Colourful St. John’s Newfoundland

Colourful St. John’s Newfoundland

Date Visited:  July 18-20, 2019

Before we head to Colourful St. John’s Newfoundland, we vist the easternmost point in Canada – Cape Spear.  There is lots to see and do at the Cape Spear National Historic Site.  Many trails and boardwalks to explore and take in the fresh Atlantic air.  There is a fort to visit and learn about the history.  And of course, another beautiful lighthouse.

It was fun contemplating this sign at Cape Spear.  Our travels have taken us to the southernmost point, and now the easternmost point.  We might make it out to the westernmost point in our future travels, but the chances of travelling to the northernmost point is highly doubtful! tongue-out

Easternmost point in Canada – Cape Spear National Park, Newfoundland

Westernmost point in Canada – Boundary Peak, Kluane National Park, Yukon

Northernmost point in Canada – Quttinirpaaq National Park, Nunavut

Southernmost point in Canada – Point Pelee National Park, Ontario

Colourful St. John’s Newfoundland

We arrived in Colourful St. John’s Newfoundland at sunrise, just in time for breakfast.  The most noticable thing as we wandered around was the colour.  The homes are very well maintained, and the colours look amazing on this sunny and bright day.  We also made it up to Signal Hill, where we got the best view of the town and the port below.

After we spent the morning in St. John’s, we decided that it was time to head back to Port aux Basques and take the ferry back to Nova Scotia.  We stopped at Terra Nova National Park along the way.  You could see for miles and miles at the various lookouts in the park.  We tried to climb up the fire tower and made it half-way up.  It was SO windy and very scary, so we thought it best just to go back down.  The view would have been incredible had we made it all the way up.

Engraved on the chairs:

“How good is me life on this beautiful island
Inspires my soul and sets it free
I worship the wind the woods and the water
The things that make it so precious to me.
 – Jim Payne

After consulting our boondocking app – iOverlander – there were many good reviews about staying overnight at Woody Point.  And so that’s where we headed.  We were not disappointed, and also saw a whale in the bay early the next morning!

On our final day in Newfoundland, we took our time admiring the stunning landscape of this beautiful province.  We spent a little more time in Gros Morne National Park, stopped at a few more fishing villages and visited another lighthouse or two.

That night we arrived at Grand Bay West beach.  A beautiful spot to spend our last day here.  It was a short 10 minute drive to the ferry from here.  We met many campers spending the night here that were also booked to be on tomorrow morning’s ferry back to Nova Scotia.  It was fun learning about their adventures in Newfoundland.

The next morning we boarded the Marine Atlantic ferry and said goodbye to this province of stunning landscapes and amazing hospitality.  We safely arrived in North Sydney, Nova Scotia 7 hours later.

 

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Adorable Puffins in Elliston Newfoundland

Adorable Puffins in Elliston Newfoundland

Date Visited:  July 17, 2019

Today our plan is to head to the Bonavista Peninsula, and visit the Adorable Puffins in Elliston Newfoundland.  We have no idea how wonderful this visit is going to be!   It’s about a 10 minute walk from the entrance of the Puffin Viewing Site, through a well-kept meadow and toward the edge of the site.  On a large rock across the water there were hundreds, if not thousands, of puffins gathered and fishing for their meal.  A few brave ones were much closer for our viewing pleasure.  It’s quite wonderful and really indescribable on what it feels like to be there so close to them.  They are absolutely adorable!

We highly recommend visiting this site.  And if you go, make sure you have a good camera with a good zoom lens.  You can get some amazing pictures.  The pictures and video I have are poor quality, but still a wonderful memory of our visit there.

See them in action:

After consulting our boondocking app – iOverlander – we headed to Dungeon Provincial Park for our overnight stay.  It was another incredible camping spot in Newfoundland.

Adorable Puffins in Elliston Newfoundland

 

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Icebergs Airplanes Lighthouse and Moose!

Icebergs Airplanes Lighthouse and Moose!

Date Visited:  July 16, 2019

Today was a fun day in Newfoundland – we saw a variety of interesting things including Icebergs Airplanes Lighthouse and Moose!   Our day started in King’s Point, Newfoundland.  We found a rest area right by the water in Corner Brook Cove – it was listed on freecampsites.net.  We saw our first iceberg making it’s way along the water.  It was surreal!  It started breaking apart as well – sounds we had never heard before.  It was very cool to see.

