Special Programming: Down at the Lake
For the lead-up to the main event on Aug. 1 (weather permitting), CBC NL will air "Down at the Lake": a four-part mini-documentary series about the east, south, west and north shores of Quidi Vidi Lake.
- Down at the Lake: Tales of eccentric characters, unique buildings, strange sports and wild parties on the shores of Quidi Vidi Lake in
The series explores the wild parties, strange sports, eccentric characters and unique buildings that make up the area's rich history.
"Down at the Lake" will air, one episode a night, from July 23-26 on CBC Television's Here & Now. The series will also be posted on CBC NL's YouTube Channel.
Monday, July 23
Part 1: East (Quidi Vidi)
A look at Quidi Vidi Village: how it got its name; an old church that was refurbished into a home; and the beginning of the heritage movement in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Tuesday, July 24
Part 2: South (Her Majesty's Penitentiary)
The south side of Quidi Vidi Lake has some of the oldest stone structures in St. John's — that are remarkably still in use today.
Wednesday, July 25
Part 3: West (Memorial Stadium)
Sports at Quidi Vidi Lake go far beyond rowing. Early games at the Regatta include strange contests with greasy pigs and greasy poles. In the winter months, horse racing also used to be a big event.
Thursday, July 26
Part 4: North (Pleasantville)
Pleasantville was the place for some extravagant parties over the years — from an impressive hotel in the 1800s, to the "smoking tents" and Fort Pepperell base during the First and Second World Wars.