Whitbourne to St John's, via Newfoundland Route #1 along the Trans-Canada Highway
Here is the itinerary for the 100 km along the #1 between Whitbourne and St John's, Newfoundland:
The peninsula between Trinity Bay and Conception Bay has two main roads, 80 up the west side linking fishing villages along Trinity Bay, and 70 along the east.
Highway 61, linking communities along the east shore of Conception Bay was the original Trans-Canada route, until Highway 1 as built along a straighter and less inhabited route.
St John's (not to be confused with Saint John, spelled out and singular, in New Brunswick) is the oldest city in North America, and the continent's most easterly point (just south of town, at Cape Spear), and is home to Signal Hill, which received Marconi's first trans-Atlantic radio transmission in 1900. Skipping all the touristy stuff, photographers will be charmed by the colourfully painted buildings in the city's hilly downtown, and younger travellers with energy will particularly enjoy the nightlife along George Street.
Those travelers trying to mark an appropriate "Mile Zero" are not as well served in St John's as they are at the other end of the journey, in Victoria, British Columbia. There, at the foot of Douglas Street and Dallas Road at Beacon Hill Park, and is marked by a "Mile Zero" monument. In St John's there is a "Mile One" Center (an arena & convention centre), right beside the city hall. Some might argue the mathematical improbability that only in Canada is the distance between Mile Zero and Mile One is about 7,800 kilometres.
Officially the end of the Highway 1 terminates at Logy Bay Road, which is still a distance from the ocean. This itinerary, follows the road from their, past Quidi Vidi Lake and up Signal Hill. The alternative route, starts at Harbourview Park, a small waterfront park beside the war memorial, where you can actually dip your feet into the water, From there, to Duckworth, south on to New Gower St, and to Highway 2, which connects to the 1 a few kilometres to the SW.
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