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North America » Canada » Newfoundland & Labrador October 8th 2019

ENTRY 60 - October 8, 2019 Newfoundland (PhotoBlog) Our first stop was Quebec City; then onto the Maritimes! It was good to spend the summer with old friends in Cook's Harbour! Here are some of the highlights of our trip preserved in photos.... read more
Quebec City.
Nova Scotia
Boat tour in Nova Scotia

North America » Canada » Newfoundland & Labrador » St John's September 7th 2019

First of all I made a mistake on the last blog. I said we were going to Avalon where Ann of Green Gables was written. That was wrong. The Green Gables house is on Prince Edward Island, which we will be going to later. What is in Avalon is the Colony of Avalon. It is an archeological dig of the village of Avalon from the 1700's. We are awaiting Dorian. It has already hit Halifax and Nova Scotia and is producing a lot of damage. We were supposed to fly tomorrow from Gander to Halifax in the afternoon. We called the airlines and our flight has been cancelled. We suggested that they rebook us from St. John's instead. They said sure, but we couldn't fly until Monday afternoon. So we had to add an extra night ... read more
Gun barrel
Cape Spear Lighthouse
Colony of Avalon remains of a storehouse

North America » Canada » Newfoundland & Labrador » St John's September 5th 2019

So we had 2 travel days. From Deer Lake to Gander, and from Gander to St. John's. That's about 400 miles. So guess who is coming to dinner? That's right, its Dorian. That damn hurricane is supposed to hit Halifax on Saturday and Newfoundland on Sunday. Guess who is supposed to fly from Newfoundland to Halifax on Sunday afternoon? We are waiting for Air Canada to tell us that we can rearrange our flight. If not, we have to drive back to Gander Sunday morning in the hurricane. They say 75 mile an hour winds and up to 4 inches of rain. We are trying to delay our flight by one day and fly from St. John's. That would be a lot easier. We got to St. John's this afternoon. After checking in to our hotel, ... read more
The Citadel on Signal Hill
Lunch on the road
Giant lobster and I


We drove to Deer Lake. Nothing eventful to talk about. Didn't see any moose. We spent the night in a delightful B&B in Deer Lake. The next morning, we drove through Gros Morne National Park. Beautiful mountains, lots of small fishing villages and lovely coastal roads. We ended up at the Wildberry B&B and lodge. Pretty rustic. Mostly no internet and no cellphone service. We got up the next morning and headed over to L'Anse Meadows. This is a Nordic village built nearly 1 thousand years ago. It is the first landing of Europeans on the North American continent. When they came into contact with the natives, it is believed to be the first meeting of homo sapiens who travelled from Africa and headed east and west through Europe and Asia and over the Bering Straits ... read more
On the way
Lighthouse
Arches Provincial Park


August 30, 2019 – St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador – Weather: 63°F/17°C am, partly cloudy, sun tried to peek out in pm, wind 19.5 mph, humidity 93° Today we were expected to enter the harbour of St. John’s at 8:00 am and be tied up alongside the pier by 10:00. That didn’t happen! As we approached the harbour and not long after picking up the local Pilot the ship began to veer away from the harbour entrance. Shortly thereafter the Captain came on the PA system to announce that due to present weather conditions and those expected to exist when we are scheduled to leave this evening that our stop in St. John’s was cancelled. The Pilot and the HAL’s Fleet Operations office concurred with the Captain’s decision. A tropical depression, Aaron, was approaching from the ... read more
2_A little clear at the lighthouse
3_Ship emerging from harbour
4_Canadian Coast Guard vessel

North America » Canada » Newfoundland & Labrador » Gander August 30th 2019

We left Halifax on Thursday. The day before it was almost 80 degrees. Thursday morning it was 55 degrees and raining. We left around 1:00 pm and flew to Gander, Newfoundland. For those of you who don't remember, Gander was the airport that received 225 planes and 6,000 people after 9-11. They took strangers into their houses, hotels, resturants and schools. We visited the Aviation Museum and went to the Silent Witness Memorial. It is a memorial to honor 225 American soldiers whose plane crashed on takeoff in December 1985. All perished. Tomorrow, we leave for Deer Lake, which is 185 miles west in Labrador.... read more
Pub time!
Silent Witness Memorial
Another part of the memorial


August 29, 2019 – St. Anthony, Newfoundland & Labrador – Weather: 46°F/8°C @ 6:00 am, 55°F/13°C @ noon, partly cloudy, sun tried to peek out in pm, wind 16.1 mph, humidity 76° Early this morning we set anchor in the sheltered harbour of St. Anthony, which is located on the northeastern side of the Great Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland & Labrador. The community was established by the French back in the 16thcentury as a seasonal fishing station, though there is evidence that the Vikings were here around 1000 AD at L’Anse aux Meadows. Our excursion for the day, out to L’Anse aux Meadows, started early as our stay in port is only 9 hours long. St Anthony does not have a pier that can readily accept a cruise ship so once again we had to take ... read more
2_Model of site
3_Long house
4_Peat block construction


August 3, 2019 – Corner Brook, NL - Weather: 77°F/25°C, Bright sun in am - partly cloudy skies in pm, wind 8.1 mph, humidity 78° After crossing the Gulf of St. Lawrence overnight we docked in Corner Brook on the western coast of Newfoundland. The area has been inhabited for over 3,500 years, first by the Maritime Archaic people, the French, Spanish, Portuguese and the British. All were attracted to the area for its fishing, and whaling. This region was extensively mapped by Captain James Cook in 1767, and there is a monument to the famous explorer and cartographer overlooking the city. Our tour today was to Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This driving tour stopped at the Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse, where our daughter-in-law’s great uncle was the lighthouse keeper. We ... read more
2_Lobster Cove Lighthouse flags
3_Gros Morne
4_View from Norris Point


August 4, 2019 – Red Bay, Labrador - Weather: 54°F/12°C, Heavy fog enveloped the ship by 9:30 am, heavy rains in pm, clearing skies at sailing with heavy cloud bank on horizon, wind 17.1 mph, humidity 87° This port’s claim to fame is that it is considered one of the most complete and well-preserved examples of a historic whaling station in Canada. As such it is today a National Historic Site that offers visitors a glimpse into the history and lifestyle of the 16th-century whalers. The site didn’t attract much attention until the early 20th century and it wasn’t until the late 1970’s that underwater exploration discovered sunken artifacts that answered some long-held secrets. We had planned to take the tenders ashore and do a simple self-guided tour of the town and the whaling s... read more
2_Life on a rock
3_Tenders ready to go
4_Ghost revealed


Newfoundland From North Sydney, Nova Scotia we caught the ferry to Newfoundland, a 6 to 8 hour trip, depending on the weather. Fortunately the seas were calm. We had stopped at a McDonald’s for breakfast before boarding. McDonalds in other countries are always interesting – they had a counter with pastries, really good expresso type coffee and poutine on the menu. For the uninitiated, poutine is a mixture of French fries, covered with cheese curds and gravy. There are lots of variations (including with lobster). We have yet to try it. The most interesting part of our ferry trip was our conversations with others on the boat. Canadians are a friendly lot, and there was lots of teasing of the Americans and some advice on what to see in Banff National Park. We learned a new ... read more
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