Hill, from where Marconi received the first transatlantic wireless signal in 1901. It has quite distinctive architecture, most noticeably its endearing “jellybean” houses, typically painted in various bright colours.


We also visited Quidi Vidi, a picturesque village nearby, before heading to Cape Spear, the most easterly point of Canada. The whole area has a fascinating human and geological history and its inhabitants [“Newfies”] are wonderfully hospitable, if not always intelligible to Australian ears. It’s definitely worth a longer visit.

Submitted by Sandra Wilson our U3A Secretary.