Signal Hill, Regatta Day and Fog. Typical Day in St. John’s

August 2, 2011 · Filed Under Local St. John's and St. John's General 

So tomorrow is the big day in St. John’s….the 193rd Regatta Day. The Royal St. John’s Regatta is North America‘s oldest annual sporting event dating back to 1816. If weather isn’t suitable the event is postponed until the next suitable day.  Since Regatta Day is a civic holiday in St. John’s, this means that the weather actually determines whether or not workers have the day off – a matter sometimes complicated by late-night partying associated with the end of the George Street Festival the night before. (Locally known as Regatta Roulette)

Decided to drive downtown St. John’s this morning and swing up to Signal Hill and head back to my office via Quidi Vidi Lake.  Randomly taking photos as I went. There are a great number of people out today.  Most with camera’s so I can only assume tourist’s.  Even as I drove up the road to Signal Hill the place was packed with people.  Nothing to see up there though as the fog has it completely engulfed.  No ocean view that’s for sure.

Tomorrow Quidi Vidi Lake will be surrounded with tens of thousands of people.  Each visiting “the pond” for their own personal reasons.  Whether it be family tradition, curious spectators, visiting tourists, family/friends of the rowers or just to head down for a game of chance at the concession booths – none will be disappointed.

 

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