|The other North Sydney (Nova Scotia)|
|We landed at Port aux Basque drove north to past Corner Brook and then east to St John's. We caught the ferry at Argentia which is near Placentia.|
Most people, originally from fishing families live along the coast. Rocky harbours, pebbly beaches, and a few sandy ones show all the signs of glacial wear. On the west coast there was a shower most days and a few days it rained most of the day, but generally we had fine weather – the warmest summer according to the locals, for many years (at 25C, too hot for some)!
|On the road with Jane and John|
|Overnight camping at Walmart in Stephenville|
|Petrified log in the stream|
|Largest wooden church in Newfoundland|
|2 Ipads, an Iphone and a laptop at Tim Horton's coffee shop - they are everywhere in Canada|
|Marble Mountain Ski Area Corner Brook - in summer|
Lark Harbour which normally freezes in winter, (except for the last couple of years), was very pretty, just one of the many fishing villages along the coastline.
|Stairs in the rock|
|Gros Morne Tablelands|
|700 year old growth "forest" at Gros Morne|
|Gros Morne Mountain|
|Broome's Head fishing camp|
|In cod we trust|
|Wooden lobster traps. These have been replaced by steel mesh traps that don't need extra weights like the wooden ones|
|The Arches National Park|
|Track to Western Brook Pond|
|Western Brook Pond|
|Far end of Western Brook Pond|
Although there were plenty of signs warning us of moose or caribou, we have yet to see one!
|There are supposed to be over 100,000 of these critters on the island but we haven't seen one!|
We agonised over going further north to L’Anse aux Meadows (where the Vikings had established a settlement 1000 yrs ago), but it was more than 700 kms return and we were running out of Canadian summer. Also there was still so much we wanted to see on the east coast. So we parted company with Jane and John, who were heading for Labrador and came back to Deer Lake to book our return ferry from Argentia.
At King’s Point we found the pottery. Linda and David have won many awards and represented their province and country at international exhibitions. Their “Secret to the return of the cod”, tin kettle, mug display was quite remarkable and clever. See www.kingspointpottery.com Newfoundlanders have been known to say “In cod we trust”. So we bought a pendant carved from shell for Jen, and celebrated our wedding anniversary with tea and cakes overlooking the lake in brilliant sunshine.
The size of all these
coastal villages quite surprised us. There seems to be no industries to support
a work force. We were told a lot of the young people fly in, fly out of Alberta,
month on, month off, to work at the oil fields.
|Anniversary morning tea (Jen's was coming)|
|King's Point community RV park|
|Rattling Brook Falls|
Grand Falls –Windsor originally two smaller towns supporting paper mills are now one sprawling community with no paper mills. However there is a salmon ladder where wild Atlantic salmon can bypass the falls and get upstream to spawn. The bag restriction for fly fisherman is 6 fish for the season using barbless hooks.
|Why they needed a salmon ladder|
|Fish jumping up the "ladder"|
|Beautiful stream in Beothuk country|
|Beothuk Interpretive Centre at Boyd's Cove|
|Another Titanic Exhibition|
|Long Point Lighthouse|
|G&J and Long Point Lighthouse|
|It's amazing what goes on the ferry to Fogo - and comes off|
|John Cabot memorial Long Point|
|Rugged Bonavista coastline|
|Salvage fishing stages|
|Puffin at the burrow|
|Root cellars at Elliston|
|Brimstone Head from Fogo - yes, we did walk up to the top|
|Our "new" friends Dana, Nancy and Darlene who we met walking up Brimstone Head. Nancy and Dave showed us around Halifax some weeks later.|
|Evening light on Fogo|
Signal Hill, long used for defence, observation and communication on the north side of the harbour entrance, has a glorious view of the city and it was here the English finally overcame the French in 1762, and Newfoundland became a colony of Britain until 1949, when it joined the Canadian confederation. It was blowing a gale and we put on our jackets to read all the information boards.
|Signal Hill overlooking St John's|
So before we left we had to go to Cape Spear Lighthouse, the most Easterly point on the continent. We were only three and a half hours from London and London was closer to Australia than we were. I guess we couldn’t have been anywhere that was further from home.
|Didn't see any icebergs in the ocean. This is as close as we came to having a collision with one|