Newfoundland

.                   125 nights in our fifth wheel, 276 communities visited in Newfoundland.This summer we  traveled the Viking Trail, Discovery Trail, Baccalieu Trail, the Heritage Run and some other less traveled routes.The summer is over, the trailer is stored for the winter we leave to drive across Canada to visit Peter and family in Fort McMurray.
A few highlights of our travels around the province. 

 Discovery Trail

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Lone Puffin

This is the part of Newfoundland that extends from Clarenville to the tip of the Bonavista Peninsula where John Cabot landed in 1497. There are many attractions in the area, the latest being the reconstruction of the John Cabot ship Matthew, and the Ryan Premises National Historic Site that tells the 500 year history of the east coast fishery.

We camped at Paradise Farm campground near Bonavista, and visited nearby communities on day  trips. One of my favourites towns, Elliston, is the closest place you can view Puffins from land in the world. Puffins are the official bird of Nfld and are numerous in the area. Here in Elliston there is a  very moving statue, of a father and his son. Both died during the great seal hunt disaster of 1914 involving the   SS Newfoundland and SS Southern Cross after a misunderstanding between the captains of the two vessels. Also at this site is a memorial granite wall listing the names of all 364 men and boys who were on the two ships during those fateful days in the spring of 1914.The sculptures were done by Morgan MacDonald.

On our return back up the trail we took in a concert ” Harry Hibbs Returns ” in the community of Trinity. Back at the trailer that night, we steamed crab legs that we had purchased from the fish plant in Bonavista,  outside under the stars.

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Viking Trai
The Viking trail encompasses all of the great Northern Peninsula from Deer Lake to St Anthony and Red Bay in Labrador. This drive
takes you through the beautiful Gros Morne National Park, the Viking settlement at L’Anse aux Meadows and the Basque Whaling Station at Red Bay, three UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We spent a month in the area including a week on the Labardor side traveling as far North as Port Hope Simpson. On our way up the peninsula we camped at Rocky Harbour, Cow Head, Norris Point, St Anthony and Main Brook.  In Labrador we camped at Pinware Provincial Park where were taken with the antics of the whales feeding on capelin in the waters just off our campsite.The photo below is taken from the trailer.

The friendliness of the people in Newfoundland is well known, the Northern Peninsula is no exception. The brakes on the trailer weren’t working properly so we pulled into a garage in St Anthony.The owner said he didn’t have time to check it out that day but would give us power hookup and a place to park for the night.The next day they removed all four wheels and hubs and did the necessary repairs. We braced for the invoice but were happy to pay the 147 dollars requested.

The highlight of this leg was the time spent with friends Jim and Verna in St Paul’s. We took in a lobster dinner and a community breakfast, played cards, drank wine and reminisced of earlier days.

St Anthony Harbour

 

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Cape Norman

 

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Whales in Labrador

 

 

Baccalieu Trail   

                 Access this route from Whitborne or Roach’s Line. This is laid back Newfoundland. We traveled from Whitborne through seventy communities all the way around the peninsula to Clark’s Beach where we spent a few days with our friend Wayne Dehart. We have been friends with Wayne since our Fogo teaching days back in the seventies. We took in the Heart’s Content 150th anniversary of the laying of the Trans Atlantic Cable, camped right on the festival grounds and enjoyed the local food dishes and and great local music.
                 As we were driving through New Perlican  there were three women cleaning fish on a stage, they waved for us to stop which we did and were rewarded with 10 pounds of fresh cod fish. Why they did it puzzles me (maybe because we had Alberta plates)  but it was sure appreciated, as it was by others at the campground that night. The next day to show out appreciation we returned with some wine but they were out on the fishing grounds again. The following day we were treated with traditional Nfld  fish and chips at Jimmy’s place in the community of Bay de Verde, wonderful food and a hug as we were leaving. Bay de Verde was one of our favourite towns.

 

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All that fish REALLY

 

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Winter Fish

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Bay de Verde

 
The Heritage Run
             You access the Heritage Run from Goobies. The road takes you two hundred km. South across very barren land to Grand Bank. This peninsula is where residents rescued sailors from grounded US warships, it is the land of fluorspar and the shocking tsunami of 1929.
 
              We camped at the Golden Sands campground and did day trips down around the booth of the peninsula and other communities in the area. We visited with Mary’s sister in law Marilyn and family and were treated with a tasty meal of fish cakes. Luckily her brother Stan was away at work.

 

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Burin Peninsula

Burin, NL
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A few photos of scenes off the four beaten paths. We especially liked Cox’s Cove on the West Cove.

 

     We arrived back in Panama (Shealter Bay Marina) yesterday Oct 2en.The yard has installed a new cutlass bearing and hopefully will have the bottom painted tomorrow and Genesis will be back in the water the day after, this time in the Caribbean.

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