Avalon Region

St. John's


Photos: St. John's

According to popular legend, the city of St. John's takes its name from the discovery of the harbour by John Cabot on June 24, 1497, the feast day of St. John the Baptist. Where Cabot actually landed in North America remains, of course, a matter of some debate, but few scholars consider it likely that he ever visited St. John's. In any case, by the early 1500s, St. John's Harbour was well-known to European fishermen and was identified on various European maps. "The first view of the harbour of St. John's is very striking", observed English geologist Joseph Jukes in 1839; its "lofty precipitous cliffs, of hard dark red sandstone and conglomerate, range along the coast with deep water close at their feet."

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Avalon Region Monday's Pond and Rope Walk: Over time the name has changed to 'Mundy Pond' and the area has developed into a mainly residental area. The Rope Walk area now known as 'Ropewalk Lane' is used mainly for commerical purposes. The area around pond has been developed into a walking trail.

Avalon Region Falls at Quidi Vidi. Quidi Vidi is a small fishing village on the eastern outskirts of St. John's.

Avalon Region St. John's Town and Harbour. View from the south side of the harbour.

Avalon Region St. John's Town and Harbour

Avalon Region St. John's Town and Harbour

Avalon Region St. John's Town and Harbour

Avalon Region Hon. C. R. Ayre's Country Houses. Charles Robert Ayre (1819 - 1889) was a prominent businessman, member of the House of Assembly and supporter of Methodism.

Avalon Region Harbour and Narrows, St. John's. The Narrows is the entrance to St. John's harbour.

Avalon Region Rawlins Cross, Saint John's: Formed by the intersection of Monkstown Road, Prescott Street and Military Road, Rawlins Cross has been a St. John's landmark and gathering place since the 1840s. Several of the buildings in the image survived the 1892 fire and are still standing.

Avalon Region East End of Saint John's: This view is taken from the south side of St. John's looking at the east end. Fish was plentiful in the 1880's as you can see the huge fish flakes used for drying fish.

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