Today was our 5th day in Newfoundland, and we were commenting on how we had not yet seen a moose.  A little while later, as we were driving along a quiet road, we saw one!  This one looked like a mama moose.  We slowed down for a pic, and then moved along.

Our next stop was Gander, Newfoundland.  We needed groceries, we needed WiFi for some facetime with family, and also we knew there was an aviation museum here.  We also just wanted to stop because of the importance of this tiny town with a huge heart.  Click here if you don’t know what I mean.  Here are some pictures from the North Atlantic Aviation Museum:

After Gander, we headed to (yes, another lighthouse!) – Long Point Lighthouse in North Twilingate Island.  We walked a few trails (quite interesting names, by the way), and enjoyed the stunning views.  

 

When we first arrived here in North Twilingate Island, we thought it would be a good place to settle in for the night.  But shortly after we arrived and started our hike, every minute we’d hear a loud foghorn blast!  Have a listen.

And so, after our hike, we slowly made our way to South Twilingate Island – faraway from that foghorn!  We passed the town of Twilingate, and we found Waldo!  We stopped for a bite to eat, and then moved on to find a place to settle for the night.

We found this amazing boondock spot in South Twilingate Island.  Another night of falling asleep to the sound of the waves.  It was a good day smile

Icebergs Airplanes Lighthouse and Moose!

 

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L’Anse aux Meadows Viking Village

L’Anse aux Meadows Viking Village

Date Visited:  July 15, 2019

Today we are going to drive up to the top of Newfoundland’s Northern Peninsula to visit L’Anse aux Meadows Viking Village.  We’re looking forward to it because most of the drive is right along the sea.

We started our day in Port Saunders, after another great night by the sea.  We had a bit of company at this spot.  We met a couple from Austria who flew straight to Newfoundland and rented a car to explore this beautiful province.

Another lighthouse was close-by,  so of course we had to go visit it.  Point Riche Lighthouse is an active lighthouse, built on flat rock.  It was beautiful!

We found a nice little rest stop as we drove up the Viking Trail.  It was a good place to stop and cook our breakfast and enjoy the amazing view.

 

L'Anse aux Meadows Viking Village - http://yula.ca

 

We arrived at the Viking Village around 10:00 am.  It was COLD!  We searched through all our belongings for all our warmest clothes, and set off to explore.   It was the first time we ever saw snow in July!  We joined a guided tour with a very friendly and knowledgable guide.  We learned that vikings from Greenland were actually the first known presence in the Americas.  Dressed up actors were all around the site, giving us glimpses of what it was like living in this village all those years ago.  We highly recommend taking the extra time to visit this UNESCO World Heritage Site. And we strongly recommend warm clothing so the you can comfortably explore the site.

L’Anse aux Meadows Viking Village

 

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Gros Morne National Park

Gros Morne National Park

Date Visited:  July 14, 2019

It was a warm and sunny day when we arrived at Gros Morne National Park.  As we drove along the main road, we found many rest stops and viewing areas to admire the natural beauty of the park.  This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, because of the internationally significant geological features here and for the outstanding natural beauty.

Gros Morne is home to The Tablelands – a very unique area where the earth’s mantle is exposed due to glacial activity many, many years ago.  We joined a guided walk where we learned a little bit about the geology of the landscape.  It was amazing to walk along this very rare geological surface, and to see flowers growing in the rocks.

There are SO many lighthouses here in Newfoundland.  I absolutely love lighthouses, so it’s no surprise that Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse was a must-visit.  It was a beautiful place to walk the trails and enjoy the views.

The Broom Point Fishing Premises can be found on the north end of the park.  We joined a guided tour and learned what life was like in the 40’s and 50’s.  Lobster and cod were the main harvests back then.  Much of the original lobster traps and fishing nets are displayed.  The guides are very knowledgable, and give a very entertaining tour!

Gros Morne National Park

There is so much more to do at Gros Morne.  We could have gone on more hikes, we could have taken kayaks in and out of all the little inlets, or gone fishing, or taken a boat tour, and so much more.  But we were quite excited to see more of Newfoundland.  It’s nice to know that there is so much more to explore next time we come back! smile

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