Posted by on Wednesday, August 2, 2017
It looks like the Royal St. John’s Regatta will go ahead today.
From 7:00 a.m. to 30 minutes after the last race or until the level of pedestrian activity allows safe vehicular access there will be road closures on:
- Carnell Drive
- Circular Road - Bannerman Street to Empire Avenue
- Clancey Drive
- Empire Avenue – Rennie’s Mill Road to Forest Road
- Forest Road
- Kenna’s Hill
- King’s Bridge Road
- Lake Avenue
- Lakeview Avenue
- Quidi Vidi Village Road
- Legion Road
- Pleasantville Avenue - Taylor Place to The Boulevard
- The Boulevard – access to the Legion will be permitted via East White Hills Road only
- Winter Avenue
- New Cove Road – Bristol Street to King’s Bridge Road
Metrobus runs several shuttle routes to Quidi Vidi Lake on Regatta Day. For information on routes and schedules go to the Metrobus website at www.metrobus.com or call Ride Guide at 722-9400.
There are concession stands, wheels of fortune, games of chance, and food & drink.
On average the Regatta draws crowds of up to 50,000 people to the shores of Quidi Vidi Lake. It is widely known as “The Largest Garden Party in the World” because it has been about socializing as much as amateur sport.
The Royal St. John’s Regatta is the oldest organized sporting event in North America.
It has been a part of Newfoundland history for almost 200 years. The first record of an organized event was in 1816, but rowing matches were common among ships crews in St. John’s Harbour since at least the 1700’s.These days.