At the corner of King's Bridge Road and Military Road, St.
John's, Newfoundland and Labrador.
How much time do you have?
2 hours: Tour the multi-media experience at the
site and immerse yourself in the people and places of a volatile
1830s St. John's. Mind your manners and know your place.. this
isn't your average historic house tour. There are surprises at
4 hours (walking): Tour The Commissariat to get
a snapshot of what St. John's looked like in the mid-19th century.
Then go out and find the actual sites you've just learned about-
many of which are still standing today:
- Right next door is the Old Garrison Church (St. Thomas' Anglican) -
built in 1836. This is where the soliders of Fort William across
the road (now a hotel) attended services.
- Just to the west is Government House, completed in 1831 at such
great expense and to such public outrage that Governor Cochrane was
pelted with refuse by the residents of St. John's as he left his
- Up Military Road is the Roman Catholic Basilica Cathedral
of St. John the Baptist - the largest contruction effort in
19th-century Newfoundland and a testament to the efforts of Bishop
Fleming to ensure the permanence of a Catholic community in St.
John's. Make sure to tour the Basilica Museum to learn more.
- Continue to The Rooms- our provincial art gallery, museum
and archives on the site of Fort Townshend. Have a meal overlooking
the Narrows, then tour the galleries for more about the broader
story of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Looking for something more in depth?
One day tour (or more) - a must for military history
- Start at The
Rooms. Exhibits here explore the story of Fort Townshend.
- Walk along Military Road to The Commissariat and see where
British soliders went to collect their pay in the 19th century.
Experience the story of political change at the end of British
naval rule in 1820s Newfoundland.
- Head past the old site of Fort William (now a hotel) and up Signal Hill National Historic Site. Take in a
Hill Tattoo performance and visit the interpretation centre and
Queen's Battery. Make sure to take the Weapons of Warfare Tour
offered by Parks Canada.
- Go to Fort Amherst, on the St. John's Southside - a
fortification built in 1770 and a gorgeous viewpoint of Signal Hill
and the open ocean.
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