St. John – A Historic And Welcoming Big City

I was a bit skeptical when my family wanted to take a trip to the city of St. John in Newfoundland, Canada. I felt that it was an old city and would not offer anything other than age-old tradition and culture. But, I was totally wrong. The trip with family to St. John will remain etched in my mind for many years as it offered plenty of sight and sounds that gave me an out of the world touring experience.

  • The Provincial Museum

The museum is located on Duckworth Street and this is a heritage site. It has now turned into a cultural hub called the Rooms along with the Provincial Archives of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Art Gallery. Even though I am not an arts and culture person, I really admired all the arts and the different things that were on show at the museum and the art gallery.

  • Water Street

I am a water person and love to be surrounded by waters. This is what the Water Street, the St. John’s oldest street, is all about. This was once a commercial center of this large city of Newfoundland. It is the docking place for the cruise ship. The street is loaded with bakeries, restaurants, and souvenir shops.

  • Bowring Park

One of the most attractive and scenic-filled parks in St. John is the Bowring Park. It is in the Waterford Valley and was opened in 1914. The statue of Peter Pan and the sculptured duck pond are the major attractions in this park. I thoroughly enjoyed the time I spent with my family at this park.

  • Cape Spear

I got to watch the sunrise from this place. It has two lighthouses and cliffs from where you watch the blue waters and the sunrise. Apart from the sunrise, this place also is a historic site and is the perfect place to spot icebergs and whales.

Calgary’s Canadian Culture And Heritage At Its Best

Calgary is a beautiful city located in the Alberta Province of Canada. The city lies at the confluence of the Elbow River and Bow River.  There are many tourist destinations in downtown Calgary like art galleries, shopping centers, museums, resorts, parks, and gardens.  Our brief stay with our friends Tommy & Sarah who run http://www.roofing518.com/ was amazing.  It is a beautiful city and the experience was quite adventurous.  Besides the beautiful outdoors, the vibrant nightlife and luxurious dining venues keep the tourists entertained throughout the year.  A few exciting places to visit in the city are as follows:

  • Studio Bell

Studio Bell was established by the National Music Centre located in Downtown East Village.  It is famous as Calgary’s National Museum of music history. Here you can find a collection of over 2000 musical instruments and relics. Some of the famous displays are Elton John’s pianos, TONTO synthesizer, and Rolling Stones Mobile Studio.  We had lots of fun at the interactive instruments gallery. The volunteers helped us with different musical instruments and also educated us on the history of their oldest exhibits.

  • Heritage Park Historical Village

Located at 1900 Heritage Drive, the Heritage Park Historical Village is the most visited destination in the city. Established in the year 1964, the museum is built on 127 acres of land. If you are in Calgary, you should definitely visit this place. With over a 100 historical exhibits the museum continues to be Canada’s largest museum of living history. The top attractions of the place are a steam locomotive, a roundhouse, a paddle steamer, an antique midway with park rides, and an aboriginal encampment.

  • Bow River

If you appreciate natural scenic attractions, you should certainly visit the banks of the Bow River where they have beautiful walkways adjacent to the shoreline. The waterfront path is popular among bikers and hikers. Fly fishing is one of the major tourist activities in this area. The view of the mountains and the foliage from the walkway is truly captivating.