Port aux Basques
from the ferry dock
We were due to sail to Port aux Basques NFL from North Sydney NS last Wed. However due to Hurricane Leslie we were delayed until Thurs morning. The crossing takes 7 to 8 hours depending on the weather. We had a calm ocean for the crossing and arrived about 6:30 pm. We travelled to Corner Brook that evening arriving about 9pm. I should mention that we left the 5th wheel at a campground in Cape Breton as it was way to expensive to bring it across on the ferry. The next morning we travelled to Gros Morne National Park the fjords are beautiful. NFL has a landscape that is truly diverse. From Port aux Basques where there is tree covered hills to Saint John's where there are barren rocks and colourful homes. In between there is an abundance of brooks, rivers, lakes and tundra. We travelled to Twillinggate but unfortuately we arrived to late in the year to see whales or icebergs. Staying at B&B's helps with the cost but we found Newfoundland to be very expensive. We traveled the next day gander and on to St. John's. St. John's is very crowded in the old part of town with streets
that are very steep and nowhere to park even if you did know where you were going. So we stayed outside of the city in a bedroom community of Paradise. NFL roads are very few and the side roads go so far then you have to retrace your steps. The ferry from St John's to NS is the long crossing, about 18 hours. We would have taken it instead of having to go right across the island and back to Port aux Basques except it would have cost nearly $1,000.00 for just the 2 of us and the truck. Therefore we had to retrace our steps across the island and back to our original embarcation point at Port aux Basques. We drove approximately 22 hundred kilometers while on the rock. The hanging valleys caused by the glaciers are pictuesque. People are very friendly and have a dilect all their own especially on the east side, which we found hard to follow at times. There are no streams here but lots of brooks and rivers and even river/brooks. Lakes, but even more ponds(in some cases very large ponds). In one of these ponds was a beaver house with a for sale
on the way to St John's
sign on it, we did get a giggle out of that. There is alot of land unoccupied as it is rock and tundra. Where there is a sheltered bay or inlet there is a little community. We travelled to alot of towns and villages and even to Dildo Park (I kid you not) Everywhere there are warnings about moose on the road and in fact there were 660 vehicle/moose encounters last year. It is a standing joke here that there are more moose than people. We also tried the local fare which is cod tongues and cheeks, and scruncheons (pork bellies fried crispy), these 2 dishes often served togeather was not bad. Having said that we did not see even 1 moose but that may have been due to hunting season. We are on the ferry now, back to Cape Breton.
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