Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Newfoundland or Bust

Adventure Newfoundland

It's a yearly cycle - enjoy New Years, savour a week or two of snow and winter weather, and then spend the rest of the winter and much of the spring dreaming about and planning our summer vacation.  So, it is my pleasure to let you know that after considerable deliberation we are going to Newfoundland this summer.

And by "we" I mean my mother, the husband, and myself.  And by Newfoundland I mean only the Great Northern Peninsula (the part in green on the map below).

Northern Peninsula

This area is rugged and wild and known for its icebergs, 


and whales, 

Langford Adventure Co

and Viking settlements, 

L'anse aux Meadows via please take me to

and fjords.

Gros Morne via National Geographic
We've got the plane tickets bought and accommodations booked so I guess that means we're really going.  I'm excited to be staying in a lighthouse keeper's house on a remote island off the northern tip of the peninsula.  I'm looking forward to the hiking, and smelling ocean breezes, and listening to waves, and eating seafood.

Newfoundland is such an interesting province.  I've been there twice before, but never to the Great Northern Peninsula which has not one, but two UNESCO World Heritage Sites - Gros Morne National Park and L'Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site.  

Newfoundland is so different from the rest of Canada.  I've gathered together a couple of interesting tidbits about The Rock (as Newfoundland is known as) for your enjoyment.

Did you know ... that every year icebergs break off from glaciers in Greenland and float down along the Labrador current to Newfoundland.  The 400 - 800 icebergs that reach Newfoundland every spring and early summer have given the area the area the name "Iceberg Alley".  They even have a website dedicated to locating icebergs (see Iceberg Finder).  Because of the cold winter and spring, a bumper crop of icebergs are expected this year.  At least something good will come out of that long cold winter!

Did you know ... that Newfoundland is famous for its accent and homespun turns of phrase.  Have a listen to this interview to hear some of them explained.

Do you have your summer sorted out yet?  Do you like organizing your trip or do you prefer to wing it when you are there?  It's always difficult to strike a balance between free-wheeling and rigidly organized, isn't it?  I hope we've struck a balance between the two.


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  1. Be sure to visit Rocky Harbour, it's a beautiful spot!

  2. Your trip sounds like it will be a great time. The scenery I'm told is remarkable. My neice and her hubby have kept a home in Norris Point (in Gros Morne Park) and can see whales from the kitchen window (although they are living in Edmonton at this time.) Have a wonderful trip. It won't be long now.

  3. Oh it will be a fabulous trip. We went to that part of Newfoundland years ago and loved it. The iceberg was a fabulous treat when we were staying in a B& B near L'anse aux Meadows. There were a lot of moose in that area as well..... the lady at the B&B warned us that we were travelling at dusk which was risky and she was right. We came up over a little hill and boom....Moose.... we drove very slowly after that. No hits but quite amazing.
    What island are you going to be on? My husband and son will be on Fogo Island this September. They are travelling from Greenland, down the coast of Labrador then to Fogo and finally to St. John's on a hiking and exploration trip.

  4. WOW! It looks like a fantastic place to visit. The icebergs look majestic floating along; I like the accompaniment in that video. And after seeing the second video, don't forget to pack your phrase book!!

  5. What an amazing trip you have planned! I hope you'll share photos from your adventure on the blog.


  6. Hi Grace,
    This trip will really be fabulous ! This the kind of vacation that I also love but it is a bit to far for me.
    My husband and I will be visiting Bretagnie in France this summer. We just bought a camper and this will be our first trip.
    Like Char already said, let us please enjoy your pictures when you get back 😊

  7. I love the videos! Wow, in New Orleans, Cajuns say, "Where y'at, doll?" Which means, "What's up?" But then the Cajuns came from Canada, so go figure….

    We are still working on our summer plans. A beach trip is already planned, but we might go overseas.

  8. It looks stunning. I hope you enjoy the trip.
    Carolyn Desire Empire