Saint John's in Newfoundland was our first contact with a real city since 10 days ago in Reykjavik Iceland. Although not large by many standards, with 200,000+ people it was a hundred times larger than most of the areas we'd visited in the last week. Perhaps that was why our welcoming party was a row of five ambulances when we docked? Although nobody was seriously sick as far as we knew, with so many people aboard and many of them elderly, there were bound to be a few who were sick. And perhaps many waited until they were closer to home to seek medical help.
Although there are a number of hikes near the cruise terminal, including one to Signal Hill, the day was pretty gloomy and rainy. So instead we chose to take a short walk to the nearby Basilica Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. There were quite a few beautiful stained glass windows inside the church which you can see in the linked to album.
There are other activities to enjoy in St. John's during other times of year. This includes whale watching and boat tours of nearby icebergs. Although we were visiting during the tail end of the peak whale watching season we were too late for the icebergs which are most prevalent in late May to early June.