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Government House Review

The lieutenant governor—the queen's representative in Newfoundland—lives at Government House. Myth has it that the moat around the 1830s structure was designed to keep out snakes, though Newfoundland is among the few regions in the world (along with Ireland and New Zealand) where there are none. The house, so the story goes, was originally intended for the governor of a warmer colony, where serpents might be a problem, but in fact the moat was designed to allow more light into the basement rooms. House tours (free), usually on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, can be arranged by appointment; the marvelous garden you can explore on your own.

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  • Address: 50 Military Rd., St. John's, NL A1C 2C4 | Map It
  • Phone: 709/729–4494; 709/729–4738 tour reservations
  • Cost: Free
  • Hours: Weekdays 8:30–5, garden open daily
  • Website:
  • Location: St. John's
Updated: 11-15-2013

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