Newfoundland

Our tour began up the West Coast which hosts the beautiful Gros Morne National Park, and at the top L’Anse aux Meadows, where the Greenland Norse (aka Vikings) established an expedition staging post some 1,000 years ago. Around the corner is Twillingate, and a great place to take excursions to see icebergs. Because Newfoundland is made up of many peninsulas you have to do some re-tracing of routes. As I wrote, we explored most of Newfoundland’s coastline, and much of its interior. It is truly a magnificent island. Newfoundland and Labrador is our favourite Canadian Province. In addition to the west coast, highlights included: Fogo Island; the Bonavista Peninsula; the town of Elliston where you can see Puffins up close; Cape St. Mary’s which is a great place to see Northern Gannets; Bay Bulls for whale watching boat tours; the provincial capital St. John’s, and so much more.

There is scenery, and history around every corner. Our visits to numerous historic sites gave me all the information I needed to write about what I refer to as the Second Age of Canada in my book. The trip, as well as most of the others, also gave me much in ormation to write about my First Age of Canada — The First Inhabitants.

We LOVED Newfoundland, and the wonderfully hospitable (and chatty) Newfoundlanders. We spent some six weeks on the island, and circumnavigated its entire coast. By car or RV you reach Newfoundland via a long ferry ride from North Sidney, Nova Scotia.