Final Days in Newfoundland


This is a view of Duntara, the village we stayed in for the month of June. The crooked white shed is evidence of last autumn’s visit by Hurricane Igor. Igor did a lot of damage in Newfoundland and Duntara, hit hard, was cut off for several days.

We stayed in the provincial capital of St. John’s for a few nights. St. John’s is one of the oldest cities in North America. It’s sheltered harbour is accessed through the Narrows. The whole city is overlooked by Signal Hill where Marconi received the first trans-Atlantic wireless signal in 1901. There’s a great hiking trail in St. John’s. We walked along the edge of the harbour and past the Narrows to a windswept point. I thought the climb to the top of Signal Hill would kill me. We then took the long way back to the city centre via the village of Quidi Vidi, home of the micro-brewery of the same name. Good beer.

By the way, the green-hulled vessel below the cannon barrel is the Esperanza of the Greenpeace fleet.

St. John's

Lighthouse and Narrows

Those are the remnants of wartime fortifications below the lighthouse. German U-boats prowled around nearby but couldn’t penetrate the inner harbour.

Quidi Vidi

We allowed ourselves two days to explore the Avalon peninsula before boarding the overnight ferry to Nova Scotia at Argentia. Our first stop was Cape Spear, the most easterly point of land in North America and host to two lighthouses. The historic lighthouse with the red and white dome is the oldest surviving one in Newfoundland. It was also the lightkeeper’s home. We watched whales and puffins from the clifftop.

Historic Lighthouse, Cape Spear

Cape Spear

The Avalon peninsula was lovely with many scenic harbours and villages. Petty Harbour isn’t far from Cape Spear.

Petty Harbour

Our last night was spent at the charming Claddagh Inn in St. Mary’s. The next morning, we visited Salmonier Nature Park where we met the neighbourhood Bald Eagle. Newfoundland has a healthy population of Bald Eagles. This bird has been injured and is part of a recovery program.

Bald Eagle

Thus ends the Newfoundland travelogue for 2011. Thanks for following along and commenting. Would you like to visit Newfoundland? I hope so because I’m planning a painting holiday workshop for the summer of 2012. I hope to have dates and details posted here and on my website in a few months. Let me know if you’re interested.

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6 Responses to “Final Days in Newfoundland”

  1. Gail Irvine Says:

    Wow, Barry! What a travelogue!!!! My late brother-in-law was from Corner Brook and I really should get there …. perhaps to paint next year.

    Thanks for all this.

    Gail I.

  2. Jacques Says:

    Thanks for allowing us to share your trip. We may very well be there next summer.

  3. Chiquita Phillips Says:

    Hi Barry, Many thanks for your travelogue – hardly need to go there myself at all, tho’ I will be in Newf for a day or 2 at the beginning of Oct, so will prob sign up for your winter wc session this year, instead of the autumn one. Again thanks for your photos & artwork & commentary. Chiquita

  4. Alison Says:

    I would love to come to Newfoundland for a summer workshop, especially after your travelogue. Any chance of it being in July or August?

  5. Tony Cook Says:

    Your mention of the wartime fortifications reminds me of many trips to St Johns when I used to visit our company offices there. The manager was Michael Jones (father of Cathy and Andy Jones of Codco fame). He and I were were both artillery-men, although separated in years – his gunnery was experienced during WWII in those same fortifications. He said he has never been warm since! A delightful blog, as usual, Barry and some excellent links. Good luck with 2012 planning – am thinking about that!

  6. Carol King Says:

    I would love to visit Newfoundland and your travelogue intrigues me even more. Thanks so much for sharing your trip with your fans.

    Loved the picture of the bald eagle.

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