Today Jorgen and I decided to take the Iceberg Quest Ocean Tour to see if we can see the whales a little closer up. We take the 9:30 tour but it is cold and rainy so we think we will just stay inside the cabin. I always like to take a boat tour when we are in new cities as you see the city from a much different perspective from the water. We go past the Battery and on the way I see the Signal Hill trail and it is pretty much straight up so it may be something to rethink.
We are soon off the coast and run into a pod of whales feeding. The captain turns off the engines and the whales come very close to the boat. We now have to leave the cabin and get out on deck so we get wet pretty quickly but it is worth it. It’s great to see the whales up close but with the engines off the boat is riding in the waves so I have one hand on the railing and one hand on my phone but miss all the best pictures as I don’t have an extra hand to take the pictures.
I finally get a few shots off and the whales head off out to sea and we head back to the harbor. The tour was about 2 hours and worth the $65.00 it cost to do the tour. If St. Johns is your only stop then I would recommend you take this tour.
This afternoon we are off to Quidi Vidi which is a small town just out of St. Johns to take a tour at the brewery. The brewery opened up in 1996 and produces beer for NFLD. We sign up for the beer tasting and head outside to wait for our tour to start. There is not much in Quidi Vidi but the brewery, a local artisans market and Mallards Cottage which is a very popular restaurant where reservations are a must. It is Monday so the market and the restaurant are closed so we have a quick look around and head back to the brewery. The brewery is located in a very scenic spot on an inlet. We pay our $10.00 for the tasting and head up to the room at the top of the brewery for our tasting. Our taster was Sue from St. Johns who not only told us about the different beers but a lot of history of St. Johns. In the end we tasted 7 different beers and spent about $100.00 on beer and beer glasses. If you like beer you will love this tour.