On the rough shore of Conception Bay north of St. John’s you can find a number of old fishing villages such as Paradise, Portugal Cove or Pouch Cove.
Portugal Cove is one of the oldest fishing villages in Newfoundland; Pouch Cove has been settled already in 1611. The boats are drawn ashore as always about steep wooden ramps with the help of winches. In Pouch Cove, a local artist painted the traditional fishing huts very vividly on a wall.
Quidi Vidi lies at the eastern outskirts of St. John. The fishing village was founded in 1700 and you can still see some of the fishing huts built on stilts which were typical for this the area.
The fact that this place has been combated can be seen in Quidi Vidi Battery, overlooking the village. The Battery was built in 1762 by the Frenchmen. On the occasion of the centenary of Canada in 1967 it was reconstructed according to plans of 1812.
In Quidi Vidi is also the largest microbrewery of Newfoundland – the Quidi Vidi Brewing Company and the oldest sporting event in North America – the St. John’s annual regatta – takes place on the Quidi Vidi Lake.
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