Quidi Vidi Lake and Trail
This photo shows the location of the first scene in Dragon
Seer's Gift, when Gwyn meets Tyler Cull on the shore of Quidi Vidi
Lake. (It's pronounced "Kitty Vidi.") This small lake is very
close to the heart of St. John's. It's encircled by a very popular
trail which you can see on this Quidi Vidi Lake Trail Map. I walk around this lake often.
Over the years, many important events have taken place on the shores of this lake. After
the Great Fire of 1892, people who had been left homeless camped in
tents there. Not long after, troops preparing to go overseas to fight
during World War I trained in a camp on the same shore. The ocean
is just beyond the hill near the centre of the photo,
and many birds shelter on "the pond" (as everyone calls it) in winter.
Rare birds that were blown off course show up often, and birders travel
from all over to visit Quidi Vidi, especailly in winter.
In summer, the
annual St. John's Regatta is held on the pond, and, for one day, the
shores are turned into something like a fair grounds. Collections
Canada has a great digital collection of photos in their Royal St. John's Regatta
website. Click on the bars at the left hand side to find out about the
rowing events, customs and concession stands over the years. There's
also a games section with a word search and a greasy pig game.
The Rennie's River is the largest steam that feeds into Quidi Vidi
Lake, and a trail along the river is part of the Grand Concourse trail
network. In winter, the trails can be heavy going. Below is a picture
of the same trail, a little closer to Quidi Vidi in summertime.
Here's a map of the Quidi Vidi Trail.
The part that Gwyn took, which is shown in these photos, is the first
part going out from Quidi Vidi Lake until it bends away from downtown.
And that's the end of our Dragon Seer's Gift tour of St. John's.