I took a trip to Canada in August to see a close friend of mine I was with whilst in Israel.
I booked my flight later than I should of and the best deal I could get to go from London to Winnipeg required two stop overs. One in St John’s New Foundland and one Halifax, Nova Scotia.
This is the longest flight I have done, and the first time I have been to North American continent in 15 years, with multiple stops travelling westwards you are going backwards across time zones.
St John’s is the capital of New Foundland and Labrador, the cluster of small provinces (Canada’s way of equivalent of individual states) on the east coast, along with New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia are called the Maritimes.
Shipping is quite a big thing here. This is a small capital city but a lot of young people, and good selection of interesting antique shops and bars and restaurants.
I think it was still something like 8 in the morning and there was this weird fog shrouding the city in a mystery which was quite fun. The taxi driver took me to Signal Hill which I was advised by friends this was a good place to explore as I had 7 hours free before my next flight.
I got a cuddle with this lovely huge dog! A Newfoundland dog was here with his owner enjoying the park.
Poutine! Canada’s own fast food. A kind of mix of cheese and gravy served with chips. I would of got some but I already had lunch here.
Everyone I met here, even the airport security was super friendly. I had a great chat with the Bangladeshi taxi driver who took me from the airport to the main city. He was driving part time and also at university. Canada is great place for new immigrants, there is enough space and work to fit in so many new people. The other taxi driver that took me back was a local guy with a very thick accent which sounded almost Irish. Its quite clear that the folks of St John’s have strong Irish and Scottish descent.